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    Arrow Complete Hard Drive Upgrade Guide

    Wanted to post a few guides that show the best HDs available to Installing the Hard Drive and Finally Installing the firmware. Instead of having multiple threads out there that have each separately. The firmware guide has error codes that people are getting at the bottom. Not all error codes have fixes yet but most of it has to do with not following the firmware update steps.

    If you do it right it can take about 10 minutes to replace and install the new OS from sony.

    The PS4 only maxes out at 408MB so eventually everyone is going to need to upgrade their hard drives. Not every hard drive will fit.

    Current PS4 Hard Drive Specs

    2.5 Inches - (The standard laptop size internal hard drive will be 2.5 inches but desktops also can use this size)
    9.5mm Size ( 9.5mm Laptop size internal hard drives)
    500gb Size (Capacity to hold data)
    5400 RPM (How fast the hard drive operates)
    Sata II (How fast data can be transfered)

    There are handful of hard drives that have good prices and will work with these PS4 Specs. Hard drives up to 1.5TB are available, Hybrid Drives up to 1TB and SSD Drives up to 1TB all will work for your PS4. The 2TB drive by seagate is not available yet but will be in 2014.

    See the Full PS4 Hard Drive Upgrade Guide - http://boxclash.com/ps4-hard-drive-upgrade-guide/

    8 Easy Steps to replace your PS4 hard drive
    What you will need
    • Phillips Screw Drive
    • New Hard Drive
    • PS4

    Read the 8 step picture guide here - - http://boxclash.com/8-steps-upgrade-...ive-wpictures/

    How to install the OS on your new hard drive What you will need
    • Computer + Internet
    • USB Flash Drive ( You MUST format your USB to Fat32or exFAT) Thank you AS for your contribution
    • PS4 with new hard drive installed

    USB Flash Drive to download an 850MB file, Any size larger than 1GB with no files on it will work. I do recommend that you use an empty USB flash drive though, either get a new one or remove all of the files on it. If you dont pick the right option when installing your hard drive you will get some bad errors.

    Step 1

    Format your USB drive by going to your computers drives list. Right click on the USB drive and click Format.

    Step 2

    When formatting ensure the File System reads FAT32 then click ok

    Step 3


    Formatting will ERASE all data on your USB drive, make sure your drive is cleared of all files or you will lose them.

    Step 4

    After formatting Create a PS4 folder within your USB Drive, inside the PS4 folder create an UPDATE folder where the firmware file will be downloaded.

    Step 4 Part 2

    Download the 850MB file to the Update Folder - Link is on the full guide

    Step 5

    Insert your USB flash drive into the PS4. Hold the power button for 7-10 seconds to reboot the system.

    Step 6

    Choose option number 7 "initialize PS4 (Reinstall System Software)"

    Step 7

    Click ok to continue

    Step 8


    Congratulations! You have installed your update on a new hard drive for your PS4

    Full Firmware Installation Guide With Pictures & Error codes. http://boxclash.com/update-ps4-firmw...-hard-drive-2/

    Hope you find this helpful!

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    Hey all, I tried searching from my phone but it's not the easiest. I want to swap out my ps4 drive and move the drive I take out to my ps3. Do I need to format it before sticking it in the ps3 or I assume that will happen when I select initialize?

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    you can format with ps3
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    Quote Originally Posted by victorijapoosp View Post
    you can format with ps3
    Thanks man, I figured as much. Now I just need to buy it without my wife $#@!ing at me!

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    I need a new USB stick. Mine broke.

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    I just dug out a 1GB flash drive out of my junk drawer and formatted it. Shooting to do the swap on the ps4 and ps3 next weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinny_pizza79 View Post
    I just dug out a 1GB flash drive out of my junk drawer and formatted it. Shooting to do the swap on the ps4 and ps3 next weekend.

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    1GB? Good luck with that!


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    Quote Originally Posted by snooper71 View Post
    1GB? Good luck with that!


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    The 1gb flash drive, thumb drive, whatever it's called is to put the update download on. Website said you don't need more that a GB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinny_pizza79 View Post
    The 1gb flash drive, thumb drive, whatever it's called is to put the update download on. Website said you don't need more that a GB.

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    Oh ok, makes sense to me now.. Loll


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    Quote Originally Posted by snooper71 View Post
    Oh ok, makes sense to me now.. Loll


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    Definitely wouldn't get far with a 1GB hard drive! Jazzed to also throw that 500GB into my ps3 and download some ps plus games.

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    Gonna wait a couple years so solid state drive prices go down and storage goes up... But great guide! +rep

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinny_pizza79 View Post
    Definitely wouldn't get far with a 1GB hard drive! Jazzed to also throw that 500GB into my ps3 and download some ps plus games.

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    It was my bad, I wasnt following the conversation, just read thread title and saw 1GB... Brain fart!


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    Yeah, I don't necessarily need it for the ps4, more for the ps3 but I figure upgrade the 4 means a drive for the 3 so win win.

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    Good guide. Thanks for the info.


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    Hard drive should be here on Tuesday, the wife is non the wiser. Went with that 1TB Seagate http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00B99...&pi=SY200_QL40

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinny_pizza79 View Post
    Hard drive should be here on Tuesday, the wife is non the wiser. Went with that 1TB Seagate http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00B99...&pi=SY200_QL40
    Good choice, hybrids are quite incredible, love the 750GB on my ps3.
    Currently waiting for a hybrid with a bigger SSD drive for my ps4.
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    Ok, so this was my first hard drive swap and it went like this:


    Then this


    Then this


    And finally, this...


    LOL, sorry for the drawn out thread, but this was my first HD swap and I can't believe how easy it is! Hopefully my attempt to use spoilers worked. All accounts have been added and I'm downloading games and saves now.

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