Sony have recently released their 1TB Ultimate Player Edition PS4 into the world, but that does not mean that you need to miss out on the advantages of having a larger hard drive as the 1TB model is exactly the same as your model, but with double the hard drive space.
You can turn your PS4 into a 1TB Ultimate Player Edition in a few steps:
1. Get a new HDD
The PS4 supports up to a 2TB 2.5″ SATA hard drive, but 1TB is sufficient for many people. If you feel like you need a 2TB, then the following will apply to you too.
Western Digital Blue 2.5″ 1TB Internal hard drive – R974.00 – Takealot.com
2. Backup your PS4
This is completely your own decision, but I would recommend backing up your PS4 to an external HDD, because when you put the new 1TB hard drive in it, all your content will be gone.
To help you understand this better, the PS4 has a 500GB hard drive, but that does not mean that you need to necessarily have a 500GB external HDD to back it up to. To make this go faster, and to help you fit it all on an external HDD that you probably have around 250GB free space on, all you need to do is delete those games that you are not playing. Stick to games that are large, with little updates, and you can re-install using the disc fairly quickly. The more you have on your PS4 the more space you will need on the external HDD. For example, God of War III: Remastered is 50GB, you can easily reinstall this game, so delete it for now. Do the same for the other games that you are not playing or take up way too much space.
This backup will take around 2-10 hours depending on how much you have on your PS4. Try using a USB 3.0 compatible external HDD as it will cut the speed in half.
3. Open up your PS4 and Replace the hard drive.
Unplug you PS4 and place it flat on a surface. Using your thumbs as grip, slide up the shiny cover with the PlayStation logo on it, it will unclip allowing you to remove it off the PS4.
From there you will see a nicely branded screw at the top left hand corner. You will need a small Phillips screw driver to remove this screw. Once done, slide the hard drive casing out of the PS4 from the left hand side. You will see a handle to pull it out with.
Continue to unscrew the hard drive out of the casing which you just pulled out of the PS4. Once that is complete take your new hard drive, put it in the casing, and use the same screws to screw it in. Slide it back into the PS4, and replace the branded screw that you unscrewed first. Close up your PS4 by sliding the cover back on to it, and you now done.
4. Install the OS
The PS4 will have no system software on it, seeing as it is a new HDD and there is no firmware installed. Head on over to the PlayStation Website and download the latest firmware.
The firmware should be around 1GB, and should not take that long. Once you have it, plug in a USB, and copy it to the USB. NB: The folder hierarchy needs to be in this format USB>PS4>UPDATE>*Downloaded Firmware*. The folders “PS4” and “UPDATE” both need to be in upper case. So make sure this is correct or else the PS4 will not pick up the firmware.
NB:Keep in mind that your USB device that you are using to copy the OS to the PS4 needs to be formatted as FAT, else the PS4 will not pick up the USB.
Now that you have the firmware, you need to install it onto the PS4. In order to do so, you will need to plug in your DualShock 4 into the USB with your charger cable. You will not be able to use the controller wireless.
Hold down the power button for a few seconds on your PS4, it will beep once, and then again. This will initiate the Safe Mode. Go down to the option that says “Initialize PS4”. The PS4 will now install the firmware that was on the USB. After this process is complete, you will go back to the main screen of the PS4.
5. Restore all your data
When signing into the PS4 for the first time, do not bother entering your PSN details, and signing into the PSN. Just skip everything and head on over to Settings>System>Backup and Restore. Plug in the external HDD that you used to back up your old HDD with, and follow the steps to restore all your data back onto the PS4.
Now after this is done, the system will restart and you will be back to the exact same setup as you had before the replacement. No need to download anything or even sign into the PSN again.
Some tips to remember
- Make sure you have used the “Sync to trophies to PSN” option before removing your HDD that is going to be replaced.
- The USB needs to be formatted to FAT32 or exFAT, that you will use to copy the system software across to.