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2TB FireCuda SATA 6Gb/s 2.5" Hybrid Gaming Hard Drive $80

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Amazon has the 2.5" Seagate FireCuda Gaming SSHD on sale for 79.99:

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OK price if you need one. It's been around this price for a while, usually on Deal-O-the-day (Amazon) or with Promo code (Newegg). I think it's been a few bucks lower.

I have no problem with these and have one in a PS4 slim now. Easy to install.

You'll find some people complain about them.. not as fast as an SSD -- of course not, but have you priced a 2TB SSD (or even a 1TB one for that matter?). I do wish these had more SSD storage area -- it's really debatable how much the "hybrid SSD" part helps at all in PS3/PS4 operation. My feeling is it can't hurt and some common tasks, like if you play the same game repeatedly, it will "learn" some files to the flash so that portion of loading will become faster.

So the speed "advantage" is debatable, but you won't find 2TB 2.5" drives much lower than this anyway. From my experience it worked well for me.

[Update: Now that Sony finally allows external USB drives to store games, you might prefer to just use an external USB drive (portable or plug-in 3.5"). That way you could easily get 2TB-4TB. But you'll have that extra drive hanging off your system. Originally (until a firmware upgrade a few months ago), Sony didn't allow this, which made it more important to have a large internal PS4 drive. (500GB is definitely not enough...). Now I'd say you might not want to bother upgrading your internal drive, though it's not that hard to do. (read online instructions and make sure to download a current FULL PS4 firmware release to USB stick).
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Great drive. I've had one for about a year now in my gaming PC, along with an SSD. Has worked flawlessly.
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Is that an actual blister-pack that the hard drive comes in?

If so, we've reached a new low in protective padding for head/platter type drives.
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I saw the price drop yesterday. I just bought a pair of these from Amazon the other day for 89.99. I'm going to request a price match from my CC company. Nice drive from what I've experienced in just a few days of use. Restoring to the drive (from my backup) was less than 1/2 the time it took to perform the backup using my original 500GB drive.
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BTW, the drive is the same price (79.99) at Frys, free shipping, no sales tax for most people.
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I saw the price drop yesterday. I just bought a pair of these from Amazon the other day for 89.99. I'm going to request a price match from my CC company. Nice drive from what I've experienced in just a few days of use. Restoring to the drive (from my backup) was less than 1/2 the time it took to perform the backup using my original 500GB drive.
you're coming from an extremely slow drive then, if this 5400rpm drive is fast to you, since the caching function of this drive does absolutely nothing in that restore process... all the caching function helps with is repetitive processes, but it needs to see them first to move the required files into the 8GB SSD portion.
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you're coming from an extremely slow drive then, if this 5400rpm drive is fast to you, since the caching function of this drive does absolutely nothing in that restore process... all the caching function helps with is repetitive processes, but it needs to see them first to move the required files into the 8GB SSD portion.
I'm not an expert in SSHD technology, but I can definitively state that it took over 6 hours to backup from my original drive while restoring to the FireCuda took a little less than 3 hours. I don't know if it's due to faster transfer rate, or maybe the PS4 backup/restore function needs to read from the system drive during the backup/restore process (maybe to load portions of the backup/restore utility?), or maybe there is something else it needs to read on the system drive while restoring. It's also possible that there is something about the Restore process that is much quick than the Backup process regardless of what drive you are using.

Anecdotally, game loading also seems faster to me. I didn't conduct a formal timing study -- this is just my perception from my personal experience.

At the end of the day, the drive addresses my primary reason for buying it -- it provides me a LOT more free space, and it's backed by a solid 5-year warranty. For $79.99, that seems like a solid deal to me.
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Frys is no longer listing this drive on their site. Some time today it got dropped.

At the present time, Amazon is the only place with pricing below $80 for this drive. I don't know if Seagate is release a new version of this drive, or maybe EOL-ing this product, but if you like this drive then you may not want to wait too long to snag one from Amazon.
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Price is now showing 89.99 sold & fulfilled by Amazon, and still OOS until 10/28.

The drive is now showing available on Frys again at 79.99.
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