Consoles & Peripherals
11 Dec 2015
eccool24
By: eccool24

moving a ps4 hdd to another ps4 question

14 replies

I'm upgrading to a new ps4 and I want to know if I can just simply replace the hard drive in the new one with an existing hardrive that already has the updated firmware and everything or would I have to re-initialize my hdd and re-install the firmware after I transfer my 1tb drive to the new ps4?

  • Dead-Sync (Support MVP)

    If you put your existing PS4 HDD directly into a new PS4, the hard drive would need to be re-initilized (data erased), and have the system software installed.

     

    The way the PS4 works to my understanding is if a specific PS4 has a hard drive in it that ISN'T the one that shipped with the PS4, it needs to re-initilize the entire HDD.

     

    So if you wanted to use your original HDD on the new PS4, you would want to back-up your data somehow, like Back-Up/Restore Utility with an External HDD would be easiest, or Online Storage / USB Flash Drive for save data. Then install the old HDD to the new PS4, re-initilize/insall software, then restore your data again to the new PS4.

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  • If I'm going to be honest, that is utterly dissapinting that I can't do what I wanted to do. Since it would take days if not weeks for me to reinstall everything since I expect the new ps4 to be downloading at around 6 mb/s. 

     

    So my plan is to only install the games that I have on my must install list that I have already thought of in the case that I had to re-initialize my hard drive, which I kinda plan on treating like it is a brand new hdd and install the largest of the system updates just to be on the safe side.

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  • Dead-Sync (Support MVP)


    eccool24 wrote:

    If I'm going to be honest, that is utterly dissapinting that I can't do what I wanted to do. Since it would take days if not weeks for me to reinstall everything since I expect the new ps4 to be downloading at around 6 mb/s. 

     

    So my plan is to only install the games that I have on my must install list that I have already thought of in the case that I had to re-initialize my hard drive, which I kinda plan on treating like it is a brand new hdd and install the largest of the system updates just to be on the safe side.


    While it isn't great, I can understand why you can't just take the HD of one to the console of another PS4. I imagine there are certain digital certificates and handshakes between the HDD and the Console itself that need to take place.

     

    That said , have you considered using the Back-Up / Restore Utility? If you have an External HDD, you can backup practically EVERYTHING from the original HDD: Game Saves, Settings, Accounts, Application Installs / Updates, Capture Gallery...you name it. Then after you perform the hard drive installation, you can Restore from the External HDD backup, and you won't need to worry about downloading anything, you'll just be going at the speed of the USB connection, Plus you wouldn't have to download application updates.

     

    Just another option.

     

    Also on another note - for System Updates, you will need the larger system software install file (about 900MB) anyways when you perform the Hard Drive Installation. Since it reformats the HDD I believe it might require the full installation - as it treats it as a new HDD.

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  • ValhallaOutcast (Support MVP)

     is correct use the backup and restore ultility you wont have to download everything again it backs up game downloads, game installs from disc as well as profiles and save data 

     

     http://manuals.playstation.net/document/en/ps4/settings/backup.html

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  • Sadly I don't have that option as the only external hdd I own is already formatted for my xbox one. Though in a way this should help me start fresh and only have the games that I want to priortize when it comes to playing and I'll also be saving space on the hard drive as I'm not going to reinstall all my games so I'll have additional storage for newer games. 

     

     

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  • Dead-Sync (Support MVP)


    eccool24 wrote:

    Sadly I don't have that option as the only external hdd I own is already formatted for my xbox one. Though in a way this should help me start fresh and only have the games that I want to priortize when it comes to playing and I'll also be saving space on the hard drive as I'm not going to reinstall all my games so I'll have additional storage for newer games. 

     

     


    Thats a good way at looking at it for sure! Just be sure to backup your Application Save Data with Online Storage or Flash Drive! Cheers!

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  • ValhallaOutcast (Support MVP)

    Well your 2nd PS4 will have a hard drive by a cheap enclosure and now you will have an external to backup the original ps4

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  • I know this is a necro but it came up in google search and I want to put this here for anyone wondering the same thing. Apparently just like Xbox, you can use the new function of external drives on ANY PS4 that you put your account on. External drives dont' need to be RE-formatted. 

     

    Put the games you care most about on the external, dont' even need to backup the console to yet another external (like PS3, which also backs up the dumb copy-locked save files) just in case the console ever dies.... that way if  you need to get a new PS4 one day cause maybe the entire thing fries or the disc drive dies (doubt that'll happen but you never know), just plug the external into the new PS4 (once you have your account on there) and the games on it will be ready to go. Game saves still get  saved on the console though whether the game is on the internal or external, so keep them backed up on a thumb drive. 

     

    In short, an External drive can be used on ANY PS4 your account  is on without having to wipe it again.

     

    http://www.playstationlifestyle.net/2017/02/11/ps4-external-hdd-used-on-multiple-units/

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  • Well I have a question my PS4 broke awhile back an I got a new one could I just put my old hard drive in the new ps4 so I can still have my game saved data without backing it up?
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  • vfr_800_rider (Support MVP)

    @wes_25276

     

    Are you not capable of reading the two year old thread you necrobumped?  What, in the replies, is unclear to you?

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  • Well I got confused at a part So if I do that with out backing it up will it work is my question
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  • chaos_789 (Support MVP)

    The PS4 will format any HDD you put in it, so no, you can't put your old HDD into the new PS4 in order to get your saved data back. The new PS4 will format the HDD in order to encrypt it to the new PS4, all data on the old drive will be erased.

     

    This question was also answered in the very first reply to this thread.

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  • sam6862 (Support MVP)

    If your PS4 dies or you no longer have access to the old PS4, it might be too late, as you can only hope your saved games is in online storage if you have PlayStation Plus back then.

     

    PS4 have other options. Preferably, do both 1 and 2, just in case something goes wrong with one of them.

     

    USB storage can be HDD, flash drive, or USB micro SD card reader + micro SD card, but must be using exFAT or FAT32 format. PS4 Devices, USB storage, (your USB), press option, fornat as exFAT if not exFAT or FAT32.

     

    1. Copy saved games and capture gallery export using USB storage.

    http://manuals.playstation.net/docu%6Dent/en/ps4/settings/data_usb.html

     

    2. Use backup and restore using USB storage. You can backup everything except huge apps to speed up backups and to fit small size of USB storage

    http://manuals.playstation.net/docu%6Dent/en/ps4/settings/backup.html.

     

    3. IF you will have both PS4 available at the same time, try transfer.

    http://manuals.playstation.net/docu%6Dent/en/ps4/settings/transfer.html

     

    Oh by the way, extended USB storage can simply be plugged into a new PS4 and have all games in it. This is only the system storage data that is limited to only one PS4, other then using backups and transfer to move them.

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  • Okay thank you 
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