Reformat PS4 Hard Drive for PC in Windows 10/8/7
"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.
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".
Step 2. Click "OK" to make sure that you want to delete all partitions on the selected disk.
Step 3. By clicking "OK" you will add a pending operation of all-partitions deletion. Click "Execute Operation" and "Apply" to delete all partitions.
Create new partition:
Step 1. Launch EaseUS Partition Master. On the main window, right-click on the unallocated space on your hard drive or external storage device and select "Create".
Step 2. Adjust the partition size, file system, label, etc. for the new partition and click "OK" to continue.
Step 3. Click on the "Execute Operation" button and create a new partition by clicking "Apply".
Watch the following video tutotial and learn how to create a partition in NTFS, FAT, or EXT file system.
The PS4 hard drive is automatically formatted in the process of creating partitions.
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.
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.
- Right-click on each partition and select Delete Volume.
- Then this window pops up, please click Yes.
Step 4. Right-click the unallocated part, then choose New Simple Volume.
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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