How to Upgrade Your PS4 Hard Drive without Losing Games?

Posted by @Teresa

September 22, 2017

Learn how to upgrade your PS4 hard drive to SSD or larger disk like 2 TB without losing games and reinstalling them using professional clone & backup software step by step.

Why need to upgrade your PS4 hard drive?

The main reason for upgrading hard drive in PlayStation 4 (PS4) would be the low disk space. PS4 comes with 500GB HDD capacity originally and later released 1TB edition for its Ultimate players. Generally, there should have at least 15 to 20 games in one PS4 at the same time, ranging from 5GB to 50GB. Games have already took up the major space of the hard disk, let alone the files, fragment, and garbage files you will create in the next a few years.

PS4 500GB

It is suggested to delete useless files or uninstall the game you don’t want to play when the disk becomes low. As a matter of fact, deleting files won’t save too much space on the one hand. On the other hand, if you want to play the uninstalled game later and trust me this definitely happens, it would be a great pain to re-download and re-install it back. Therefore, to upgrade hard drive on PS4 just as you copy PS3 HDD to new HDD is the best corresponding solution. Surely you may have other intentions to do upgrade, just follow this guide to acknowledge the detailed upgrade PS4 hard drive steps.

How to upgrade your PS4 hard drive?

There are some necessary tools you will need in HDD upgrading: the replacement of current hard drive in the first place and note that the new hard drive should be no thicker than 9.5mm so it can fit PS4 well; a Phillips screwdriver to free up the internal HDD of PS4; a desktop or laptop with Windows OS running.

If you merely replace current hard drive with new hard drive after simply back PS4 up to USB drive, you’ll have to re-download and reinstall all the stored games. As a result, it is better to turn to powerful backup & clone software AOMEI Backupper Professional which allows you to upgrade PS4 hard drive via both backup and clone methods. It supports Windows 10/8/8.1/7/XP and Windows Vista. If you have Windows-based laptop, it is recommended to upgrade PS4 hard drive in Backup method. Use Disk Backup in AOMEI Backupper to back the entire PS4 hard drive up, and then restore the backup image to new larger hard drive. If you have Windows-based desktop, the best way of upgrading is Disk Clone. Just connect both hard drives to your PC and start cloning. You can directly install the upgraded hard drive back to PS4 on completion. Download freely to learn how to upgrade your hard drive on PS4.

Upgrade PS4 hard drive without losing games via AOMEI Backupper

Important: before you start, always backup PS4 hard drive to a safe place just in case. 

Step1. Shut down PS4 completely. By completely means no lights on, and the orange light does not mean it really been turned off. Slide off the back cover of PS4 and using the Phillips screwdriver to free the internal HDD. Then connect it to your PC, and here will take Windows-based desktop for example.

Step2. Connect the replacement to your desktop via another external hard drive enclosure. Download, install and launch AOMEI Backupper on desktop. Click Clone and then Disk Clone.

Disk Clone

Step3. Select current PS4 hard drive as the source disk.

Source Disk

Step4. Select the new hard drive as the destination disk.

Destination Disk

Step5. You may choose sector by sector clone to keep the hard drive status same. Click Start Clone after that.

Start Clone

Step6. Disconnect the upgraded hard drive after completing and install it back to PS4. Start it and you will have all games in their same locations except the free space enlarged. Download new games with worry-free and enjoy them now.

Tips:

  • If you want to upgrade PS4 hard drive to SSD, check Align partition to optimize for SSD box to improve the performance.
  • If you use Disk Backup method, the new hard drive should be formatted to FAT32, FAT or exFAT before you can use it.

Engineers in Sony make PS4 internal HDD easy to be swapped out, so it is not difficult to answer how to upgrade your PS4 hard drive. AOMEI Backupper is all-around backup and restore tool designed for Windows. Since it is downloaded on your PC, you can keep it and let it protect your precious data and operating system. For instance, you can copy operating system to flash drive as backup. As backup solution, it is great alternative to Windows 7 Backup and Restore as well as File History. Besides, you can create a bootable rescue media for disaster recovery.