How to install an SSD in the PS4 SlimGameSpot's Jimmy Thang takes us step by step through the process of replacing the PS4's slow, smaller hard drive with a bigger, faster solid-state drive.
Jimmy Thang here. I'm gonna show you how to change out your PS4 Slim's slow 5,400 RPM hard drive, with a larger, faster SSD. Let's begin. The only thing you'll need is a Phillips-head screwdriver. So then, what you're gonna do is turn the PlayStation 4 Back around. Playstation 4 Slim has an interesting little pop-out thing here that you can just open up with your hand. You'll then see a, one **** that requires like a Phillips-head screwdriver. Go ahead and grab your Phillips-head screwdriver, and open that up. [SOUND] This allows you to pull the hard drive out, with this little strip, which makes it easier to pull out. From here, the laptop drive inside has four screws that hold it in place, we're just gonna go ahead and unscrew it. Once you have all four screws out, just go ahead and take the laptop drive out. We're gonna be replacing the hard drive with a 960 gigabyte HyperX Savage SSV which is basically a one terabyte drive. You can actually replace it with any 2.5 inch SSV or laptop [UNKNOWN]. Go ahead and slap the SSV in place, make sure that the four **** holes are aligned. And then **** them back in. Once you have the SSD mounted to the cage, you're gonna go ahead and slide it back inside. [MUSIC] From there, you're gonna take that one loose **** and **** it back in. Once you have it screwed in, you're gonna go ahead and put the covering back on top. The next thing you'll want to do is download the .pup firmware file on playstation.com. From there, get a flash drive with at least 900 megabytes of free space and make sure it's formatted to stat 32. If it's not formatted to stat 32, you can reformat it. Using a PC, create a folder that says PS4 in the USB drive and then inside that folder, create one that says UPDATE. Make sure that they are in caps and this is where you wanna put the .pup file. Once the stick is ready to go, insert it into the PS4 Also make sure to have the PS4 Slim Controller plugged into the console itself. Since we removed the hardware it won't have the firmware where it was. With the console turned off, go ahead and press the Power button and hold it for less than seven seconds. [SOUND] Now we're gonna go ahead and press the Playstation 4 button. And then we're gonna choose Initialize PS4 (Reinstall System Software). The USB drive is already connected, so we can click OK. [MUSIC] After installing the SSD, we ran some simple boot tests. Turning on the system took 14 seconds, which is nine seconds faster than the original hardware. Drive. Waking up from sleep took four seconds, which is ten seconds faster than the original hard drive. Finally, launching the game Paragon took 46 seconds, which shaved off 16 seconds. And there you have it, that's how you replace a slow, smaller hard drive with a faster, larger SSD. [MUSIC]