By Lily / Last update November 23, 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 making a disk copy should be the best way to upgrade PS4 drive to larger drive without losing data. Here you can make use of AOMEI Backupper which has the great features Disk Backup and Disk Restore to help you clone PS4 hard drive to larger drive without losing data.

How to clone PS4 hard drive to larger drive safely

Upgrading PS4 hard drive to bigger one is a nice way to solve the low space problem, and cloning PS4 hard drive with AOMEI Backupper should be the best way. AOMEI Backupper, the powerful disk imaging software, can help you clone PS4 hard drive without losing data in Windows 11/10/8/7. 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 original PS4 hard drive to your Windows PC. Then, launch AOMEI Backupper Professional. To make a backup of PS4 hard drive, here you need to click Backup->Disk Backup.

Disk Backup

Step 2. Then, click Add Disk to choose the PS4 hard drive to be backed up and click Add.

Add PS4 Hard Drive

Step 3. Click the second bar to choose a destination path to store the backup image. It can be a local disk, USB flash drive, or network share, etc.

Select Destination Path

Step 4. Then, you can set up more with the three options at the bottom of this page.

  • Options: you can enable email notification to get the final result in time without waiting for the process to be 100% complete. 

  • Schedule: you can create a scheduled backup by enabling daily/weekly/monthly backup. The scheduled backup performs incremental backup by default.

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

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

Start Backup

Upgrade PS4 hard drive without losing data

Step 1. Connect the large hard drive you prepared before to your computer. If you saved the disk image on an external drive, connect it as well. Then, launch this software, click Select Image File under the Restore tab.

Select Image File

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 images that you can choose from.

Restore Entire Disk

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

Select Large Hard Drive

Step 4. Tick Universal Restore to avoid boot issues caused by dissimilar hardware. Then, click Start Restore to begin transferring everything from the old hard drive to the new drive.

Upgrade PS4 Hard Drive to Larger Drive

Note: Tick SSD Alignment to accelerate the reading and writing speed of SSD if the new drive is an SSD.

After the restoration process is finished, you can install the new larger drive to your PS4. If the new drive works well after a period of time, you can choose to wipe the old hard drive for reuse.