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jdv95

hello.

since the recent reveal of the huge install size for red dead and me running out of space,i"m thinking about buying a new hardrive.

however i just can't figure out to either buy an internal or external drive.

how is the durability of a WD and a seagate external drive? are they good for a couple of years or are they prone to failure after extensive use (i heard that for longer play sessions a external drive is not as good).

thank you in advance!

jdv95

FullbringIchigo

@jdv95 i got a seagate for use on the day the update that added the function dropped and mine is still running strong with no issues

as for any difference between a game running on an external or internal HDD, i haven't noticed any with any game i played

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antdickens

Hey,

Most people seem to think that external is fine and it won't invalidate your warranty on the machine, it's also an easier upgrade as it's basically plug and play.

We did a round up here: https://www.pushsquare.com/news/2018/07/guide_the_best_ps4_ext...

Obviously if you care about durability (and speed) you can go for SSD, but it costs a lot more per GB: https://www.pushsquare.com/news/2018/05/guide_the_best_ps4_ext...

If you've got PS+ all your saves will be synced the cloud anyway, so if a drive dies it's just a case of reinstalling games from disc/cloud and therefore shouldn't lose anything anyway.

Does that help?

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Th3solution

@jdv95 I’ll echo what’s been said. My 2TB Seagate external HD has functioned flawlessly for the last couple years since the update that allowed for them. No issues in performance, no lost games or lost saves (your game saves actually save to the internal HD anyway and like he said, you have back up to the PSN cloud) and no malfunctions at any point, even during long play sessions.
My only complaint is the loss of the second USB port , since the external HD is plugged in pretty much 100% of the time (you can disconnect it when you want to, but most all your games will be on it most likely) then you can’t really use the other USB port to connect to, say, a head set or controller or whatever external device you might want. For me it was only my old Sony headset that uses USB that I couldn’t use at the same time, but it’s no big deal since I don’t play online hardly. And if I did, I would just upgrade to a Bluetooth headset.
My second complaint would just be the aesthetics of the external drive. It looks a bit sloppy just sitting there plugged in, like it’s kinda temporary. It would keep the clean look of your console to put in a new internal drive and keep it all under the hood.
In the end though, these are minor complaints and the ease of install of the external, along with the decent prices and that there are many options easy to find, it makes it a no brainer. External HD all the way. One of my best purchases in the last few years.

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Tasuki

I have been using an external hard drive since the day the update went live for them. No complaints or any problems here.

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Octane

@jdv95 It depends on what you're looking for. I'm running out of space too. I'm thinking of upgrading my HDD to a 2TB SSD. That way it all fits on the system, and they are way more reliable than HHDs. But they are more expensive, so at the moment I'm just deleting my physical games until the SSDs come down in price. Then I'll nab one reinstall everything and I'll be set for the rest of my life. I've been thinking of getting a cheap 500GB HHD in the meantime.

However, I still play my old systems, so getting a 2TB SSD means the saves, patches and downloaded games will outlast me, and that's something I value. If you just want a short term solution and if you don't see yourself playing the PS4 a lot, or if you don't care that much, a HDD is a way cheaper solution.

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andreoni79

I recently bought a Seagate Expansion Portable 3TB on sale for € 90 (€ 120 is the recommended retail price). I tested some games: both Fallout 4 and The Witcher 3 loading times got a light boost, around 10%. Don't ask why.
Seagate also sell an HDD dedicated to PS4 but I guess it's just a matter of marketing. https://www.seagate.com/gb/en/consumer/play/game-drive-ps4/#f...
Since you are worried about durability remember you could always switch games between the internal and the external HDD. For example I'm currently playing Project Cars 2 from the external one and Ni No Kuni 2 from the internal; in this way one gets some rest while the other works...

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jdv95

Thanks everyone!

jdv95

JohnnyShoulder

Replaced my PS4 HDD with a 1tb hybrid SATA/SSD drive a few years back. This reduces starting and loading times by a few secs. It is more noticeable in games like Fallout 4.

Also got a 4tb external HDD and not many problems. Occasionally my PS4 doesn't recognise it but a quick resart always fixed it. I've not noticed any difference when playing games on it, but I usually shift games once I've finished with em into the external drive. It has made me be a more liberal with my purchases as I'm not worrying if I've got enough space anymore.

Shifting games doesn't take too long and is definitely quicker than downloading them again.

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Th3solution

@JohnnyShoulder That’s a good point about shifting games. It is rather quick. And it’s true about the purchases and downloads— it is just so easy to download stuff and just let it sit there for a rainy day. One of these days I’ll get around to playing Hellblade... 😒

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Bonbonetti

@jdv95 I'm very happy with the three external WD drives I have: two for the PS4 and one for my PC. I've had them for 2+ years and have never had an issue with them. Mind you, I just have them sitting next to the machines, I don't move them around. I have a Seagate as well, but superficially I prefer the looks of the WD drives

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Bonbonetti

JohnnyShoulder

@Th3solution Yeah same here, last year's Madden game is there gathering digital dust. And I shudder to think how many games I've added to my library from ps+ and not downloaded.

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Kidfried

@JohnnyShoulder There are a lot of Plus games that don't really deserve your attention if you still have so many games you've actually bought to catch up with.

I don't acknowledge Plus games as part of my collection until I've at least played them once.

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Thrillho

I'm of the pragmatic opinion to just delete games I'm done with from the hard drive. This has only been an annoyance a couple of times when re-installing games like Witcher 3 or GTA 5 to play DLC/expansions as they both had a LOT of updates since release.

Thrillho

JohnnyShoulder

@Kidfried It's not like I download every game either, only the ones that interest me.

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jdv95

again thanks everyone!

jdv95

Th3solution

@JohnnyShoulder Yeah, I’ve had Rime and Rayman Legends sitting on there for quite a few months now. I go ahead and download the few I have interest in which might be an impulse play. Like these which are shorter and more unique from the type of games I usually play. I never know when I’ll get a random impulse to play something that’s not a 3rd person narrative-driven action RPG.

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