How to upgrade your PlayStation 4 to add more storage space

If you can take your console apart a bit and have some spare time, it would not be difficult for you to upgrade your PS4. The complete process takes no more than 15 minutes.

But before you start, there is probably some important data in your PS4 hard drive that you do not want to lose. If so, here is a detailed guide on how to back up your PS4 data to a USB drive. Just note that, you may not be able to back-up your game installs, and these would need to be reinstalled into the new hard drive.

Apart from a USB drive used to back up your data, here is what more you need during the process:


Step 1 – Finding the right replacement Hard Drive

The hard drive used in PS4 is a 2.5-inch SATA hard drive under 9.5mm height generally used in laptops. For example, a Western Digital 1TB drive with double the storage as standard 500GB drives. This one is also an economical option that comes under USD $69 – $77. But if you enjoy the sport games free download offered by PS4 you would probably run out of space soon again. Therefore best option for you is to consider a bigger storage up to 2TB.

Further, if you see the ‘rpm’ value of the hard drives you are considering, most probably you would have chosen a model with 5400rpm. This refers to the drive’s speed (revolutions per minute). A higher drive speed of 7200rpm can improve your system load speed to a considerable level. But such a drive would cost more.

Step 2 – Replace the Hard Drive

  • Make sure there is no disc in the drive and then disconnect the system from power supply and unplug all the cables (HDMI lead and power cable).
  • Remove the top shiny plate of your PS4 case by sliding it from the matte section using your thumb. It is quite easy. Continue to apply a little force if you find that the cover is sticking from any side.
  • Now you would be able to see the metal HDD enclosure fixed with a visibly large screw. Open it using your Philips-head screwdriver and slide out the PS4 HDD in its little metal casing.
  • To free the hard drive from this case, you would need to remove four black screws at the corners of the tray and the HGST drive would slide out by itself.
  • Now put the new drive into the tray, with flat side facing the handle of the tray making sure the exposed components are at the open side of the tray. Then put the four screws back to hold the new drive in place.
  • Slide the tray back into the unit and fasten the screw. Put back the shiny lid of the console to finish the task.

Step 3 – Download and Reinstall the PS4 Software

  • Visit the PlayStation support website and download the operating software on your computer. Now connect a USB flash drive to the computer and format it to FAT32, in order to erase all the data on the drive.
  • Create a folder ‘PS4’ and a sub folder within it ‘UPDATE’ – naming in capital letters. Now upload the installer file into the UPDATE folder of the flash drive.
  • In order to install the software to the PS4, plugin your system and start it in safe mode. Do this by holding the power button for 8 seconds.
  • Now you just need to select the option “Initialize PS4 (Reinstall System Software)” and wait for the system to update.

When you wish to reinstall the game saves from your USB drive, just download all your games first. It can take quite long to download all the games again, so don’t be anxious.