Upgrade PS4 PRO Hard Drive or just use an external HDD?

Probably many PS4 PRO fanboys are not aware that they can attach an external hard drive (or any other external storage device) in order to help them backup the data stored on the internal hard drive of the game console they use. This option puts the users in a matter of confusion about whether to upgrade the internal hard drive of PS4 PRO with a larger drive or just get an external hard drive as a storage expansion for the internal HDD.

Why to use an external hard drive for PS4 PRO

To find out, we threw some of our storage suite at the drive and compared it to the old Barracuda XT and Green drives. Backing up the internal drive’s data of PS4 PRO is an essential process for every serious gamer who cares about their games and not wishing to lose them. Here comes the importance of using an external hard drive with PS4 PRO game console. Regardless of whether the benchmarker is an artist or an IT Professional, PCMark Vantage shows the user where their system soars or falls flat, and how to get the most performance possible out of their hardware. Higher IOPS and MB/s rates with lower latency times are preferred. The benchmark indicates how many operations per second can be achieved. The 10TB Barracuda Pro is warrantied for five years at 220TB worth of writes per year, or 1100TB over the warranted lifespan.

using external hard drive for PS4 PRO

Preferred capacity of external hard drive

I also ripped the drive out of Seagate’s 4TB GoFlex Desk enclosure, a 5-platter Barracuda XT, and included it in the comparisons. PCMark Vantage is easy enough for even the most casual enthusiast to use yet supports in-depth, professional industry grade testing. We prefer for PS4 PRO users to get a 2tb external hard drive capacity, which seems pretty much enough for the overwhelming majority of fanboys. In this trace we recorded 2,986MB being written to the drive and 1,924MB being read. There is an enormous gap with SSDs in this regard. The SSD folks call this TBW (terabytes written), and Seagate’s promise far outstrips the amount of data likely to be written to the drive.

Advantages of using an external hard drive with PS4 PRO

Random write performance actually dropped a bit compared to the older Barracuda XT. The 2TB and 3TB Seagate Barracuda XT drives perform pretty much identically to one another in PCMark Vantage. In our HTPC profile, the Seagate BarraCuda really shined. Using an external hard drive for PS4 PRO has its own advantages and disadvantages, just like anything in this world. The Atto Disk Benchmark performs a similar test, but with four simultaneous commands at a time. Then again, there are moving parts here.

It’s still higher than the Green drive, but it looks like Seagate has tweaked the drive’s firmware a bit resulting in lower random write performance. The 2TB Seagate Barracuda XT can boast Gaming and Photo Importing performance slightly better than a pair of WD 1TB drives in RAID 0! It had the best performance by far in all three metrics tested, not by a small margin either. Trying to upgrade PS4 PRO internal hard drive instead of getting an additional external hard drive doesn’t seem to be the complete solution of the situations some users may encounter. The results are displayed here in megabytes per second. The warranty is limited, and includes only replacement, not data recovery.
Sequential performance is up a bit over the original 3TB Barracuda XT, but about in-line with what we’d expect from a modern day high-capacity drive. Head to head, the 2TB Seagate Barracuda XT out performs the Western Digital 1TB WD1001FALS drive. The BarraCuda gave us a throughput of 1,566.86 IOPS, 116.56MB/s transfer speeds, and 5ms. The power consumption and noise production tests of the Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 will be done at a later point. You’ll need to purchase Seagate’s Rescue service for that, at $10 for one year or $15 for two years.

storing PS4 PRO HDD data on an external storage device

Storing data on the external HDD

Even compared to the latest 4TB Barracuda XT, we see a slight increase in performance. The small-capacity SSDs clearly dominate the speed front. The main purpose of using an external hard drive is to backup/archive the data stored on the internal hard drive in order to have a precautionary copy for emergency situations. Our second real-life test covers disk activity in a gaming environment. In preparation for a large round-up of hard drives we are improving those test procedures. Why not the full five years? The Barracuda XT was consistently faster than the new 3TB Barracuda in our trace based benchmarks. Storing the data of PS4 PRO internal hard drive to the external storage device is seamlessly supported by PS4 PRO operating system, so there should be no reason to worry about that. HD Tune Pro is an extended version of HD Tune which includes many new features such as: write benchmark, secure erasing, AAM setting, folder usage view, disk monitor, command line parameters and file benchmark. Unlike the HTPC trace, this one relies heavily on the read performance of a drive. The Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 2TB is marked in red in the charts, and the other hard drives in blue. I can’t say, but most of my drives that have gone bad have lasted more than two years.


Keep in mind that both of these tests were created on and for SSDs. The benchmark measures raw performance in a couple different ways to measure a hard drive for Read and Write tests, which are conducted separately. You can go for a 2tb, 4tb or even 6tb hard drive when thinking about upgrading the stock hard drive of PS4 PRO. This seems to help you loiter considering an external hard drive as a new option in this regard. To give a simple breakdown of read/write percentages, the HTPC test is 64% write, 36% read, the Productivity test is 59% write and 41% read, while the gaming trace is 6% write and 94% read. In PCMark Vantage we arrived at 6.935 points for the Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 2TB, which is a good score, even if the more expensive Western Digital RE4 2TB and Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB are even faster. Just saying.