A PS4 which is only left with a limited memory becomes no less than a pain. To enjoy uninterrupted entertainment, you need to upgrade your PS4 hard drive. The newer versions come with an extended memory, however if you have the older version, you should know how to upgrade it.
To upgrade your PS4 hard drive, you will need:
- A compatible HDD
- A laptop
- A USB device (with 5GB of free memory)
- A screwdriver
Select HDD first
You need to have a hard drive to replace your existing one. Usually PS4 has 500 GB 2.4 inch SATA HDD. The one you are replacing it with should be not more than 9.5 mm in thickness.
Next is to prepare for an update
Now you must prepare your PS4 for an update. Before you upgrade your PS4 hard drive, you need to know that upgrading will leave you with a risk of losing your data, including unsaved games, screenshots, etc.
To avoid losing your data, back it up before you prepare for an update.
Get rid of the old HDD
Now that you have saved your data, it is time to remove your existing HDD. First, you need to turn of the PS4 completely, and keep it on a smooth surface. Remove the glossy part of the casing.
Once that is removed, metal HDD enclosure would be visible to you. The enclosure will be held in place with a screw which you will have to remove using screwdriver.
When you are done removing the screw, you will now need to remove the HDD with its metal jacket.
Install new PS4 hard drive
Once you are done with removing the existing HDD, it is now time to put in the new one. Place the new USB drive in the tray, taking care to keep the flat side of the disk right at the handle of the drive.
The exposed component of the drive must now be lying flat on the open edge of the tray. Lastly, fix the screw back in place. If you have chosen a device that is slimmer than the previous one, you will have to adjust the new one accordingly.
When you are done securing the screws back in place, take out the tray back into the console until you confirm that it is secure in the PS4 completely. Next, place the PS4 and make sure that you lid back on the top of the console.
Reinstall PS4 system software
The last step is to reinstall system software. You will need a laptop and a USB having at least 1 GB of free memory.
Create a folder in your USB drive to save your data, and then create a new folder and name it ‘UPDATE’.
Download the latest software system then. After you download it, drag the file into ‘UPDATE’ folder.
Plug the USB with the installed file to your PS4 hard drive. PS4 will now grab the file from USB and then install it on the hard drive.
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