How to Replace / Install PS4 Hard Drive

The PS4 is a cracking’ machine. Brilliant in fact. But really, Sony what were you thinking with only giving us a 500GB hard drive. ‘Oh it was to keep costs down,’ you will no doubt reply, but that is a bit of a false economy, as the costs go back up when we have to replace our HDDs ourselves.

It also to be far has been a bit of a slow start for me when it comes to PS4 gaming as at this moment in time I simply have the games that came free with PS+ as well as The Last of Use Remastered, Wolfenstein, Sniper III, Call of Duty, Battlefield, Infamous Second Son, Watch Dogs and Killzone. So a reasonable mediocre collection at this point, so imagine my surprise when I checked my free space and noted I had had 92GB out of my initial 500GB left!

Well all that meant was it was upgrade time.

The story is not that simply however. As in the past, probably January (isn) 2014 I did try to pre empt this situation and took it upon myself to do an early upgrade to limit the hassle of re-downloading all of my games and game data. however back then I was one of the PS4 users who couldn’t upgrade to 2TB. The reasons for that were that at that time Seagate made the only compatible and affordable 2TB drive for PS4. However it came in an enclosure, you had to take it apart…

That wouldn’t put me off however and I did purchase it back then, that’s when the problems arose. It was quickly established that if you cracked open your PS4 and found a HGST drive staring at you chance were that the Seagate drive was going to be incompatible with your system. Basically there was ‘handshake’ issues between the hardware, but I won’t bore you with that as now it is all thankfully ancient history! (Workarounds were present but I like things to work right 100% of the time, so I shifted the drive on to someone who could use it properly.)

So after a bit of reading I established with a degree of certainty that I could live with that the hand shake issues that were previously present were now gone. No matter what drive you had in your PS4 the Seagate 2TB M9T drive was / is now 100% compatible.

That’s all I needed to here, and off to the shops I trekked picking the drive up for £69.99 and back to the house I hurried to try it out.

Now before you start remember you have a few important things to do before you just whip the HDD out! You need to prepare for the Software install and you need to back up your game saves, and game data.

Back up saved data for games :
You can copy saved data that is stored on the PS4™ system to a USB storage device. You can also copy saved games to the cloud if you are a PlayStation Plus subscriber.

Connect a USB storage device to the system.
Select (Settings) from the function screen.
Select [Application Saved Data Management] > [Saved Data in System Storage] > [Copy to USB Storage Device].
Select a title.
Press X to add a checkmark in the checkbox for the saved data you want to copy, and then select [Copy].
To back up saved data, you must update the system software and be signed in to PSN.

In simple steps here is all you need to do to get the Seagate 2TB M9T PS4 Compatible Hard Drive out of its case and into your PS4!

1. Shut Down your PS4, take out all the leads and take it somewhere you can work at it. Remembering to bring the Seagate 2TB M9T your just happily purchased!


2. When you are ready to start unpack age your HDD and then using a small blade or similar, carefully pry up one corner of the HDD casing, patience and care are key throughout this, none of it is difficult or technical, a little care is simply all that is required.


3. When the casing has started to come part you will be able to carefully pry the top completely off. Any damage you cause should be minimal, and if you do it right you will be able to pop the old PS4’s HDD into this casing and use it for something else.


4. You will be left with the drive in the base of the enclosure.


5. Carefully fold up the silver foil from around the edges of the drive. It isn’t stuck down heavily and lifts quite easily, try not to rip it.

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6. Pop the drive out of the base of the enclosure, it is a little tight so using the blade made help, but be gentle and careful, it requires very little force. When the drive is out you will note that the USB3 port simply pulls out of the drive. Just pull it off.

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013 7. Open the PS4 system by gently pressing down on the shiny black section and pushing it away from the matt black section. 014

8. Remove the PS Symbols marked screw.

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9. Pull the HDD out.

017 10. Remove the 4 black holding screws from the cage / old HDD. 018

019 11. Replace the old drive with your new 2TB HDD and replace the 4 black holding screws. DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN! 020

12. Push the new drive in the cage back into the PS4, you will feel the HDD connect with the machine. No need to force anything it, this should fit in naturally.

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14. Slide the black cover back on the PS4.


15. Your done! That’s it! Really! Plug everything back in and get ready to re-install the system software as well as your game saves and game data, and enjoy your now 2TB PS4!

To re-install the system software do the following :

This procedure is for initializing your PS4™ system and performing a new installation of the system software, such as for when you replace the hard disk drive.

Be careful when using an update file for reinstallation. All users and all data will be deleted.

The following things are needed to perform the update:

PlayStation®4 system
Computer connected to the Internet
USB storage device, such as a USB* flash drive
* There must be approximately 900 MB of free space.

1. On the USB storage device, create folders for saving the update file.
Using a computer, create a folder named “PS4”. Inside that folder, create another folder named “UPDATE”. Make note that these Folder names are in CAPITAL LETTERS!

2. Download the update file, and save it in the “UPDATE” folder you created in step 1.
Save the file with the file name “PS4UPDATE.PUP”. You will find this file via Sony, only use the official FW from Sony. Who knows what crap is in anything else you download!

3. Turn off the power of your PS4™ system completely.
Check that the power indicator is not lit. If the power indicator is lit up in orange, touch the power button on the PS4™ system for at least 7 seconds (until the system beeps a second time).

4. Connect the USB storage device that the update file is saved on to your PS4™ system, and then touch the power button for at least 7 seconds.
The PS4™ system starts in safe mode.

5. Select [Initialize PS4 (Reinstall System Software)].
Follow the screens to complete the update.

** If your PS4™ system does not recognize the update file, check that the folder names and file name are correct. Enter the folder names and file name in single-byte characters using uppercase letters.

When you have successfully reinstalled the system software it is now time to get everything back onto the PS4. Set it up as you did on Day One. Now install any disc games you may have. Then go to the ‘Library’ on your PS4. There you will see all your downloaded items. Download them all.

Once all your games etc have been installed / downloaded, get your Saves back on there :

Copying backed up saved data for games to the PS4™ system :

You can copy saved data from a USB storage device to the PS4™ system by performing the following steps.

1. Connect a USB storage device to the system.
2. Select (Settings) from the function screen.
3. Select [Application Saved Data Management] > [Saved Data on USB Storage Device] > [Copy to System Storage].
4. Select a title.
5. Press X to add a checkmark in the checkbox for the saved data you want to copy, and then select [Copy].

You must be signed in with the same PSNSM account used when you first copied the saved data.

If you backed up your saved games to the cloud using PlayStation Plus, you can safely restore them now.

You’re done you now have a fully functioning ready to rock 2TB PS4!

Here is a youtube video showing the install process for the new FW and also the drive working without flawlessly :


If you are interested in the Tech Side of things here is some info in relation to the drive :

• Capacity1: 1.5TB, 2TB
• Interface: SATA 6Gb/s (3Gb/s, 1.5Gb/s)
• Rotational Speed: 5400-RPM class
• Cache: 32MB
• Average Seek Time (typical): 12ms
• Average Latency: 5.6ms
• Drive Ready Time (typical)2: 3.5ms
• Data Transfer Rate
– Media to/from Buffer (max): 169MB/s
– Buffer to/from Host (max): 600MB/s
• Height: 9.5mm ±0.2mm (0.374in ±0.008in)
• Width: 69.85mm ±0.25mm (2.75in ±0.010in)
• Length: 100.35mm +0.2/−0.25mm (3.951mm +0.008/−0.010in)
• Weight (max): 130g (0.29lb)


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