How To Upgrade PS4 Hard Drive Without Losing Any Data

Posted: Jan 12 2020, 5:09pm CST | by , Updated: Jan 12 2020, 9:33pm CST , in How To


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How to Upgrade PS4 Hard Drive with Losing any Data

How to Back Up PS4 to new Hard Drive without Losing Games

It is quite normal for your PS4 hard drive to fall short of your needs, especially when you keep adding new and bulky games to your library.

Now maybe the time to upgrade your PS4 hard drive with more storage capacity, and you may be worried about the transition and technical know-how involved with it.

Just sit back and relax, it may seem a very technical and complex process, especially if you are a novice in the field. Sony has taken full care to make the hard drive upgrade process as simple as possible and even a non-technical person can do so by following some simple steps.

To do so you will need a compatible screwdriver to take apart your current hard drive and install the new one, a 2.5 inch hard drive with your required storage capacity, a empty or just formatted USB-A thumb drive with a minimum of 1.1 GB storage capacity (this will be used for the PS4 system reinstall), a compatible charging cable for your controller, an additional computer, and a USB drive with the capacity to store all your gaming data.

If you want the process to be faster, we would advise you to leave the games that can be downloaded again from the PS Store, if some of your games are no more available for download, you should add them to your back up list.

Note: Removing the hard drives from a PS4 and PS$ Pro will require different steps, all information related to the removal of the hard drive from different models is available on Sony’s PS4 support site.

1st Step is to back up your Games, Accounts and all the associated Information and Data

Open the PS4 Home Screen, Click on Settings, and then choose the “System “option.

Once you have selected “Back up PS4” from the different options, a new screen will pop up asking you to select the items you want to back up.

Insert your USB-A flash drive and select the checkboxes for different gaming data you want to be transferred to the new hard drive.

Once done, click on the “Next” button, now you will see the names and sizes of all the items you have selected for the backup. You can still edit the list even at this stage.

Now you will need to click on “Back Up” and the process will start automatically. Be sure not to remove the USB drive or Power off your gaming console before the back process is completed.

Based on the size of your files, it will take some time to back up all your data, once completed the console will shut down and reboot within the following minutes.

With this, you have completed the back process successfully.

2nd step will involve creating a USB drive for PS4 system Install/Reinstall on the new Hard Drive

Now you will need the other computer we mentioned above. Open your browser and head on to Sony’s website to download the latest PS4 Pro’s system software.

Here it gets a little confusing as Sony gives the same names for the system upgrade and full system software files. Scroll through the options and select “Perform a new installation of the system software”.

Now click on “Download Now”, the system installation file will have a size of around 800+ MB.

On your computer create a folder “PS4”, and within that create an “UPDATE” folder. Keep in mind to keep all capital letters and no spacing before or after the names.

Now copy and paste the downloaded PS4 system files into the “UPDATE” folder within the “PS4” folder. Make sure the name of the downloaded system folder and its files are not changed.

Now insert the USB drive into your PC and copy and paste the “PS4” folder to the empty USB drive, keep in mind the USB drive contain no other data other than the “PS4” folder.

Once the files are transferred, secure your USB drive, it will later be needed to install the system software to the new hard drive for your PS4 Pro.

3rd step will involve removing the old hard drive from your PS4 and replace it with the upgraded one

Switch off your PS4 completely by holding the button on the DualShock 4 controller, select “Power” and shut it down.

Unplug the power jack and all other cables from your PS4 unit, once done, remove the plastic hardcover located on the left backhand side of the unit. Just apply a little force and it will pull off easily.

The hard drive in the PS4 unit is attached to the unit by special screws, now you will need the screwdriver to remove the screws that are holding the old hard drive.

Be sure to secure the screws, as you will need them to tighten the new hard drive to the unit later on. Sony uses its unique screw types which cannot be replaced with other screw types easily.

Now you will need to pull the tray out of the console unit, use the screwdriver to remove the four screws that are used to attach the old hard drive to the tray. Be careful not to drop or scratch anything during this process.

Once the old drive is removed, properly install the new hard drive in the tray and fasten it using the screws that were earlier removed from the older drive. Make sure the new hard drive is properly aligned to the four holes in the tray.

Properly align the SATA connector between the new hard drive and the console unit, slowly slide the hard drive and ensure the connections are matched perfectly.

Once finished, secure the new hard drive to the PS4 unit with a screw, put the plastic cover back, and the hardware part is done.

4th step is to Reinstall the System Software of your PS4 Unit

Completely switch off your PS4 unit, it should be a full shutdown. If the power button is still lit, press the power button for more than seven seconds, after seven seconds you will hear the system to beep again.

Now attach the USB drive with PS4 system file to your unit’s USB ports, hold down the power button for few seconds and your PS4 unit will boot in the safe mode.

Use a micro USB cable to connect the console unit to the DualShock 4 controller. Now press the PS located on the controller, press the “X” button to select the option “[Initialize PS4 (Reinstall System Software)]”.

Follow the on-screen instructions to unpack and install the PS4 system software to the new hard drive, just like you did when you first bought your new PS4 unit and activated it for the first time.

Once the files are installed the system will restart on its own.

5th step is to reinstall all your data and games to the new hard drive

If you have completed all the above steps correctly, your PS4 unit will start like before and ask you to sign in using your PlayStation account credentials. Skip the set wizard as you already know everything that’s needed.

Attach the USB file that contains your gaming backup files.

Select Settings-System-Back Up and Restore-Restore PS4

Now you will see the list of all the files that were backed up on the USB drive.

Select Back Up and Confirm it. Now you will be prompted with a “Restore” option. Once you select it the system will start restoring all your old games, settings, saves, likes, and other information to the new upgraded hard drive.

Just make sure the system doesn’t shut down and the USB drive is not removed until the system is fully restored.

Once completed with the backup, the system will shut down, perform the upgrade and restart with all your earlier settings.

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