[Solved] Upgrade or Clone PS3/PS4 Hard Drive to a Larger Drive

Abby Haines updated on Aug 11, 2019 to Backup and Recovery | How-to Articles

What is the best way to upgrade the PS3/PS4 hard drive without losing data

PS3 hard drive space can quickly run out of space once you start downloading games, demos, and HD videos. When PS3 hard drive full, you need to upgrade the small hard drive to a larger drive or SSD to improve your PS3 system. And it is the same case with a PS4 hard drive. Then what is the easiest way to upgrade PS3 or PS4 hard drive without losing data?

Don't worry when your game player hard drive is running slow or becoming full. This article provides an easy and simple method to replace and upgrade your PS3 or PS4 hard drive to a bigger one without reinstallation. And of course, no game files or data will lose.

Tips for upgrade/clone PS3 or PS4 hard drive to a larger drive

It is pretty easy to upgrade your PS4 hard drive. Just takes two steps. First, backup PS3 or PS4 game files. Second, replace the PS3 or PS4 hard drive to a bigger one.

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Step one. Backup PS3 or PS4 game files
Step two. Replace the PS3 or PS4 hard drive to a bigger one

Step one. Backup PS3 or PS4 game files

You can copy or backup saved data that is stored on the PlayStation 4 system to a USB storage device. You can also copy saved games to the cloud if you are a PlayStation Plus subscriber. Here, we choose to save the PS4 data to a USB.

  • Connect a USB storage device to the system.
  • Select "Settings" from the function screen.
  • Select "Application Saved Data Management > Saved Data in System Storage > Copy to USB Storage Device".
  • Select a title.
  • Press the "X" button to add a checkmark in the checkbox for the saved data you want to copy, and then select "Copy".

press the x button to add a checkmark for the PS4 data

Notice: To back up saved data, you must update the system software and be signed in to PSN.

Step two. Replace the PS3 or PS4 hard drive to a bigger one

1. Power off PS4 and unplug USB drive with backups.

2. Slide the plastic case off.

3. Remove the screw holding the drive.

4. Pull out the HDD.

5. Remove the enclosure screws.

6. Replace new hard drive in the bracket.

replace the PS3 or PS4 hard drive with a new hard drive

7. Replace the enclosure screws: being careful not to over-tighten them.

8. Put the drive back in the system.

9. Install the system software.

After the HDD has been replaced, the system software must be reinstalled. Using a computer, save a system software update file for reinstallation to a USB storage device.

10. Copy the USB saved data to the PlayStation 4 system

You can copy saved data from a USB storage device to the PlayStation 4 system by performing the following steps.

♦ Connect the USB storage device to the system.

connect the usb to the PS3 or PS4

♦ Select "Settings" from the function screen.

♦ Select "Application Saved Data Management > Saved Data on USB Storage Device > Copy to System Storage".

♦ Select a title.

♦ Press the "X" button to add a checkmark in the checkbox for the saved data you want to copy, and then select "Copy".

Extra Tip: Upgrade and clone hard drive to a bigger one with ease

Except upgrading PS3/PS4 hard drive to a bigger drive, if you are looking for a powerful and effective tool to change or upgrade your system hard drive or second hard drive to a new HDD/SSD, the above-provided way cannot work. 

EaseUS disk clone software - EaseUS Todo Backup will help. It 100% free for you to clone disk and upgrade HDD or SSD to a larger HDD or SSD within 30 days.

Step 1. To upgrade one hard disk to a larger one, you should go with the "Clone" feature.

choose clone to upgrade hard disk to a larger one

Step 2. Choose a source disk. Here, you should choose the smaller one you want to replace. Click "Next".​

choose the smaller hdd as source disk

Step 3. Choose a destination disk, which is definitely the larger hard disk.​

If the destination disk is a solid state drive, don't forget to click "Advanced options" and tick the option "Optimize for SSD". Click "OK" and then click "Next".

choose the larger hard drive as the destination disk

Step 4. Preview the disk layout and click "Proceed". The cloning process will start immediately. Soon you will upgrade a hard disk to a larger one by means of cloning.​

preview disk layout and click proceed
 
 

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What is the difference between Clone and Backup? In what cases should I use Clone?

Clone will copy one disk to another or one partition to another (unallocated space is also supported). Usually, this option is used to upgrade the current disk by creating an identical copy. Backup will generate a .PBD image file containing the selected files or system that can be restored from the .PBD image if needed.

What is the difference between System Backup and Disk Backup?

System Backup will auto-select the system boot related partition(s) as the backup source to make sure the system image can be restored properly. Disk/Partition Backup will allow you to manually select a whole disk or speficy a certain partition as the backup source. You will get the same backup result as System Backup if you manually select the system and boot partitions with the Disk/Partition Backup option.

As a computer newbie, what features should I use to protect my computer?

You can use System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions, use Disk/Partition backup to back up the data partition and add plans to run an automatic backup. If you use the computer frequently or have software that may cause boot failure of the computer, we would suggest you back up the computer every 1 to 2 days. For other situations, you can backup the computer once a week. In addition, you can schedule File Backup to back up the files which are changed frequently.

What kind of storage service should I use to save my backup images?

EaseUS Todo Backup can save backup images to internal disks, external disks, network drives, or free cloud(Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive) and CD/DVD. It is suggested to save the images to the internal/external/network drives to save time as those kinds of disks have a better read-write speed. It is suggested NOT to save the image on the source disk, because once the disk is damaged, all the files on the disk will become unavailable and you will be unable to restore the image.

As a company network administrator, what features should I use to protect our internal computers?

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