In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through how to upgrade your PS4 hard drive in detail, as well as which drive to buy.
What disc will I get?
Before you start replacing your stock PS4 hard drive, you’ll need a new one to replace it. You have three main options:
- Hard drives (HDD) are the traditional option, and what is currently in your PS4. This is the slowest of the three options, but also the cheapest per gigabyte.
- Solid State Drives (SSD) have no moving parts and use flash memory to store data, making them incredibly fast. The main disadvantage is their cost. For example, you’ll pay $430 for a 1TB SSD, and a 1TB HDD for just $70. Costs will certainly decrease over time, but so far they are not budgetary. If you’re interested in the details, we’ve covered how SSDs work. work
- Hybrid Solid State Drives (SSHD) are a combination of the two. You can get a speed boost and more space without breaking the bank, like this $85 1TB SSHD.
IGN has checked all three if you’re short on numbers, but the best choice depends on your needs. An SSD is the most expensive option, and frankly, the slight increase in speed isn’t worth it.
The main thing when choosing between a hybrid drive and a conventional hard drive is how much space you need. A standard PS4 drive has 500GB (~407GB of free space after initialization), so using a terabyte drive doubles that space. If that’s enough for you, a 1TB hybrid drive is your best bet; you will have approximately 861 GB of free space after installing the PS4 system software.
If you need a specific recommendation:
- If money is useless and you want to go overboard with an SSD, then the $430 Samsung 840 EVO-S 1TB is your best bet. Keep in mind that you are only doubling your storage space more than what you paid for the system.
- If you’re looking to ride the hybrid middle path, try this $85 Seagate 1TB Solid State Hybrid Drive.
- If you need maximum space, buy the 2TB Samsung Seagate Momentus SpinPoint for $115. This is the same disc that I put in my PS4.
Hard drive replacement
Backing up your material
If you’re not a PS+ subscriber, you can download your saves to a USB device. Go to the same menu as above but select » Copy to USB Drive» and follow the same steps to copy the saved data to a flash drive.
By doing this, you’ve backed up everything you can. Make sure you know your PSN account login details and then proceed!
Step 1: turn off and disable
First, turn off your PS4 completely. Make sure the system light is off; if it is orange rest mode enabled and you need to start it so you can shut it down properly. Once it is completely off, unplug all cords and USB devices from it. You must have a completely isolated system.
Step 2: Remove the plastic case
The PS4 has two sections on top, one with a matte finish and one with a glossy finish. Facing forward, slide the glossy part to the left of the center of the system; it should come off without any struggle.