Upgrade Sony PS4 Hard Drive to Bigger Drive without Reinstallation

Tracy King updated on Sep 15, 2020 to Disk/Partition Clone | How-to Articles

How to Upgrade Sony PS4 Hard Drive Without Reinstallation

"Hey there, do you know how to upgrade or change the Sony PS4 hard drive to a bigger one? My hard drive is merely full and I'm thinking to upgrade it to a bigger drive so to save more games on it. But I don't want to reinstall any files or re-download any game packs. Do you know how to solve the problem?"

Are you having a similar problem in your PS4 hard drive? Don't worry when your game player hard drive is becoming full and here in this article, we'll provide you an easy and simple method to guide you to replace and upgrade Sony PS4 hard drive to a bigger one without reinstallation. And of course, no game files or data will lose.

Procedures Step-by-step Guide
1. Back Up PS4 Files Go to your PS4 Home screen, and insert the external storage device into one of the PS4 USB ports...Full steps
2. Remove Old PS4 Drive Power off PS4 and unplug the AC power cord, and then disconnect the other cables...Full steps
3. Upgrade the PS4 HDD Replace the new hard drive in the bracket for the PS4 system's hard drive...Full steps
4. Install the PS4 System Software Visit the PS4 System Software Update page. Follow the instructions to download and install the update...Full steps
5. Restore the PS4 Backups Go to "Settings > System > Back Up and Restore". Select the "Restore PS4" option...Full steps

Preparations to PS4 Hard Drive Upgrade

Before you are going to upgrade PS4 hard drive to a bigger one, figure out what you need.

  • PS4 full-size system
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • A computer connected to the Internet
  • External storage device with at least 1GB of free space
  • Officially supported replacement hard drive. Only the 2.5-inch internal type (9.5mm or slimmer)* and Serial ATA (Parallel ATA is not supported) internal hard drives are officially supported with the PS4 system. 

If you prefer to manually change the PS4 hard drive on your own without any clone or backup software, you may follow below tips to do the PS4 hard drive replace work:

Procedure 1. Back Up Game Files Saved on PS4 Hard Drive

If you're a PlayStation Plus subscriber, you have the option to back up your saved data to online storage for your account on PlayStation Network. You can save up to 100GB of game save data and up to 1000 saved data items. If you want to back up your entire PS4 with an external device, follow the steps below:

It is of vital importance to sync your Trophies since they're not included in the backup data.

Go to "Trophies", press the "Options" button, and select "Sync Trophies With PSN". Then, follow the steps to back up PS4 data before starting replacing the hard drive with a bigger one.

Step 1. Go to your PS4 Home screen, and insert the external storage device into one of the PS4 USB ports.

Step 2. Go to "Settings > System > Back Up and Restore > Back Up. Confirm the data you are going to back up.

Tip
If you choose not to back up Applications, you'll need to download or reinstall them when you eventually restore the data on the system with the backup you're creating.
You are advised to back up Saved Data to avoid losing any game progress during the hard drive replacement. 

A progress bar will show the current status of the backup. You can cancel this at any time.

Step 3. Customize the name of the backup. When done, highlight "Back Up" and press the "X" button.

press the x button

Step 4. Remove the external storage device from the PS4 system.

  • If you need to view any captures, you can go to Settings > System Storage Management > Capture Gallery, and this will allow you to see everything you've recorded.
  • You can press Options and Copy to USB Storage Device or click the Share button to upload pictures to Facebook for safekeeping.
  • Your videos can also be saved to USB or Facebook or even YouTube with the same steps.

Procedure 2. Remove the Old PS4 Internal Hard Drive

Step 1. Power off PS4 and unplug the AC power cord, and then disconnect the other cables from the system.

Step 2. Place both of your hands on top of the hard drive cover and slide it to the left. Lift the right side first when lifting and removing the cover.

place off the cover of PS4

Step 3. Remove the screw and pull the internal hard drive toward the front of the system to remove it 

pull out the old PS4 internal hard drive

Step 4. Remove the four screws with Phillips screwdriver from the sides of the hard drive case. 

Procedure 3. Install and Upgrade to the Bigger PS4 HDD

Step 1. Replace the new hard drive in the bracket for the PS4 system's hard drive.

Step 2. Attach it with the screws (four places). Do not over-tighten the screws.

Step 3. Attach the new internal hard drive to the system using the screw. Be sure to insert the hard drive in the hard drive bay fully.

place the new PS4 hard drive

Procedure 4. Install the PS4 System Software on the New Hard Drive

Hard disks installed in PS4 need to be recognized and reformatted by PS4 itself. Then, you need to install the newest PS4 system update software.

Step 1. Visit the PS4 System Software Update page. Follow the instructions to download and install the update on a USB or an external device(1GB free space).

Step 2. Install the software, enter PS 4 Safe Mode by pressing and holding the Power button until you hear the second beep. 

Step 3. Select "Initialize PS4 (Reinstall System Software)", and press the "X" button.

Step 4. Plug the external storage device with the system update into a PS4 USB port. Click "OK" and press the "X" button.

Step 5. Choose "Next" and press the "X" button. The update file is copied to the PS4.

Step 6. Once the copy is complete, read the System Software License Agreement, select "Accept", and press the "X" button. The system software is now installing onto the PS4.

insatll ps4 system update

Step 7. After the update is completed, the PS4 will restart. Then, press the PlayStation button on your controller and log in with your user profile.

Step 8. Sign in with your existing account on PSN or create a new one. 

Step 9. Verify the system version by going to "Settings > System > System Information" screen. Your system is now updated.

Procedure 5. Restore the PS4 Backups from an External Device

You can restore saved data from an external device or a USB storage device to the PlayStation 4 system by performing the following steps.

Step 1. Connect a USB storage device or external hard drive to the system.

connect the usb to your PS4

Step 2. Go to "Settings > System > Back Up and Restore".

Step 3. Select the "Restore PS4" option and the backup file you'd like to restore.

You'll see a screen that tells you that the system will restart and initialize whether or not the backup process is completed. Then, select "Yes".

​​​​If you want to restore saved data from online storage, sign in to PlayStation Network and go to "settings > Application Saved Data Management > Saved Data in Online Storage > Download to System Storage" to restore wanted data.

Related Questions About PS4

Follow the troubleshooting steps below if you see some PS4 error codes or other PS4 issues.

Can you switch hard drives on ps4?

Replacing or upgrading the internal HDD in a PS4 or PS4 Pro is a simple process to switch the PS4 drive. When replacing the hard drive, you can use a standard SATA II hard drive or use an SSD no thicker than 9.5mm. 

How do I transfer games from one ps4 hard drive to another?

  1. 1. Backup Game Files Saved on PS4 Hard Drive
  2. 2. Remove the Old PS4 Internal Hard Drive
  3. 3. Install and Upgrade to the Bigger PS4 HDD
  4. 4. Install the PS4 System Software on the New Hard Drive
  5. 5. Restore the PS4 Backups from an External Device

How to fix PS4 error code CE-34878-0?

Error CE-34878-0 is a general error that happens when the game you are currently playing on the PlayStation 4 has crashed. You can solve this error by referring to solutions to error code CE-34878-0.

How to fix corrupted database error on PS4?

While using PS4, you may continuously encounter with PS4 data or database corrupted issue. You can cope with this error with two solutions:

  1. 1. Fix PS4 Corrupted Database
  2. 2. Fix PS4 Corrupted Data

Refer to the full guide on how to fix the corrupted PS4 Database or data.

How to fix PS4 fail to turn on?

To get ps4 to turn on, follow the tips below:

  • Replace the power supply
  • Replace the power cable
  • Connect the console to a wall outlet
  • Fix the power button
  • Clear the dust in your PS4
  • Insert a disk into your PS4
  • Rebuild the PS4 database
  • Get specialized manual services

Extra Tips - Upgrade Hard Drive to a Bigger One Easily

Besides upgrading 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. 

Recommended: Update HDD/SSD upgrade with the disk cloning tool

EaseUS Disk Copy allows you to free clone and upgrade hard drive to new disk without any complex operations. And it's fully compatible with all Windows systems. EaseUS Disk Copy can even help to update and clone hard drive to a bigger HDD/SSD. Try to upgrade your disk with below guidelines now:

Step 1: Choose "Disk mode" and select the smaller hard drive as the source disk.

select the hard drive that you want to clone

Step 2: Choose the bigger hard drive to save the data and then click "Next".

select the destination disk - the bigger one

Step 3: A warning message tells you that the data on the destination disk will be overwritten. Click “OK” to continue if you do not have important data on the destination disk.

confirm the message

Step 4: Edit the disk layout and then click "Proceed" to continue.

  • "Autofit the disk" resize the layout on destination disk according to the size of it to make the disk as the best status.
  • "Copy as the source" doesn’t change anything on destination disk and the layout is same as source disk.
  • "Edit disk layout" allows you to manually resize/move partition layout on this destination disk.
check the diak layout

Step 5: Wait for the process to complete.

wait for the process to end

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