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- Easily upgrade the storage capacity of the PS4 up to 2TB
- Uses any standard 3.5" hard drive instead of more expensive, slower 2.5" drives
- Save money and get more storage with 3.5" drives over 2.5" drives
- Not compatible with the PS4 Slim or PS4 Pro.
- LED indicators illustrate when the PS4 is saving content or accessing the hard drive (hard drive not included)
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- LED indicators illustrate when the Xbox One is saving content or accessing the hard drive
- Uses any standard 3.5'' hard drive instead of more expensive, external hard drives
- Save money and get more storage with 3.5" drives over 2.5" external drives
- Dedicated power cable provides the extra power needed for the 3.5" hard drive
- Sleek aesthetic helps the larger hard drive blend in with the lines of the system and looks more stylish than a standard external drive with exposed cable
Nyko Data Bank
Easily upgrade the HDD capacity of the Xbox One. The Data Bank for the Xbox One allows the use of an external 3.5'' hard drive* in addition to the stock 2.5'' hard drive that comes pre-installed in the system. 3.5" drives are less expensive at higher memory capacities than the 2.5" drives commonly found in standard external hard drives. The unit also includes a front facing LED indicator which illustrates when the Xbox One is saving or accessing content on the hard drive. The Data Bank is powered by its own dedicated power cable to run the 3.5" hard drive.
Installing the Data Bank is easy and takes only a few minutes. Simply attach the Data Bank to the top of the Xbox One and plug the USB cable into the back of the console. The USB connection allows the Xbox One to access the data stored on the 3.5" HDD. Slide any 3.5" drive into the Data Bank and attach the drive cover. Once the drive is properly installed, plug the Data Bank in to any wall outlet via the provided power cord and turn on your system.
With the Data Bank installed the Xbox One's storage capacity can easily be augmented by installing most 3.5" hard drives, drastically increasing the amount of games and save files that can be stored on the system.
- Easily upgrade the storage capacity of the Xbox One
- Modular - Compatible with other Nyko modular items for Xbox One
Easily upgrade the PlayStation 4's hard-drive space up to 2TB. The Data Bank for the PlayStation 4 allows the use of a 3.5" hard drive to be used as internal storage instead of the stock 2.5" hard drive that comes pre-installed on the system. 3.5" drives are less expensive at higher capacities than the 2.5" drive inherently supported by the PS4. Typically 3.5" also have a higher read/write speed than 2.5" drives which may slightly improve load times in many games. The unit also includes a front facing LED indicator which illustrates when the PlayStation 4 is accessing or saving content from the hard drive. The Data Bank is powered by a built-in power pass-through cord so it does not require its own power outlet. With Data Bank installed the PS4's internal memory can be expanded up to 2TB, drastically increasing the amount of games and save files that can be saved on the system. Installing the Data Bank is easy and takes only a few minutes. After backing up your saved games simply remove the top cover of the PS4 and the internal 2.5" drive by removing one screw via the included screw driver. Slide the included SATA adapter into place, replace the screw and then snap the Data Bank onto the top of the PS4. Once installed, insert any compatible 3.5" drive into the Data Bank and attach the Data Banks's drive cover. The last step is to plug the Data Bank's power pass-through cord into the PS4 and then plug the PS4's power cord into the Data Bank. Detailed instructions on how to back up and transfer PS4 save files, Data Bank installation and how to initialize the PS4 firmware on a new drive are included in the box. Nyko recommends only using up to 2TB drives at this time as drives larger than 2TB could cause issues with Rest Mode and other features.
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Let me start off by saying that you, as a customer, must do your research when adding any hardware accessory that modifies the function of your PS4. Most reviews criticizing this unit for not allow you to use a hard drive with 5/6 TB's is not the limitation of this accessory, it's a limitation of the PS4. Will higher capacity drives work? Yes, but there's exception to the functions of your PS4, which is not permeated by this Nyko accessory, but by the PS4 operating system itself.
I believe Nyko could have done a better job educating the consumer in it's boxing/manual perhaps, however, I feel this is the responsibility of the consumer to research this prior to any modification to their console. It's like someone jail breaking their iPhone, but they don't know the potential negative affects of doing so, because they didn't do their research beforehand.
This accessory, essentially, allows you to use a standard 3.5 desktop hard drive. Currently, I use a 4TB SSHD by Seagate inside. From my research, people whom upgraded to anything larger than 4TB's have been having issues (sleep mode, power issues, restarts), which again, is not this accessories fault. You may see people stating that 5TB+ hard drives work, and they're not wrong. However, many (not all) run into functionality issues where bootup times are actually longer, access times for loading while playing games are longer, and other related issues. But this is NOT caused by the Nyko Data Bank!! It's an issue with the PS4's operating system of handling large volume storage.
Now on to my actual review of this unit:
Hardware -- It comes with a screw driver that you use to unscrew the single screw that's required to swap out the hard drive. The quality of the actual unit itself is on par with the PS4 itself. It's made of plastic, and in my estimation, feels exactly like the PS4's material. The fit of the unit is great; no forcing or struggling to slide and snap anything in. It slid into place and fit like a glove.
Functionality -- It does what it advertises, it allows you to upgrade your PS4's internal storage to that of a higher capacity, 3.5 inch, desktop hard drive. I formatted the hard drive FIRST to exFAT (PS4 plays very nicely with this format), slid it into place, safely and securely into the Nyko expansion bay (make sure the connection is solid and firm, it should not wiggle at all). I'm using a Seagate 4TB SSHD, and after doing a clean install of the PS4 firmware, I've loaded my restore data onto this hard drive, and everything works as normal, with the benefit of a larger capacity drive. No problems with sleep mode, no problems with restarts.
My tip for ANYONE questioning whether they should get this or not because of the other reviews.
1.) Do your research.
2.) Use hard drives 4TB's or smaller in capacity (a soft performance limitation caused by the PS4 OS, not Nyko's expansion bay)
3.) Using a PC, format your new hard drive as exFAT first, before putting into the Nyko unit
4.) Double check ALL connections prior to booting up your PS4 with the new hardware installed
***Problems you may run into NOT because of this accessory
1.) The PS4 OS, currently doesn't play nicely with large volume storage. This is why, for the meantime, Nyko recommends 2TB's. I'm currently using a 4TB drive which I'm happy with.
2.) You WILL have issues with suspend mode when using higher capacity drives, however again, this is NOT a problem caused by this Nyko unit, this is a limitation of the current PS4 firmware. Sony will need to put out an update that supports suspend/sleep mode with higher capacity drives. For now, you will just have to shut off your PS4 normally until then. If you're ok with this, then there isn't any issues.
Ok, I ordered this a while back, and after I got it, I wanted to see how other people reacted to it. I can see it's roughly an even split. After reading some reviews, doing some online research, and instructions from the package itself, here is what I would recommend.
For starters, do web research. I would also recommend looking at other people reviewing this. Look at some of the Q/As, at some of the 4 and 5 starts for instructions and set up, the 3 and lower stars for issues.
1. It says to not get a HDD over 2 TB. My system only had 500GB, so I figured I'd be adding three times more space and I'm Ok with that. I've seen others say they got up to 6TB, but I am NOT tempting fate.
2. The HDD in question is a WD Black 2TB Performance Desktop Hard Drive: 3.5-inch, SATA 6 Gb/s, 7200 RPM, 64MB Cache WD2003FZEX. I think the price is good.
3. The HDD makes a little noise, but that means its working and since I use headphones, it doesn't bother me.
4. Make sure you after you have it installed that you are getting the entire software update installed, not just the latest patch. PS, check the official site the day you work on this to make sure you are up to date.
5. Make sure you do this when you have A LOT of free time, because after you get it set up, the internal software and updating takes a good while, so you'll want to keep and eye on it while doing other activities.
6. I've seen people talk about this overheating. Out of paranoia, I keep a fan next to it turned on when playing. A time or two I have played a few hours of Batman without the fan. But I don't want to risk it, so I just keep using the fan. Yes, it gets hot, but I figure if I don't binge for hours and hours and if I use the fan, the system will be fine. I also make sure to keep the fan on after I'm done for a little bit. I figure it could help it cool down. (I don't know how many hours I played at longest with the fan off, but I don't want to chance it.)
7. I got a data recovery warranty with purchase of the HDD. I haven't used it yet, but it doesn't hurt to have peace of mind.
Now, I have had a small issue or two since the instillation. Nothing to destroy my system, but a few hiccups, some weird graphical issues, and a time or two with a loading screen that was going nowhere. I was able to get around these, but I cannot be 100% sure if it was the games or the system with its new HDD and equipment. Again, I'm only speaking from personal experience.
What I'm getting at is that this device isn't flawless, as noted by other users, but for me my experience has been positive. I hope my tips and feedback help whoever reads this. Like many others, I was excited at the idea of upping my system to A LOT of TBs, but with reviews about how the system acted funny at 4TBs and up, I am happy with 2TB.