By Cherry / Last update March 4, 2021

Why clone PS4 hard drive to larger drive?

"“Hello, my PS4 cannot work normally and I was told that my PS4 hard drive is merely full. So, I want to change it to a bigger drive, so that it can work well, and I can save more games on it. However, I want to keep my old data. So here is my question: how can I upgrade my PS4 hard drive to larger drive without losing data?”

PS3 and PS4 hard drives store a lot of games, and their hard drive space can quickly run out of space. When you need to save more games on the hard drive, you cannot install games successfully because the volume is not enough to store more data. 

Thus, you need to upgrade the small hard drive with a larger HDD or SSD to improve the performance of your PS3 or PS4. And make a disk clone should be the best way to upgrade PS4 drive to larger drive without losing data. Here you can take use of AOMEI Backupper, which has the great feature Disk Backup and Disk Restore, can help you clone PS4 hard drive to larger drive without losing data.

How to clone PS4 hard drive to larger drive safely?

Upgrade PS4 hard drive to bigger one is a nice way to solve the low space problem. Clone PS4 hard drive to larger drive with AOMEI Backupper should be the best way. AOMEI Backupper, the powerful disk cloning software, can help you clone PS4 hard drive without losing data in Windows 10/8/7. The next content contains the detailed steps of how to upgrade PS4 hard drive to larger drive with AOMEI Backupper.

Before you do, you need to prepare for it:

Backup PS4 hard drive for upgrading 

Step 1. First, connect your PS4 hard drive and the larger drive you prepared before to your Windows PC. Then, install AOMEI Backupper Professional to your computer, launch it. To clone PS4 hard drive to larger drive, here you need to click Backup->Disk Backup.

Disk Backup

Step 2. Then, click Add Disk to choose the PS4 hard drive as the source disk, click Next.

Add PS4 Hard Drive

Step 3. Choose the larger HDD or SSD you prepared before as the destination disk. Click Next.

Select Larger HDD SSD

Step 4. Then, you will move to the Operation Summary page where you can confirm all the operations, and set up more with the three options at the bottom of this page.

  • You can enable email notification to get final result in time without waitting for the process to be 100% complete. 

  • You can schedule backup PS4 hard drive by enabling daily/weekly/monthly backup. The advance option is incremental backup by default. Note the scheduled differential backup is available on the professional or higher version. 

  • You can manage backup disk space by enabling the backup scheme option. It will automatically delete old backup when the set value is reached.  

Set Settings

Step 5. After all the settings, you can click Start Backup to execute the task immediately.

Upgrade PS4 hard drive without losing data

Step 1. Connect the large hard drive as well as the external drive containing system image to your computer. Then, launch this software, click Select Image File under the Restore tab.


Step 2. Tick restore the entire disk and then click Next to continue. If you set a scheduled full/incremental/differential backup task, there will be a few backup image that you can choose.

Disk Restore

Step 3Select the large hard drive as destination partition and click Next.

Select Large Hard Drive

Step 4. Click Start Restore to install OS on new hard drive. Tick SSD Alignment to accelerate the reading and writting speed of SSD if it is.

Upgrade PS4 Hard Drive to Larger Drive

Note: You are also allowed to backup and restore to different computer with the help of "Universal Restore" (supported by AOMEI Backupper Professional). This feature can install all drivers required to boot Windows.

Now, you can boot your computer and check if the new hard drive is bootable. If so, you can choose to format the old one for reuse.