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How to cheaply upgrade your PS4 to 2TB

This article was first published in August 2014, but one year on, the advice here still represents the cheapest and most cost-efficient way to upgrade your PS4 to 2TB. However, the upgrade situation isn’t quite as clear as it was, because Seagate has released an updated 2015 model of our preferred upgrade drive. At the time of writing, both 2014 and 2015 models are available to buy and we would recommend the older version. The exact same drive is inside both units but the older version is a touch cheaper and the USB caddy is much, much easier to open. This revised version of the article contains some small edits to accommodate the arrival of the revised drive, along with a new gallery concentrating on the 2015 model, plus a video showing the complete upgrade process.

In our PlayStation 4 hard drive upgrade guide we found that using an SSD delivered the best experience when it came to producing shorter loading times, faster texture streaming, and generally smoother day-to-day operation of the console. However, these gains didn’t translate consistently across all titles and in the end we found that the Hitachi Z7K1000 (a 7200rpm 1TB mechanical hard drive) provided us with the best price/performance ratio while also offering up a significant increase in storage capacity over the stock PS4 drive. Right now it costs around £45-£55 and that’s pretty decent value for a 7200rpm drive – but the Seagate STBX2000401 and STEA2000400 are 2TB external USB drives available for £60-£65.

Clearly, a doubling of storage for just £15-£20 more represents a much more enticing deal, especially when the performance overall isn’t that much worse (and is still faster than the stock 500GB drive). The fact that the HDD itself is contained in an enclosure shouldn’t put you off. The chassis can be pried apart by carefully pushing a screwdriver, scalpel or knife through the grooves at the side (we recommend a scalpel for the revised STEA2000400 model), before pushing down to lift and unclip the top and bottom plastics from each other. This has to be done slowly around the unit to avoid any damage, but it is a fairly simple process that doesn’t take long.

Once the drive is free from the plastic housing it’s simply a case of unplugging the SATA to USB adaptor and then removing the screws (and rubber guards) on the sides so the unit fits into the PS4’s hard drive caddy, and then into the console itself.