Here’s How To Upgrade The HDD In Your PS4

Tired of your old 500GB HDD that came with your PS4? Maybe you’re looking to upgrade the storage space to house more digital only titles. Whatever the case may be, Sony has you covered. Our buddies over at Sony have put together a sweet guide that shows you step by step how to remove and replace your HDD.

Supported HDD

Only the following type of hard disk drive (HDD) is officially supported with the PS4™ system:

  • 2.5 inch internal type (9.5mm or slimmer) *
  • Serial ATA (Parallel ATA is not supported)

* Proper operation is not guaranteed for all models. While other drive types may work, we only recommend using officially supported drives with your PS4 system.


There are four main steps to replacing a hard disk drive. Each of these is explained in detail in this article.

  1. Back up your data.
  2. Replace the hard disk drive.
  3. Reinstall the system software.
  4. Restore data that has been backed up.

Back up saved data for games

All game, app, and saved data: You can back up your entire HDD by to a USB drive by following the steps here.

You can copy saved data that is stored on the PS4™ system to a USB storage device, or upload to the cloud if you are a PlayStation Plus subscriber. Instructions for backing up saved data are located here.

Replace the hard disk drive

  1. Make sure the PS4 it turned completely off. When the power indicator is off, the system is completely off. If the power indicator is lit up in orange, the system is in standby mode. Exit standby mode.
  2. Unplug the AC power cord, and then disconnect the other cables from the system.
  3. For safety reasons, remove the plug for AC power cord from the electrical outlet, and then detach the other cables.
  4. Slide the HDD bay cover in the direction of the arrow to remove it.
    Slide HHD Cover
  5. Remove the HDD.
    1. Remove the screw.
    2. Pull the HDD toward the front of the system to remove it.

    Remove the HDD

  6. Using a phillips screwdriver, remove the screws (four places).  Do not remove the rubber inserts from the screw holes.
    Remove the screws
  7. Place the replacement HDD on the mounting bracket for the PS4™ system’s HDD, and then attach using the screws (four places). Do not over-tighten the screws.
  8. Attach the HDD to the system using the screw. Be sure to fully insert the HDD in the HDD bay.

If you lose the HDD bay cover, screws, mounting bracket, or any other parts, contact technical support for assistance.

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. (1GB free space)

Click here and scroll down to the “Perform a New Installation of the System Software” section for instructions regarding downloading and performing the reinstallation update.

Restoring backed up saved data for games to the PS4

To Copy all game and saved data from a USB backup:

  1. Connect the USB storage device you want to use for the backup.
  2. Select [System] > [Back Up and Restore]

Copy saved data from a USB storage device to the PS4 system by performing the following steps:

  1. Connect a USB storage device to the system.
  2. Select [Settings] from the function screen.
  3. Select [Application Saved Data Management] > [Saved Data on USB Storage Device] > [Copy to System Storage]
  4. Select a title.
  5. Press X to add a checkmark in the checkbox for the saved data you want to copy, and then select [Copy]
  6. You can redownload all of your previously downloaded by going to your Library.

You must be signed in with the same PSN account used when you first copied the saved data.

Restore saved data from the cloud by performing the following steps:

  1. Select [Settings] from the function screen.
  2. Select [Application Saved Data Management] > [Saved Data in Online Storage] > [Download to System Storage]
  3. Select a title.
  4. Press X to add a checkmark in the checkbox for the saved data you want to copy, and then select [Download]
  5. You can redownload all of your previously downloaded by going to your Library.

Source: Sony Support

Marc Villa
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What's up guys. My name is Marc and I am the Editor-in-Chief here @ PlayStation Insider. I have been writing about video games and tech since 2010. I have a strong passion for video game trends and all things buzzing in the gaming industry. Add me on Playstation Network "illmaticcrook"

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