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Seagate Spinpoint M9T 2TB HDD Small Enough to Fit in PlayStation 4


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38w ago - Following up on the How to Swap In / Upgrade a PS4 HDD guide, today it has been confirmed that the recently released Seagate Spinpoint M9T (measuring just 9.5 mm thick) 2TB HDD is small enough to fit in a PlayStation 4 console.

To quote: Seagate recently [Register or Login to view links] a new 2TB HDD, only that this time its the smallest 2TB HDD currently in existence. Its small enough to fit a PS4 console and and a laptop.

The drive is manufactured in China under the company's [Register or Login to view links], reportedly sporting the highest platter density of any 2.5 inch hard drive to date, with 667 GB of capacity per platter.

"The M9T combines the highest areal density shipping in a single storage device with an innovative design that fits into mainstream notebook applications. While other 2TB solutions on the market are 15 mm thick, the vast majority of mobile devices are designed to use a 9.5 mm drive; with the M9T, those devices can now have 2TB of storage, enabling a richer computing experience," said Dave Frankovich, senior product line manager, Samsung HDD.

For the uninitiated, Seagate bought Samsung Electronics' hard drive business back in December 2011, gaining "select elements" including Samsung's M8 product line of high-capacity, 2.5-inch HDDs, the employees and infrastructure. At the time, N.Y. Park, senior vice president and general manager, would oversee Seagate's product development activities in Korea and serve as country manager of the Korea design center, reporting to Bob Whitmore, Seagate's executive vice president and CTO.

"Seagate is supplying disk drives to Samsung for PCs, notebooks and consumer electronics devices," Seagate's press release stated in 2011. "Samsung is supplying its market-leading semiconductor products for use in Seagate's enterprise solid state drives (SSDs), solid-state hybrid drives and other products. The companies have also extended and enhanced their existing patent cross-license agreement and have expanded cooperation to co-develop enterprise storage solutions."

Although there are 2 TB notebook drives already on the market, these measure either 12.5 mm or 15 mm in thickness. Frankovich told Computerworld that the industry has built three- and four-platter drives before, but typically a three-disk drive would be in a 12.5 mm thickness and a four-disk drive would be in a 15 mm thickness.

"So they kind of got relegated to external drives at that thickness. This is really the first time you're seeing this capacity in the mainstream 9 mm form factor," he said. Frankovich also added that Seagate was able to increase its platter areal density by creating a dual-stage actuator head. One head is used for read and writes, and the other is for keeping the actuator arm secure and in place.

The Spinpoint M9T will also arrive in a 1.5 TB flavor, and both will pack microactuation, a SATA 3 interface for speeds up to 6 Gbps, along with NoiseGuard and SilentSeek technologies to deliver ultra-quiet operation. The drives also use 2.3 watts of power during read/write operations, and 0.7 watts while idling.

The Spinpoint M9T hard drive is currently available in the Samsung Portable product line, which includes the M3 Portable and P3 Portable external drives, as well as with select partners. Pricing is not available, as this drive is sold directly to equipment manufacturers.

Finally, some other confirmed working HDD's with the PS4 / PlayStation 4 include:

  • 5400 SATA - Hitachi Travelstar Z5K500 (Default 500GB) (via hgst.com/hard-drives/mobile-drives/7mm-thin-and-light-drives/travelstar-z5k500)
  • 5400 SATA - Toshiba MQ01ABD100 (via harddrivebenchmark.net/hdd.php?hdd=TOSHIBA+MQ01ABD100)
  • SSHD (Hybrid) - Seagate 1TB SSD/HD ST1000LM014 (via amazon.com/gp/product/B00B99JUBQ/)
  • SSD - Samsung 840 EVO-Series 250GB SSD (via amazon.com/gp/product/B00E3W1726/)

PlayStation 4 Hard Drive Speed Test Comparison (via ign.com/wikis/playstation-4/PlayStation_4_Hard_Drive_Speed_Test_Comparison)








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Neo Cyrus's Avatar
#14 - Neo Cyrus - 38w ago
Yes it'll fit in a PS3 as well.

lionsfan420's Avatar
#13 - lionsfan420 - 38w ago
will this fit in a ps3?

Neo Cyrus's Avatar
#12 - Neo Cyrus - 38w ago
Wonder how long it'll be before someone releases a customised cable that will plug into the internal hdd connector and extend to the outside of the case, allowing hdd's of all shapes and sizes to be fitted! (If someone makes it, can I have some money please! )
Those have been available since the dawn of SATA. A single extender cable that has both the main SATA cable and power cable. The PS4 doesn't support external HDDs?

SwordOfWar's Avatar
#11 - SwordOfWar - 38w ago
do you think you could get a 15mm 2tb in there or only 9mm? cheers

The PS4 FAQ states no bigger than 9.5mm in height, so this HDD is good news.

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#10 - SwordOfWar - 38w ago
I'd like to know when this will be available for purchase and the price.

I went with one of those external connectors lastgen but due to the location of the HDD in the new PS4 it doesn't look like it would look too pretty having a cable run out of the top of the unit, and would probably require a custom coverplate to allow the cable to pass through.

I'm also curious if having the empty space where the HDD is suppose to be would disrupt the intended design of airflow to the components, increasing the risk of overheating.

The other thing is the PS4 FAQ does not mention any capacity limitation, however we all know drivers with more than 1TB of storage wouldn't recognize on the PS3, so i'd like to know if there is a limitation on the PS4 as well.

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