Reformat PS4 Hard Drive for PC in Windows 10/8/7

Jean updated on Jun 19, 2020 to Partition Master | How-to Articles

"I replaced the PS4 hard drive with an SSD on my laptop and I planned to reformat and use the old PS4 hard drive on my Windows 10 PC. But when I plugged the disk into my laptop, it was just not showing up in my Windows Explorer. Then I went to Disk Management, the only option I had is to convert to a Dynamic Disk. So, is there nay other ways or software that can help to format old PS4 hard drive for Windows PC?"

PS4 does not appear in Windows Explorer because PS4 uses a format that Windows cannot recognize. To make it work in Windows, you need to delete the existing partition and create a new partition that Windows can recognize.

Windows won’t recognize PS4 hard drive unless you reformat it.

What can help you format PS4 hard drive for Windows PC

If you’re a PS4 player, sometimes you may want to replace or upgrade your PS4 hard drive with a newer or larger disk and want to use the old hard drive as an internal disk or external hard drive for your Windows PC to expand the storage space. At this moment, you just need to reformat the PS4 hard drive to the right files system. 

But it is not an easy thing because Windows won’t recognize this hard drive as other disks. Then a large number of users come to online forums and ask for help about how to format the PS4 hard drive for Windows 10/8/7 PC. So, what will you need to format your PS4 hard drive for Windows PC? Here we would like to recommend you try EaseUS partition software. With the powerful and flexible formatting feature, the program can help you format the PS4 hard drive for PC in Windows 10/8/7 with no hassle.

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Steps to reformat PS4 hard drive for Windows 10/8/7 PC

1. Reformat PS4 hard drive with EaseUS Partition Master

Are you confused about various methods, and many people even advise you to buy a new hard drive? With the help of a professional assistant - EaseUS Partition Master, all you need to do is complete the process with a few mouse clicks. You need to delete the partition first and then create a new partition.

Delete all PS4 partitions:


Step 1: Run and enter EaseUS Partition Master interface. Here you can right-click on the HDD or SSD disk and select "Delete All".

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Step 2: Click "OK" to make sure that you want to delete all partitions on the selected disk.

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Step 3: Keep all changes on your computer.

By clicking "OK" you will add a pending operation of all-partitions deletion. Click "Execute Operation" and "Apply" to delete all partitions.

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Create new partition:

Step 1. Choose unallocated space.

Once you have got unallocated space, you can create a partition. On the main window, right-click on the unallocated space on your hard drive, SSD or external storage device and select "Create". Set the partition size, partition label, drive letter, file system, etc. for the new partition and click "OK" to continue.

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Step 2. Execute operations.

Click the "Execute Operation" button at the top corner and keep all changes by clicking "Apply".

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The PS4 hard drive is automatically formatted in the process of creating partitions.

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2. Reformat PS4 hard drive with Disk Management

Using Disk Management is another feasible way, but the formatting process is a bit cumbersome. You have to delete all partitions one by one. Here are the detailed steps.

Step 1: Connect PS4 hard drive to the computer via SATA cable.

Step 2: Press Windows+X, then choose Disk Management.

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Step 3. Delete all existing PS4 partition.

When you open the Windows built-in disk manager, you may find more than 10 partition in the disk panel.

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  • Right-click on each partition and select Delete Volume.

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  • Then this window pops up, please click Yes.

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Step 4. Right-click the unallocated part, then choose New Simple Volume.

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Step 5. Set new partition via New Simple Volume Wizard.

Set File system, Allocation unit size, and Volume label on the pop window.

If you have finished the above steps, the PS4 hard drive will appear in the File Explorer. 

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Will the "Migrate OS" feature transfer the Windows system files only or the whole C drive?

To ensure that the migrated system will boot normally, the Migrate OS feature will transfer all the files in the system and the boot partitions. Generally, the boot partition is the C drive so the transfer will include all the files in C.

Does EaseUS Partition Master license apply to multiple computers?

The license of Partition Master Professional and Server editions can be used on 1 computer only, while that for for the Technician and Unlimited editions can be used on multiple machines.

What is the difference between EaseUS Partition Master Trial version and the Free version?

Free is for home users only, with most basic functions available such as partition resize and clone. While trial can help you understand how this product works and test what a full license can do on a business or server OS machine.

Will it cause any data loss after resizing the partition in EaseUS Partition Master?

Generally, it will not cause any data loss or boot issue by resizing a partition. However, in order to protect your data, we suggest that you backup the partition before resizing, in case of any unexpected situations such as power outages, computer hardware failures, etc. You can use EaseUS Todo Backup to backup the partition and its trial version is fully functioned for 30 days.

What should I prepare before resizing the partition?

On the partition that is going to be operated, there might be some files being occupied by other programs. To ensure a successful operation, we suggest that you close all the unnecessary software before resizing that partition. Otherwise, EaseUS Partition Master will detect the partition being locked by the other software and require a reboot to resize the partition under boot mode.

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