How to Back Up and Restore Your PS4 HDD to a USB Drive PlayStation 4 Guides 1

How do you back up your PS4 HDD to a USB drive? Whether you're looking to switch out your PlayStation hard drive for something a little bigger or simply want peace of mind, the PS4's backup and restore feature will come in handy. This will essentially allow you to dump a mirror of your system's HDD onto an external device, which you'll be able to restore at a later date. You can find the best PS4 external hard drives through the link.

How to Back Up Your PS4 HDD to a USB Drive

The following steps will explain how to back up your PS4's HDD to a USB drive:

1. Go to Settings

From the PS4's home screen, tap up on the DualShock 4 to reach the top layer of the system's menu, and scroll to the toolbox labelled 'Settings'. Select it with X on the controller.

2. Enter the System submenu

When the long list of options appears, scroll down until you reach an option named 'System', and select it.

3. Select the Back Up and Restore Option

You'll be presented with another long list of options. Scroll down until you see 'Back Up and Restore', and select it.

4. Back Up Your PS4 HDD

You'll have three options here: 'Back Up PS4', 'Restore PS4', or 'Delete Backup Data'. First, make sure that your external HDD is connected via USB and properly powered up. Then select the 'Back Up PS4' option. You'll be informed that Trophies won't be backed up, so make sure that you've synced them with the PlayStation Network servers. If you've already done this, click 'OK'.

5. Start Backing Up Your PS4

Once you've followed all of these steps, you'll be taken to screen where you'll be able to backup your PS4's HDD. The system will give you a breakdown of all your data, and inform you of how much free space you'll have left on your external HDD once the process is complete. If you uncheck the 'Applications' icon, game installs won't be copied. This will cut down the size of the backup significantly, but it means that you will have to re-install all of your software when you restore your backup. Click the 'Next' button to begin the procedure.

How to Restore Your PS4 HDD from a USB Drive

The following steps will explain how to restore your PS4's HDD from a USB drive:

1. Go to Settings

As with the back up process, from the PS4's home screen, tap up on the DualShock 4 to reach the top layer of the system's menu, and scroll to the toolbox labelled 'Settings'. Select it with X on the controller.

2. Enter the System submenu

When the long list of options appears, scroll down until you reach an option named 'System', and select it.

3. Select the Back Up and Restore Option

You'll be presented with another long list of options. Scroll down until you see 'Back Up and Restore', and select it.

4. Restore Your PS4

Make sure that your external HDD is connected, and select the 'Restore PS4' option instead. Your backup data will be listed, so click on it to begin copying it across.

How to Remove PS4 Backup Data from a USB Drive

If you've backed up PS4 data to a USB drive and want to remove it for whatever reason, the following steps explain how to do that.

1. Go to Settings

As before, from the PS4's home screen, tap up on the DualShock 4 to reach the top layer of the system's menu, and scroll to the toolbox labelled 'Settings'. Select it with X on the controller.

2. Enter the System submenu

When the long list of options appears, scroll down until you reach an option named 'System', and select it.

3. Select the Back Up and Restore Option

You'll be presented with another long list of options. Scroll down until you see 'Back Up and Restore', and select it.

4. Remove the Backup Data

Connect your external HDD, select 'Delete Backup Data', and follow the on-screen instructions. Simples.

Here are some recommended USB drives you could use to back up your PS4 HDD with. For more options, take a look at our best PS4 external hard drives guide.

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