Playstation / VIta TV - Maximum HDD Size + Compatibility?

Discussion in 'PS Vita - Hacking & Homebrew' started by crimsonnight, Jul 31, 2017.

  1. crimsonnight
    OP

    crimsonnight GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    224
    8
    Jan 9, 2008
    Hey guys,

    I want to grab an external drive for my Vita TV (running Enso Henkaku) and wanted to know what the maximum size I can use with it is? Also, which drives definitely work, is there a list anywhere? Any particular types of drive I should avoid? I'd like to go with a drive that can be powered via the USB port if possible.

    Cheers!
     
  2. aos10

    aos10 Fairy Princess

    Member
    3,457
    877
    Apr 10, 2012
    Saudi Arabia
    [​IMG]

    2TB HDD will work on PSTV,any external HDD will work like WD.
     
    cearp likes this.
  3. Kazesama

    Kazesama Advanced Member

    Newcomer
    82
    91
    Sep 3, 2003
    United States
    Earth
    cannot be usb powered, has to have its own power source.. the usb on pstv cannot supply enough power (500mah), due to the power supply of the PS TV itself. (5V 2A)
     
    Last edited by Kazesama, Jul 31, 2017
  4. crimsonnight
    OP

    crimsonnight GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    224
    8
    Jan 9, 2008
    Really? Some people have been saying that some 2.5" drives are working without power
     
  5. Ryccardo

    Ryccardo WiiUaboo

    Member
    3,711
    1,773
    Feb 13, 2015
    Italy
    Imola
    Depends of course on how much power it needs (without forgetting that the adapter also plays a role)

    The sticker on the console claims it uses UP TO 1,6 A, which with the official PSP power brick (and tolerances) means that at full load 0,5 A are not too unrealistic, and of course the console isn't consuming maximum power at all times
     
    cearp likes this.
  6. StarGazerTom

    StarGazerTom GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Member
    986
    702
    Feb 2, 2015
    2.5" would usually be fine, because they lower their power consumption in return for slower read and transfer times.

    Best bet is always a fully powered 3.5" as an external for games, such as the vita tv.
     
  7. Kazesama

    Kazesama Advanced Member

    Newcomer
    82
    91
    Sep 3, 2003
    United States
    Earth
    well it depends on the drive, while usb keys or SSD don't draw very much power, can work fine.. but if it's a 2.5" or 3.5" HDD, it most likely requires additional power.

    http://www.buildcomputers.net/power-consumption-of-pc-components.html

    Solid State Drive SSD -0.6 to 2.8 W
    2.5" Hard Disk Drive HDD - 0.7 to 3 W
    3.5" Hard Disk Drive HDD - 6.5 to 9 W

    if you apply the math for the power supply and convert it to watts : 5V x 2A = 10W of available power, with the PS TV drawing most of it..

    If you already have a usb powered HDD purchased, might I suggest to try and pluging in powered USB hub.
     
  8. alucard_xs

    alucard_xs GBAtemp Fan

    Member
    414
    88
    Oct 31, 2012
    Canada
    thanks for those informations.
    BTW does the SD2vita work on Playstation TV ?
     
  9. kumikochan

    kumikochan GBAtemp Maniac

    Member
    1,256
    567
    Feb 4, 2015
    Belgium
    Tongeren
    I've heard a lot of times that drives without external power burn out USB ports after a while.
     
  10. Tom Bombadildo

    Tom Bombadildo I'm Henery the Eighth, I am!

    pip Contributor
    GBAtemp Patron
    Tom Bombadildo is a Patron of GBAtemp and is helping us stay independent!

    Our Patreon
    11,224
    11,547
    Jul 11, 2009
    United States
    I forgot
    Max size is theoretically 128PB, the max size an exfat volume can have.

    But the max size I've seen that works is somewhere around 2TB or so (as posted in this thread). I believe I've seen someone get a 3TB drive working, but I can't find the info on that anymore.

    As to power from the USB port, you'll have to go for a 2.5 HDD otherwise you won't meet the power requirement as the PSTV doesn't put out much power over USB. If you want max size, you'll need an external power HDD.
     
    Skylinedeadline likes this.
  11. Clutz450

    Clutz450 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Member
    652
    106
    Jul 20, 2013
    United States
    @aos10 Can you tell me what 2TB drive you are using? My Western Digital MyBook Essential 2TB drive that is externally powered does not seem to work.
     
  12. aos10

    aos10 Fairy Princess

    Member
    3,457
    877
    Apr 10, 2012
    Saudi Arabia
    Not mine, but i think non powered external HDD will works.
     
  13. godreborn

    godreborn GBAtemp Psycho!

    Member
    4,285
    806
    Oct 10, 2009
    United States
    I think it depends on the capacity. 500GBs and up should use a power supply. I'm using a 128GB flash drive myself.
     
  14. Clutz450

    Clutz450 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Member
    652
    106
    Jul 20, 2013
    United States
    If not yours, then where did you get that picture from? I'd like to ask that person what drive they used so I can try that one out myself.

    My 2TB Western Digital MyBook Essential has it's own power supply but for whatever reason does not want to be recognized by the PSTV. I've used this same drive on both the Wii and the Wii U and both systems recognized the drive without issue. I'm just not understanding why the PSTV won't.

    I do have a powered USB hub that I verified works on the PSTV and I don't mind going out and buying a new 2TB drive. But I would like to buy one that someone else has used and had success with.
     
  15. aos10

    aos10 Fairy Princess

    Member
    3,457
    877
    Apr 10, 2012
    Saudi Arabia
    he used a USB hub with power adapter and connected the HDD to that USB hub.
    it's segat slim HDD.
     
  16. Clutz450

    Clutz450 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Member
    652
    106
    Jul 20, 2013
    United States
    aos10 likes this.
  17. aos10

    aos10 Fairy Princess

    Member
    3,457
    877
    Apr 10, 2012
    Saudi Arabia
  18. Clutz450

    Clutz450 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Member
    652
    106
    Jul 20, 2013
    United States
    Well I already have an externally powered USB hub that I tested on my PSTV and I know that works. So I shouldn't need a Y-cable, correct?

    I just checked BestBuy online to see what hard drives are available today for pickup. I didn't see any Seagate ones but they did have some Western Digital in stock. The one I am looking at is here. https://www.bestbuy.com/site/wd-my-...able-hard-drive-black/5605528.p?skuId=5605528

    They also have one that is specifically advertised for use on the PS4. https://www.bestbuy.com/site/wd-my-...able-hard-drive-black/6110901.p?skuId=6110901 It looks like the same drive but it's more expensive though. But I'm tempted to buy it because of it's guaranteed too work with the PS4 then maybe my chances it wound work on the Vita may be better.
     
    Last edited by Clutz450, Jan 13, 2018
  19. aos10

    aos10 Fairy Princess

    Member
    3,457
    877
    Apr 10, 2012
    Saudi Arabia
    It's the same drive, don't buy the expansive one.

    The reason i said to use Y cable is for non powered HDD drive, not for already powered HDD, also check your plugins, maybe it's the reason why the PSTV not seeing your HDD.
     
  20. Clutz450

    Clutz450 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Member
    652
    106
    Jul 20, 2013
    United States
    I think my plugins are fine since the PSTV recognizes and works fine with a 32GB thumb drive. I'll let you know what I figure out.