Step By Step Guide: How To Upgrade Your PS4, PS4 Pro, PS4 Slim Hard Drive

Maricris Jose
12:49 PM

Do you want to upgrade your PS4, PS4 Pro, and PS4 Slim hard drive? If yes, here are the step-by-step processes.

Step 1: Look for the right replacement

First, you have to buy a replacement hard drive. The PS4 utilizes a 2.5-inch SATA hard drive and it has to be less than 9.5mm tall. When buying a hard drive one could also see an ‘rpm’ figure. This stands for ‘revolutions per minute’ and is a course guideline of a drive’s speed. Most models that are available are 5400rpm, similar to the standard PS4 hard drive.

Just in case you want to see real development in load speeds users will have a need to look for a 7200rpm drive. This will mean the user will have to shell a bit more of money

Step 2: Back-up the PS4

The next thing a user has to do is to backup anything a user certainly don’t want to lose on their PS4. Afterwards, insert the drive and then in the PS4 menu head to settings > application saved data management > saved data in system storage. Here the user will see an option to copy their saves to a USB drive. They will have to choose the files game-by-game so they could exclude any titles they’ll never play again.

Step 3: Uncovering the hard drive

Make sure that there’s no disc in the drive and then turn off the PS4 completely. Just in case your PS4 heads to standby as standard, press the PS button until the power menu pops-up then choose to turn off PS4. Next, disconnect all the PS4’s cables. Place the PS4 on a stable surface, move the top plate into the side a little and lift the cover.

To remove the cover of the hard drive with the PS4 Slim, unclip the plastic cover using your hand.

For the PS4 Pro, you just have to place the system upside down on an even surface and look for the small plastic panel on its rear. Utilize the little tab beside the Ethernet port to pop the panel off.

Step 4: Freeing-up the coffer

On the regular PS4, the users will notice that the hard drive is not yet in full view. There’s one screw that has to be unscrewed to release the frame holding the hard drive.

Once the screw is detached, users can just pull the drive caddy out horizontally from the PS4’s body.

To substitute the hard drive in the PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro, users will have to remove the screw holds the caddy in place. Afterwards, the hard drive caddy can now slide out.

Step 5: Releasing the hard drive

There are four more screws that are holding the hard drive into the metal frame it’s positioned in. It can be released using the same Phillips screwdriver you used to unleash the HDD frame.

The user will notice some rubbery bits the screws rest alongside to absorb any shocks to the HDD: just leave those there. This is almost the procedure for replacing the hard drive of the PS4 Slim and PS4 Pro.

Step 6: Substitute the hard drives and replace

Once the hard drive is already free, it’s just a case of putting the new one in there, and then reverse the process performed earlier. For the PS4 Slim or PS4 Pro, the process is also same. Position the hard drive into the caddy, secure, and then slot it back into the Slim or Pro console. Afterwards, screw it in and replace the plastic cover.

Step 7: Download the PS4 software

After the aforementioned steps, the PS4 has a completely blank memory. The console’s OS is stored on the hard drive that is removed, and the one inside the gaming console is totally blank.

Users will have to download the software in standalone form, using another computer. It can found on the PlayStation website, and it takes up around a gigabyte at this moment.

These are the processes on how you can upgrade your PS4, PS4 Slim, and PS4 Pro hard drive. What can you say about the procedure? Share your thoughts in our comment section below.

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Maricris is a writer who has spent two years writing about trending news and viral contents. Technology is her most favorite niche as she worked before as a Sales Associate in a leading and well-known gadget store in the Philippines.Email Maricris-
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