Here’s how to get a bigger hard drive in your PS4, plus a few tips we learned along the way.Storage space is a premium with game consoles. Even if you are more inclined to receive hard copies than downloading full games, patches, DLC and settings can fill up the standard hard drives on your PlayStation very quickly.
On the bright side, it’s straightforward to add memory to your console. You can replace your existing hard drive with a new one or, since software update 4.50, connect the external one.
Only games and applications can be stored on an external drive – save games are stored on an internal drive.
If you don’t want to fuss with an external drive, read on how to replace the internal drive with a newer, larger drive.
Add a new hard drive.
If you want to burn a smaller space, here is how to put a new, larger hard drive in your PS4. The whole process will take about 15 minutes.
A quick note before you get started: You may have some data you don’t want to lose. If you’re going to keep that data – and eventually move it to the new hard drive – Sony explains how you can back up to a USB drive.
What you need
PlayStation 4 (duh)
USB flash drive (at least 1GB)
2.5-inch laptop hard drive (here are some of our favorites)
PlayStation 4 of the latest operating software
Replace the hard drive
Disconnect your PS4 from the power supply.
Move or the back cover if you have a PS4 Pro or the left bracket plates on a classic PS4.
Remove the hard drive bracket. It will be kept in place with a screw engraved with the PS4 button icon.
Take out the housing bracket for the hard drives.
Remove the four screws holding the bracket’s drive (but be sure to keep the rubber insert).
Replace the existing hard drive with the new one, spiraling it in.
Download the active software from the PlayStation support website on your computer.
Connect the USB flash drive to the computer and format it to FAT32, which will erase all data on purpose and allow it to be recognized by the console. This can be done on Windows by right-clicking the drive, choosing Format, choosing the “FAT32” option from the drop-down menu, and clicking the Start button.
Create a folder on the flash drive called PS4, and a folder in there called UPDATE, all in all, caps.
Upload the installation file to your flash drive, place it in the UPDATE folder.
Plug the PlayStation back in and start it safely by holding the power button for 8 seconds.
Select “Launch PS4 (Reinstall System Software).”
Run through the prompts and enjoy your hard drive upgrade!
There were some problems with the flash drive format with Windows 8 OS installers. We used to head with ourselves and use a computer with a different operating system to get it right flash drive.
Speaking of the flash drive problem, make sure it fits in the recessed USB ports on the PS4. Not like us.
Make sure you get the fully installed operating system and not just upgrade to the latest version. Both files have the same name, but the full installation will be much larger. It’s a sneaky link going further on this page that looks like this:
If you use a compatible drive, you will not void your warranty.
Add an external hard drive
A more straightforward method would be to use an external hard drive to add memory. You will need to be running software version 4.50 or later to use this feature. To check if you’re on the latest version, go to Settings and tap on System Software Update.
There are a few things you need to know before you connect an external hard drive:
You must be using an external drive with USB 3.0.
You can use an external drive that is up to 8TB in size.
You can download and install games and apps directly to your external storage, but saving your files will continue to be stored locally to your PS4’s internal storage.
All games and apps stored on an external drive will appear in Launcher content on the Home screen.