So this probably sold me on the PS4, more then many other things: Single screw HDD replacement. SDD here I come (also look at the screw)
Super easy disk replacement
So this probably sold me on the PS4, more then many other things: Single screw HDD replacement. SDD here I come :)
I'd be wary of installing SSD's into a console (much like I was with the PS3). If the system wasn't build with solid state in mind it's fairly likely that the OS won't have any level of TRIM support, as a result all that hot SSD performance will go downhill rather rapidly.
@korwin: Modern SSDs have some degree of internal garbage collection. I think it is likely the OS would also support TRIM, as FreeBSD does also.
True on the internal front, I sincerely doubt the OS will support it. The general rule of working with a Unix base is that you only put in what you need and nothing more, as the standard is still Mechanical drives for these things including a regular TRIM task will only serve to bloat the OS.
Is there any information in that article about how the drives need to be formatted? Can I just pull the HDD out of the box and pop it into my PS4, or do I have to do a little tinkering first?
I want to swap drives on launch day, so I'd like to be as prepared as possible.
I guess I wanted to do it the hard way?
I guess I wanted to do it the hard way?
You only had to do it for an external drive.
After the first month with the system, I will buy a new SSHD. I figure within a few days several dozen brands/types/sizes of drives will be put into a PS4. After a month a shake out, we will know what works great and what wasn't worth the effort.
My guess is a Hybrid drive will be the best choice, but I'd rather let some hearty pioneers test it out. At the very least a SSHD will not make the system slower, yet the additional cost will be tiny for a modest speed increase.
My theory with drives for consoles is you don't but the biggest and the best right away. Buy what will be a small improvement for a low cost, and then in two or three years upgrade again. If I fill a 1 TB drive in two years I'd be shocked, but I can see where a 2 TB or 4 TB storage drive might be useful in a few years.
@kidavenger: It will always be quieter and cooler. And obviously faster. Its not like the OS would cap that. Garbage collection is a concern though. And you can get 500GB SSDs now.
Buy a $400 ssd for your $400 console, that's smart, and people say PC gaming is expensive...
Ingame loading times are going to be nonexistant /significantly reduced with the 8gb of RAM in both next gen consoles, all you are really looking at reducing is the initial loading of the game into memory.
@korwin: SSDs do not necessarily need TRIM because they will have firmware level garbage collection.
Now that being said, the new HGST 1.5tb hard drives are going to a much better proposition since installs and digital versions are going to take up significantly more space than last gen.
@kidavenger: That's not really a fair comparison since $400 is going to add up no matter where you put it. It would significantly reduce load times whenever data is taken from the hard drive or written to.
The question of worth is up to the user.
That's a kick-ass screw. I wish I had offensive amounts of money so I could buy thousands of PS4s and replace every screw in the house with those.
Then resell the PS4s with regular-ass screws I guess. Or give them away to people who can't afford them, depending on how much money I had.
No seriously, that's the coolest screw I've ever seen, and it's really nice that they put such a cute attention to detail.
The OS likely has TRIM this time and large block support. Sony will want to make a solid-state storage version later for their own use (higher performance or lower cost).
To those asking about FAT32 on PS3, early on if you wanted to back up your HDD to an external one you had to format the drive with a FAT32 partition big enough to hold the backup contents. And Windows won't even make one larger than 16GB! Since most of us probably backed up our existing HDD and restored it to the new one when swapping, we were doing that FAT32 partition thing.
Now backups partition the drive for you, so you don't have to worry about it. And if you didn't want to preserve the contents of your HDD, you never had to.
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