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How to Recover Deleted or Lost PS4 Game Files from PS4 Hard Drive?

Updated on Mar 20, 2019 by Tracy King to File Recovery


This article will show you three effective methods for you to recover deleted or lost PS4 game files from hard drive due to deletion or formatting etc reasons. Try simple methods here to recover your deleted files and save found games back to PS4 hard drive again.

How to restore lost PS4 game saves?

"Does anyone know how to recover or restore deleted PS4 game files from the PS4 hard drive? It was a mistake when I first received a message which said that the server was down. I must remove all files and re-log on so to reuse and re-play games on PS4. I followed and deleted all the game files without any backups. Now all my games are all gone. Nothing was left. I must spend hours of efforts to download those lost games again. Can I recover those game files? I don't remember all games and don't want to waste so much time for doing so."

It can be very easy for PS4 game lovers to lose vulnerable game files on their hard drives by redownloading lost games. But it's quite complex for users to recover lost PS4 game files without backups. Still, it will take quite a long period of time for users to re-download and reinstall lost game files. So will you just let the deleted or lost game files disappear from your PS4 hard drive? Of course not! You still have a solution! But how?

Note: 1. Stop using PS4 hard drive when you lose game files on it;
          2. Save or backup PS4 game files regularly;

Method 1. Restore deleted or lost PS4 hard drive games from Cloud Saves

If you've saved or uploaded beloved PS4 games into an online cloud storage, you'll be able to find and restore deleted or lost PS4 hard drive games from Cloud Saves. Follow the below tutorial steps to restore your lost PS4 hard drive games right now:

  • Go to Settings > Click Application Saved Data Management
  • Tab Download to System Storage;
  • Select and check relative games that you saved in Online Storage > Click Download;
  • Wait for the downloading process to be finished, and you need to repeat the process several times till you get all lost games restored from Cloud saves.

After this, you'll be able to save games to PS4 hard drive and enjoy playing those games again. 

Method 2. Recover lost PS4 games by re-downloading them from PlayStation store

PlayStation Store has a feature that once you've bought games from it, you can redownload it again after login into your PS4 game account with your user name and password. So you can follow below steps to re-download lost PS4 games from PlayStation store and save them on your PS4 hard drive again:

  • Sign in PS4 account with username and password > Go to PlayStation Store;
  • Find lost games which you lost on PS4 hard drive;
  • Re-download lost games one by one to PS4 local storage - PS4 hard drive again;
  • If you have PS4 game CDs, you can also restore lost games from the game CDs.

Method 3. Recover lost PS4 game files from PS4 hard drive

Another alternative method for you is to try file recovery software for help. You can find a powerful file recovery software and apply it to help you find the lost PS4 game installation packs or game captures, game videos. EaseUS file recovery software can help you do the job within 3 simple steps. You can free download, install and follow the below steps to try now.

Note: You don't need to pay for it until it finds what you want.

Step 1: Selecting

  • Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and select the drive where you lose your data.
  • Select the very hard drive when you open the file recovery software.
select the hard drive

Step 2: Scanning

  • Click the "Scan" button. The length of the scanning time highly depends on the drive capacity.
  • Wait patiently during this process.
scan the hard drive

Step 3: Recovering

  • After the scan, just choose what you need and click "Recover" button to recover lost data.
  • The "Filter", "Search" and "Extra Files" options are helpful for you to find the desired data from a hard drive.
recover data from hard drive

After this, you can run the restored PS4 game install files, reinstall lost games on the PS4 hard drive and play games again.

Extra Tip: Format PS4 hard drive before installing games on it again

If your PS4 game hard drive got corrupted or when you need to upgrade PS4 hard drives, do remember to reformat the drive again before loading it into the PS4 game console. Here we'd like to recommend you to try a free hard drive format software which will help you to simply format the whole game drive with ease. 

1. Free download EaseUS Partition Master Free and connect PS4 hard drive with PC.

2. Launch EaseUS hard drive format tool - EaseUS Partition Master Free and right-click on PS4 hard drive - select "Format".

Format PS4 hard drive after restoring lost PS4 hard drive games

3. Click the "Execute Operation" button and select "Apply" to keep all changes. Wait until the process finishes.

After this, you may reinstall PS4 in the hard drive and store all games back to the drive and replay them again.