How to Upgrade PS4 Hard Drive to SSD?

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How to Upgrade PS4 Hard Drive to SSD

Upgrading the hard drive of your PlayStation 4 (PS4) to a solid-state drive (SSD) can significantly improve the overall performance and loading times of your console.

An SSD offers faster data transfer speeds and quicker access to game files, resulting in reduced loading screens and improved gameplay experiences.

This guide will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to upgrade your PS4’s hard drive to an SSD.

Upgrading a PS4, PS4 Pro, or PS4 Slim hard drive is not very difficult. In fact, you can do it in just a single method involving different stages.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • The regular PS4 hard drive will not have much space to save a lot of games. In such situations to have more space to store more games, update it with an SSD.
  • The process to replace the PS4 hard drive with a Solid-State Drive is very easy and all that is required is a screwdriver, an SSD, and a USB flash drive.
  • The process involves creating a backup, replacing the SSD, and initializing it.

Why is It Necessary to Upgrade PS4 Hard Drive to SSD?

Ideally, a regular PS4 hard drive comes with 500 GB of storage space. You will need to upgrade your PS4 hard drive if you are using it for tool long since there will be little space left to save and store more games in it.

You will not have to delete games from time to time to save new games on your PlayStation 4.

A larger SSD will offer more storage space and a notable increase in the performance level and speed.

In addition to that, a PS4 hard drive over time will run slow and will result in specific issues such as a longer loading time or slow performance. Upgrading the hard drive to an SSD will enhance your gaming experience.

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Ways to Upgrade PS4 Hard Drive to SSD

How to Upgrade PS4 Hard Drive to SSD

Ideally, there are two ways to upgrade your PS4 hard drive with an SSD. Either you replace the drive within the system physically, attach a reliable hard drive externally to it.

Both these options are quite good but it is better to fit a new SSD in the system. Here are the steps to follow to accomplish that.

Method: Take Backup and Replace

STEPS TO FOLLOW:

There are different stages of this process.

Stage 1:

First, you will need to create a backup of your data by following these steps:

  • Connect the external hard drive to the PS4 system.

Connecting the external hard drive to the PS4 system

  • Turn on the power of the system by pressing the power button.

Turning on the power of the system by pressing the power button

  • Go to Settings in the next window.

Going to Settings

  • Select System from the Settings window that pops up next.

Selecting System from the Settings window

  • Select Back Up and Restore from the System window.

Selecting Back Up and Restore

  • Click on the ‘Back Up PS4’ option from the Back Up and Restore window that follows.

Clicking on the ‘Back Up PS4

  • Press ‘X’. This will add a checkmark in the box next to the Applications in the following Back Up PS4 window to save it.
  • Click on the Next button below.

Backing Up PS4 window

This will start Backing up all the data. Depending on the number of games and files you have stored in your system, the process will take some time to complete.

starting Backing up

This will restart your PS4 system so that the backup is created. You will need to click on the Back Up button to confirm the action.

Clicking on the Back Up button

Stage 2:

The next stage of the process involves installing the SSD. The steps to follow for this are:

  • Turn the power of the PS4 off and unplug it from the mains.
  • Slide open the cover on the hard drive bay to remove it.
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Opening the cover on the hard drive bay

  • Remove the screw holding the hard drive tray.

Removing the screw holding

  • Slide the hard drive mounting tray out.

Sliding the hard drive mounting tray out

  • Now remove the screws from the mounting bracket that holds the hard drive. There will be four such screws.

Removing the screws from the mounting bracket

  • Place your SSD in the mounting bracket.

Placing your SSD in the mounting bracket

  • Replace the screws in their respective holes and tighten them.

Replacing the screws in their respective holes and tighten them

  • Replace the mounting bracket in the drive bay, now with the SSD attached to it.

Replacing the mounting bracket in the drive bay

  • Replace the screw.

Replacing the screw

  • Slide the cover back to its position to cover the hard drive.

Sliding the cover back to its position to cover the hard drive

Stage 3:

The third phase of the process involves reinstalling the system software. Use your computer and go to the link https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/ and download the latest system software in a USB drive with at least 1 GB of free space.

When the downloading process is complete, follow these steps:

  • Right-click on the USB drive and create a New Folder in it.

Creating a New Folder

  • Name the new folder ‘PS4’ or anything you like.

Naming the new folder ‘PS4’

  • Right-click on this folder and create another New Folder inside PS4.

Creating another New Folder inside PS4

  • Name it ‘UPDATE,’ as shown in this case.

Naming it ‘UPDATE

  • Save the file into the new UPDATE folder. Name the file ‘PS4UPDATE.PUP’.

Naming the file ‘PS4UPDATE.PUP’

  • Now go back to your PS4 system.
  • Check that it is not powered on.
  • Insert the USB drive into the PS4.

Inserting the USB drive into the PS4

  • Press the Power button and hold it down for about 5 to 7 seconds.

Pressing the Power button

  • From the window that pops up select and click on the Yes button to Initialize PS4.

Clicking on the Yes button to Initialize PS4

This will reinstall system software. Follow the instructions on your screen to complete the process.

Stage 4:

The final stage of this process involves restoring your data.

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Connecting the external hard drive

  • Go to Settings > System > Back Up and Restore.
  • However, this time select Restore PS4 from the Back Up and Restore window.

Selecting Restore PS4

  • Select the backup data from the Restore PS4 window that follows.

Selecting the backup data from the Restore PS4 window

  • Click on the Restore button in the next window.

Clicking on the Restore button

  • On the final window, click on the Yes button for confirmation of the action.

Clicking on the Yes button for confirmation of the action

Now you will have your PS4 hard drive upgraded to an SSD.

Conclusion

So, that is all you have to do to upgrade the PS4 hard drive with an SSD.

Just make sure that you follow every step very carefully so that you do not lose any data or file and also do not damage the system or the drive in the process.

About Puja Chatterjee

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Puja Chatterjee, a distinguished technical writer, boasts an extensive and nuanced understanding of computer technology. She is an esteemed graduate of the Bengal Institute of Management Studies (BIMS), where she honed her skills and knowledge in the tech domain. Over the span of more than 12 years, Puja has developed a deep expertise that encompasses not only technology writing, where she articulates complex technical concepts with clarity and precision, but also in the realm of client relationship management. Her experience in this area is characterized by her ability to effectively communicate and engage with clients, ensuring their needs are met with the highest level of professionalism and understanding of their technical requirements. Puja's career is marked by a commitment to excellence in both written communication within the tech industry and fostering strong, productive relationships with clients.
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