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

Updated by Daisy on Apr 21, 2021
Written by Roxanne

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.

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 is designed for you to clone disk and upgrade HDD or SSD to a larger HDD or SSD with simple clicks.

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Step 1. Connect the new HDD to your computer. If the new hard drive is not an empty one, please make sure you have moved all data to a safe place because all data will be wiped while cloning.

Step 2. Run EaseUS Todo Backup and select Clone at the left tool panel

Run EaseUS Todo Backup to upgrade hard disk drive.

Step 3. Choose the source disk and target disk.

Choose hard disk as the source drive.

Step 4. Click Proceed to start cloning all data, including os, applications and files to the new hard drive.

Start upgrading hard disk to a lager disk.

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Updated by Daisy

Daisy is the Senior editor of the writing team for EaseUS. She has been working in EaseUS for over ten years, starting from a technical writer to a team leader of the content group. As a professional author for over 10 years, she writes a lot to help people overcome their tech troubles.

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Written by Roxanne

Roxanne is one of the main contributors to EaseUS and has created multiple posts on digital devices like PCs, Mobile phones, tablets, Mac, etc. She loves to share ideas with people of the same interest.

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