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How to upgrade your PS4 hard drive (without losing PT)

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Ashley Reed runs through the step by step process of upgrading a PS4 hard drive (without losing P.T.). Prefer written instructions? Check out the article here: http://www.gamesradar.com/how-to-upgrade-PS4-hard-drive/ The best PS4 hard drives: http://www.gamesradar.com/best-hard-drive-for-ps4/ Sony's essential software update: https://www.playstation.com/en-us/support/system-updates/ps4/#newinstallation
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Abdul Ghameed Cassiem (10 days ago)
Is it not possible to use the new upgraded HD in an external casing and then backup everything onto there in one go? This way all saved data should be there automatically
RedVIII (19 days ago)
This just in: Red Dead Redemption 2 is over 100GB big. No joke.
Johann Delgado (21 days ago)
If I keep my hard drive and sell my ps4 will i still have all my redeemed game codes on it also with my game data/saves?
Mikkelgamer9 (29 days ago)
I thought it was playtime
gold miner (1 month ago)
Does it even work
TechnoKingg (1 month ago)
what is PT?
U562 (1 month ago)
"Playable Teaser". It was a horror game demo by the director of Silent Hill and Metal Gear Solid, Hideo Kojima. He was working on the game at Kojima, but the company kicked him out after Metal Gear Solid 5. Konami removed the demo from PSN and stopped development on the game entirely.
Big Guy (1 month ago)
The external drive is the one you put in the PS4 ?
You 2020 (1 month ago)
What about user settings and 2nd user. Will that be restored too? Or 2 restore file. Will that erase number 1 user if I restore 2nd user file?
stoibaer1 (2 months ago)
got a lock on the new harddrive. what can i do?
TheDarkfrostElf (2 months ago)
Are there any internal hard drives that are more than 2Tb that can work with the PS4?
I lost my pt
Pocho Nieves (3 months ago)
WHAT IS PT?!!!!
Kevin Kohtz (4 months ago)
Do you have to restore
Peter Stark (4 months ago)
I did this. But did not backed up the "saved games" and now p.t. is not getting reconized :/
Totes Malotes (4 months ago)
Wtf is pt
Psycho Thinker (4 months ago)
I want to be 2tb hdd from Amazon which one I should buy?
Adigha Gamer (4 months ago)
Can I use a 16gb flash to back up the saved up data?
David Wood (4 months ago)
that prey console is perdy
Emmek C (5 months ago)
I dont give a shit about PT!!!
Salvatore De Vito (5 months ago)
what is p.t
Luke Apted (5 months ago)
What is pt ?? Anyone
FigyPlays (6 months ago)
I dont care about some P.T.! But this is the only videos that explainsbthe entire process in detail so i liked! Thank you
funnydank _ (6 months ago)
The thing ur supposed to take of wont come off
scotty28653 (7 months ago)
Got one even easier, just plug in an external hard drive, duuuhh.
Luqmaan Khattak (7 months ago)
i have 400 gbs taken from games and dont want to reinstall XD
Thor the Gamer (8 months ago)
Finally someone makes it as simple as it should be, thank you so much for making this tutorial, most of these ones are like 20 minutes but yours is short and efficient. Thank you!
Filip Peic (8 months ago)
What is p.t.
FOMI1970 (9 months ago)
great video , but if you could figure a way to fix error code CE-34878-0 that is wrecking the life of gamers believe you me ; you will be like a god to them.
Nanaki (9 months ago)
PSA: Just because they didn't mention it and some people don't know, NEVER USE MAGNETIC TIP TOOLS WHEN WORKING WITH ELECTRONICS!
Tyler Mounce (9 months ago)
Does the external hard drive you use for backup have to formatted beforehand?
squishy duck (9 months ago)
What about trophies?
hello838 (9 months ago)
Does it also back up PS4 game saves?
GORO911 (10 months ago)
WTF i need two hard disks ?
Ismail Gonul (11 months ago)
What is the highest capacity i can put in to my 1TB ps4 slim. Will it support only maximum 2TB?? Or more if i can? Also will SSD be a good improvement ??
RobBeenHood (11 months ago)
Thank you soooo much
Rothmann Tan (1 year ago)
Help me pls. I removed the internal HD of ps4 without backup. Then when i returned it, ps4 is asking to reinstall system software. Which required to delete all files in it. Is there a way to recover my files? I dont have ps plus. Pls help me
Tyler Mounce (9 months ago)
Rothmann Tan Backup in the first place, you moron! As for recovering files, you might have to try Geek Squad.
luis paredes (1 year ago)
Can i use a thumb drive with enough memory to save all my game saved data and download the PlayStation software, instead of having to buy an external hd, the internal hd and a thumb drive just for the software? So basically eliminate getting the external hd.
coltpython6 (9 months ago)
If you don't care about having to reinstall your games again, you can just use two USB's and copy only your save data onto one of them, instead of using a large external HDD.
Tyler Mounce (9 months ago)
luis paredes No, you HAVE to have at least two separate drives. You need an external hard drive with a capacity of at least 500GB to backup your files--no flash drive has that sort of capacity. Furthermore, in order to install the update, your drive must be formatted (wiped), so using a separate thumb drive will prevent accidentally wiping your backup.
MonoHerobrine (1 year ago)
It's saying that it cannot read the update or saying that there are multiple usb devices in use, i dont know what to do
Will Croston (1 year ago)
Lucky, you only had 7GB to back up. I had 400... It took forever lol
Danger_dog_guy_7 (1 year ago)
This worked! But for the people having problems with this: make sure you download the right update file (900mb) and format the usb drive to 32 if it still doesn't work.
TheDiscipleofSlash (1 year ago)
This video was extremely helpful HOWEVER I have a PS4 slim. Is there a video on that one?
Joshua Del Rosario (1 year ago)
What do you mean "a compatible 2.5 inch hard drive", is there a incompatible 2.5inch hard drive for the ps4?
Phantom Spears (1 year ago)
Here is a tip when your reinstalling the update make sure it's the 900MB update otherwise it won't work I got stuck on that for 2 hours wondering why the 300MB update wouldn't work
Phantom Spears (1 year ago)
If I have games downloaded on the ps4 from the ps store do I need to backup my applications or can I just redownload them after I restore my saved data?
Ice_Wallow_Come 75 (1 year ago)
Does this also include game saves bc I don't want to lose any of my data in games
nERA-NGEx Gaming (1 year ago)
What size gB flash drive should I buy too download the PS4 software
Pablo Peralta (1 year ago)
DON'T DO IT!!!! PS4 CE-30784-2 ps4 won't read the USB!
Tom Jeffrey Tiongson (1 year ago)
You don't need 2 drives to store/backup and to install the installation software.. I used my 1TB to backup my data after deleting all my apps on my PS4, (except PT), then I downloaded the installation/update software on the same External HD. It will have the same folder (PS4) just make another folder (UPDATE) and the backup file is (EXPORT) then inside it is the (BACKUPS).. so when I plugged in my External to Initilize/Install, I didn't even have to unplug the External and soon as installation was completed, went straight to Restore..
Alex Bisaillon (1 year ago)
Can I just copy my saves onto a flash drive and install my games again?
Kal El (1 year ago)
This video is great thank you, I have a question .. does the backing part work if I just want to factory state my ps4.. I want to keep P.T.. but thats pretty much all I want to keep.
Jonathan Cruz (1 year ago)
Will it keep PS4 screenshots and recorded videos?? PLEASE HELP
FreeTubers TV (1 year ago)
Can i use two usb for this for for the update and one for the backup?
The Pink Bucket (1 year ago)
My ps4 has the mat black on both sides, does it still work the same or do I have to take the entire casing off? Also is there a limit to how big I can make my storage? Like could I find a 10 terabit storage and it still work? Please help
alawey vc 87 (1 year ago)
wait if i delete rocket league or uncharted 4 will i lose all of my saves after i put the new hard drive? or sign in with my account won't delete anything?
nicholas georgoudakis (1 year ago)
why not just transfer it to external hard drive
Cristian Avila (1 year ago)
does this work with all game and not just P.T
TLOT20 (1 year ago)
My USB drive isn't showing anything has downloaded to it. Help!!!
Martin Huerta (1 year ago)
Canr you put all your games data in online storage and get a new hard drive and then put it back in system storage?
Erni Wolfi (1 year ago)
what if i plug in both the new and old hdd to my pc via a SATA-to-USB connector & copy all the files from my new hdd to the old one? Would that not work?
Gurdit Rehal (1 year ago)
If I were to transfer all the data from the original HDD to the new HDD using a pc and then place the new HDD in the ps4 would it boot up like normal without having to install the software onto a USB stick?
Matt Smith (1 year ago)
Will I need to reinstall the updates for the games or will all my games still be updated from my saved data?
Usaj (1 year ago)
Does that mean I don't lose nothing e.g gta5 story mode stuff watch dogs 1 and 2
Emmett Leech (1 year ago)
hi what if ur ps4 doesn't recognise the ext hard-drive?? I don't mean the USB
Ryan Freeman (1 year ago)
Mine wouldn't backup.
Thatcoolmfu1 Yo (1 year ago)
is there a 4 terabyte internal hard drive compatible with the PS4?
DJ 2CANO (1 year ago)
What theme are u using on your ps4
ps a (1 year ago)
what if u gameshared. Do u still have the acc activated and not lose any games?
J. B. (1 year ago)
I lost my storm 4 downloads unsubscribed
Jeremy Mangroo (1 year ago)
So this new software update we install, what happens if new software updates with new features comes about?
Mẫn Nguyễn (1 year ago)
Thanks👌
Conor Grace (1 year ago)
When i put in my new hardrive and was asked to insert the usb device in, it said it could not find the file even though i downloaded it. Please help?
JC_boiiiXVII (1 year ago)
Do i need an external hard drive or can I just use another usb drive instead?
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Uroliti Gaming (1 year ago)
Will psvr still be able to run with this? Or will I have to do that setup again?
jerem dwayne (1 year ago)
Can you use the old 500gb once you do an upgrade? I want to use the old media player version, the new one is messed up
Monty (1 year ago)
I have multiple users on my PS4. Will the backup cover all users' game saves, captures, etc. or just the user profile you picked?
Calvin Brown (1 year ago)
My controller wont turn on after I upgraded the hard drive
Apples (1 year ago)
what if you dont have pt
serena180 (1 year ago)
This looks easy to do accept the usb stick crap which i know nothing about
Rick _Bruh (1 year ago)
Right after I press "ok" on the screen that says to plug in the USB it doesn't work I checked the spelling and the latest update but it just doesn't work any help?
Mr.plays_alot (1 year ago)
I have ps4 and I installed a new hard drive but the ps4 ended up breaking a few weeks later I'm getting a new one I was wondering if I can just initialize it on my pc would that work
Nive s (1 year ago)
i have 700gb worth of storage. will this take a day? if so, it's a good thing I'm doing this on vacation. i can let it sit at the hotel while I'm out doing vacation stuff...AKA sitting on a chair! On the beach! Lol. this is gonna cost a bit more than i had originally planned but hey, it's STORAGE!
Soulless Goomba (1 year ago)
where do i buy a hard drive
Wael 7 (1 year ago)
what the hell is an EXTERNAL HARDRIVE can i just back up and restore without it
Em0SceneStabr (1 year ago)
i dont understand so in total you'd be using 3 HDD? the 1 thats in the ps4 another 1 in a external drive to back up on and then the 1 that you're going to put in your ps4? I wanted to use the one in the external HDD as the replacement PS4's HDD
Keith V (1 year ago)
extremely easy process and straight forward instructions. If you want to avoid a high data bill for redownloading your games and don't mind wait 3 hours I would recommend not deleting anything before you do the backup process. thanks for this video.
Torrance McCarty (1 year ago)
When I plug in the USB flash drive it says the update file cannot be used
Ant Lopez (1 year ago)
Wouldn't respond to my controller after installing a 2tb harddrive. Now I'm stuck cannot get it into safe mode to reinstall 😿
Chris Jantzen (1 year ago)
Of course now that i finally get all of my hard drives, they release an update that supports external hard drives...
Zomrinom (1 year ago)
does it have to be a 1 gb usb drive or can it be lets say a 8 gb usb drive?
bert skiez (1 year ago)
i tried but it says the usb cant be used or the usb storage is not connected but it is .? when i try to back up the ps4
David Johnson (1 year ago)
beat video so far! Can I try this on my PS4 slim...I just bought it and haven't even opened it
SAVAGEBOY RANDOMANIAC (1 year ago)
i watched a bunch of videos on how to do this but this is the best one yet
DonDon Almighty (1 year ago)
can I backup onto a usb drive and then stick it on my ps4 when the new hard drives in?
THE CHICKEN DUDE (1 year ago)
I think I mess up "Dick stuck in in PS4 hard drive"
Ashton Gray (1 year ago)
If I have most of my games on disk but a couple off the PlayStation store do I need to back it up or is that step only there for pt
Nicole Garcia (1 year ago)
I just watched a weird ass ad or a girl peeling glue off her hands before this video started.... ok.
Brian Cevallos (1 year ago)
This whole time I thought P.T was some technical thing. Jesus Christ lol
daryel hernandez (1 year ago)
can I do this without having to activate my psn because its already on a nother ps4
Vizzy Jay (1 year ago)
Does this work with the slim

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