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Sony's PlayStation 4 is the most successful console of the current generation. No wonder, since it offers a gigantic selection of games with a large mix of multi-platform and exclusive titles. Unfortunately, the word "gigantic" also applies more and more to the games themselves: Even when installing from a Blu-ray disc, modern games sometimes occupy several dozen gigabytes on the internal hard drive. Games that you buy and install completely digitally via the PlayStation Network often take up even more space. An inglorious negative example is the current blockbuster Red Dead Redemption 2, which occupies almost 100 gigabytes on the internal disk of the PS4. This memory quickly becomes scarce, especially with the older PS4 models, as they only offer 500 gigabytes of capacity. But even the more expensive top model, the PlayStation 4 Pro, only offers 1 terabyte of space on the internal disk - in the worst case, it is less full of games after installation.

But don't worry: it is comparatively easy to expand the internal storage of the PS4. Sony officially allows the installation of a larger plate in the PS4 without loss of warranty. This works with all 2.5-inch hard drives with a maximum height of 9.5 millimeters. Corresponding models with capacities of 2 terabytes can double or even quadruple the available disk space.

Before the conversion: Carry out a software update and PS4 backup

Before changing the PS4's hard drive, there are a few things you should do to prepare for it. First install the latest system software for the console, so didn't happen already. This ensures that there are no incompatibilities when restoring with the latest version. Open in the Settings the console the point "System software update"and follow the steps to get your PS4 updated.

If you already have games installed on your PS4, be sure to do one before changing the hard drive Perform a backup. You have the choice of whether you want to save only your saved games or the complete installations. For the former, a USB stick with a capacity of 4 gigabytes is usually sufficient. For a full backup of the PS4, however, you need an external hard drive that you connect to the console via USB.

Open the Settings the PS4 and navigate to "system" > "Save and recover". Here you select the menu item"PS4"and follow the instructions. Via the submenu"Applications"determine whether and, if so, which installed game installations should be included in the backup.

By the way: If you have a PlayStation Plus subscription, you can also save your games on the Sony servers. In this case, you can simply restore the savegames later from an Internet backup.

New PS4 hard drive: the conversion

The actual installation of a new hard drive in the PS4 is comparatively easy. All you have to do is open the console and replace the current disk. Important: Before replacing the hard drive, you must completely shut down the console and disconnect it from the power supply. To do this, press and hold the PS button on the DualShock 4 controller and select the item "power" > "Turn off PS4You can only continue with the conversion when the LED on the console has completely gone out.

How exactly the change takes place depends on the revision of your PS4. In addition to a classic one, you will need one for the conversion Phillips screwdriver Fortunately, not a tool. Sony provides illustrated instructions on its homepage on how to open your PlayStation 4 and replace the hard drive. All you have to do is determine the revision of your PS4. The necessary information for all issues of the PS4 can be found here: https://www.playstation.com/de-de/get-help/help-library/system---hardware/storage---data/upgrade-playstation- 4-hdd /

Now remove the old hard drive from the installation cage and insert the new one. Then close the console again and continue with the next step.

Reinitialize the PlayStation 4

Now that the new hard drive is completely empty, you have to Reinstall the PS4 operating system. To do this, you need a PC or Mac with Internet access and a USB stick formatted in FAT32. Visit the Sony download page at https://www.playstation.com/en-us/get-help/ps4-system-software/. Download here via "Download update"Download the current version of the PS4 system software. Now create a folder on the USB stick called"PS4". In this you create a subfolder with the name"Update"in which you now have the file"PS4UPDATE.PUP"copy.

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Close the prepared one Stick to your PS4 at. You must now start the PS4 in recovery mode. To do this, proceed as follows:

  1. Turn off the PS4 system.
  2. Press the Power button on the PS4 and hold it down. Do not let go of it until you have heard two beeps. The first beep sounds the first time you press it and the other seven seconds later.
  3. Now connect the DualShock 4 controller with help of a USB cable and press the PS button on the controller.

You are now in recovery or safety mode. Select point 7 here "Initialize PS4 (reinstall system software)The console will now completely reinstall the PS4 operating system and format the hard drive. Once the process is complete, restart the PS4.

After the conversion: restore data

After the conversion and restart, set up the PS4 and log in - if available - with your PSN account. Now you can install games on the new hard drive and benefit from the additional space.

If you made a backup before installing the new hard drive in your PlayStation 4, you can restore it now. To do this, connect the Backup disk with the PS4. Then open the Settings and navigate to the menu "system" > "Save and recover". This time you open the submenu"Restore PS4 system". Follow the instructions to restore the game installations or the saved games. If you have only backed up the savestates, you will of course have to reinstall the games beforehand.