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Here's how to upgrade your PS4 hard drive to 4TB or more

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(Pocket-lint) - When the PlayStation 4 was first released, 500GB of storage seemed like enough. However, it soon found out that the game files were growing in size at a reasonable rate of nodes.

Games like Call of Duty: Warzone can easily exceed 100 GB. This will not leave too much space on your standard drive for many other games.

Even if you have the advanced version of the PS4 or the PS4 Pro with 1TB drives each, they are going to have problems.

Fortunately, there are two ways to increase the storage space on your PS4 or PS4 Pro. One is dazzlingly simple, the other a little more complicated. However, both work very effectively and are not too expensive.

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The Easy Way: How to Expand Your PS4 Drive Using an External USB 3.0 Hard Drive

The easiest way to add more storage to your PS4, be it the original model, the 2016 update, or a PS4 Pro, is to add a USB 3.0 hard drive to your setup.

Any USB 3.0 drive does the job, and the PS4 supports drives up to 8TB in size.

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We opted for a dedicated PS4 edition of the Seagate Game Drive with 4 TB of storage space. It offers an excellent price-performance ratio of less than 100 euros and is perfectly matched to the PS4.

Another great alternative is a WD_Black P10 game drive, which is specially designed for gamers and costs little more for up to 5TB.

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Whatever you choose to make it work with your PS4, simply plug it into one of the three USB 3.0 ports. We picked one of the rear ports to get it out of the way.

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You will then need to go to the Settings menu to format the drive to act as external storage. Go to Devices, then USB Storage Devices. Your new drive should be listed on the next screen.

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Click on it and you will be taken to a page with a box that says "Format and Extended Storage". Click on it, wait a moment and bingo, the drive is ready to use.

The PS4 will automatically set your external drive as the default for installing games.

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If you'd like to use your internal drive instead, return to the Settings menu, go to Storage and press Options. You have the option of choosing between the internal and the external drive as the installation location for the game.

The harder way: replace the hard drive in your PS4

Another way to add more memory to your PS4 is to swap out the hard drive in the computer. It's not as complicated as it sounds and could be ideal if, for example, you want to add a solid-state drive for faster access.

You need to take at least part of the console apart. Sony makes it very easy for you, but you will still find the process a bit tedious. The easy part, however, is choosing a drive.

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The PS4 uses a 2.5-inch SATA hard drive like the one found in a laptop. However, no old 2.5-inch drive will work. For a PS4, the depth must not be greater than 9.5 mm, otherwise it is too big for the drawer of the hard drive housing.

There are some that meet the specs and start at around £ 50. We picked a Western Digital WD10JPVX - an older 5400 RPM Blue drive that is 7mm deep that fits nicely - but there are plenty of newer SATA III alternatives out there.

You can even opt for an SSD / HDD hybrid drive, e.g. B. the 1TB Seagate FireCuda gaming drive available from Amazon UK.

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Some have also suggested pure SSD equivalents, which will dramatically increase loading speeds, but can be prohibitively expensive if you're trying to increase storage instead of shrinking it.

The establishment

Installing a PS4 hard drive is much more time consuming than increasing the storage via an external solution. The PS4 takes a little more time to be ready for use. That includes backing up files as well, as you will have to completely reboot after inserting the new drive.

The files that need to be backed up are game storage and any video clips or screenshots that you want to keep. You can do the former in a number of ways.

If you're a PlayStation Plus member, you can upload all of your saved files to the cloud and download them again when you're done. If you've already set this up to happen automatically, there is no need to go through this part of the process again. If you don't have any games yet, this may take a while.

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If you're not a PlayStation Plus member or want to keep a more local copy of your storages, you'll need a USB memory stick or (ironically) an external hard drive formatted to the FAT, FAT32, or exFAT standards to store data. Connect it to the PS4 using one of the front USB ports and get ready for a tedious process.

Go to Settings, Saved Data Management for Applications, Saved Data in System Storage, and you will see Copy to USB Storage Device. Go into this menu and you will see a list of all your games. Enter each one individually and you will be able to tick the files that you want to copy and confirm. The files are immediately copied to the external drive (or uploaded to the cloud if you follow this route).

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Also, be sure to back up your captured videos and screenshots in the "Capture Gallery" section of System Storage Management. Once you're done, it's time to install the new drive.

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Make sure to turn off your PS4 completely, not just hibernating, then unplug it by one of the cables on the back. Place the console on a flat surface and slide off the hard drive case. This shouldn't be difficult, but it is different in location from the original PS4, newest PS4, and newest PS4 Pro.

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Inside you get access to the hard drive case, which is attached with just one large screw with the PlayStation symbols. If you do this inappropriately with a Phillips screwdriver, you can use the small handle to pull out the existing drive.

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Loosen the four black screws, two on either side of the hard drive cage, and leave the rubber brackets in place. Then remove the drive that came with the PS4.

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Replace it with the new drive and screw the black screws back on.

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Slide the drive back into the console until it feels right and secure with the large PlayStation screw.

Reattach the lid or flap and that part of the job is done.

Reinstall the system software

Now that the console has a brand new drive installed with no system software installed, you will need to manually reinstall it. For this part of the setup you will definitely need an external USB drive (or a memory stick) with a capacity of at least 1 GB, even if you have all of your saved games stored in the cloud.

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Using a computer, create a folder named "PS4" on the drive, and then create a folder named "UPDATE". You will then need to download the latest system software file from Sony and not follow some links on the PlayStation website as they may send you to previous versions that will not work (only an error message will appear during installation) .

The latest system software (at the time of writing) is version 8.03, which we found here on playstation.net. It will be around 1 GB to download, but it is the complete software, not just an update. If the file is much smaller, then it is wrong and will not work.

Move the downloaded file (named PS4UPDATE.PUP) to the UPDATE folder on the drive and you can install it on the console.

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Reconnect all cables to the back of the PS4, plug your USB drive into the front, and connect a DualShock 4 controller using its own USB cable. Then press the on button on the front of the machine for at least seven seconds. This will start the console in Safe Mode and give you a few options. Select "Initialize PS4 (Reinstall System Software)" and the PS4 will find the update (if the correct one) and install it. It only takes about five minutes in total and then your PS4 will reboot and start up as if it had just been unpacked and set up for the first time.

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Of course, you will then have to reinstall everything and log into your PlayStation Network profile, but at least you have a lot more storage space than at the beginning.

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Since we chose a 5400 RPM drive similar to the one that originally came with the machine, we didn't notice any real increase in performance on the internal drive.

We weren't looking for speed, however (you can opt for a 7200 RPM drive instead if you're willing to make a little extra cash), and it's just that extra space that makes a big difference to our gaming lives.

If we're honest, it's best to take the external drive route as it's foolproof and relatively cheap these days. However, if you really want to improve your system, at some point you may want to add a new, faster internal drive as well.

Letter from Rik Henderson.