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    Question Need info about SSHD's for PS4

    I would like to get a faster and larger HDD for my PS4, however there are a few things that I would like to know first..

    1. What exactly are the problems a PS4 will have with a drive larger than 2TB in size?

    2. Will an SSHD drive have a significantly shorter lifespan than a 7200RPM standard HDD?

    3. If you were to recommend either a 2TB 7200RPM HDD or a 2TB SSHD or somethig else which would it be?

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    Let me try to answer your questions one by one:

    1. What exactly are the problems a PS4 will have with a drive larger than 2TB in size?

    Before firmware update version 3.5, there was a problem with reset mode if you upgraded to larger than 2TB.

    This explains it:
    The only issue will occur with a 4TB capacity upgrade is that you cannot use that drive with Reset Mode. If you use Rest Mode with a 4TB drive, your PlayStation-4 will not wake properly; it will wake in Safe Mode and go through a disk check routine every time with sector errors. Just shut down your PS4 completely and problem solved.
    Source: >> ryli.net/4tb-internal-hard-disk-drive-hdd-upgrade-for-ps4/

    Further more, on the same page you'll find an update for this case:

    It seems Sony has quietly introduced support for larger drives than 2TB in the latest 3.50 firmware update [Released on the 6th of April 2016].
    Installing the new firmware allows your PS4 to detect up to 4TB hard drives properly without any issue. So just make sure to download and install it before upgrading.
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    As for your second question:

    An SSHD is a combination of a regular hard drive and an SSD. SSD has longer lifespan than HDD. So theoretically, an SSHD is supposed to last even longer than a regular hard drive that's totally dependent on its platters for data handling.

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    As for your third question:

    In fact I would recommend a regular HDD instead. You can read why on this page >> ryli.net/ps4-solid-state-hybrid-drive-sshd-guide/

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    Thank you for your detailed reply, and the article you sent a link to was very interesting to read, however I still see benefits in both SSHDs and traditional HDDs, I will definitely have to think long and hard about that one as faster loading times, as small as they are, would make a difference to me given the games I play which have substantial loading times in comparison to most, even 10-15 seconds is good. but on the other hand spending less is good too. Also I didn't know that v3.50 of the PS4 firmware fixed that problem with larger HDDs, that's great to know! and has definitely made my mind up about the storage size (although I never use rest mode intentionally sometimes I accidentally go to rest mode instead of power off) so thanks again, you have certainly got me thinking.

 

 

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