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Introduction

Follow this guide to replace the hard drive on your Sony Playstation 4. If you’re upgrading the hard drive and want to keep your saved game data and settings, be sure to back up the data to a separate external storage device before beginning this procedure.

Unplug your PS4 before beginning any repairs.

  1. Grip the PS4 with both hands along the gap in the top cover. Push the glossy side of the top cover with your thumbs until it pops to the side. Lift the glossy top cover up and back to remove it from the PS4.
    • Grip the PS4 with both hands along the gap in the top cover.

    • Push the glossy side of the top cover with your thumbs until it pops to the side.

    • Lift the glossy top cover up and back to remove it from the PS4.

  2. Remove the 6.5 mm Phillips screw securing the hard drive bracket to the enclosure. Remove the 6.5 mm Phillips screw securing the hard drive bracket to the enclosure.
    • Remove the 6.5 mm Phillips screw securing the hard drive bracket to the enclosure.

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  4. Pull the hard drive bracket out of the enclosure. Be careful not to drop the hard drive. The internal components are fragile and are susceptible to damage by sudden shock. Be careful not to drop the hard drive. The internal components are fragile and are susceptible to damage by sudden shock.
    • Pull the hard drive bracket out of the enclosure.

    • Be careful not to drop the hard drive. The internal components are fragile and are susceptible to damage by sudden shock.

  5. Remove the two 7.2 mm screws from the right side of the hard drive tray. Remove the two 7.2 mm screws from the right side of the hard drive tray.
    • Remove the two 7.2 mm screws from the right side of the hard drive tray.

  6. Remove the two 7.2 mm screws from the left side of the hard drive tray. Remove the two 7.2 mm screws from the left side of the hard drive tray.
    • Remove the two 7.2 mm screws from the left side of the hard drive tray.

  7. Remove the hard drive from the hard drive tray. Remove the hard drive from the hard drive tray.
    • Remove the hard drive from the hard drive tray.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow the above steps in reverse order.

You will need to reinstall the PS4 operating system after you replace your hard drive. Follow Sony’s instructions to initialize your PS4 and reinstall system software.

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This article needs to be vetted. There is a very specific type of hard drive needed for this machine. Also, the machine will need to be backed up to either the PS Network(for PS Plus members) or a removable storage device. Additionally, the latest system update must be available after the new hard drive is installed. Below is an excellent article for this procedure.

http://www.ign.com/wikis/playstation-4/H...

Kenneth Stockman - Reply

can I take out my 500 gig and put in a 1 tb or no ?

Phil manwarren - Reply

Hey Phil,

Yes, you can. I have successfully replaced the original hard drive with a 2TB hard drive I purchased. Just make sure you buy the correct type of hard drive. I recommend using the article Kenneth has linked above in the comment section: http://www.ign.com/wikis/playstation-4/H...

I backed up my saved data on the PS network instead of using an external hard drive and that worked great.

Enjoy the extra storage!

Joel Praino -

Yes you can upgrade to 1TB or even bigger. Last PS4 firmware update was in august, and it supports storage up to 4TB. You can also use bigger storage but it may result in error.

You can update 2.4-internal HDD or use something like Nyko data bank to use 3.5 inch drives. Also external hard drives is an option, but in order to use them you will need to install the software and games on it.

ps4 hard drives:

http://hddmag.com/2016/07/top-7-best-ps4...

http://www.ryli.net/ps4-hard-drive-guide...

janis kalnins - Reply

Yes you can upgrade to 1TB or even bigger. Last PS4 firmware update was in august, and it supports storage up to 4TB. You can also use bigger storage but it may result in error.

You can update 2.4-internal HDD or use something like Nyko data bank to use 3.5 inch drives. Also external hard drives is an option, but in order to use them you will need to install the software and games on it.

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