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5.0 out of 5 stars Sony PlayStation 4 Hard Drive upgrade, 19 Nov 2013
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This review is from: Samsung/Seagate 1TB 2.5 inch 5400RPM SATA II Hard Disk Drive (Personal Computers)
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UPDATE 28TH NOVEMBER 2013. Here is a link that gives instructions on the Official Sony UK PlayStation website to download and then initialise your PS4 after replacing the Hard Drive. Within these instructions is a link with the name 'DOWNLOAD NOW', this will download the system software update file (1.51), which you will need for your UK PlayStation 4 after replacing the hard drive (859MB - PS4UPDATE.PUP):

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I am purchasing this Hard Drive to upgrade the 500GB that comes with the Sony PlayStation 4 console released on 29th November 2013 in the UK.

I phoned Sony PlayStation customer services yesterday to check whether this HD was compatible with the new PS4, and although they cannot as yet officially confirm that it is, they did tell me that all the product details fit the requirements of a PS4 replacement HD as indicated in the US PS4 Ultimate FAQ document, i.e.

SATA II
2.5 inch
5,400 RPM
9.5mm thick
Memory capacity higher than 160GB

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One important thing to remember however is to make sure you have the 1.51 system software update file on a USB stick downloaded from the UK Sony PlayStation website, and NOT the US 1.51 system software file currently available on the US Sony PlayStation website. The UK 1.51 file is not currently available until 29th November 2013, once the UK PlayStation 4 console is released. The 1.51 system software update file will then be available on Official European Sony PlayStation websites.

Again, important NOT to download the US 1.51 system software file if you have a UK PlayStation.

Also remember after downloading the 1.51 system software update file (PS4UPDATE.PUP) to then place it in a folder named UPDATE and then place this folder inside a folder named PS4, (all uppercase) before you put it on your USB stick. Otherwise, your PS4 console will not recognize the file on the USB stick.

Here is an excellent and easy to follow guide on how to upgrade your PS4 HD to a 1TB SATA II HD:

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Initial post: 20 Nov 2013 11:03:57 GMT
I have already downloaded the 1.50 update from the US (before their launch) thinking that would be fine. Do you know why it won't be compatible with the UK release?

Also, if upgrading the HDD we need the update that's 950+mb, not the smaller version.

(I too have bought this drive, waiting for the 29th!)

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Nov 2013 11:09:19 GMT
Last edited by the author on 20 Nov 2013 11:11:27 GMT
Adrian says:
Yes, I did what you did in preparation for installing my new 1TB SATA II HD, but was informed by Sony Customer Services when I phoned them not to do that and wait until the 1.50 system software update appears on the UK website when the PS4 console is released in the UK on 29th November. They didn't give me an explanation why, but it's probably related to these 1.50 system software updates being from two different regions, i.e. US and UK.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Nov 2013 11:15:05 GMT
Hmm, great thanks for that. I'll re-download on the 29th then.

Was hoping to get ahead of the crowd and have the update ready before hundreds of thousands of other people start downloading it on the 29th. Oh well.

Happy gaming!

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Nov 2013 11:24:51 GMT
Adrian says:
Yeah, it will probably be related to lot's of licensing, legal stuff, T&C, & UK specific data that is contained on the 1.50 UK System Software update that is different from the USA firmware update file.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Nov 2013 11:34:08 GMT
Adrian says:
The other reason for Sony's advice not to download the US 1.50 system software update could be related to the fact that the 1.51 firmware update was announced yesterday on the PlayStation.blog:

http://blog.us.playstation.com/2013/11/19/ps4-system-software-update-1-51-coming-soon/

Posted on 24 Nov 2013 08:51:15 GMT
hey great research matey, i'm thinking of getting a bigger HD myself, 500gig ain't gonna last too long

Posted on 24 Nov 2013 09:20:50 GMT
also i am assuming i can put the old 500 gig hd into my ps3?!

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Nov 2013 12:28:20 GMT
Adrian says:
I am unsure, the PS4 HD is a SATA II whereas the PS3 HD is a SATA I. It's the same connection, but the SATA II has a faster transfer rate. Best to check with Sony PlayStation Support to make 100% sure of compatibility.

PlayStation Support: 0844 736 0595
e-mail: help@uk.playstation.com

Posted on 24 Nov 2013 15:34:56 GMT
Last edited by the author on 24 Nov 2013 15:36:50 GMT
Troysayshi says:
I've got one of these babies in my PS3. Excellent harddrive. Now come the 29th I'll have another one in my PS4. Great post by the way Adrian with all the details people need for correct installation of the harddrive.

I did try to find a 2TB + but they seemed to run at 7200 and don't want to risk overheating as my PS4 is set to go in a snug place.

Posted on 26 Nov 2013 18:44:31 GMT
Great Help, Thank you so much
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