It’s been more than eight years since Sony’s PlayStation 4 was launched. So if you’re one of the early adopters of the game console series and you’ve opted for the 500GB variant, you’re probably deleting your games to make room for new ones. But if you don’t want to delete your games to store more and buying a completely new console isn’t an option, consider upgrading your hard drive. It is quite a simple and easy process. And yes, you can do it yourself at home. Follow a few simple steps carefully and you will easily upgrade your PS4.
Step 1: First of all, you need to back up your data to a backup disk. Plug in your backup drive that has enough free storage space and into your PS4 device, go to Settings > System and scroll below to find and select “Backup & Restore”.
Step 2: In the next screen, select the option “Backup PS4”. Click “OK”. On the next screen, you will see the file name and backup size. Click on “Backup”. PS4 will reboot and start backing up your data. It may take about an hour.
Step 3: Once the backup is complete, turn off your PS4 completely by long pressing the power button. Then disconnect the power and HDMI cables from the device.
Step 4: Once everything is disconnected, place both hands on the removable plate on the top and slide it out. Once it slides, stop and lift the plate to set it aside.
Step 5: There is a screw in the corner of the hard drive. Unscrew it and pull out the hard drive.
Step 6: Next, you need to unscrew the metal case of the hard drive. There are four screws that you need to remove.
Step 7: Next, place the new hard drive you purchased in the exact location and unscrew all four screws so that the new hard drive is secured in the metal housing.
Step 8: Place the hard drive in the metal housing back into the bay in the PS4 device and retighten the angle screw.
Step 9: Put the cover plate back on.
Step 10: Now you need to update your PS4 software. Visit the PS4 system update website and download the update file.
Step 11: Transfer the update file to a USB drive and connect it to the PS4.
Step 12: Reconnect the cables and now turn on the PS4. Now connect the DUALSHOCK 4 with the USB cable and press the PS button.
Step 13: Now scroll down and click on the ‘Initialize PS4/Reinstall System Software’ option. And confirm the further confirmations. Now follow the instructions on the screen.
Step 14: Once the software is updated, you will need to restore your backup. Connect your backup drive. Go to Settings > System and select Restore PS4.
Step 15: Choose the recovery file and confirm. The recovery process will take more than an hour.
When it’s done, you’ll be able to access your old games on your new hard drive.
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