Following up on How to Swap In / Upgrade a PS4 HDD, today Paul Statham (aka Placebo) shared how to modify the PS4 to run with a 2 TB External SSHD drive, which he claims boosts better and cooler performance.
To quote: "Paul Statham, who also happens to be Community and PR Manager at ARMA III Developer Bohemia Interactive, is one of those gamers, and decided that the tiny 500 GB 2.5″ HDD provided with the PS4 wasn’t enough for his taste, so he set out to replace it with a massive 3.5″ 2 TB Solid State Hybrid drive.
You’re probably asking yourself: “How the hell did he fit that in the console? It’s too big.” And in fact he didn’t. He purchased a few spare parts and actually mounted the drive externally, thanks to creativity and a bit of technical knowledge.
Modifying the console like that has a few advantages: first of all 3.5″ drives have a cheaper cost per gigabyte than 2.5″ ones, and the SSHD offered also provides better performance.
The issue is that the internal power source of the PS4 doesn’t have enough juice to run such a giant, so Paul had to actually include an external power source (just for the hard drive) with his creation. That actually gave a further advantage, as according to our bold modder it lets the system run slightly cooler since the internal power source has to draw less power and there isn’t a warm HDD inside.
Below you can see a gallery with the finished modification, that didn’t “harm” the PS4 at all, thus not voiding the warranty. If you want to try this at home (but remember that we or Paul can’t claim responsibility if you fail horribly and destroy your console in the process, so proceed with caution and only if you know what you’re doing) you can also find a list of the parts Paul used and the order in which they’re connected here:
- Nope in the end I didn't have to "harm" the PS4 in any way at all, which of course I was pleased about as I'd imagine I haven't broken the warranty or anything, inside the PS4 you have a SATA 22 pin gender changer: picco.nl/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/334_350/products_id/4101/osCsid/sb91b0o7v8kg0d1ikoqgu2qrn3tv6c63
- Connected into that is a male - female 6gbps Sata cable: picco.nl/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/2491
- Which connects to the hard drive, then you just need to power the actual SSHD hard drive (the PS4 doesn't put out enough power for a 3.5" SSHD - specialtech.co.uk/spshop/customer/Phobya-External-PSU-230V-to-4Pin-Molex-24-Watt-including-EuroUK-Plug-pid-14472.html)
- Then finally a Molex - Sata Power connector (This one most people have spare from their computer motherboard/PSU - picco.nl/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/1296)
Surprisingly the AV receiver doesn't get very hot at all, I have a thermometer sat next to the PS4 on top of the AV receiver right now and it's showing 30c despite being in the middle of a Fifa session.
A female to male SATA cable can also be used instead of the gender changer, but according to Paul his option provides a more secure fit. You don't necessarily need the gender changer, you can get by simply with the female to male SATA cable: picco.nl/catalog/product_info.php/products_id/2214
The problem I found was that pushing that cable directly into the PS4 it was very loose, so with having both the gender changer and the female-male sata cable I was able to secure the cable into the gender changer with a little electricians tape and then the gender changer because it also goes into the sata power slot of the PS4 it holds a little better, then I secure the cable with a small plastic zip tie to the metal frame which adds that final layer of security
In theory you could secure the cable the same way directly into the PS4 without a gender changer. I had ordered both a male-female SATA cable and a gender changer at the exact same time one from Ireland and one from Sweden as I wasn't sure which would arrive first!
One thing to be aware of, changing to an external 3.5" hard drive powered externally means that your PS4 can't be set to stand by anymore (apparently this is an issue with some internal replacement drives as well), personally I wasn't too fussed about this as I didn't want to leave it constantly in stand by anyway and I have other means of charging the controllers
Unfortunately the modification seems to have a drawback, as it won’t allow you to set the PS4 in stand-by mode, but nothing is perfect. Ultimately this is definitely a clever way to make the impossible possible (at least a little bit), and isn’t that what Sony’s philosophy is all about?"
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