The 8 Best Hard Drives for PS4 to Buy in 2018

Our favorite options when you need more storage

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When the PS4 originally launched what now feels like ages ago, a 500GB hard drive probably felt like enough for most of us. Games were large back then, but over time, the file sizes for the most popular game franchises have gotten bigger and bigger. With Red Dead Redemption 2 pushing 100GB, according to IGN, the small base hard drive of a PS4 isn’t going to feel like much. Even the 1TB drives available may begin to feel a bit tight. Fortunately, you can upgrade.

With your standard hard drive with high-capacity spinning platters, solid state drives with incredibly fast speeds, and hybrid drives that combine the best of both, you’ve got some good options if you want to upgrade your PS4 hard drive.

What you need to know first is that not just any drive can be put into a PS4 or PS4 Pro. They use a smaller 2.5-inch drive size, and the maximum vertical clearance for the drives is 9.5mm (if you like one of the drives we’ve selected but want to opt for a larger capacity, confirm that the height is the same. Many hard drives over 2TB are too tall to fit). Internal drives need to be greater than 160GB, and external storage needs to connect over USB 3.0 (or greater, as USB is backwards compatible) and have a capacity between 250GB and 8TB.

Need some help? We’ve picked out some great drives that you can upgrade your PS4 or PS4 Pro with, ranging from simple capacity upgrades to drives that can speed up your loading times.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Seagate FireCuda ST2000LX001

Seagate FireCuda ST2000LX001

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Seagate’s FireCuda drives are a phenomenal choice for an internal upgrade to a PS4. They are hybrid drives, so they combine a small amount of solid state storage with a much larger capacity hard drive. We recommend the 2TB version, as you’ll be getting a sizable expansion to your PS4’s storage and speeding up a lot of loading times at the same time.

When it comes to hybrid drives, Seagate’s FireCuda SSHDs are pretty much the biggest name in the business. The company has plenty of experience making storage drives, and this is a very popular one for gamers.

This 2TB model will give you a lot of room for games at a fairly low price, so it’s value proposition is already high. But, with 8GB of flash storage added in, the drive can accelerate how quickly files are accessed. For games, that means less time spent on loading screens. Just how much time this drive can save you will vary by the game, but the upgrade from a standard hard drive to a hybrid drive is a small price, so it’s easily worth it.

Runner-Up, Best Overall: WD Black Mobile 1TB 7200RPM

Flash memory in a hybrid drive or a full solid state drive isn’t the only option for increasing speeds. One simple way to get faster loading from a hard drive is just to have a faster spinning platter. That’s where the WD Black Mobile hard drive comes in. This 2.5-inch drive offers an affordable and reliable 1TB option while also boosting speeds over a typical hard drive.

Most standard hard drives spin at 5,400 revolutions per minute. This WD Black Mobile hard drive turns that up to 7,200RPM. So, with your game, movie, or music data is stored on the spinning platter, you can count on a high-RPM drive to read that data faster than its 5,400RPM counterparts.

The downside here is that the WD Black Mobile models that can fit into the 2.5-inch drive bay of a PS4 and PS4 Pro are limited to 1TB in capacity. Jumping up to a 2TB drive bumps the size of the drive up to 3.5 inches. Still, the 1TB model can make for an affordable internal upgrade that you can pair with a larger external drive.

Best Value Internal: Seagate Barracuda (ST2000LM015)

For a simple deal that gives you expanded storage in your PS4 or PS4 Pro without any frills or extra costs, Seagate’s Barracuda is a reliable standby. It’s a simple hard drive with the standard 5,400RPM spin rate, but the 128MB cache is a decent size to see in a standard hard drive.

This is a solid option for standard PS4 models, which use the older SATA II connection for hard drives. This connection has slower data transfer speeds than the SATA III connection used in the PS4 Pro, so the advantages of SSDs and hybrid drives can be less pronounced in non-Pro models.

All this helps make the BarraCuda a worthy pick. It comes from a tried-and-true brand, has a two-year warranty, and is one of the most affordable ways to get 2TB of extra storage added to your PS4. That should give you plenty of room for new games, movie downloads, or captured game footage. And, if you wait for a deal, you can expect to find this for less than the price of a new game.

Best SSD: Samsung 860 Evo

For truly the best upgrade to your PS4 or PS4 Pro storage, a 2.5-inch SSD is the hardware to get. While solid state storage is a fair bit more expensive than traditional spinning-platter hard drives, it also operates much more quickly. In most cases, this will allow you to load up games, reload checkpoints, switch between apps, and more with less time spent waiting.

It’s worth noting that an SSD is still a good upgrade for a standard PS4, but because the non-Pro models use the slower SATA II connection, you may not be getting the most out of the SSD’s speeds. But, if you have a PS4 Pro and want a quality SSD with high performance and reliability, look no further than Samsung’s 860 Evo.

This is the successor to Samsung’s longstanding champion, the 850 Evo. And, despite its standing as one of the best 2.5-inch SSDs on the market, it doesn’t have a serious markup in price. Also, if you want both fast storage and a lot of it, an SSD like this is one of the easiest ways to get more than 2TB added to your PS4, although it will cost a lot to get an SSD that size.

Best Value SSD: Crucial MX500

When it comes to SSDs, Crucial’s may not have the same reputation that Samsung’s do, but the MX500 series offers great value and perfectly high performance. The 1TB MX500 is actually rated higher in sequential read speeds than Samsung’s 1TB 860 Evo, which can be helpful for loading large game files on your PS4.

Just how good the value is will depend on the day, but in most cases, the base price of a 1TB MX500 SSD will be below the price of the 860 Evo at an equal capacity. And, since discounts on internal storage often hit the market at the same time, if one is on sale, don’t be surprised if you find the other on sale as well.

The MX500 offers a way to speed up your PS4 or PS4 Pro, but you’ll get the most out of your money upgrading the internal storage of a PS4 Pro with this drive. It comes in size options from 250GB up to 2TB. And, for your peace of mind, features a five-year warranty.

Best External: WD My Book

If you want to upgrade the storage of your PS4 without all the fuss of copying over your data, opening up the console, and swapping out internal drives, you have another option. You can expand the space available to store games and media using an external drive with a USB 3.0 connection.

USB drives for PS4 can range from 250GB to 8TB, and you don’t have to worry about the size not fitting into your PS4, nor do you have to figure out what to do with the old internal hard drive since it will stay put. WD’s My Book external hard drive is an excellent upgrade option as it comes in high capacities ranging from 3TB up to 20TB, though you’ll be limited to 8TB for a PS4 expansion drive.

Best of all, the My Book drives offer an incredibly high value, with plenty of storage per dollar. They also come in a two-tone black enclosure that can match up with the two-tone black design of some PS4 models. And, if you decide one day you don’t need the storage, you can repurpose the drive, or potential use it in the future with a PS5.

Runner-Up, Best External: Seagate Backup Plus Slim

Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB

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Seagate’s popular option for external storage is both affordable and easy to add to your gaming setup. The Backup Plus Slim external hard drives feature the USB 3.0 connection needed for use with a PS4 or PS4 Pro, and they come in sizes ranging from 1TB to 5TB. They also come in multiple colors, including black, blue, red, and silver.

One of the most compelling aspects of the Seagate Backup Plus Slim is how small and simple it is. Many bigger external hard drive enclosures require a USB connection for data transfer and a separate wired connection for power from a wall outlet. The Backup Plus Slim handles data transfer over its USB cable and gets power over the same cable. This means you’ll be dealing with fewer wires to set it up.

So, if you have an already busy multimedia center and would struggle to wire up another device and find an outlet for it, the Backup Plus Slim is a great option for you. As a little bonus, these drives come with a two-month subscription to Adobe’s Creative Cloud platform for photography, but you’ll need to use that on your computer.

Best Value: Seagate Expansion 8TB

If your motto is “go big or go home,” then you should be looking at the Seagate Expansion 8TB drive. This USB 3.0 external hard drive offers an affordable way to completely max out the available storage for your PS4. The base price of the 8TB Seagate Expansion drive offers an incredible high gigabyte-per-dollar value.

The Seagate Expansion drive has a variety of sizes, ranging from 3TB on the low end up to 8TB on the high end. At the lower capacities, we’d likely opt for a different drive. But, for a massive 8TB of external storage to add to your PS4, the Seagate Expansion is hard to beat.

This drive does require a separate power cord to operate, so keep that in mind when planning your setup. If you were looking at using an SSD to upgrade the loading speed of your PS4 but were intimidated by the prices, you could pair a smaller SSD for your favorite games with an affordable external drive like this for everything else.

Our Process

Our writers spent three hours researching the most popular hard drives for PS4 on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 40 different hard drives overall, screened options from 12 different brands and manufacturers and read over 15 user reviews (both positive and negative). All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.