Step by step how to replace ps4 hard drive with ssd

Installing an SSD in your PS4 will give it a new lease of life. Lewis Painter explains how to replace ps4 hard drive

While the PS4 Pro provides users with high-end 4K gameplay, there’s no need to throw away your existing PS4. In fact, users can replace ps4 standard hard drive with an SSD, making it perform much faster. This means boot times should be quicker (32.8 seconds down to 19.9 seconds in our experience), games should install faster and in-game loading should be speedier too, breathing new life into the aging console.

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How to use external hard drive on (replace ps4 hard drive with ssd)

Before you begin you’ll need the following:

• A crosshead screwdriver.

• Two USB flash drives.

• A solid-state drive no thicker than 9.5mm. We used Crucial’s MX300 1TB SSD. Also check out our SSD group test.

2 If you’ve had your PlayStation 4 since it came out, you’ll. I probably have a number of saved games on the console. Removing the HDD will remove these, so before you start you’ll need to back up your device. You can either upload them to your online storage if you have PS Plus, or you can copy them to a USB memory stick. Plug in your USB drive, head to Settings > Application Saved Data Management > Saved Data in System Storage > Copy to USB and select the saves you’d like to transfer. You can now remove your PS4’s hard disk drive.

3 First, remove the console’s top plate by sliding it to the left. You shouldn’t have any problems lifting this off.

4 Next, remove the largest screw at the front of the console, which keeps the hard drive bay secure. As you can see, it’s larger than the screws around it.

5 Pull the hard drive towards you and remove it from the console – it should come out with no issue once the big crew.

6 Once you’ve successfully removed the hard drive, you’ll find that it’s securely fastened within a metal frame. To remove the hard drive from the frame, unscrew the four black screws located on the sides of the cage – two either side -using a crosshead screwdriver. Once removed, the hard drive should be easily removable.

7 It’s now time to replace the hard drive with your new, fast SSD. Make sure the end with the connectors isn’t covered by the frame, align the case to the holes on the side of the SSD and replace the screws removed in the previous step. If all goes to plan, the new drive should be held securely in place by the four screws, ready to be put back into the PS4.

8 Once the SSD is secured within the metal frame, slot it back into the PS4 the same way it was removed, screw the Sony-branded screw back in and reattach the top plate to protect the internals of the console. Don’t turn it on just yet though, as there are a few more things left to do.

9 While the SSD may now successfully be inside your PS4, it’s completely empty – you need to install the PS4 software to use the system. First, grab your second flash drive, plug it in a PC or Mac, and create a folder on the USB named PS4, with another folder within it named UPDATE. Head to, download the latest version of the software (the name should be PS4UPDATE.PUP) and save it in the UPDATE folder.

10 Next, plug the USB drive into your PS4 using one of the two forward-facing USB ports and hold the Power button for seven- to 10 seconds to boot into Safe Mode.

11 Once the PS4 has booted into Safe Mode and you’re at the main Safe Mode menu, select ‘Initialise PS4 (Reinstall System Software)’ – this should be the seventh option on the list.

12 The console will then scan for the software stored on the flash drive you plugged in, and run through the process of installing the PS4’s operating system. Simply follow the on-screen instructions and press ‘X’ when prompted. If all goes well, the operating system will be successfully installed and you’ll be prompted to go through the first-time setup, as if it were a new console.

13 Now that you’ve installed the SSD, you’ll want to restore your game save data. Plug your USB drive into the PS4, head to the Settings menu and select Application Saved Data Management > Saved Data on USB Storage Device > Copy to System Storage. That’s it. You’re good to go, and games should install and load a lot faster.


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