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How to upgrade your PS4 hard drive

As convenient as solid-state drives (SSDs) are to work with, PlayStation still hasn’t gotten the memo. The PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro still include a mechanical hard drive, so if you’re looking to upgrade your storage space, you’ll need to do things the old-fashioned way. You always have the option to replace your hard drive and swap it out for a new one, but it’s generally easier (and cheaper) to upgrade your current one.

SSDs vs. mechanical hard drives

Before we swapped out the PS4’s hard drive with an SSD, we tested the hard drive that the system came with by measuring the amount of time the PS4 needed to boot up to the screen where the OS asks you to press the PS button on your controller. We tested it twice and got times of 27 seconds and 24.9 seconds.

Once we removed the PS4’s hard drive and performed the task that we’re about to take you through, we ran the boot tests again. We got boot times of 19.2 and 19.4 seconds with the SSD in there. So, boot-up is roughly 5-8 seconds faster with an SSD than with the mechanical hard drive that the PlayStation 4 ships with.

If you don’t think that’s significant, remember that loading save games, loading levels, and more will also get substantially faster. Over time, those shaved seconds will make your PS4 feel a lot faster.

How to install an SSD in a PlayStation 4

First, you need to gather a few materials:

  • An adjustable screwdriver
  • A 2.5-inch SSD (larger than 160GB and no more than 9.5mm thick)
  • Two USB flash drives

Be sure to save your save game files to the second USB flash drive by going to the PS4’s Settings menu. From there, go to Application Saved Data Management, Saved Data in System Storage, and then Copy to USB Storage Device to save your files to your second USB flash drive.

If you’re a PlayStation Plus subscriber, you can also upload your game saves to the cloud, instead — you’ll just need to download them again once you have your new drive installed.

Step 1

Step 1. Place the PlayStation 4 on a secure surface, and press down on the glossy, black side of the top panel. With the system's front facing you, slide the panel leftward. It should slide right off; no screws needed.

Place the PlayStation 4 on a secure surface and press down on the glossy, black side of the top panel. With the system’s front facing you, slide the panel leftward. It should slide right off; no screws needed.

Step 2

How to Install an SSD in a PlayStation 4

Remove the screw at the very front of the PS4, which keeps the hard drive bay locked down. It’s easy to identify because it wears the same circle, X, square, and triangle buttons found on the PlayStation 4’s controller. It’s a Phillips screw, but you may need a smaller-than-usual bit to get it out without stripping it, as we helpfully and definitely intentionally did for this photo to demonstrate.

Step 3

How to Install an SSD in a PlayStation 4

Pull the hard drive dock toward you, and remove the PS4’s hard drive. It should slide right out.

Step 4

How to Install an SSD in a PlayStation 4

Once you pull out the hard drive, you’ll find that it’s still guarded by a metal cage that’s locked down by four black screws. These screws are located on the sides of this cage, with two sitting on each side. Unscrew them with a standard Phillips bit.

Step 5

Slide the PS4 hard drive out of the cage.

Slide the PS4 hard drive out of the cage.

Step 6

Place your 2.5-inch solid state drive into the cage

Place your 2.5-inch solid-state drive into the cage, and orient it the same way that the PS4’s original drive was. For reference, we stacked the PS4 hard drive and our SSD on top of one another in the above image. Notice how each drive’s back ports look exactly the same, and are in the same exact places.

Step 7

How to Install an SSD in a PlayStation 4

Screw the SSD into the cage with the four black screws that you removed previously.

Step 8

Slide the hard-drive cage back into the PS4's hard drive bay.

Slide the hard-drive cage back into the PS4’s hard drive bay.

Step 9

How to Install an SSD in a PlayStation 4

Lock the PS4’s hard drive bay back down with the same screw that you removed to unlock it, using a small Phillips bit.

Step 10

How to Install an SSD in a PlayStation 4

Slide the PS4’s top panel back onto the system. Then, hook your PS4 back up, but do not turn it back on yet. This is where your other USB flash drive comes in.

Step 11

PlayStation 4 Software Update

Using a computer, download the latest PS4 operating system update file by visiting Sony and clicking the Download Now link. This will ensure you get the latest version.

Step 12

PS4 folder

Plug the other USB flash drive into your computer. Open it, and create a folder on the drive named PS4. Then, open the PS4 folder and create another folder within PS4 named UPDATE.

Step 13

PS4 Update file

Once you finish downloading the PS4 OS update file (which is called PS4UPDATE.PUP), drag it over to your flash drive, and place it in the UPDATE folder. Remember, the UPDATE folder needs to be inside the PS4 folder on your flash drive in order for this process to work.

Step 14

Plug USB into PS4

Eject your flash drive from your computer safely, and plug it into one of your PS4′s front-mounted USB ports. These are the same ports that you can use to plug in your DualShock 4 controller.

Step 15

PS4 Power Button

Press and hold your PS4’s power button for 7 to 10 seconds until you hear two beeps. This will force it to boot into Safe Mode.

Step 16

Once you’re at the PS4’s Safe Mode menu, select the Initialize PS4 (Reinstall System Software) option, which should be seventh on the list from the top of the screen. Your PS4 will scan the flash drive you plugged in for the update file that you downloaded using your computer. It may take 20 or 30 seconds, but the next screen that comes up will take you through some simple instructions on how to install the PS4’s operating system onto the SSD you just put in the console. This part of the process isn’t complicated at all; you’ll just have to press the X button on your PS4 controller a few times.

Once the PS4 OS is installed, you’ll be good to go!

All you’ll need to do is to copy the save-game files that you saved to your other flash drive back to PS4’s new SSD. You can do that by plugging in that USB flash drive into your PS4, opening the console’s Settings menu, and going to Application Saved Data Management, Saved Data on USB Storage Device, Copy to System Storage.

How to install an SSD in a PlayStation 4 Pro

Swapping out the hard drive on the PlayStation 4 Pro is very similar to doing so with its predecessor, albeit with a few minor differences. Luckily, those changes actually make the process easier. Plus, you can take advantage of SATA III speeds, so long as you’re armed with the proper equipment. You can check our SATA guide if you’re interested in further information. The steps for doing this with the PlayStation 4’s newer “Slim” model are very similar, but if you need images to help, PlayStation has information for that specific system on its website.

To install a new hard drive on a PS4 Pro, you still need a Phillips-head screwdriver, a pair of USB flash drives, and a 2.5-inch SSD larger than 160GB, and up to 9.5mm thick. Remember that if you have a PlayStation Plus account, you can back up your save data in the cloud, which can take the place of one of the two flash drives.

With your save files backed up, now you’re ready to perform some surgery on your PS4.

Step 1

Set the PS4 Pro on a flat, steady surface, on its back so that the rubberized PlayStation-branded grips on its underside are facing up.

Step 2

Locate the plastic tab immediately to the left of the Ethernet port. Yank the plastic tag off with your fingers or with a small knife. You’ll see a metal hard drive caddy, held into place by a single screw.

Step 3

Unscrew the drive with your Phillips-head, then slide it out toward you by tightly gripping it on its sides.

Step 4

Take the 1TB onboard hard drive out of its caddy by unscrewing the four screws located on the right and left sides connecting the drive to the drive caddy. Pay close attention to the orientation of the hard drive; you’ll want to install your SSD at the same angle.

Step 5

With the hard drive removed from the caddy, it’s time to grab your SSD. Insert the solid-state drive into the caddie the same orientation as the original hard drive, connectors — and presumably logo — facing up.

Step 6

Once it’s seated in the caddy, you’ll want to screw the SSD in using the same Phillips-head screwdriver used to eject the caddy from the PS4 Pro to begin with.

Step 7

You may need to hold the SSD up a little to align the screws with both the holes on the caddy and the holes on the SSD itself. For the best results, start with two screws positioned diagonally from one another.

Step 8

Slide the drive caddy back into the PS4 Pro, the same way it came out. Next, you’ll want to maneuver the large screw (the first one you took out) back into place.

Step 9

Replace the plastic cover on top of the metal caddy. This may take some fiddling, but you’ll eventually notice the tag snaps back into place with a little force.

Step 10

The SSD has now been installed, but don’t get too excited just yet: You still need to initialize the PS4 Pro’s firmware.

Step 11

PlayStation 4 Software Update

Using a computer, download the latest PS4 operating system update file by visiting Sony and clicking the Download Now link. This will ensure you get the latest version.

Step 12

PS4 folder

Plug your other USB flash drive into your computer. Open it, and create a folder on the drive named PS4. Then, open the PS4 folder, and create another folder in there named UPDATE.

Step 13

PS4 Update file

Once you finish downloading the PS4 OS update file (which is called PS4UPDATE.PUP), drag it over to your flash drive and place it in the UPDATE folder. Remember, the UPDATE folder needs to be inside the PS4 folder on your flash drive in order for this process to work.

Step 14

Plug USB into PS4

Eject your flash drive from your computer safely, and plug it into one of your PS4′s front-mounted USB ports. These are the same ports that you can plug your DualShock 4 controller into.

Step 15

PS4 Power Button

Press and hold your PS4’s power button for 7 to 10 seconds until you hear two beeps. This will force it to boot into Safe Mode.

Step 16

Once you’re at the PS4’s Safe Mode menu, select the Initialize PS4 (Reinstall System Software) option, which should be seventh on the list from the top of the screen. Your PS4 will scan the flash drive you plugged in for the update file that you downloaded using your computer. It may take 20 or 30 seconds, but the next screen that comes up will take you through some simple instructions on how to install the PS4’s operating system onto the SSD you just put in the console. This part of the process isn’t complicated at all; you’ll just have to press the X button on your PS4 controller a few times.

Step 17

To upload your save-game files, plug in the USB flash drive with your save files into the front of your PS4, open the console’s Settings menu, go to Application Saved Data Management, then Saved Data on USB Storage Device. Select Copy to System Storage, and your data will reinstall.

How to use an external hard drive with PS4 and PS4 Pro

Adding to your PS4’s storage capacity via an external hard drive is another option. Firmware update 4.5.0, which came out in early 2017, made it possible. The PS4 supports external hard drives, both desktop and portable drives, ranging between 250GB and 8TB. When you plug an external drive into your PS4 via USB, you have to format it. If you have files on the unit already, you’ll need to back them up. Or, you could use a new drive for your PS4. The catch is that after formatting, you can only use the external drive with your PlayStation.

An unfortunate part of using an external drive to increase your PS4’s storage is that the drive uses up a USB port. The good thing is, you get the double perk of using both system storage and hard drive space. Just know that you’ll always need to keep the drive plugged in while the system is on. If you remove it, you risk corrupting the data.

After you’ve finished setting up the initial equipment requirements for your device, you have the chance to direct where you’d like the application to install. To do this, open up Settings, navigate to Storage, and finally press the Options button on your controller. From there, choose Move to Extended Storage or Move to System Storage.

Now that you’ve directed where you’d like your preferred application to install, we’d like to recommend another game to install on your device: Check out The Quiet Man. Yes, we’re referencing the out-of-this-world underdog game. We think it’s a gift, and you can read about it in our full review.

We know it seems that swapping out your PS4’s hard drive takes a long time and a lot of work, but in the end, the ultimate results will be worth all the effort. This transfer will afford you faster load times in your games, so you won’t experience as much lagging. Check out our guides to finish the job.

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Sours: https://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/how-to-upgrade-your-ps4-hard-drive/

How to upgrade your PS4, PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro hard drive

Are you tired of deleting games from your PS4 library? Then it may be time to upgrade your hard drive. 

Some games - we’re looking at you, Red Dead Redemption 2 and Marvel’s Avengers - require around 100GB of hard drive space. And with only 500GB of storage on the standard PS4, PS4 Slim and 1TB on PS4 Pro, it doesn’t take long before you quickly run out of room.

There’s another reason why you may want to upgrade, too, beyond adding additional space. It’s possible to get a minor speed bump with a faster hard disk or a significant speed improvement if you slot a super-quick SSD into your console. 

There are two ways to expand your hard drive capacity on PS4: replace the internal drive or attach an external hard drive. They’re both valid options, but fitting a new internal drive is undeniably a cleaner option.

This guide will show you how to upgrade the hard drive in your PS4, PS4 Slim or PS4 Pro – and no matter what drive you’re slotting inside your machine, it won’t void your warranty. 

Along with this detailed guide, we've also produced a video that will show you everything you need to know about upgrading your PS4's hard drive.

If you need more information, check our picks of the best external hard drives available.  And here’s our guide to the pros and cons of using an SSD inside your PS4, PS4 Slim or PS4 Pro.

Best hard drive upgrades for PS4

Before taking your PS4, PS4 Slim or PS4 Pro apart you need to have a replacement drive ready – which means doing a bit of research. We’ve done the numbers to find out which drive is the best option, whether you’re looking for an all-round option, a budget product or a super-fast SSD.

Best hard drive for PS4

Seagate FireCuda Gaming SSHD 2TB 

If you want the best hard drive option for your PS4 right now, then you should seek out an SSHD. These drives combine platter-based storage with smaller, faster portions of flash memory, and they learn which files you use frequently and move them to the faster flash storage – so they can be loaded faster. If you play the same games frequently, you’ll see a performance improvement. 

The 2TB capacity means that you’ll get loads of extra space even if the games you install don’t benefit from the flash memory portion of the drive, and it’ll certainly never be slower than the PS4’s internal drives. It’s not particularly expensive, either.

Best budget hard drive for PS4

Seagate Barracuda 2TB

If you’re on a tighter budget then you can ditch the hybrid portion of the hard disk and opt for a conventional drive. This won’t deliver much of a performance boost over the PS4’s normal hard disks, but Seagate’s drives are certainly no slower. They’re available in loads of capacities, but 2TB is as high as you can go before the drives become too thick to fit inside Sony’s consoles. The prices on offer are tempting: a 1TB model costs just $50, and the 2TB model is the best-value option thanks to a price of $77. 

Best SSD for PS4

Samsung 870 QVO

Samsung is the kind of consumer SSDs, so it’s no surprise that the firm’s solid-state products are the best options for slotting inside your PS4. The 870 QVO offers great performance levels that are several times faster than the PS4’s hard disks, and you’ll see noticeable upgrades to loading times and performance in the PS4 and PS4 Slim and even larger speed improvements in the PS4 Pro, which has a more modern storage interface.

Samsung’s drives offer great speed and reliability, and their consistent 7mm form factor means you can choose a drive with a capacity between 1TB and 8TB depending on your needs – SSDs don’t have the same physical size restrictions are hard disks. As ever, though, SSDs are more expensive than hard disks – the 1TB and 2TB models cost $110 and $224 respectively, and the 4TB and 8TB drives sit at hefty prices of $450 and $899. 

Sours: https://www.techradar.com/how-to/gaming/how-to-upgrade-your-ps4-hard-drive-1285428
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Best PS4 Internal Hard Drive Replacements [Oct 2021]

best internal hard drive for PS4There’s one big argument going on among PlayStation users about whether it’s wise to buy the PlayStation 5 now and get rid of their old PS4, or just improve their PS4 performance by upgrading the PS4 internal hard drive to an SSD or a better performance HDD.

Personally, and as an expert, I prefer to wait until 2023 before considering buying PS5. Why? I have very valid reasons for that, one of these is that the PS4 is still a great game console that suffices my gaming needs.

To learn more on this issue and better understand why I prefer to wait 2 additional years before getting a PS5, please read these two interesting articles:

In fact, the PS4 is still a great game console, and with just a simple tweak like upgrading the PS4 internal hard drive to a faster and more reliable one, you can save your money and wait a year, two or even three before deciding to buy the PS5.

The Need to Upgrade PS4 Internal HDD

There’re heaps of benefits you can bring to your PS4 console if its internal HDD is replaced with a newer and better drive. The reason behind it is that, unfortunately, the PS4 stock HDD is slow, small and outdated. Over time it will generate errors and become even slower than before, especially with the releases of new resource-demanding games/apps. For that big reason you see many PS4 users complaining of performance issues with their console, especially slowness and freeze.

You may be interested in reading more about why PS4 freezes and why the PS4 becomes slow to see how a bad internal PS4 hard drive can lead to that situation.

Note that although most of the PS4 performance issues are caused by a bad hard drive, one issue can be an exception here when the PS4 won’t turn on, then that’s usually something that has not to do with the hard drive.

All that and more make it inevitable for every serious gamer to replace the internal HDD of PS4 with a drive that is faster and more powerful if they wish to keep their console for the next year until they make up their mind about buying PS5.

Some PS4 users are content with their console’s performance and only want extra storage space. Although they will miss the significant performance boost that the PS4 internal hard drive upgrade offers, they can still go for an external hard drive for PS4. Just make sure to pick the best external HDD for your console in order to last for so long with you.

The PS4 stock hard drive is a quite old and outdated device that no longer meets the modern storage requirements of today’s games. Additionally, as an old and traditional technology, after some time the PS4 HDD starts to generate errors and may completely fail in many situations. That’s when the PS4 freezes or even becomes very slow.

So, what are the major benefits of upgrading the PS4 hard drive? Is it really worth it? And if you’ve already decided to try it, so what’s the best internal hard drive replacement for PS4?

There are lots of issues to address concerning PS4 hard drive replacement. We have covered almost everything you need to know in this comprehensive guide. You will learn about the best hard drive upgrade for PS4, how to upgrade, what type of storage devices is best suited for your needs, what capacity to choose, and much more within this guide. So, keep reading on.

Best Internal PS4 Hard Drive List

Below is a list that gathers all the drives we recommend for PS4. They are clickable and will take you immediately to the corresponding item once you click on them.

Note that most, not all, these drives come in a maximum 1tb storage capacity. We have placed a notice below each one clarifying whether there’s a 2tb capacity available for that specific model or not.

These are the best PS4 hard drive replacements you can find on the market as of today. Remember that if you opt for an SSD, you’ll get the utmost out of your game console, and have a great drive in terms of performance, durability and speed.


 

1. Crucial BX500 SSD

Crucial BX500 SSD is our top recommendation for PS4 HDD replacement

This is the best internal PS4 hard drive replacement I recommend for PS4. There’s no doubt that a solid-state drive (SSD) is the top performing storage device out there. As for the PS4, and being now affordable for the majority of PS4 users, we now strongly recommend upgrading the PS4 HDD to an SSD. It’s not only speed that impelled us to recommending this drive, but also the solid reliability SSDs boasts.

An SSD is up to 5x faster than the fastest traditional hard drive available. Moreover, an SSD is way too reliable more than mechanical hard drives. Thereby, it can last years inside the PS4 without any failure/error. But, the main problem with SSDs is their high price.

Crucial BX500, although being a budget SSD, it’s still costly compared to the other options. The 2tb model costs around $200 as of the time of writing, whereas our second drive in this list costs $80. Both share the same capacity.

My advice is that if you can afford buying an SSD for your PS4 and money is not a problem, go for it. You will enjoy unparalleled speed and very solid reliability that lasts too long. Additionally, you’ll have a real smooth gaming experience with an SSD over the mechanical hard drives. You’ll not have to undergo the errors and casual halts that hard drive users have (Read more on the benefits of SSDs for PS4).

So, all in all, because an SSD is the best in terms of performance, I have placed one on the top of this list. And, according to several IT professionals, Crucial BX500 SSD is the best budget SSD as of today in terms of performance and price together. It will maximize the performance of PS4 to the highest possible level that will surely enhance your gaming experience on PS4 like never before. For that reason, I have selected it as the best PS4 HDD upgrade, regardless of the price.

So, if you want the utmost out of your game console, go for an SSD, but be ready to pay a premium.

Maximum Storage Capacity

A 2tb storage capacity is available for Crucial BX500 SSD. Please check the product page on Amazon for more details.

Basic Features

  • Boot up faster. Load files quicker. Improve overall system responsiveness
  • 300% faster than a typical hard drive
  • Improves battery life because it’s 45x more energy efficient than a typical hard drive
  • Micron 3D NAND – advancing the world’s memory and storage technology for 40 years
  • Crucial 3-year limited warranty

 

2. Seagate Firecuda Gaming SSHD

Best mechanical hard drive upgrade for PS4: Seagate Firecuda Gaming SSHD

Actually, it’s not only the performance boost that impelled me to nominate this drive as the second-best storage upgrade for PS4. Rather, there are different factors that worked all together to influence this decision. The other factors that led me to opting for this drive are the adequate price and large storage capacity.

This drive belongs to the SSHD (Solid State Hybrid Drive) category. It’s a combination of classical hard disk drive (HDD) storage and 8gb SSD (Solid State Drive). That’s in order to provide users with a vast storage space (up to 2tb) with an SSD-like performance.

In terms of performance alone, an SSD is undoubtedly the best storage device for all systems. But bear in mind that Seagate Firecuda 2tb Gaming SSHD can offer up to 80% of SSD performance on PS4 systems. That’s because, while an SSD requires SATA III interface to run at its utmost performance potential, PS4 is configured with SATA II interface which significantly limit the data transfer rate to/from the storage device.

I am not going to elaborate on reviewing this drive here, as it has been already reviewed extensively here. I’m just trying to justify my decision by positioning this drive right after the Crucial BX500 SSD.

Maximum Storage Capacity

A 2tb storage capacity is available for Seagate Firecuda Gaming SSHD. Please check the product page on Amazon for more details.

Basic Features

  • Fastest 2.5-Inch PC compute and gaming Hard Drive on the market, all within a thin 7mm z-height
  • The 2TB capacity can store up to 80x 25GB games
  • Flash-accelerated technology delivers up to 5x faster load times for nonstop performance, play and productivity compared to standard HDDs
  • Adaptive Memory technology efficiently identifies frequently accessed data to allow for quicker operations
  • Multi-tier caching technology (mtc) boosts performance, helping applications and files load faster (i.e. 128mb cache buffer in the 1st tier and 8gb NAND SSD memory in the 2nd tier).
  • SATA III interface
  • 5400rpm spindle speed
  • 5-year limited warranty

PS4 HDD Upgrade Kit with SSHD

This upgrade kit provides you with everything you need in order to replace the PS4 internal hard drive with 2tb Seagate Firecuda SSHD, with a very reasonable price.

Oyen Digital 2TB SSHD PS4 Hard Drive Upgrade Kit
Basic Features
  • Upgrade your Sony PS4 to a fast 2TB SSHD hard drive
  • Flash-accelerated SSHD technology delivers up to 40% faster load times compared to standard HDDs
  • Convert your existing internal PS4 drive to an external hard drive
  • Package Includes: Seagate Firecuda 2TB SSHD hard drive, 8GB flash drive, Oyen Digital 2.5-inch hard drive enclosure and cable, Screwdriver
  • 3 Year Warranty

 

3. Western Digital Black Performance HDD

Top perfromance 1tb traditional hard drive for PS4: WD Black Perfromance

With up to 1TB of storage running at 7200 RPM, you get an extremely fast high-capacity mobile hard drive, offering the perfect storage solution for a PS4 gamers. Backed by an industry leading 5-year limited warranty, WD Black 2.5-inch Hard Drives combine performance and capacity with the reliability of a brand you can trust.

WD Black 2.5-inch Hard Drives are purpose-built and tested to ensure they can handle the high-performance tasks you need. With up to 1TB of capacity, you get the space you need for your game’s downloadable content, large cache sizes for fast load times, and 7200 RPM-Class drive for desktop-level performance.

WD Black™ 2.5-inch PC Hard Drives are tested under more strenuous conditions over a longer period when compared to other standard hard drives. This comprehensive testing ensures an overall quality benchmark for a stable, high performance storage solution backed by an industry leading 5-year limited warranty.

Maximum Storage Capacity

Only 1tb storage capacity is available for this model.

Basic Features

  • Fully compatible with PS4 storage upgrade standards.
  • Performance 2 5-inch hard drives available in up to 1TB capacities
  • Designed for creative professionals gamers and system builders
  • Enhanced-availability (EA) models for applications needing around-the-clock access to lower-transaction environments
  • 5-year manufacturer’s limited

 

4. Seagate Barracuda Pro Performance HDD

Top perfromance 1tb traditional hard drive for PS4: Seagate Barracuda Pro

The Seagate BarraCuda Pro Performance Internal HDD is a great option for upgrading the stock PS4 hard drive. The uncompromising BarraCuda Pro marries industry-leading storage capacity with 7,200-RPM spin speeds for snappy performance and load times when gaming or performing heavy workloads.

This is an enhanced version of the renowned Seagate Barracuda HDD. It was designed for enthusiasts who want the maximum performance out of a 2.5-inch PS4 hard drive replacement.

In comparison with WD Black Performance HDD, these two drives are very similar. So, you won’t go wrong if you pick this drive over the WD Black.

Maximum Storage Capacity

Only 1tb storage capacity is available for this model.

Basic Features

  • Fastest Hard Drive delivers 7200RPM spin speed along with sustained data rates up to 160MB/s and burst data rates of 6Gb/s
  • Thanks to thin 7mm z-height, it’s the perfect fit for thin laptop upgrades and similar small-form factor systems
  • Compatible with Creative pros systems, Desktop or all-in-one PCs, Home servers, Entry-level direct-attached storage devices (DAS)
  • Bundled with 2 years of Seagate Rescue Data Recovery Services, this drive is protected for 2 years against any mechanical, accidental, or natural disaster
  • 5- year product warranty and 300TB/year workload limit

 

5. WD Blue 2TB PS4 Hard Drive

A great hard drive replacement for PS4: WD Blue Mobile HDD

WD Blue Mobile hard drive is one of the most powerful 2.5-inch with 2tb capacity SATA hard drives on the market today. It’s a great choice for PS4 internal hard drive replacement. You can even build an external hard drive for PS4 with this drive.

That drive is a tried and true Western Digital product that won’t let you down in most capacities. For that reason, it’s worthy of being in your consideration for PS4 hard drive replacement.

With increased affordability, plenty of storage space, and lightning-fast processing speeds, you’ll quickly find that it’s still a good choice for a hard drive.

The WD 2TB mobile drive is a decent data storage solution and will serve you well. It comes with a two-year warranty and is PS4 compliant.

Basic Features

  • Fully compatible with all models of PS4
  • Features 128mb cache, 5400rpm spindle speed, and SATA III interface.
  • NoTouch Ramp Load Technology: Safely positions the recording head off the disk surface to help protect your data
  • 2-year manufacturer limited warranty
  • Package includes a hard drive only – no screws, cables, or manuals included. Please purchase mounting hardware and cables separately if necessary
  • Ships in WD-certified box for safe transit during shipping

 

6. Toshiba 2TB PS4 Hard Drive

A High performance hard drive replacement for PS4 from Toshiba

Toshiba America Electronic Components, Inc. (TAEC), a committed technology leader, produced a great PS4 hard drive replacement designed basically for use in notebook PCs, all-in-one and slim-line desktop systems, and other applications requiring high capacity storage and 2.5-inch mobile-class durability.

The MQ04ABD200 dual-disk model delivers 2tb of storage capacity in a compact 2.5-inch, 9.5mm height form factor. The drive’s 6 Gbit/s SATA interface and 5,400 rpm performance, combined with a large 128 MB buffer, result in a 34 percent increase in maximum transfer rates and a 50 percent improvement in power efficiency compared to Toshiba’s previous 1TB mobile-class model generation, MQ01ABD100.

You can use this drive as an external hard drive for PS4, it will work pretty well. Moreover Toshiba offers a 3-year limited warranty on this drive. This makes it a very appealing deal for PS4 users.

Basic Features

  • Fully compatible with PS4 standards and a great PS4 hard drive upgrade.
  • SATA III Interface
  • 9.5mm height that fits seamlessly into the PS4 hard drive cage.
  • 2TB of storage capacity
  • 5400rpm spindle speed
  • 3-year limited warranty
  • Single-layer caching system (128MB cache buffer)


Choosing the Right PS4 Internal Hard Drive (HDD) Replacement?

Choosing the best PS4 internal hard drive replacementMany PS4 users keep asking about the best hard drive (HDD) upgrade for PS4, not knowing how to pick the right one. In fact, the answer to that question is not the same for everyone. As depending on several factors concerning your personal situation, the best hard drive for PS4 is determined.

For instance, if you’re just a lightweight/mediocre player, not an enthusiast, you better get a “good” drive only. Leave the extreme power for power users. You can get an external hard drive instead for PS4 if the console’s performance pleases you.

As for enthusiasts who play graphics-intense, resource-demanding games, the most powerful drive suits them better. They even get a powerful external hard drive for their PS4 alongside an internal hard drive upgrade.

You can learn more about all aspects you need in this regard before making up your mind on a specific drive in the above list. Just choose the drive you feel it best suits your needs, and remember to make reliability a priority.

What’s PS4 Hard Drive?

PS4 hard drive (HDD) is the storage device inside PS4 that holds system’s and user’s data. The PS4 HDD is a non-volatile storage device containing magnetic disks or platters rotating at the speed of 5400rpm. It is a secondary storage device used to store data permanently, random access memory (RAM) being the primary memory device. Non-volatile means data is retained when the PS4 is turned off.

Some people refer to the external hard drive used for PS4 as a PS4 hard drive. This is also valid, but it’s not the common use of that term.

PS4 HDD Specs

So, to better understand the PS4 hard drive, you have to know its specifications first.

The PS4 uses a hard drive with 500gb storage capacity in the earlier version and 1tb in the updated versions (aka PS4 Ultimate Player Edition). It’s configured with SATA II interface, and designed in 2.5-inch form factor. In the table below you’ll get a better overview on PS4 HDD specs.

This table that combines the specifications of both hard drives (500gb and 1tb) in one place, so as to make it easier to compare.

Brand & ModelHGST Travelstar Z5K500 (500gb model)
HGST Travelstar 5K1000 (1tb model)
Capacity (Size)500gb (Initial PS4 version)
1tb (Updated PS4 version)
Spindle Speed5400 RPM (both drive models)
InterfaceSATA II (3.0 Gbps) (both drive models)
Form Factor2.5-inch (both drive models)
Thickness9.5mm (both drive models)
Memory Cache8mb (both drive models)
Warranty2 Years Limited (both drive models)
Year of Manufacture2011 (both drive models)

Additionally, if you need more details on the specifications of the PS4 internal hard drive, please visit this page.

PS4 Hard Drive Replacement Types

When you go for replacing the internal hard drive of PS4, bear in mind that there’re three types of storage devices that fit for this purpose.

These three types are:

Solid State Drive (SSD)

Using SSD for PS4The fastest-in-history ever. You get blazing fast speed that you could never imagine a storage device can have.

A solid-state drive (SSD) is a new generation of storage device used in computers and recently in game consoles. SSDs replace traditional mechanical hard drives (HDD) by using flash-based memory, which is significantly faster. Older hard-disk storage technologies run slower, which often makes your PS4 run slower than it should.

SSDs speed up PS4s significantly due to their low read-access times and fast throughputs. Additionally, solid-state drives are much more reliable and durable than traditional HDDs. That means you will avoid many performance issues that occur to HDD users. Therefore, you have to expect a smoother and more enjoyable gaming experience when you replace the PS4 internal HDD with an SSD.

The only disadvantage of SSD as compared with the traditional HDD is the high price. While you can get a 2tb HDD for PS4 for just $65, the PS4 2tb SSD would cost you more than $200.

For more details on using an SSD in PS4 and the advantages you’ll gain, please visit our PS4 SSD upgrade guide.

Note that you can also get an external SSD for PS4 for the maximum possible performance. If you have already upgraded the PS4 internal hard drive to an SSD, it is recommended to use an external SSD for extended storage.

Traditional Hard Disk Drive (HDD)

Classical hard drive typeThe type of this storage device is just like the one inside your PS4. So, you shouldn’t expect any major performance boost when replacing the internal hard drive of PS4 with another one of the same type. Yes, having a modern hard drive offers slightly better speed, larger capacity and higher reliability. But not that tangible when it comes to performance.

This type of storage is widely used as a PS4 external hard drive also.

A hard disk drive or a hard drive is a data storage device that uses magnetic recording to store and retrieve digital information. Unlike a solid-state drive (SDD) that uses non-moving interconnected flash memories, a hard disk drive (HDD) is essentially composed of a metal platter with magnetic coating. This coating stores the data. A paired magnetic head reads and writes data on this coating while the platter spins.

The real problem with HDDs

The main problem with this kind of storage device is that it’s mechanical. Thus users have to expect varied performance issues with it. For that reason the PS4 hard drive begins to fail after few months of use. Also, now you can understand why PS4 becomes slow and starts to lag. This is often caused by a faulty hard drive. All of that is because the movable mechanical parts of an HDD make it physically vulnerable to mechanical damages due to drops and shudder. For example, the close spacing between the read head and the metallic platter makes HDD prone to scrapes across the platter as the head grinds the thin magnetic coating. For that reason HDDs are more prone to integrity failure or data loss and overall device corruption.

Some Errors Caused by a Faulty PS4 Hard Drive

There are several errors happen to the PS4 system that a defective hard drive causes, such as:

For this reason we don’t much recommend using classical hard drives for upgrading the PS4 internal storage. You can use them as external hard drives instead.

Solid State Hybrid Drive (SSHD)

Using SSHD for PS4This is an innovative solution meant to be a compromise between speed, capacity and price. With this hard drive solution you’ll get nearly the performance of SSD and the capacious space of HDD. All for an adequate price that’s usually not $10 higher than a regular hard drive.

Solid state hybrid drives, or SSHDs, are a blending of the traditional hard drive and the new solid state drive technologies. If you have been looking at upgrading your PS4 internal hard drive, you may have come across the term SSHD. This is a new marketing term that was coined by Seagate to essentially label what had previously been referred to as hybrid hard drives. This new term can lead to confusion in the market as buyers can mistake these for full solid-state drives (referred to as SSDs).

So an SSHD is basically a hard drive and SSD in one, which is why it’s called hybrid. The drive appears as a single device to PS4 system, and the SSD part is just used for temporary storage to speed things up: your data is stored long-term on the mechanical disks.

SSHD for PS4

An SSHD is still slower than any SSD, but it’s a good chunk faster than a plain old hard disk. Basically, if you want lots of storage at a reasonable price, an SSHD is a good choice. If your priority is speed and you want PS4 system to be more responsive, go for an SSD.

The SSHD is the best PS4 hard drive replacement for the majority of users. As for enthusiasts and power users, an SSD is the priority.

Generally, if you want the highest overall performance, buy an SSD. If you want the biggest amount of storage, buy an SSHD. (If you want to spend the absolute minimum amount of money, buy neither – go for a traditional hard drive.

We published a special article on PS4 SSHD and its great benefits it offers to its users. Please have a look for more details.

PS4 Compatible Hard Drive Upgrade

The hard drive must be compatible with PS4Be sure that all the PS4 hard drive replacements included in our list are fully compatible with all models of PS4. But eventually, you have to learn how to pick a PS4 compatible hard drive in case you want to make your own research.

So, in order to choose the right hard drive upgrade for your PS4, you need to make sure it’s compatible with the PS4 storage upgrade standards. These standards are specified by Sony. Only the drives that meet all of them can be used for the upgrade purpose. They are:

  • Support of SATA interface. This is mandatory as PS4 motherboard only accept SATA connection.
  • Storage capacity is not less than 160gb and not more than 8tb. This is also mandatory. This helps you know what size of SSD to get if you want a cheap option. 128gb SSD doesn’t work with PS4.
  • Drive’s height is not more than 9.5mm. This is optional if you have the standard model of PS4. You can bypass this standard by using a Data Bank accessory. As for PS4 Pro and PS4 Slim, meeting this standard is mandatory.
  • Designed in 2.5-inch form factor. This is optional for the standard version of PS4 as it can be worked around by using a Data Bank solution. PS4 Pro and PS4 Slim models don’t have this option, so it’s a mandatory condition.

Once the drive meets all these standards, you’ve to relax it’s relevant to be a DIRECT hard drive upgrade for PS4.

Why Upgrade PS4 Hard Drive

Upgrading PS4 HDDMany PS4 users ask the question: should I upgrade PS4 hard drive in the first place? Is not just getting an external hard drive, or even external SSD for PS4 a much better option?

From an expert technical perspective, the answer is YES, you have to upgrade the PS4 internal HDD. The reasons for that answer vary from a user to another, but the main reason that everyone agrees on is that the stock hard drive of PS4 is just a piece of garbage. Not only that it’s small and doesn’t offer enough storage capacity to a wide variety of users, but also it’s an outdated slow drive that will start generating errors after months of hours of regular daily use.

The only one that doesn’t need to upgrade the PS4 HDD is the casual/lightweight user that doesn’t play much, or doesn’t have graphics-intense games to play for a long time. But even such a user may need to upgrade in order to avoid potential errors that may occur with that old hard drive.

So, what about getting an external HDD/SSD instead? is not that a good option?

Well, if you’re serious about improving PS4 performance and enhancing your gaming experience, upgrading PS4 internal HDD is inevitable.

As for getting an external hard drive for PS4, mostly you’ll only gain additional storage space, that’s all. Furthermore, you can read this quick comparison between PS4 external HDD vs internal to find out the pros and cons of each option.

Choosing the Best Hard Drive for PS4

which hard drive is best for upgrading PS4 storageThe next thing you’ve to think about at this point is how to choose the best internal hard drive upgrade for PS4. Although I have abridged the way for you and other readers and laid out the top 4 hard drive replacement options for PS4, you can still do that your own. You only need to understand how this selection is done and based on what standards.

The first thing you must look at is YOURSELF. Are you an average/lightweight PS4 player? Or do you consider yourself an enthusiast/power user?

If you consider yourself an enthusiasts who plays heavy, resource-demanding games, an SSD is the best PS4 HDD replacement for you. Otherwise, go for an SSHD, it offers a very decent performance boost with up to 2tb storage capacity.

Secondly, what do you not like in the PS4 stock hard drive? Is it its limited capacity? Or it’s the poor performance it offers? Or maybe both?

If you are content with the performance of the stock hard drive of PS4, yet you want additional storage space, you better go for a PS4 external hard drive. Otherwise, upgrading the internal HDD of PS4 offers a significant performance boost and a smoother gaming experience.

You can dive into more details on how to choose the best hard drive for PS4 by reading this post. But generally, here are the basic standards that will help you find the right hard drive for your PS4.

The Standards of Choosing a New PS4 HDD

How to choose the right hard drive upgrade for PS4

  • The hard drive you choose for PS4 must meet your expectations and fulfill the needs you want from upgrading PS4 HDD. Although we have already determined the best PS4 HDD upgrade in terms of high performance and the storage capacity limit that should suit the overwhelming majority of users, there’re still exceptions that don’t find our top recommendation their best option.
  • When gauging the quality of a hard drive you must take into consideration its brand. Also, the history of manufacturer regarding reliability and failure rate is important. The drive we picked as the best HDD for PS4 is a highly-reputable drive that offers high performance and long reliability to the extent that its manufacturer offers 5-year limited warranty, which is a too long warranty for a consumer-level hard drive. This factor is important to determine which hard drive is best for PS4.
  • To make sure whether the HDD is really worthy your consideration for upgrading PS4 storage, you need to read the reviews of experts and even ordinary users to see how it performs in real world and what complaints users have against it. Seagate Firecuda 2tb Gaming SSHD, which is our top selection for PS4 storage upgrade has been praised and recommended by IT professionals and even so many savvies. Therefore we have no doubt that it is the best fit for upgrading PS4 internal HDD.
  • The hard drive price matters a lot. If you don’t care about price and you have a broad budget, go for an SSD, as it’s without a doubt the best storage device ever, whether for PC or PS4. But because it’s too expensive compared to traditional hard drives, we didn’t include it in our list here.

How to Upgrade PS4 Hard Drive

Before upgrading the PS4 hard drive make sure you have got everything ready.

  1. Screwdriver: To unscrew hard drive casing and removal of the hard drive from PS4.
  2. External Hard Drive: To take backup.
  3. USB Flash Drive (at least 1gb capacity): To install PS4 system software from scratch.
  4. The New PS4 compatible HDD replacement.

Once you have everything above in hand, you’re ready to start the PS4 HDD upgrade process. But first let’s make this precautionary step and back up the original PS4 HDD data, just in case.

Begin the Backup Process

Use a capacious external hard drive to backup the internal HDD of PS4To get the ball rolling, you’ll need to plug in your external drive over USB. It needs to be formatted using FAT32 or exFAT, and if you want to back up a full drive, the external drive should have at least the same capacity as the internal drive.

To learn how to format the external hard drive as a PS4 backup storage, please visit this page.

Now, once the external HDD is formatted and properly set up as a backup storage, let’s start with the backup process.

  1. Connect the External hard drive of the USB storage device to one of the PS4’s USB ports.
  2. Now Go to Settings > System > Back Up and Restore.
  3. Choose what data you’d like to back up. Note: If you do not take the backup of the applications, you have to reinstall them again.
  4. Name the backup you are taking and then press the X button on the controller.

It’s important to note that the trophies can’t be backed up. Of course, trophies sync over PSN, so that’s not a problem. If you’re sure that everything is already synced, just select “OK” and begin the backup. If you want to make sure that all of your trophies are properly synced, you should back out, launch the Trophies app, and make sure that everything is copacetic before continuing.

Download the PlayStation 4 system software

You can grab a copy of the latest version from Sony here. Just follow the instructions at the bottom of the page, under “Update using a computer,” to download the correct full system install file—it’s nearly 800MB—and create the requisite USB install key.

You can that by following these steps:

  1. Plug the USB flash drive into your computer and format it using FAT32.
  2. Create a directory named “PS4” and create a sub-directory inside it named “UPDATE.”
  3. Move the update file to the UPDATE folder.

That’s it all.

Open your PS4

You need to open the PS4 case and remove the old internal hard driveOnce you have your drive ready to go, power down your PS4, and unplug everything. Move it over to a large open surface, and slide off the shiny part of the PS4’s case. Set it aside.

  1. Extract the old PS4 hard drive by first removing the sole Philips screw at lower left, then gently pull the hard disk drive cage forward (toward the front of the system) and out.
  2. Remove the four Philips screws from the hard disk cage and pull the old hard drive out. If you need more details on removing PS4 HDD, please visit this page.
  3. Replace the stock PS4 HDD with the new one, then slide the cage back into the PlayStation 4 and re-secure it with the remaining screw.
  4. Replace the hard drive cover, and that’s it!

Initialize PS4

When you boot up the PS4 with a new drive, you’ll need to initialize it.

So, connect your PlayStation 4 gamepad (with microUSB cable) and plug the USB stick you just created into the console’s second USB port, then power on the system. Button through the menu, and follow the on-screen prompts. If everything goes as planned, the PS4 should boot to the main menu once the initialization is finished. Now you can log into your PSN account again.

Restore backed-up data

Once the PS4 operating system installation is complete, the console will reboot. Follow the prompts until you are back at your home screen. From there, go to [Settings] > [System] > [Back Up and Restore].

Now, reconnect the external drive that your backup is saved to if you haven’t already. Select Restore PS4 and choose the image you named previously. Depending on the drive and size of the backup, this process could take a very long time to complete. Follow the prompts, don’t turn off your PS4 during the process, and have patience. Once everything is finished, everything will be back where it belongs.

Conclusion

Upgrading the internal hard drive of PS4 to a new modern drive is mandatory to every serious gamer that looks forward. That’s to enhance their gaming experience with PS4 in terms of speed and reliability. That’s it. You’ll not get only a new speedy hard drive, but also a drive with solid reliability that lasts for long.

If you have picked Seagate Firecuda 2tb SSHD you’ll gain remarkably higher speed, larger storage space and better reliability. All of that for an adequate price (less than $100) that fits most users’ budget. You’ll get, in fact, the best hard drive for PS4. It means your gaming experience will surely go better than before.

On the other hand, we don’t really recommend using an SSD for upgrading PS4 stock HDD due to significant loss in performance when an SSD is used within PS4 system. You can though try it with PS4 Pro, but surely not with PS4 standard neither PS4 Slim.

General FAQ

What Size Is The PS4 Internal Hard Drive?

The Ps4 internal hard drive comes in either 500gb or 1tb storage size, depending on the PS4 edition you have.

What Speed Is the PS4 Hard Drive?

The speed of the PS4 internal hard drive is 5400RPM in all models, whether it is PS4, PS4 Pro or PS4 slim.

How to Format the PS4 Internal Hard Drive?

You have first to remove it from the PS4, connect it to a PC and run the format utility on it.

How to Remove the PS4 Internal Hard Drive?

It is a very easy operation. All what you have to do is to uncover the hard drive cage, unscrew the internal HDD, and pull it out.

How to Change the PS4 internal hard drive?

After removing it, you need to have a new hard drive replacement. Just insert the new HDD and fix it inside the cage with the screws. Eventually, follow the upgrade steps in this guide.

Sours: https://www.ps4storage.com/best-ps4-internal-hdd-upgrades/
How to upgrade the PS4 with a SSD - HyperX

PS4: Upgrade HDD

This article explains how to upgrade your PlayStation®4 system's Hard Disc Drive (HDD).

Choose your PS4 model series for instructions

CUH-7000 series (PS4 Pro system)

2. Upgrade HDD
  1. Place the system upside-down on a flat surface and remove the HDD bay cover. Remove from the right side first.

You may see a sticker covering the HDD bay cover. It’s safe to remove this and it will not affect the warranty.

  1. Remove the screw (1) and pull the HDD mounting bracket (2) to remove it.
  1. Remove the four screws from the HDD mounting bracket.
  1. Remove the HDD from the mounting bracket and insert the replacement.
  2. Replace the screws; being careful not to over-tighten them.
  3. Reinsert the HDD mounting bracket; refer to the image above to make sure you’re inserting it the right way up.
  4. Replace the screw.
3. Install system software and backups
  1. Install the system software

After the HDD has been replaced, the system software must be reinstalled. Using a computer, save a system software update file for reinstallation to a USB storage device. (1GB free space)

  1. Copy the backed up saved data to the PlayStation 4 system

You can copy saved data from a USB storage device to the PlayStation 4 system by performing the following steps.

  • Connect a USB storage device to the system.
  • Select Settings from the function screen.
  • Select Application Saved Data Management > Saved Data on USB Storage Device > Copy to System Storage.
  • Select a title.
  • Press the X button to add a checkmark in the checkbox for the saved data you want to copy, and then select Copy.
  • You must be signed in with the same account used when you first copied the saved data.
  • If you backed up your saved games to the cloud using PlayStation Plus, you can safely restore them now.
2. Upgrade HDD
  1. Slide the HDD bay cover in the direction of the arrow to remove it.
  1. Remove the hard disc drive:

    • Remove the screw.
    • Pull-on the hard disc drive with the mounting bracket to remove it.
  1. Remove the screws (four places). Do not remove the rubber inserts from the screw holes.
  1. Remove the HDD from the mounting bracket and insert the replacement.
  2. Replace the screws; being careful not to over-tighten them.
  1. Attach the HDD to the system using the screw. Be sure to fully insert the HDD in the HDD bay.

    • If you lose the HDD bay cover, screws, mounting bracket, or any other parts, contact technical support for assistance.
3. Install system software and backups
  1. Install the system software

After the HDD has been replaced, the system software must be reinstalled. Using a computer, save a system software update file for reinstallation to a USB storage device. (1GB free space)

  1. Copy the backed up saved data to the PlayStation 4 system

You can copy saved data from a USB storage device to the PlayStation 4 system by performing the following steps.

  • Connect a USB storage device to the system.
  • Select Settings from the function screen.
  • Select Application Saved Data Management > Saved Data on USB Storage Device > Copy to System Storage.
  • Select a title.
  • Press the X button to add a checkmark in the checkbox for the saved data you want to copy, and then select Copy.
  • You must be signed in with the same account used when you first copied the saved data.
  • If you backed up your saved games to the cloud using PlayStation Plus, you can safely restore them now.

CUH-1200, CUH-1110 & CUH-1000 series

2. Upgrade HDD
  1. Turn off the PlayStation 4 system
  2. Unplug the power, HDMI, and any other cables from the back of your PlayStation 4 system.
  3. Place the PlayStation 4 on a clean, flat surface in front of you, so the front of the system is on the left. (The PlayStation logo on the top of the PlayStation 4 should be on the right hand side).
  4. Place your palms on the top panel and let your fingers rest on the far side of the system.
  1. Apply moderate, even pressure near the seam with your palms, and using your fingers as leverage, slide the top panel away from you.  A click will be heard, and the panel will move about 7mm. Lift the panel off starting from the left side.
  1. With the top panel removed, you'll see a screw with the PlayStation symbols on it.  Remove this by turning the screw anti-clockwise to remove the HDD.
  2. Pull the HDD toward the front of the system to remove it.
  1. Remove the four screws holding the HDD in the caddy.
  1. Insert the replacement HDD into the caddy and replace the four screws.
  2. Insert the caddy into the PlayStation 4 bay and replace the screw.
  1. Replace the top panel. Place it over the exposed section of the PlayStation 4, about 7mm away from the seam. Now slide the panel towards the seam until it clicks into place.
  1. Reconnect the HDMI, power, and any other cables that were disconnected in the first step.
  2. Power on the PlayStation 4 to make sure everything is functioning properly.
3. Install system software and backups

After the HDD has been replaced, the system software must be reinstalled. Using a computer, save a system software update file for reinstallation to a USB storage device. (1GB free space)

  1. Copy the backed up saved data to the PlayStation 4 system

You can copy saved data from a USB storage device to the PlayStation 4 system by performing the following steps.

  • Connect a USB storage device to the system.
  • Select Settings from the function screen.
  • Select Application Saved Data Management > Saved Data on USB Storage Device > Copy to System Storage.
  • Select a title.
  • Press the X button to add a checkmark in the checkbox for the saved data you want to copy, and then select Copy.
  • You must be signed in with the same account used when you first copied the saved data.
  • If you backed up your saved games to the cloud using PlayStation Plus, you can safely restore them now.
Sours: https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/hardware/ps4-upgrade-hdd/

Hdd change ps4


Finding extra space on your PS4 hard drive is almost as difficult as finding a PS5. But, if you do have one, you may notice the memory filling up quickly. Once you install Red Dead Redemption 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, and a few more of the best PS4 games, your PS4 will likely be running low on available space. As a result, you may find a 1TB hard drive filling up surprisingly quickly, especially if you play live-service games with frequent updates. Thankfully, you can upgrade your PS4 hard drive by either swapping for a higher capacity internal drive or using an external portable drive.

Adding an external drive is the easiest and most convenient option, but you'll also want to consider upgrading the internal drive. The benefit with an internal drive, specifically an SSD, is that it improves boot times and make your PS4's operating system run a bit quicker and more smoothly. You can, however, get the benefits of faster load times with internal or external SSDs. You could even swap out the internal drive and add an external SSD to really maximize both key points: speed and capacity. The PS4 supports up to 8TB of internal storage and 8TB of external storage. We've outlined the steps for upgrading your PS4's hard drive below.

Finding PS4 model number

Before you attempt to install a new internal hard drive, you first need to identify your PS4 model. It could be an original PS4, a PS4 Slim, or a PS4 Pro, and if you don't already know which version you have, you can identify it by finding the model number on the console. The model number for an original PS4 will begin with CUH-10xx, CUH-11xx, or CUH-12xx and is located on the bottom of the console, toward the back. The PS4 Slim model number is situated at the back of the console, to the right of the power port and will begin with CUH-20xx. Meanwhile, the PS4 Pro model number begins with CUH-70?? and can be found above the ports on the back of the system. On your console, the "xx" will be replaced with actual digits.

Backing up saves and the tools you need

Before you can start replacing your internal hard drive, you need to make sure you have a few items. First, you need a Phillips-head screwdriver (and for the PS4 Pro, a fairly long one). You also need a USB stick in order to install an up-to-date PS4 firmware after the drive is installed. Once you install your new hard drive, you can visit PlayStation's website to download the necessary files.

You'll also want to back up your saves. You have two options here: If you're a PS Plus subscriber, you can back up your saves to the cyuloud and retrieve them once you've installed the drive. If you're not a PS Plus subscriber, you will need to plug a USB stick or external hard drive into your PS4 and transfer over all the data you would like to keep.

Of course, you also need a new internal hard drive, and we've highlighted a few recommendations above. How much storage space do you actually need, though? It really depends on your PS4's current capacity (500GB, 1TB, or 2TB) and your gaming habits, so you'll have to make the right decision for you. All 2.5-inch internal drives will work with the PS4. You may want a modest capacity SSD to pair with an external drive, but it's up to you. Just know that internal SSDs with more than 2TB of storage are extremely pricey.

How to upgrade hard drive for PS4 Pro

PS4 Pro
  • Turn off and unplug your PS4 Pro and place it, upside down, on a table or other flat surface.
  • In order to access the hard drive, you first need to use your finger to remove the plastic covering all the way to the right on the back of the console.
  • Once the plastic covering is removed, you should be able to see the hard drive mounting bracket, which is held in place by a screw.
  • Use the screwdriver to remove the screw and pull the mounting bracket out. You should see four screws holding the hard drive in its mounting bracket.
  • Remove all four with the screwdriver and pull the hard drive out of its mounting bracket. Then, insert the new hard drive.
  • From here, you will go back through the steps in reverse. Replace the four screws to secure the hard drive into the mounting bracket. Reinsert the mounting bracket into the PS4 Pro, and replace the screw to secure it in place. Finally, put the plastic covering back in place.

How to upgrade hard drive for PS4 Slim

PS4 Slim
  • To begin, turn off your PS4 Slim, unplug it, and place it, facing away from you, on a table or other flat surface.
  • On the right side, you should see an L-shaped plastic piece that covers the PS4's back right corner.
  • Slide it to the right to remove it, revealing the hard disc drive. Pull on it to remove it.
  • The hard drive is held in the mounting bracket by four screws which you will need to remove with the screwdriver.
  • Take out the old hard drive and replace it with the new one, and replace the screws.
  • Put the hard drive back in the console and replace the L-shaped plastic piece.

How to upgrade hard drive for PS4

PS4 (base model)
  • Turn off and unplug your PS4 and place it, facing you, on a flat surface, so that the PlayStation logo is on the right.
  • Move the panel on the left until you hear a click and move it less than a centimeter to the left.
  • Now, you can remove the panel, revealing the hard drive in its mounting bracket. Use the screwdriver to remove the screw holding the bracket in place, then remove the bracketed hard drive.
  • The mounting bracket is held in place by four screws, which you need to remove.
  • Once the screws are out, remove the old hard drive and replace it with the new one, then replace the screws.
  • Place the hard drive back in the console and replace the screw that held it in place; then put the panel back on the console.

Using an external drive for PS4

If you want something more convenient (and aren't swayed by an internal SSD's operating system improvements), an external drive requires significantly less work, and you can still get faster load times with an external SSD. There are two kinds of external drives: portable (which is small, lightweight, and simply plugs into your device of choice) and desktop (which requires an accessible power outlet). Virtually all portable hard drives work with all PS4 models, and if you want the added storage that comes with a desktop drive, many are compatible with PS4 as well. We've included a few recommendations here from popular brands like Seagate and Western Digital.

In order to use an external drive with your PS4, you will first need to format it after connecting it to the system.

  • To do so, go to Settings, then scroll down until you see the Devices tab.
  • Click this and then scroll until you see the USB Storage Device option and select your external hard drive.
  • From there, click Next and Format. The hard drive will begin the process of formatting to the PS4 and any games installed from that point on will be stored to the hard drive.

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PS4 1 Terabyte Hard Drive Upgrade - Step by Step

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When replacing the hard drive, you can use a standard SATA II hard drive or use a solid state (flash) drive no thicker than 9.5mm. As of the 4.5 system update, you can now use external HDD to store your games and saved data as well. The External Hard Drive must be USB 3.0 and a minimum of 250GB of storage with a maximum allowance of 8TB. Below are the directions for installation.

How Difficult Is it to Upgrade My PS4's Hard Drive?

Whatever drive you choose, the upgrade process is very easy and doesn't require any technical knowledge. Depending on your internet speed, the file download and drive switch combined shouldn't take you more than 15-20 minutes.

If you follow these steps, none of your save data or digital games will be lost and your upgrade should ensure that you have plenty of space to store your favorite games and media.

What Hard Drive Should I Choose for My PS4 or PS4 Pro?

The standard PS4 hard drive is a 500GB 5400 RPM SATA II hard dri, whereas the PS4 Pro includes a 1TB drive. You can replace either hard drive with any hard drive that complies with these standards, is no thicker than 9.5mm, and is larger than 160GB[1]. Given that HDD prices have come down significantly, you should definitely consider a drive that gives you plenty of space, such as a 2TB version. Replacing your hard drive with a compatible device does not void your PS4's warranty. You can also upgrade to a faster 7200 RPM SATA II hard drive. Note that SATA II is sometimes called SATA/300 or SATA 3.0 GBps. A newer SATA III (SATA/600 or faster) drive will work fine in the PS4, but you won't get the speed benefit as it'll operate at SATA II speeds. For more details on compatible hard drives, see: PS4 Third-Party Hard Drive Solutions. Some popular hard drives compatible with PlayStation 4 are:

Note that the below pictures show the installation for the Samsung Seagate Momentus 2TB drive, but the drives all look very similar and the process is the same.

Note: The PlayStation 4 supports the connection of external hard drives or USB storage devices. You can play games off your external storage, but be sure the connection isn't interrupted while you're playing. To change the install location to a external hard drive or USB storage, go to Settings > Storage and hit the Options button. There you can select App Install Location and choose the "extended storage" device.

If you want to use a hard drive you already own that doesn't conform to the PS4 size restrictions, you can of course connect it via a SATA cable instead of the built-in hard drive, but that would mean leaving the top of your PS4 open. So the better path remains swapping out the internal drive entirely -- and it's easy to do. Note that there is also a third-party drive upgrade solution on the horizon custom-made for the PS4 by Nyko, called the Nyko DataBank, but we have yet to test it. The DataBank enables the use of physically larger drives that wouldn't otherwise fit into the PS4 drive bay.

With the addition of external HDD support, you can now use any USB 3.0 HDD with a minimum of 250 GB and a max of 8TB. There is now a large amount of options to expand your PS4 Storage. Here are some of 2018's best external Hard Drive options for the PS4 and PS4 Pro:

  • WD My Passport 4TB Portable Hard Drive
  • Samsung SSD T5 500GB (For those looking for an External SSD option)
  • WD 2TB Elements Portable External Hard Drive

No matter what solution you choose, since you're replacing your drive outright, you will lose any of the data stored on the (old) hard drive itself. This includes your wifi settings, game and app installs, save data, and other local user data. Don't worry, though: you can ensure that you don't lose anything by creating back-ups and reinstalling the games you own. The process for that is detailed below.

Note that your account settings are stored in your PSN account, so once the new hard drive is in place, you can re-add your account to the PS4 and log in. Once you're logged in, you can redownload any of the games and DLC you purchased from the PlayStation Store. Disc-based games will have to be reinstalled by inserting them one by one. You should back up your game saves to a USB device or to the cloud (available to PS Plus users). The steps to do that are described below. 

How to Replace or Upgrade Your Hard Drive on PS4

Materials: 

  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Computer with internet access
  • USB Flash Drive (2 GB minimum)
  • 2.5 inch (internal type) serial ATA hard disc drive (HDD) (parallel ATA is not supported)

Directions:

1. Go to playstation.com, and find the most recent system software. The current page for this is here: https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/system-updates/ps4/ (US) or here: https://www.playstation.com/en-gb/get-help/ps4-system-software/ (UK). Scroll down and look for this section:

Click the link (circled in red in our image). There are multiple system software files on Sony's system software page -- update versions and full installs. Make sure you find the latest version (the page will display the latest version number up top -- but the file download listed at the top is usually the update, not the full install you'll need for a hard drive replacement). Look for the full install listed under "Perform a New Installation of the System Software," as the smaller update file won't work for a fresh install. The file should be closer to 1 GB in size (some previous versions were around 700-800 MB, whereas update files are around 300 MB).

Download the 700-800 MB system recovery/new install software. The most recent download is this one, if you're having trouble finding it on your own.

There is no danger in your PS4 using the wrong installation file as long as you downloaded it from playstation.com -- your system will notifiy you if it's the wrong install file (eg, an upgrade or outdated install file). Do not download system software files from any other websites, however!

2. Test your USB drive with your PS4 first. Make sure it plugs snugly into one of the USB ports on your PS4 -- some drives are too fat and can't be inserted all the way. If your drive works, move on to the next step.

3. Plug your USB drive into your computer. You can use a PC or a Mac, but you have to make sure the USB flash drive is formatted as FAT or FAT32 to avoid issues. Most flash drives come preformatted and should be ready to go, but if you want to be sure note that erasing and formatting your drive only takes a few seconds and the system may return an error with other formats. On a PC, right-click the drive and select Format from the menu. On Mac, use Disk Utility and erase and reformat using MS DOS (FAT) and Master Boot Record scheme.

3. Create a folder titled PS4 (all caps) on the flash drive. Create another folder titled UPDATE (all caps) within that PS4 folder. 

4. Move the system software download into the UPDATE folder. The file name is PS4UPDATE.PUP. If the filename is different (perhaps because you have multiple instances of update files on your computer), make sure to change it back to that name before you move on. Safely eject the USB flash drive. On Mac, hit the eject button next to your drive in Finder.

5. It's time to back up your PlayStation 4 game save data. You can either back up your saves to another (or the same) USB storage device, or if you've got PlayStation Plus, to the cloud. Either way, go to the Settings, Application Saved Data Management, and then select System Storage and copy your saved data to the USB Storage Device or to the cloud. 

You are about to take out your old hard drive. If you want to resell it or give it to someone else, remember that it still contains all your user and save data. If that's a concern, make sure to delete all the data after you create back-ups. You can do this from your PS4 or via a computer.

6. Turn off your PS4. If the amber light is on, the system is still in standby mode. Hold the off button until it turns off completely. Then unplug the power cable and remove any other wires that may get in the way of working on the system. 

7. Remove the left side of the PS4 case by simply depressing it and sliding it to the side, as shown.

The entire left portion of the casing can be removed. It's not on rollers -- you can just lift it up and off once you've slid it to the left. 

8. Look for the screw head with PlayStation button symbols on it. It's a large philips/cross-style screw at the front left of the PlayStation. It holds the hard drive case in place inside the PlayStation 4. Remove this screw. 

9. Tug the default hard drive out by pulling it forward -- it should slide out freely.

10. You now have to remove the hard drive from its casing. Don't worry, it's super-easy. 

There are four screws, two on each side. Remove them as shown, leaving the small rubber parts in place. You should have four screws plus the silver PlayStation-branded screw to keep safe.

Remove the hard drive from its case and replace it with your new hard drive. Make sure the screw holes line up on all sides and use the screw driver to put everything back to gether.

11. Re-insert the hard drive caddy with your new hard drive into the PlayStation 4. Slide it in all the way and screw the engraved PlayStation screw back in. Replace the cover.

12. Reconnect the PlayStation 4 to your TV and plug the power cord back in. 

13. Your PS4 has two USB ports on the front. Plug the USB Flash Drive into either port and the Dualshock 4controller into the other one using your controller charge cable (or any other USB cable). 

14. Hold the power button (the top of the two hidden buttons located in the "crack" between the two PS4 halves) down for 7 seconds to initiate safe mode. 

15. The Safe Mode options screen will appear. Use your controller to pick the bottom option: Initialize PS4 (Reinstall System Software).

16. It may take a few minutes for the action to be executed and for the reinstall process to commence. If you get an error message at this point, it is most likely related to the version of the System Install Software you've got on the memory stick (get the latest version of the full install, not the upgrade), or the directory (make sure it's PS4, UPDATE), or the format (FAT32). 

Once the install completes, sign back into your PSN account and complete the initial setup. This includes time and date settings, internet/wifi setup, and some basic options. From here, you can restore your game installs from discs and your game saves from a USB stick or from the cloud. 

Restoring game saves is done via the Setttings function screen. Select Application Saved Data Management, then select the source (USB or cloud) to restore each title's data. To reinstall games you downloaded from the PlayStation Store, simply head into the store application and access the Library option. You can pick and choose what games to redownload. Note that you sometimes have to dive into the "My DLC" section of each game to download DLC content you've previously installed.

That's it! Congrats. 

How to Replace the Hard Drive on your PS4 Pro

The PS4 Pro hard drive is functionally almost identical to the PS4 for replacement purposes. The only real differences are in the location of the hard drive in the chassis and the shape of the mounting bracket. First, follow steps 1-6 above. Before beginning, be sure your PS4 is powered down and unplugged.

The Pro Hard drive is hidden behind this panel on the back of the PlayStaton 4 Pro.The tab to gently remove the plastic is near the Ethernet port. Pull the tab to reveal the HDD bay.

You will see a single screw. Remove it carefully with a Phillips-head screwdriver to open the bay.

Slip the hard drive out. You'll now need to remove it from its mounting bracket by unscrewing the four screws holding it in position.

Replace the hard drive with your new drive in the mount, matching up the mounting points and gently replacing the screws.

Slide it gently but firmly into the HDD slot and secure the screw into the PS4 Pro case, then replace the plastic panel. Then proceed with steps 12 and beyond from above. Make sure you have that Flash drive near by!

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