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Nyko Reveals HDD Data Bank Upgrade Kit For PlayStation 4

Not happy with the PlayStation 4's 500GB storage capacity?

Then you'll be interested in peripheral manufacturer Nyko's solution: At CES this week, the company revealed a cheap and simple way to cram more data into Sony's new console.

It's the Data Bank accessory and it uses a standard 3.5-inch desktop computer hard drive, and it sits atop the system after you partially remove the console's casing. The price range will be between $30 and $40 and compatible hard drives are sold separately. Now, the PS4's stock drive can be changed for a larger 2.5-inch hard drive designed for laptops, but that sort of upgrade isn't cheap.

There was a time when I avoided third-party peripherals for my systems like the plague but admittedly, such products have gotten much better.

Tags: nyko ps4 upgrade, nyko data bank, ps4 hard drive

1/8/2015 11:36:31 AM Ben Dutka

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, January 08, 2015 @ 11:50:05 AM
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Oh hell yeah I'm in, it's stylish too. With every game fully tossing about 50gb into your system this will be helpful.

I don't play on consoles to waste time managing files I may or may not want on there, that's for PC.

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Jawknee
Thursday, January 08, 2015 @ 12:09:07 PM

No kidding. I only have 100gb's left. I may just go the route of getting a bigger 2.5 HDD though. Nyko stuff is kinda unreliable in my experiance.

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matt99
Thursday, January 08, 2015 @ 1:19:54 PM

I still have the original 500gb drive and I'm at the point where every new game means I have to delete an old one. Sony should give you the option to archive your games to an external drive like steam, that way I don't have to re-download 50gb if I want to play infamous again (luckily I have no cap so it's just an inconvenience).

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Jawknee
Thursday, January 08, 2015 @ 2:26:17 PM

A benefit of sticking to hard copies on the PS4 is all it requires is a reinstall if you have to delete a game and want to go back to it later.

And yes, archiving to an external HDD would be great. Even better Sony should take an idea from Nintendo and allow you to not only archive but play games right of an external HDD like with the Wii U.

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Temjin001
Thursday, January 08, 2015 @ 2:30:14 PM

If you're buying your games on disc you can just ditch the 50GB file until you play the game again. Most PS4 games don't have bad install times so you can usually get up and running in short work from a fresh re-install.
A major perk compared to PS3 last gen where HDD install times could be terrible.

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Jawknee
Thursday, January 08, 2015 @ 2:33:26 PM

GTA5's install is pretty long. Not the initial one when you pop the disc in but the install it performs after you launch the game for the first time.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, January 08, 2015 @ 6:14:07 PM

yeah they do get up and running quickly I'll give them that, but I find myself increasingly spending time being a file manager deciding which to keep and which to kill based on projecting my gaming habits into the future. Gotta consider digital games too.

By the end of a couple years I'll probably have the huge internal drive plus one of these plus an intercooler and maybe a time machine attached to it.

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Jawknee
Thursday, January 08, 2015 @ 7:22:24 PM

Yea I'ma have to get a TB or 2TB drive soon.

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matt99
Thursday, January 08, 2015 @ 7:56:45 PM

Yeah playing off an external drive would be great and the fast install time is the main reason I still buy games on disc, although some games like GTAV have a pretty long install time. Plus I think deleting a game deletes all of the DLC as well...all of which would be solved by allowing us to use external drives in some way.

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Shauneepeak
Thursday, January 08, 2015 @ 11:51:51 AM
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My biggest worry would be how well it holds the Harddrive in place. Nyko isn't exactly know for their quality.

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matt99
Thursday, January 08, 2015 @ 1:20:58 PM

I've never used a nyko product but the comments section on IGN for this was just ripping nyko apart, it was quite funny.

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Bonampak
Thursday, January 08, 2015 @ 2:05:56 PM

Yep. Nyko products are not entirely reliable.

I wouldn't trust them with something like this.

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tes37
Thursday, January 08, 2015 @ 12:53:24 PM
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I just upgraded my HDD to 2TB. When I run out of space in the near future, this may be something for me to consider getting.

I bought a 2TB external drive for $94.99 and removed the enclosure and installed it in the PS4.

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matt99
Thursday, January 08, 2015 @ 1:21:29 PM

Ya that's what I'm doing, it's surprisingly cheaper that way.

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tes37
Thursday, January 08, 2015 @ 4:46:16 PM

I followed this person's advice that suggested using guitar picks to get into the enclosure and it worked out very well. It keeps you from bending the enclosure so you're able to reuse it for the 500GB drive you removed.

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matt99
Thursday, January 08, 2015 @ 7:58:16 PM

I didn't think of that, thanks for the tip!

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tes37
Thursday, January 08, 2015 @ 9:54:24 PM

One more thing matt99, if you've never reformatted a PS drive using a pc, google it. The drive will only show up under devices and will not appear like normal external drives. You will have to manually delete file blocks before you can reformat, but it doesn't take long to do.

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coverton341
Thursday, January 08, 2015 @ 1:46:21 PM
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Upgraded the day I bought the system (had a 1TB ready to go) and I haven't had an issue, but yeah, it wasn't cheap. This could be pretty good though as you can get much larger 3.5 HDDs than 1TB. Never need to worry about space again.

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MRSUCCESS
Thursday, January 08, 2015 @ 1:56:13 PM
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Surprisingly I have 400GB left on my hard drive. I'm sure that will drastically decrease when I play Unity.

That being said, I don't think I will ever use all 500GB but I may be wrong.

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newchef
Thursday, January 08, 2015 @ 2:13:53 PM

youd be surprised, i only have 12 games on my PS4 right now and im maxed out already

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Jawknee
Thursday, January 08, 2015 @ 2:29:51 PM

I have maybe 7 retail games for PS4 and a few free downloads that are smaller and I only have about 100gb left. Pretty lame considering how many games I have installed and downloaded on my PS3 (over 30 installed, over 30 PS1 classics installed and about half that many downloaded) and I have about 190gb left over.

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Deleted User
Thursday, January 08, 2015 @ 2:26:39 PM
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Never stressed much about space on the PS4 because it handles installs so fast and juggling space is something we all got really good at on the PS3. However, for the X1 I had to add a 3TB external because the installs are atrocious. Good thing is there is no difference streaming game install data from the external or the built in one.

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Jawknee
Thursday, January 08, 2015 @ 2:31:22 PM

Yea when you stick with retail copies of games the installs aren't a big deal but downloading patches can be a pain. For example when I had to replace my PS4's reinstalling Killzone and Battlefield 4 weren't a big deal but the patches that followed ate up my bandwidth.

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Temjin001
Thursday, January 08, 2015 @ 2:32:52 PM

aye. Jawknee. I forgot about that. Too bad so many games have huge patches. AC Unity would be atrocious.


EDIT: Ubi should really offer a free disc exchange via mail delivery to those who want an updated disc with all the appended patches.

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Jawknee
Thursday, January 08, 2015 @ 2:38:43 PM

Lol Ubisoft and DICE are both lame when it comes to releasing completed games. That's what I love about many Japanese developers and Nintendo. Their games work the day they're released.

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Deleted User
Thursday, January 08, 2015 @ 6:43:40 PM

Yeah man that slipped my mind too. I never got BF4 but I remember Wolfenstein had a hell of an update, but you can still play the game while its downloading.

The only big glitch I remember from Nintendo was something in Skyward Sword that if you didnt do one dungeon in the order told, you couldn't progress. I must have done it right because i never ran into it myself, but a friend did.

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Jawknee
Thursday, January 08, 2015 @ 7:21:38 PM

Yea as long as you followed the path the game wanted you won't set off the glitch. And even if you did Nintendo created an app that you can download from the virtual console shop to fix your save file for you. Would have been nice if they could have just it patched but oh well. There was a glitch in Metroid Other M that I never encountered either but I know it was there because Nintendo actually needed you to send them your save file to fix it. Of those two, those are the only I've encountered in 30 years.

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Temjin001
Thursday, January 08, 2015 @ 2:27:17 PM
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I'd sooner just buy a HDD and replace the one in my PS4 myself and save the $30-$40 from buying that external enclosure.... and save my PS4 from that hideous look while I'm at it.

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kraygen
Thursday, January 08, 2015 @ 2:49:38 PM
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Why spend $40 on a device that allows you to attach a drive which you will still have to purchase for $50 or more depending on drive size when for $100 you can buy a 2TB laptop drive and just put it in your ps4?

Am I missing something? I know 3.5 inch drives have more capacity for less money, but the price difference is lost if you have to spend money on a seperate device to use it.

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AcHiLLiA
Thursday, January 08, 2015 @ 5:30:45 PM
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?, if u install a new HDD in the PS4 can you retrieve ur older one without it formatting? I suppose the original drive will have to format if u install on some other registered PS4?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, January 08, 2015 @ 6:15:34 PM

ummm I'm not an authority on this but some people here are. On PS3 I couldn't ever use my old one again without reformatting.

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Ignitus
Friday, January 09, 2015 @ 2:53:45 AM
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6 Terabytes of space here we come!!!

It's a very useful accessory. Though Sony could make it redundant. Just let us connect an external USB 3.0 HDD and use it like that. If the Xbone can do it, let us do it!!

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richfiles
Monday, January 12, 2015 @ 6:01:45 PM

Careful with the 6 TB drives. I know the first ones out used helium gas inside, since it's less dense than regular air, and allows the head to ride closer to the platter (hard drive heads "float" over the platter, on a cushion of air). Helium gas will leak over time, meaning the drive won't last as long as traditional drives. It's actually one of the warnings regarding their use. They have to be replaced or refurbished every few years... Not sure if one will hold for a console generation or not??? Who knows?

If you plan to replace it with the latest and greatest periodically... Have at it! :P

I personally bought a Seagate 2TB USB 3.0 portable hard drive, stripped the case off, and installed the drive that was inside it into my PS4. It was the same drive that was selling for $20 more as an internal drive! XD

Back when I bought it, it was only $99, so this kit is NOT for those looking to save money. This kit is for those looking to break 2TB at ANY cost.

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JackieBoy
Friday, January 09, 2015 @ 4:01:01 AM
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The thing is people keep old games just for the sake of keeping them I guess... or "maybe I will play them soon?" That "maybe" never comes actually, while there are so many new games comming out. The truth is you never play more then 6-7 games at the same time - and they can easily fit 500GB HDD. Currently I have like 8 big titles and 4 smaller ones and >100GB left on HDD. I'm sure that when Bloodborne, MGSV, Witcher 3, U4 comes, I will delete some of old titles with no regret because I will never play them again.

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Rachet_JC_FTW
Thursday, January 15, 2015 @ 10:42:18 PM
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yeah they have hopefully this one is alright

happy gaming

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