How To Upgrade The PS4 Hard Drive

Recently, I decided that my beloved PS4 needed a little bit of an update. Here’s how I went about doing it – perhaps it’ll help you too.

I don’t know about you but the initial 500GB space that my PS4 offered up didn’t last too long. Whilst complaining about storage space on a video game console is the definition of a first world problem, it was enough of a problem for me to dig out a solution.

I was faced with three options. Either keep staggering away at my storage space – deleting games in order to play others and then reinstalling them when I wanted to play them again, buy a new PS4 with a bigger storage space or upgrade my hard drive. The first option seemed okay as a temporary solution but it quickly got annoying, especially when you consider that most game file sizes were about 50GB each. I felt obliged to stick with my console, so I opted to upgrade.

It was quite a scary prospect. Whilst I’m quite tech savvy, I have no idea about the in’s and out’s of a computer or console and unscrewing/dismantling parts made me feel quite uneasy. What if it all went wrong? However, I decided to bite the bullet and give it a go. It’s actually a really easy process. It surprised me. Anyway, enough rambling on. Here’s how I did it.

First things first, you’re going to need a new hard drive (Well, duh). Your replacement drive needs to be no thicker than 9.5mm otherwise it’s just not gonna fit. I opted for the Western Digital WD10JPVX 1TB Internal Hard Drive as it has positive reviews and was the perfect fit.

The next step is to back all your important save files and user data up. Playstation Plus members get the added benefit of their save files being hosted on the cloud. However, this will only happen if you’ve selected your save files to be automatically saved on the Cloud (I would double check). Either way, for added safety I’d still recommend backing your data up (Taylor Swift will tell you all about not trusting the cloud 100%!). To back it up, grab a compatible USB and go to Settings, then System, then Back Up and Restore. My backup data was just shy of 3GB so make sure you have a bit of space available!

Once you’re backed up, head on over to the Playstation site and download the latest PS4 update software. This file was around 850MB when I downloaded it. You’ll have noticed that when you backed your data up, your USB added a new folder called PS4. In this folder, add a sub-folder called ‘UPDATE’ and chuck your software file in there.

Now, it’s time to get replacin’. Turn your PS4 off and unplug all cables. On the front of the PS4, you’ll see a shiny panel. Slide this off and you’ll discover where your hard drive is kept. In the bottom left hand corner, you’ll notice a silver screw with the PS4 symbols on. With a Phillips screwdriver, unscrew this and slide the HDD out towards you.

On the HDD, you’ll notice there’s four screws – two on each side. Unscrew these, but don’t try taking the rubber guards off them. Once they’re unscrewed, you can take the hard drive out and replace it with your new one. Make sure it’s put back on the same side as the previous one and screw all the screws back in place – just don’t screw them in too tightly!

Once everything’s screwed back into place, just slide the shiny panel back on and you’re done replacing your hard drive. Now, you’re going to want to plug your PS4 back in and load it up. With the USB plugged in, you’ll need to first install the PS4 software and then restore your data using your backup. This can take a bit of time, so just kick back and wait for it to work.

Then, you just need to install your game files and you’re ready to get playing again – all with the added storage space!

It’s actually a really easy process and I’m quite glad I plucked up the courage to do it. If you need any more assistance, the PS4 website has a great resource to guide you through the process. As a quick disclaimer, I just want to say that I’m not liable for any mistakes or mishaps that happen. It’s your duty to do your research and ensure you’re doing everything right.

Let me know how you get on and if you wanna add me on PSN, my username is adamcm5.

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