Sony will quickly be saying a brand new 1TB model of the PS4, however in the event you’ve already taken the plunge and acquired your self a PS4 that is little use to you.

Improve your laborious drive for little or no price

It’s a easy course of and doesn’t take greater than twenty minutes in whole to finish with our step-by-step information.

What you will want:

  • 1x PS4
  • 1x Phillips screwdriver
  • 1x 2.5-inch SATA HDD
  • 1x USB stick (8GB most popular) or 1x FAT32 USB HDD
  • 1x laptop computer or PC with web
  • 1x PS4 controller
  • 1x microUSB cable for the PS4 controller

The first step: discover the fitting alternative

Choosing the proper laborious drive for you? we went forward and ordered the Samsung M9T 2TB 9.5mm SATA 2.5 inch Internal Hard Drive which price £84.95

It must be 9.5mm tall because of the dimension of the caddy that lives contained in the PS4, which protects the drive and preserving it in place. This does show to be somewhat limiting as, on the time of writing a minimum of, a number of 2TB laborious drives are a shade too chunky.

Step two: Again-up your PS4

Now you have got your shiny new laborious drive the subsequent step is to backup something you positively do not need to lose in your PS4. The unhealthy information is that you could’t backup recreation installs. Your own home web will simply should take a beating to reinstall the lot.

PS Plus subscribers needn’t fear an excessive amount of about recreation saves both, as they are going to robotically be saved to the cloud. Nonetheless, if you wish to be extra-safe, you possibly can again them as much as a USB stick or exterior laborious drive.

Simply insert the drive, then within the PS4 menu go to settings > utility saved information administration > saved information in system storage. Right here you will see an choice to repeat your saves to a USB drive. You should choose the information game-by-game so that you may need to miss any titles you are by no means going to play once more. This may be time consuming however it’s the solely option to switch your saved recreation progress.

Step three: uncovering the laborious drive

As soon as you might be completely satisfied you are not about to wipe out your gaming historical past, be sure there is no disc within the drive and switch the PS4 off fully (not standby). In case your PS4 heads to standby as commonplace, maintain down on the PS button till the ability menu pops-up then choose flip off PS4. Subsequent, unplug all of the PS4’s cables (that is the HDMI lead and energy cable probably).

Set the PS4 on a gentle floor, put a hand on the shiny prime plate and transfer it to the aspect somewhat. That is truly a easy plastic HDD cowl that is not held in place with screws however a primary clip.

As soon as it is freed from its moorings, you’ll elevate the quilt off revealing a part of the PS4’s metallic skeleton. There’s not a lot injury you are able to do right here, although, because it’s more-or-less simply the laborious drive on present.

Step 4: freeing-up the caddy

You may discover the laborious drive just isn’t but in full view. There’s one screw we have to unscrew to launch the body that holds the laborious drive, utilizing a Phillips screwdriver.

It is the most important one on the metallic floor you will see, and is inlaid with the traditional PlayStation button icons.

As soon as the screw is eliminated, you possibly can simply pull the drive caddy out horizontally from the PS4’s physique.

Step 5: releasing the laborious drive

There are 4 extra screws that maintain the laborious drive to the metallic body it sits in. These sit on its sides, and could be launched utilizing the identical Phillips screwdriver you used to free the HDD body.

It is simply the screws we have to take off, although. You may additionally discover some rubbery bits the screws relaxation towards to soak up any shocks to the HDD: go away these there.

Step six: Swap the laborious drives and substitute

As soon as you’ve got freed up the laborious drive, it is merely a case of placing your new one in there, then reversing the method you’ve got simply carried out. So put these 4 screws within the sides, get the caddy again within the PS4, fasten it in place with the big screw and put the shiny plastic HDD cowl again on the PS4.

If the laborious drive does not match, are you certain you checked it was a 9.5mm-tall or much less 2.5-inch SATA drive earlier than shopping for?

Ought to the method go as swimmingly because it went with us, you need to be carried out inside 15 -20 minutes.

Step seven: obtain the PS4 software program

MAKE SURE YOU DOWNLOAD THE 785mb obtain NOT the 234mb!

Now you have got a PS4 with a very clean reminiscence. The console’s OS is saved on the laborious drive you simply eliminated, and the one inside your console is totally clean.

You should obtain the software program in standalone type, utilizing one other pc. You may discover it over on the PlayStation website, and it takes up round a gigabyte at current.

If in case you have the house you should utilize the identical USB stick you will have used to dump your save video games onto to get it in your PS4, as this stick will not be wiped. As soon as you’ve got downloaded the firmware, put it in a folder marked UPDATE that sits in a PS4 folder on the stick. Do not do that and the PS4 will not be capable to discover the file.

Step eight: putting in the OS

To rise up and operating, you first must put the PS4 into protected mode with the stick plugged into the console. Maintain the ability button down for seven seconds to do that.

You may then be prompted to press the PS button in your PS4’s gamepad, which must be plugged in with a cable (wi-fi does not work at this level). Then merely comply with the on-screen prompts and you will be away.

However, sure, you will want to spend the subsequent fistful of hours reinstalling all these video games. Our prime tip is to be sure you permit the PS4 web entry throughout standby to make getting all these video games again so much snappier.


Straightforward? tell us under how you bought together with altering the laborious drive and what drive you determined to go for?