How to replace and upgrade your PS4 Pro hard drive

Posted on 11/07 19:53 in | 0

The PlayStation 4 Pro is out this week and it comes with a 1TB hard drive installed as standard, but if that isn't enough storage for your growing games collection then you can replace it, as with previous PS4 systems. You'll need a 2.5 inch Serial ATA internal drive which is 9.5mm or thinner for this, and the largest capacity widely available is 2TB - a great choice is the Seagate Expansion 2TB external hard drive, though you'll need to prise it out of the external case before installing it.

Once you have your replacement hard drive ready, grab a small crosshead screwdriver and follow these steps:

On the rear of the PS4 Pro you'll find a plastic panel covering the hard drive bay - use the small tab on the end next to the ethernet port to pop the panel off.

Using your crosshead screwdriver, remove the large screw holding the hard drive caddy in place.

Hook your fingers on the two prongs at the end of the caddy and use them to pull and slide it out of the PS4 Pro.

Remove the four small screws holding the hard drive into the caddy, then slide the old drive out.

Slide your replacement hard drive into the caddy then use the four small screws to secure it in place.

Push the caddy firmly back into the PS4 Pro, until it engages and the large screw hole lines up, the replace the large screw.

Finally, replace the plastic cover panel by hooking it in on the right hand side then clicking it into position.

To get your new hard drive up and running, you'll first need to initialise your PS4 Pro and perform a new installation of the system software. Head to the PS4 System Software Update page to download the update file - make sure you use the larger file listed under 'Perform a New Installation of the System Software' and follow all the instructions as listed.

With the initialisation complete, you can go into Settings and select System Storage Management to confirm your upgraded hard drive capacity, and that's it - you're ready to download/install your games and get playing!

If you're upgrading from a previous PS4 system, then here's how you transfer PS4 content to your PS4 Pro.

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