Storage is always a problem doesn’t matter which smart gadget you use. Be it a smartphone, tablet or even gaming console you will find them having less space to accommodate an app or software which you badly need to have. If we talk about gaming consoles like PS4 then you must have noticed that, once you download full games, DLC, and patches and then install them its standard hard drive gets filled up within no time. We are sure this problem must have struck with you at least once since you have purchased PlayStation 4.
Where there is a problem, there is always a solution if you try it a little bit hard. You can certainly gain more space even in your PS4 by going through a process which will only take your 15-odd minutes. So, are you ready to give more space to your PS4? Here is how you can go.
How to Add More Storage to PlayStation 4 (PS4)
Before we start the process, let us know what kind of equipment you will need to have with you for successfully installing the hard drive.
- Philips head screwdriver
- USB flash drive with a minimum capacity of 1GB
- A 2.5-inch laptop hard drive
- PlayStation 4’s latest operating software
- …and off course PlayStation 4
We are sure that you have taken a backup of your gaming data on PS4 already. If you have not then please take the backup of the USB drive first and then start the process mentioned below.
Step #1. Disconnect the power supply of your PS4.
Step #2. Remove the casing on the rear of your PS4 if there is any.
Step #3. Unscrew the hard drive bracket.
Step #4. Take out the housing bracket for the hard drive.
Step #5. Take out all four screws by keeping the rubber inserts as it is. These screws are holding the drive in the bracket.
Step #6. Now, replace the new hard drive and screw it in.
Step #7. Now it’s time to download the required software, so download the software from the PlayStation support site on your computer.
Step #8. Connect the USB flash drive to the computer and format it to FAT32.
Note: You need to go to Windows Explorer and right-click on Drive. Then select Format option and then choose FAT32 option from the drop-down menu. Remember this step will erase all your data and will allow the recognition by PS4.
Step #9. Create a new folder in your flash drive called ‘PS4’ and within that folder create another one called ‘UPDATE’. (Keep Caps Lock ON while naming both the folders)
Step #10. Now upload the installer file to your flash drive by dropping it in the UPDATE folder.
Step #11. Plug in the PlayStation 4 again and start it in safe mode by holding the power button for 8 seconds.
Step #12. Select “Initialize PS4 (Reinstall System Software)” option.
Step #13. Run through all the prompts and then you can enjoy your upgraded hard drive with more space.
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- Formatting the flash drive with Windows 8 can create some problem, so it is advisable to use another OS than Windows 8.
- Fit your USB flash drive in the recessed USB ports of your PS4 to get a smoother transition.
- Upgrade your PS4 with full operating system install and not the latest version. On the PS4 support site, you will notice that full operating system install is larger in size than the latest version upgrade.
This is a sure shot process which we have prescribed above to get more storage for your PlayStation 4. Now it’s your turn to let us know how you got benefitted with this tutorial either here in the comments section or on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.