The right way to improve your PS4 laborious drive to 4TB or extra

(Pocket-lint) – When the PlayStation 4 was first launched, 500GB of storage appeared ample. It quickly turned out to not be, nonetheless, with sport file sizes increasing at a good fee of knots.

Now, years later, video games like Name of Responsibility: Warzone can simply prime 100GB. That does not depart an excessive amount of house in your default drive for a lot of different video games.

Even in case you have the improved model of the PS4 or the PS4 Professional, every with 1TB drives, they are going to wrestle.

Fortunately, there are two choices for growing the cupboard space in your PS4 or PS4 Professional. One is blindingly easy, the opposite barely extra difficult. They each work very successfully although and are not too pricey.


The straightforward approach: The right way to broaden your PS4 drive by way of an exterior USB 3.0 HDD

The best solution to improve the storage of your PS4, whether or not it’s the unique mannequin, 2016 refresh or a PS4 Professional, is so as to add a USB 3.0 laborious drive to your setup.

Any USB 3.0 drive will do the job and the PS4 helps drives as much as 8TB in measurement.

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We selected a devoted PS4 version of the Seagate Game Drive with 4TB of space. It is nice worth at underneath £100 and is designed to match the PS4 completely.

One other nice various is a WD_Black P10 Game Drive, which is particularly designed for players and prices solely a little bit extra for as much as 5TB.

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Whichever you select, to get it work along with your PS4, simply plug it into any of the three USB 3.0 ports. We selected one of many rear ports to tuck it out of the way in which.

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You then want to go to the Settings menu to be able to format the drive to work as exterior storage. Head to Gadgets, then USB Storage Gadgets. It’s best to see your new drive listed on the following display screen.

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Click on on it and you’ll be taken to a web page with a field that claims “Format and Prolonged Storage”. Click on on that, look forward to a short time and bingo, the drive is able to use.

The PS4 will routinely set your exterior drive to be the default to put in video games on.

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If you wish to use your inner drive as an alternative, return into the Settings menu, head to Storage and press Choices. You’ll have the choice to decide on between the inner and exterior drive as the sport set up location.

The tougher approach: Exchange the HDD inside your PS4

One other solution to broaden the storage of your PS4 is to exchange the laborious drive contained in the machine. It is not as difficult because it sounds and may very well be preferrred for those who, say, wish to add a strong state drive for speedier entry.

You’ll have to take at the least a part of the console aside. Sony makes it quite simple for you, however you’ll nonetheless discover the method a little bit long-winded. The straightforward half although is selecting a drive.

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The PS4 makes use of a 2.5-inch SATA HDD, the kind of which you may discover in a laptop computer. Nonetheless, not any outdated 2.5-inch drive will work. To suit a PS4 it’s going to must be no better than 9.5mm in depth or it is going to be too large for the laborious drive enclosure drawer.

There are some on the market that may meet the specs, at across the £50 mark. We opted for a Western Digital WD10JPVX – an older 5400RPM Blue drive with a 7mm depth which inserts properly – however there are many more moderen SATA III options.

You possibly can even go for an SSD/HDD hybrid drive, such because the 1TB Seagate FireCuda gaming drive that is available on Amazon UK.

Some have additionally prompt pure SSD equivalents, which ramp up load speeds dramatically, however may be prohibitively costly for those who’re making an attempt to extend storage somewhat than shrink it.

The set-up

Putting in a PS4 laborious drive is much more time consuming than growing the storage by way of an exterior answer. The PS4 will take a bit extra to stand up and working, which incorporates having to again up recordsdata as you may need to fully begin afresh as soon as the brand new drive is in place.

The recordsdata that may must be backed up are video games saves and any video clips or screenshots you want to maintain. You are able to do the previous in a few methods.

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If you’re a PlayStation Plus member you’ll be able to add your whole save recordsdata to the cloud, able to obtain once more once you’re carried out. The truth is, for those who had already set this as much as occur routinely you needn’t hassle your self with this a part of the method once more. If you have not and have a good few video games, this will take some time.

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When you aren’t a PlayStation Plus member or want to maintain a extra native copy of your saves, you will want a USB reminiscence stick or (satirically) an exterior laborious drive formatted to FAT, FAT32 or exFAT normal to retailer knowledge on. Plug it into the PS4 by means of one of many entrance USB ports and prepare for a laborious course of.

Head to Settings, Software Saved Information Administration, Saved Information in System Storage and you will see Copy to USB Storage Machine. Go into that menu and you will see an inventory of all of your video games. Enter each individually and you may tick the recordsdata you wish to copy and ensure. The recordsdata will immediately be copied onto the exterior drive (or uploaded to the cloud for those who undergo that route).

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Additionally keep in mind to again up your captured movies and screengrabs from the Seize Gallery part of System Storage Administration. And upon getting you are prepared to put in the brand new drive.

Putting in the drive

Be sure you fully energy down your PS4, not simply into relaxation mode, after which unplug it from any of the wires on the again. Put the console on a flat floor after which slide off the laborious drive casing. It should not be tough to do however does differ in location from the unique PS4, newest PS4 and PS4 Professional.

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Inside you may acquire entry to the laborious drive enclosure, which is fastened in place with only one massive screw with the PlayStation symbols on it. Undue that with a Phillips screwdriver and you may slide out the present drive utilizing the small deal with.

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Unscrew the 4 black screws, two both aspect of the laborious drive enclosure – leaving the rubber holders in place. Then take away the drive that got here with the PS4.

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Exchange it with the brand new drive and screw the black screws again in place.

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Slide the drive again into the console till it feels prefer it has hooked up correctly and screw it in place utilizing the massive PlayStation screw.

Clip the lid or flap again into place and that a part of the job is completed.

Reinstalling the system software program

Because the console now has a model new drive with not one of the system software program put in, you may must reinstall it manually. You may undoubtedly want an exterior USB drive (or reminiscence stick) on at the least 1GB in capability for this a part of the set-up, even for those who saved your whole saved video games within the cloud.

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Create a folder referred to as “PS4” on the drive utilizing a pc, then a folder inside that referred to as “UPDATE”. You then must obtain the newest system software program file from Sony and be cautious of following some hyperlinks on the PlayStation web site as they will ship you to earlier variations that will not work (you may simply get an error message when making an attempt to put in).

The newest system software program (on the time of writing) is model 8.03 which we discovered right here at ps.web. Will probably be round 1GB to obtain however is the entire software program, not simply an replace. If the file is way smaller it is the incorrect one and will not work.

Transfer the downloaded file (named PS4UPDATE.PUP) to the UPDATE folder on the drive and also you’re prepared to put in it on the console.

Reattach all the leads into the rear of the PS4, plug your USB drive into the entrance and connect a DualShock 4 controller by way of its personal USB cable. Then press the on swap on the entrance of the machine for seven seconds or longer. This can boot up the console into Secure Mode and provide you with some choices. Select “Initialise PS4 (Reinstall System Software program)” and the PS4 will discover the replace (if the right one) and set up it. It solely takes round 5 minutes in whole after which your PS4 will reboot and begin up as if it has simply been unboxed and arrange for the very first time.


After all, you may then need to reinstall every part once more and signal into your PlayStation Community profile, however at the least you may have way more cupboard space than once you began.

As we opted for a 5400RPM drive very like the one which got here with the machine within the first place we have probably not seen a lot of a efficiency improve on the inner drive.

We weren’t aiming for velocity although (for that you may go for a 7200RPM drive as an alternative for those who’re keen to splash a little bit extra cash) and simply having that further cupboard space is making a giant distinction to our gaming lives.

If we’re being sincere, you are finest suggested to go down the exterior drive route, contemplating that is useless easy and comparatively low cost lately. However for those who actually wish to beef up your system, you may wish to add a brand new, sooner inner drive too in some unspecified time in the future.

Writing by Rik Henderson. Modifying by Max Freeman-Mills.