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Sony recently launched its much awaited PlayStation 4 gaming console. While the hype was noteworthy, the excitement has been marred by a series of errors that the users complained about.

Like its rival Microsoft Xbox One, the Japanese console also comes with a 2.5in 500GB hard drive with 5,400 rpm. Based on the sizes of the game available for next-gen console, the 500GB hard drive is said to have limited the gamers with few selective games restraining flexibility.

Therefore, here are some steps to upgrade the hard drive for PS4, which will allow gamers to store more number of games and play whatever title they want to.

Following are the steps:

The Tools Needed

A 2.5in hard drive with no more than 9.5mm thickness and at least 160GB of space will be needed. The user would also require a USB flash drive with at least 1GB of idle space, a Philips-head screwdriver and a PC with internet access.


  • Keep the console flat on the ground (and unplugged) > apply pressure to glossy back cover and push down.
  • After opening the cover remove the screws with traditional PlayStation shapes - Circle, Triangle, Square and X.
  • Pull the hard drive tray out > remove the four screws which keep it intact > replace with the new hard drive.

Note: The hard drive should be facing down with SATA ports pointed towards the opening.

  • Screw the new hard drive into the tray and insert back into the system.
  • Place the PlayStation screws back > put on the back cover.

The Update

  • From the PC > Go to Sony's website and download the latest software update. Link can be found here.
  • Connect the USB flash drive to the PC > format into FAT32.
  • After the format > Open the drive > Create a "PS4" titled folder, inside which create another folder titled "UPDATE".
  • Place the update file inside the "UPDATE" folder.

The Console

  • Connect the power cord to the console and plug in the HDMI port.
  • Connect both controller and the USB flash drive.
  • Turn on the console in Safe Mode by holding the power button for 7 seconds.
  • Click PlayStation button on the controller when prompted and scroll down to the "Initialize PS4" option. The system will then copy the update file to the console.
  • Once installation is complete, the console will restart and boot. The user would again need to create an account, sign in to PlayStation network, and download the content.

[Disclaimer: The above mentioned steps are not guaranteed to work exactly as stated. International Business Times would not be responsible for any loss of data from the device while implementing the steps. More details can be seen  here.]