How to Install an SSD in Your PS5: Expand Storage, Increase Performance, and Forget Game Deletions

The PS5 is a powerful game console that provides an immersive gaming experience. However, for serious gamers with a huge library of titles, the PS5’s standard storage space may be insufficient. To address this limitation, Sony added the ability to upgrade the PS5’s storage space by inserting an internal SSD. In this post, we will walk you through the process of installing an internal SSD in your PS5, giving you more capacity for your favorite games.

Note: Before proceeding, make sure you have a compatible M.2 SSD that fits the designated slot and includes a heatsink.

Step 1: Select a Compatible SSD

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To begin, it’s important to note that only specific SSDs are compatible with the PS5 for internal use. Look for an M.2 drive that fits into the designated slot and comes with a heatsink attached.

Step 2: Update Your System Software

SSD expansion is now available to all PS5 users, regardless of beta testing participation. Ensure that your PS5 is running the latest system software before proceeding.

Step 3: Power Down and Disconnect the PS5

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First, power down your PS5 completely by pressing and holding the power button for three seconds. Allow it to cool down for a couple of minutes, then unplug the console from the power source. These steps will prepare your PS5 for the SSD installation.

Step 4: Remove the PS5 Cover

Place your PS5 on a soft surface with the disc drive side facing up (upside-down from its usual position). Firmly grip the top corner of the white cover and lift it upwards while simultaneously sliding it towards the base. Be gentle and avoid using excessive force. If you pull it outward slightly and slide it towards the base screw hole, the cover should click off. This will reveal the SSD slot, which is covered by a metal plate.

Step 5: Remove the Slot Cover and Install the SSD

Use a cross-head screwdriver to unscrew the cover, exposing the SSD slot.

Insert the SSD into the slot, ensuring it clicks into place. You’ll find a screw and spacer within the slot (marked with 110) that you can use to secure the SSD. The position for securing the SSD will depend on its size. It’s usually easiest to click it into the housing at the base, as shown in the image above, and then secure it from the opposite end.

Place the spacer underneath the SSD and use the screw to secure it by going through the semi-circular housing on the SSD’s end.

Step 6: Reassemble and Format

Reverse the previous steps to reattach the cover for the SSD slot and the white plastic side of the PS5. Slide them into place until they click securely. Reconnect the console to the power source and your TV.

If everything is done correctly, powering on the PS5 will take you to a formatting screen where you can set up your new drive. The formatting process usually completes in under a minute. Once finished, you can enjoy the expanded storage capacity of your PS5 and bid farewell to the days of constantly deleting games.

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