For some reason, you may need to replace your old PS4 hard drive with a new and larger one. Do you know how to replace PS4 hard drive? In this post, we will show you a detailed guide including data backup, PS4 hard drive replacement, and PS4 system software installation.

Why Do You Need to Replace the PS4 Internal Hard Drive?

The reasons for PS4 hard drive replacement include the following situations:

  • The current internal hard drive doesn’t have enough space and you need to use a new hard drive to increase the storage space to your system.
  • The old PS4 hard drive slows down and you want to use a new hard drive to increase the performance speed.
  • Your PS4 hard drive is damaged or corrupted.
  • And more….

However, do you know how to replace PS4 hard drive? MiniTool Software writes this post to show you how to replace PS4 hard drive.

How to Replace PS4 Hard Drive?

The following guide is available to PS4™ full size models CUH-1000 through CUH-1200, and model CUH-1215. And this guide includes many elements that you may want to know.

Step 1: Back up Your Data on the Old PS4 Hard Drive

If you still want to use the files on the old PS4 hard drive, you will need to first back up the data on your old PS4 hard drive. You can use third-party data backup software to do the job. You can also back up your PS4 data to online storage.

Step 2: Remove the Old PS4 Hard Drive

  1. Turn off your PS4 completely.
  2. Unplug the AC power cord and all other cables from your device.
  3. To guarantee safety, you need to remove the plug for the AC power cord from the electrical outlet. After that, you still need to detach other cables.
  4. Slide the PS4 hard drive cover to the left.
  5. Unscrew the screws for the hard drive bay.
  6. Unscrew all the crews in the hard drive case and take out the old hard drive.

Step 3: Install the New PS4 Hard Drive

  1. Put the new hard drive to the PS4 hard drive case and screw all the screws.
  2. Put the hard drive case back to the hard drive bay and then tighten the screws.
  3. Push back the hard drive cover.

Step 4: Install the PS4 System Software on the New Hard Drive

  1. Go to the PS4 System Software Update page to download the system software to an external storage drive.
  2. Press and hold the Power button for about 7 seconds until you hear the second beep. Then, the device enters the Safe Mode.
  3. Select option 7 Initialize PS4 (Reinstall System Software).
  4. Press X.
  5. Connect the external storage drive that contains the downloaded PS system software to PS4 via a USB port.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Press X.
  8. When the screen shows that there is an available system update, you can select Next and press X to continue. The update file will be copied to your PS4.
  9. When the copy process ends, you can see the System Software License Agreement. Click Accept if you agree to it and then press X to confirm your operation and start the system installation process.
  10. When the system installation process ends, your PS4 device will restart. Then, you can follow the on-screen guide to sign in with your user profile and do other related settings.

Step 5: Restore the Backup to Your New Hard Drive

You still need to restore your backup files to the new hard drive on your PS4.

  • If you have backed up your files to an external hard drive, you can go to Settings > System > Back Up and Restore to restore the data to the new drive.
  • If you have backed up your files to online storage, you can sign in to your PlayStation™Network that you were signed into when you perform the online data backup. Then, you can go to Settings > Application Saved Data Management > Saved Data in Online Storage > Download to System Storage to download the target backup data.

Bottom Line

Reading here, you should know how to replace PS4 hard drive. Should you have any related issues, you can let us know in the comment.

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