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Odd PS4 external storage issue

prag16

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I have an old SATA drive in an enclosure (with its own power supply) plugged into my PS4 (fat model, but not the launch model; it's that very minor revision they did before the slim).

When I have the drive turned off (the enclosure had an on / off switch), everything is fine.

When I have the drive turned on, it works fine as an external drive, but the video signal randomly cuts out for a few seconds every minute or two. And less frequently, the controllers disconnect themselves.

This ONLY happens when the hard drive is on. If I'm having these issues and I turn off the hard drive, all issues immediately go away. Anyone ever seen or heard of this? Couldn't find much via Googleing around..
 

Birdo

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Hmm. Maybe it's the drive having it's own power supply (Compatability issue).

I know most people use drives that are powered by the console itself. Maybe try one of those.
 
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hybrid_birth

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Hmm. Maybe it's the drive having it's own power supply (Compatability issue).

I know most people use drives that are powered by the console itself. Maybe try one of those.
This. I use a sata drive that i pulled from a laptop and haven’t had this issue on my ps4.

Try a 2.5 inch drive.
 

prag16

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Well, I don't have another drive to try at this moment. If there's some sort of compatibility issue, it's baffling to me that this is how it would manifest..
 

prag16

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Still haven't tried a different drive, but got a longer USB cable and steered the drive much farther away from the PS4 itself, behind the TV cabinet. The issue improved, but didn't resolve completely. But yeah seems like some kind of interference. Maybe I'll look for a simple portable HDD (without a power supply) around Black Friday / Cyber Monday For now I dumped anything I give a shit about at the moment to systme storage, and am ditching the current external.