How to upgrade your PS4 hard drive to 4TB or more


Coming right on time after Microsoft’s leak a few hours ago, some pre-E3 Sony news just popped up. An FCC filing reveals two new versions of the PS4 are on the way, and one of them is its first to come stock with a 1TB hard drive inside, twice the size of the current one. PlayStation gamers have already been able to crack the system open and swap in a larger/faster storage unit, but if you’d prefer to skip the hassle the option of having one from the jump will be nice, and current games fill up a 500GB unit all too quickly.PS4


Those with keen eyes have noticed that the new systems are also slightly lighter and use less power than the most recent PS4 revisions. While there’s some speculation that could mean they’ll arrive without a Blu-ray drive inside, it seems more likely that an improved design is simply making them more efficient. The only disappointment is that they still appear to lack support for 5GHz WiFi, a serious problem for gamers who live in apartment buildings or other areas flooded with wireless networks. Either way, the CUH-1215A and CUH-1215B (1TB) will probably be revealed June 15th at 9PM during Sony’s E3 2015 event.

How to Replace or Upgrade Your Hard Drive on PS4

  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Computer with internet access
  • USB Flash Drive (2 GB minimum)
  • 2.5 inch (internal type) serial ATA hard disc drive (HDD) (parallel ATA is not supported)
1. Go to, and find the most recent system software. The current page for this is here: (US) or here: (UK)Scroll down and look for this section:
Click the link (circled in red in our image). There are multiple system software files on Sony’s system software page — update versions and full installs. Make sure you find the latest version (the page will display the latest version number up top — but the file download listed at the top is usually the update, not the full install you’ll need for a hard drive replacement). Look for the full install listed under “Perform a New Installation of the System Software,” as the smaller update file won’t work for a fresh install. The file should be closer to 1 GB in size (some previous versions were around 700-800 MB, whereas update files are around 300 MB).
Download the 700-800 MB system recovery/new install software. The most recent download is this one, if you’re having trouble finding it on your own.
There is no danger in your PS4 using the wrong installation file as long as you downloaded it from — your system will notifiy you if it’s the wrong install file (eg, an upgrade or outdated install file). Do not download system software files from any other websites, however!
2. Test your USB drive with your PS4 first. Make sure it plugs snugly into one of the USB ports on your PS4 — some drives are too fat and can’t be inserted all the way. If your drive works, move on to the next step.
3. Plug your USB drive into your computer. You can use a PC or a Mac, but you have to make sure the USB flash drive is formatted as FAT or FAT32 to avoid issues. Most flash drives come preformatted and should be ready to go, but if you want to be sure note that erasing and formatting your drive only takes a few seconds and the system may return an error with other formats. On a PC, right-click the drive and select Format from the menu. On Mac, use Disk Utility and erase and reformat using MS DOS (FAT) and Master Boot Record scheme.
3. Create a folder titled PS4 (all caps) on the flash drive. Create another folder titled UPDATE (all caps) within that PS4 folder.
4. Move the system software download into the UPDATE folder. The file name is PS4UPDATE.PUP. If the filename is different (perhaps because you have multiple instances of update files on your computer), make sure to change it back to that name before you move on. Safely eject the USB flash drive. On Mac, hit the eject button next to your drive in Finder.
5. It’s time to back up your PlayStation 4 game save data. You can either back up your saves to another (or the same) USB storage device, or if you’ve got PlayStation Plus, to the cloud. Either way, go to the Settings, Application Saved Data Management, and then select System Storage and copy your saved data to the USB Storage Device or to the cloud.
You are about to take out your old hard drive. If you want to resell it or give it to someone else, remember that it still contains all your user and save data. If that’s a concern, make sure to delete all the data after you create back-ups. You can do this from your PS4 or via a computer.
6. Turn off your PS4. If the amber light is on, the system is still in standby mode. Hold the off button until it turns off completely. Then unplug the power cable and remove any other wires that may get in the way of working on the system.
7. Remove the left side of the PS4 case by simply depressing it and sliding it to the side, as shown.
The entire left portion of the casing can be removed. It’s not on rollers — you can just lift it up and off once you’ve slid it to the left.8. Look for the screw head with PlayStation button symbols on it. It’s a large philips/cross-style screw at the front left of the PlayStation. It holds the hard drive case in place inside the PlayStation 4. Remove this screw.

9. Tug the default hard drive out by pulling it forward — it should slide out freely.

10. You now have to remove the hard drive from its casing. Don’t worry, it’s super-easy.

There are four screws, two on each side. Remove them as shown, leaving the small rubber parts in place. You should have four screws plus the silver PlayStation-branded screw to keep safe.
Remove the hard drive from its case and replace it with your new hard drive. Make sure the screw holes line up on all sides and use the screw driver to put everything back to gether.
11. Re-insert the hard drive caddy with your new hard drive into the PlayStation 4. Slide it in all the way and screw the engraved PlayStation screw back in. Replace the cover.
12. Reconnect the PlayStation 4 to your TV and plug the power cord back in.
13. Your PS4 has two USB ports on the front. Plug the USB Flash Drive into either port and the Dualshock 4 controller into the other one using your controller charge cable (or any other USB cable).
14. Hold the power button (the top of the two hidden buttons located in the “crack” between the two PS4 halves) down for 7 seconds to initiate safe mode.15. The Safe Mode options screen will appear. Use your controller to pick the bottom option: Initialize PS4 (Reinstall System Software).
16. It may take a few minutes for the action to be executed and for the reinstall process to commence. If you get an error message at this point, it is most likely related to the version of the System Install Software you’ve got on the memory stick (get the latest version of the full install, not the upgrade), or the directory (make sure it’s PS4, UPDATE), or the format (FAT32).
Once the install completes, sign back into your PSN account and complete the initial setup. This includes time and date settings, internet/wifi setup, and some basic options. From here, you can restore your game installs from discs and your game saves from a USB stick or from the cloud.
Restoring game saves is done via the Setttings function screen. Select Application Saved Data Management, then select the source (USB or cloud) to restore each title’s data. To reinstall games you downloaded from the PlayStation Store, simply head into the store application and access the Library option.

How Many Games can a 1TB PS4 Hold?

1TB gives you about 700 for Games

You can pick and choose what games to redownload. Note that you sometimes have to dive into the “My DLC” section of each game to download DLC content you’ve previously installed.
That’s it! Congrats.

How big of a Hard Drive can I put in a PS4?

The largest internal hard drive that conforms to PS4 storage upgrade standards comes in 2tb storage capacity. The best one to recommend is Seagate Firecuda 2tb Gaming SSHD. Currently, PS4 System supports up to 8tb of internal storage and another 8tb of external storage

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