August 15, 2022
How to Upgrade PS4 Hard Drive


Your PlayStation 4 console comes with a 500GB hard drive, but that’s not enough for video games on the PS4. Most Windows laptops come with a terabyte or more, and you can’t help but feel small at just 500GB, given that most games take up around 50GB of space. This handy guide shows you how to replace the 500GB hard drive that came with your PS4. And no, doing so will not void your warranty; Sony says so in the manual that came with your console.

You can use a solid state drive (SSD) or a hybrid drive, but we recommend sticking to a standard 5,400rpm laptop drive as others aren’t officially supported by Sony. Once you have your drive, you are good to start.

  1. First, follow the instructions on how to back up your PS4 games and data.

  2. Once the data is backed up, turn off the PS4 and unplug it from its power source.

  3. The PS4 hard drive bay is located under the glossy section of the console. Lift it up to remove it.
  4. You will see a PlayStation branded screw (pictured below), remove it with the screw driver.

    ps4_hdd_screw_sony.jpg

  5. To remove it, drag the HDD to the front of the system.

  6. Using a Phillips screwdriver, remove the screw (four positions).

  7. Do not remove the rubber insert from the screw hole.

  8. Place the replacement hard drive on the mounting bracket, and then attach using the screws (four positions). Be careful not to make them too tight.

  9. Attach the hard drive to the system using the screw, making sure it is fully inserted into the hard drive bay.

  10. Reinstall your PS4’s system software (instructions are here).

  11. Now you can copy the data that you previously copied after switching to PS4 via pen drive. Keep in mind that you’ll need to sign in with the same PSN account that you used when you first copied the saved data:

  • Connect the USB storage device to the system.
  • to select Adjustment from screen.
  • go for Application saved data management , Data saved on a USB storage device , copy to system storage,
  • Choose a title.
  • Press X to add a checkmark to the checkboxes for the saved data you want to copy, and then select copy,

You are good to go back to gaming on your PS4. Now with more storage space.

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