Play Station 4 Hard Drive

How To Back Up And Replace Play Station 4 Hard Drive

In 2013, during the launch of Play Station 4 hard drive, we got a 500 GB hard drive. At that time, 500GB storage space was more than we can imagine. But with the launch of various games, the space requirement increases exponentially. Some of the popular games like Red Dead Redemption 2 (105 GB), Grand Theft Auto V (nearly 100 GB) occupy the storage rapidly.

Gradually Sony presents the game lovers 1 TB hard drive. But within a short span, as the newer games come into action with a bundle of an extended library, this space seems insufficient for some of the game addicted users. Next, Sony allowed the Play Station 4 to support up to GB with the software update if you can afford the right amount to obtain it.

 The software upgrade will not be a difficult task, but you have to follow the steps of the installation.

How To Back Up And Replace Play Station 4 Hard Drive
How To Back Up And Replace Play Station 4 Hard Drive

Quick Guide For The Upgrade Of Play Station 4 Hard Drive

Things you will be using during the installation

  • A computer with an internet connection
  • A Phillips screwdriver
  • An external USB drive for back up
  • The new drive
  • The thumb drive required for the system software (optional)


Before backing up, you need to sync the trophies with PSN as they cannot be saved in external storage. Push the Options button on the controller end and select the option “Sync Trophies with PSN.” You may miss out on this step if they are synced already.

Now, start backing up. Connect the external drive to your system. Go to Settings first, then System, head to Back up and Restore and finally click on Back up PS4. Don’t forget to check that the external drive is formatted to FAT32 or exFAT file system. Then proceed like the typical software installation following the commands that will come one after another.

Remove The Play Station 4 Hard Drive

Transfer the data to the external drive and power of the PS4. Then take it out safely. It is better to do after switching the power off.

Select A New Drive For The Play Station 4

Make sure that you are getting a compatible hard disk drive. Most of the 2.5 inches drive in laptops work fine.

The PS4 Specifications Are:

  • Capacity – 500 GB for old models and 1 TB for new models and Pro
  • Interface – SATA II and SATA III
  • Cache: 8 GB
  • Spindle speed: 5400 RPM
  • Form Factor: 2.5 inch
  • Z- Height: 9 mm

The standard PS4 motherboards have a SATA II interface, and SATA III is for the Pro. You can use SATA III for lower models, but you will not see any change in the performance. But if you upgrade Pro, You will notice a significant improvement in the performance.

How To Back Up And Replace Play Station 4 Hard Drive
How To Back Up And Replace Play Station 4 Hard Drive

Install And Restore The Drive

It is just the reverse of the removal process. Before restoring the data from the backup, make sure the drive is formatted.

For this, reconnect everything to the PS4 and switch on the power.

So, follow the tips mentioned above if you need to back-up as well as replace the hard drive of the play station 4.

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