How To Install An SSD In A PS4

There is a growing movement amongst console gamers who want to get the most out of their machines.

For regular gamers the stock 5400rpm HDD is adequate, however, because it is relatively cheap and easy to do, enthusiasts worldwide are installing SSDs into their PS4’s.

Unlike Microsoft and the Xbox One, Sony have designed the PS4 so that it is easy for users to upgrade their consoles in the comfort of their own homes. Upgrading does NOT void the warranty of your PS4.

Upon installing an SSD into your PS4, you will see an improvement in the overall boot up time of your machine as well as much faster game load times. If you don’t believe us, check out this video on boot times:

PlayStation 4’s currently ship with a choice of either 500GB or 1TB HDDs. There is no word on whether Sony will ever ship the PS4 with an SSD pre-installed.

So, if you want to speed up your PS4 here’s what you’ll need:

1. Tools for Upgrading PS4

  • 2.5″ Solid State Drive (SSD) – Buy here
  • Philips screw driver
  • External USB storage drive (for system back up)* – Buy here
  • USB drive (for system software install, approx 320MB) – Buy here
  • Latest PS4 system software file

*ensure your USB device is formatted as exFAT or FAT32 for it to be properly read by the PS4 system. 

2. Backing Up Your PS4

Insert your external USB storage device and head to:

Settings > System > Back Up and Restore > Back Up PS4 > Next > Back Up

PS4 Back Up

Once you’ve followed these instructions, the PS4 will back up to the external USB storage device you inserted at the beginning.

Time of back up will vary based upon the amount of data you have stored on the PS4s internal HDD.

The PS4 will restart once the back-up has complete.

3. Formatting the USB Drive

First of all you’ll need to download the latest PS4 system software file from the Playstation website here:

Latest PS4 System Software File

Now you’ll need your second USB drive. This will be used for the PS4 system software install onto your SSD.

In order for this to work, the USB must be formatted as an exFAT file or FAT32 file.

PC Users:

  1. Insert USB drive into port
  2. Right-click icon for USB drive on desktop
  3. Select ‘Format…’ from the drop-down menu
  4. Under ‘File system’ select ‘FAT32’ and click ‘Start’

Note: all data will be erased from USB drive when formatted

Mac OSX Users:

  1. Insert USB drive into port
  2. Open ‘Disk Utility’
  3. Select your USB drive from menu on left
  4. Click ‘Format’ and select ‘MS-DOS (FAT)’
  5. Select ‘Erase…’

How_to_format_an_USB_stick_on_a_Mac

Note: all data will be erased from USB drive when formatted

Once you have formatted the drive, create a folder within it titled ‘PS4’.

Within the new PS4 folder you’ve created create a folder titled ‘Update’.

You can then move the downloaded ‘PS4 System Software File’ that you downloaded previously into this ‘Update’ folder you’ve created.

4. HDD Removal & SSD Installation

  1. Ensure that your PS4 has been unplugged from all power sources and slide off the drive cover.

    PS4 Hard Drive Cover Removal
    PS4 Hard Drive Cover Removal
  2. Underneath the drive cover you will see a special ‘PlayStation’ screw that secures the HDD, remove this using the Philips head screw driver.

    PS4 Hard Drive Screw
    PS4 Hard Drive Screw
  3. The stock HDD will slide out once the screw has been removed.

    Hard Drive Slides Out Of PS4
    Hard Drive Slides Out Of PS4 – Image Courtesy of Digital Trends
  4. Once the HDD has been removed from the machine, you’ll need to remove the 4 screws that attach the bracket to the drive.

    PS4 hard disk bracket
    PS4 Hard Drive Bracket
  5. Once the drive has been removed from the bracket itself you can then go ahead and replace it with the new 2.5” SSD. Remember to re-install the screws before sliding it back into the PS4.

    SSD in Hard Drive Bracket
    SSD in Hard Drive Bracket – Image Courtesy of Digital Trends
  6. Re-install the bracket screw to secure the SSD within the PS4.
  7. Re-install the drive cover of the PS4.

5. System Software Installation

  1. Insert the USB drive with the PS4 system software file on it
  2. Press and hold the PS4’s power button for 8 seconds to boot into ‘Safe Mode’
  3. Within ‘Safe Mode’ select option ‘Initialize PS4 (Reinstall System Software)’ and select ‘Yes’ to continue.

    PS4 Safe Mode
    PS4 Safe Mode
  4. The system will then complete the installation.

Congratulations, your PS4 SSD upgrade is complete.

6. Restoring Back-up Data

  1. Connect the external storage device you used to back-up your PS4 at the beginning of this process.
  2. Select ‘Settings’
  3. Select ‘System’
  4. Select ‘Back Up and Restore’
  5. Select ‘Restore PS4’

    PS4 Restore Screen
    PS4 Restore Screen

And there you have it, a PS4 running an SSD.

The guys over at OCZ have put together this great ‘How-To’ video if you’d prefer to watch how to do it:

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments section below and we’ll get back to you ASAP. Otherwise, enjoy your new and much quicker PS4.

Check out all our compatible SSDs here.

Please note: BT Shop cannot be held responsible for any hardware failure/ if you lose any data during upgrade. 

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