It is important you are aware of how easy the PlayStation 4 storage space can be upgraded. Those individuals that are interested in having more breathing room on their console have two different options. The scary option is getting a PS4 hard drive for PS4, opening the PS4 console and having the internal hard drive replaced. We will see to it that we run through how you can go about that safely.
Replace the Internal Hard Drive
Though replacing the internal hard drive of your console sounds tough, it is not that difficult. Nonetheless, there are some steps that need to be taken if you are interested in having a smooth transit. First, right before you the hard drive you have in your PlayStation 4, ensure that you back up the data, just so that when you get a new drive you restore everything back into place.
What You’ll Need
- PlayStation 4 operating system
- USB flash drive
- Phillips head screwdriver
- Internal SATA hard drive (2.5 inch i.e. 9.5mm or slimmer)
Swap the Hard Drives
If you want to remove the hard drive you have in your PlayStation 4, you need to unplug the console from the power outlet. Right after that, the casing on the top left of your console should be removed by sliding it out to the left. If perchance you have a PlayStation 4 classic, the hard drive door can be opened from the front of the machine. On the other hand, if you have a PlayStation 4 pro, the casing is removed from the back of the machine. The minute that the casing is removed, you will see the bracket and the hard drive. Look out for the screws that are used in fastening the hard drive bracket in place, as they will assist you in separating the bracket from the console.
Next, what you need to do is take out the screws used in securing the hard drive to the PlayStation 4 console. When the old drive has been successfully removed, get the new hard drive and put it in the right place and have it secured using the screws removed earlier. Finally, in order to successfully installed the hard drive, all you need to do is reverse the initial removal process.
Install the PlayStation 4 Operating System
At this point, the new hard drive is already installed and you are set to get it running. The first thing you are expected to do is have the operating system software downloaded to your computer from the PlayStation support webpage. Whenever you are done downloading the operating system software, insert a USB thumb drive and have it formatted to FAT32. If perchance you made use of a USB thumb drive to back up the data of your old drive, avoid using that same USB, make use of a different USB thumb drive for the Operating System.
When the USB thumb drive is formatted to FAT32, have a new folder created on the root of the USB directory and name it “PlayStation 4” and inside this same folder create another folder and name.it “UPDATE”. It is important you are aware of the fact that these folders are expected to be labeled in caps. Finally, it comes down to transferring the Operating system software to the update folder. What you do next is plug your PlayStation 4 Right back and start it in safe mode. All these can be done by holding the power button for some seconds. Select the “initialize PS4” and sit back while the system does its assignment.