[2023 Guide] How to Recover Data from Old PS4 Hard Drive

Want to get data from old PS4 hard drive? This guide will tell you how to recover data from old PS4 hard drive step by step.


By Lena / Updated on April 2, 2024

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The PlayStation 4 (PS4) is a famous video game console since its first release. Although PS5 has been announced in 2019 as the successor to the PlayStation 4, PS4 is still popular with many gamers. Of course, many game lovers have upgraded to the latest PS5 for a better gaming experience.

Upgrading to the latest PS5 is exciting, but problems come with it. How to get data from old PS4 hard drive? It’s certain that you can go to PlayStation Store to re-download all games. However, things would be a little bit difficult if you want to recover data from old PS4 hard drive. Well, it's difficult but it's not impossible. Read to get all the practical ways that can help you recover data from old PS4 hard drive.

Way 1. Recover data from old PS4 hard drive via ADR for Windows

If you want to recover data from PS4 hard drive on PC, then you can rely on data recovery tool to help you make it. You can connect the PS4 hard drive to computer and let MyRecover help you to scan the drive and find all deleted and missing files.

ADR for Windows is one professional data recovery software for PC developed by AOMEI, the benchmark of the data recovery industry. It will scan your hard drive via Quick Scan and Deep Scan. Quick Scan aims at finding deleted data, while Deep Scan searches for other lost data.

You can click the download button below to get the tool and follow the steps below to recover data from old PS4 hard drive.

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Step 1. Connect PS4 hard drive to computer

Open your PS4 and take out the hard drive > Connect the external hard drive to PC via an HDD Enclosure or SATA to USB converter cable and make sure it can be detected.

Step 2. Let ADR for Windows scan the drive

Open ADR for Windows > hover the mouse over the PS4 hard drive > Click Scan.


Step 3. Recover data from old PS4 hard drive

As soon as any deleted files are found, the tool will immediately display them in the Scanned files list > When you find the files you want to recover, you can select the files and click the Recover button to make it - you are allowed to recover data during the scanning process. Or you can wait for the complete scanning results.


As mentioned before, ADR for Windows is one data recovery tool for Windows users. It supports data recovery in various situations: system crashes, accidental deletion, virus attacks, disk formatting, etc. When you experience data loss on Windows 11, 10, 8, 7, it will be a good assistant to help you find deleted files quickly.

Way 2. Recover data from old PS4 hard drive via backup

It’s an easy job to recover data from old PS4 hard drive if there is an available backup. If you have backed up your PS4 hard drive to the USB storage, then you can simply insert the USB drive into the PS4 console to recover all lost games and apps, save data, screenshots and video clips, settings. However, please note that it will erase all existing data on your PS4 console.

  • Insert the USB drive into your PS4 console.
  • On your Home Menu of PlayStation, go to Settings.
  • Choose System > Select Back Up and Restore.
  • Then choose Restore PS4.
  • Browse and select the backup file.
  • On the Restore PS4 screen, select Restore > Finally, click Yes to confirm.

Restore PS4

Way 3. Recover data from old PS4 hard drive from cloud

If you have a PS+ account, you may have already saved your data to the cloud. With a PS+ account, the game data will be uploaded to cloud services automatically. Below are the steps to recover data from old PS4 hard drive from PS Plus cloud storage.

  • Go to Home menu of PlayStation and choose Settings.
  • Select Application Saved Data Management option.

Restore PS4 Data from Cloud

  • Click Saved Data in Online Storage > Click Download to System Storage option.
  • Browse the saved game data and select the files you want to recover.
  • Click the Download button and wait for the download to complete.

Final words

That’s all about how to recover data from old PS4 hard drive. If there is no available backup, then you can connect the drive to computer and then let AOMEI Data Recovery help you find deleted or lost files. If data recovery is helpless, you may ask for help from a recovery agency by paying a large sum of money.

Lena · Editor
Lena is an editor of FoneTool, she covers backup & restore, and phone data management and so on. She enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. She loves traveling, eating, reading and so on. She takes most of time with her family when she is not working.