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Transferring a HDD from one PS4 and installing it into another PS4?

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Does it work like that? Specifically wanting to move a HDD from the old PS4 to a slim PS4 so that i can start using a new PS4 without losing data.... Read More
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7m, 3w agoPosted 7 months, 3 weeks ago
Does it work like that?

Specifically wanting to move a HDD from the old PS4 to a slim PS4 so that i can start using a new PS4 without losing data....
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7m, 3w agoPosted 7 months, 3 weeks ago
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You can readily transfer the drive, but it'll need formatting immediately and you'll therefore lose all existing data. You'll need to take a backup and restore if you want to keep your data - or if you have PS+, just cloud backup your saves, then redownload them on the new system, alongside with any games that you might want.

Will the drive that you're looking to transfer actually be a capacity upgrade for the new system? If not, see here: http://www.pushsquare.com/news/2016/09/guide_how_to_transfer_ps4_data_to_a_new_console

Edited By: Illusionary on Nov 04, 2016 23:06

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You can readily transfer the drive, but it'll need formatting immediately and you'll therefore lose all existing data. You'll need to take a backup and restore if you want to keep your data - or if you have PS+, just cloud backup your saves, then redownload them on the new system, alongside with any games that you might want.

Will the drive that you're looking to transfer actually be a capacity upgrade for the new system? If not, see here: http://www.pushsquare.com/news/2016/09/guide_how_to_transfer_ps4_data_to_a_new_console

Edited By: Illusionary on Nov 04, 2016 23:06
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Illusionary
You can readily transfer the drive, but it'll need formatting immediately and you'll therefore lose all existing data. You'll need to take a backup and restore if you want to keep your data - or if you have PS+, just cloud backup your saves, then redownload them on the new system, alongside with any games that you might want.
so for the backup process, you'll need an external HDD?

Does it back it up as a image ? then when you restore it, it'll be exactly the same as the old ps4? last games played..etc..
#3
J4GG4
Illusionary
You can readily transfer the drive, but it'll need formatting immediately and you'll therefore lose all existing data. You'll need to take a backup and restore if you want to keep your data - or if you have PS+, just cloud backup your saves, then redownload them on the new system, alongside with any games that you might want.
so for the backup process, you'll need an external HDD?
Does it back it up as a image ? then when you restore it, it'll be exactly the same as the old ps4? last games played..etc..
Yes, yes and yes.

Also, did you see my edit above? This may be an easier route.
#4
Illusionary
J4GG4
Illusionary
You can readily transfer the drive, but it'll need formatting immediately and you'll therefore lose all existing data. You'll need to take a backup and restore if you want to keep your data - or if you have PS+, just cloud backup your saves, then redownload them on the new system, alongside with any games that you might want.
so for the backup process, you'll need an external HDD?
Does it back it up as a image ? then when you restore it, it'll be exactly the same as the old ps4? last games played..etc..
Yes, yes and yes.
Also, did you see my edit above? This may be an easier route.

That transfer process in the video is no good for me.

I have a 1TB in the old PS4 and i do not have a replacement 1TB hdd. The new PS4 comes with a 500GB which i want to put in the old PS4.

So i guess to backup process to an external HDD is the only way for me.
#5
Bummer, i am out of luck.

My PS4 has a 2TB hdd in. My largest external USB hdd is 1.5TB, even that is full of all important files that i cannot transfer anywhere else as i don't have another HDD spare to transfer it to.

So i am out of luck to backup my entire PS4?.
#6
J4GG4
Bummer, i am out of luck.
My PS4 has a 2TB hdd in. My largest external USB hdd is 1.5TB, even that is full of all important files that i cannot transfer anywhere else as i don't have another HDD spare to transfer it to.
So i am out of luck to backup my entire PS4?.
Can you perhaps delete some larger game installs, so as to make the total image size fit onto your 1.5TB drive? Bear in mind that the backup/restore process can be rather lengthy, so this may actually be the faster approach, even including the time for reinstallations of the deleted games (if indeed you actually want to reinstall straight away).
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Illusionary
J4GG4
Bummer, i am out of luck.
My PS4 has a 2TB hdd in. My largest external USB hdd is 1.5TB, even that is full of all important files that i cannot transfer anywhere else as i don't have another HDD spare to transfer it to.
So i am out of luck to backup my entire PS4?.
Can you perhaps delete some larger game installs, so as to make the total image size fit onto your 1.5TB drive? Bear in mind that the backup/restore process can be rather lengthy, so this may actually be the faster approach, even including the time for reinstallations of the deleted games (if indeed you actually want to reinstall straight away).


I am not sure to be honest, may be i can go through it and check.

But the 1.5TB usb drive is full of my data which i cannot backup anywhere else.

Ok so the PS4 drive is 2TB but the data is 1TB. If i get a 1TB usb hdd, would the backup image fit onto it? or would i need a 2TB?.

Didn't think this was going to be this difficult and costly.
#8
J4GG4
Illusionary
J4GG4
Bummer, i am out of luck.
My PS4 has a 2TB hdd in. My largest external USB hdd is 1.5TB, even that is full of all important files that i cannot transfer anywhere else as i don't have another HDD spare to transfer it to.
So i am out of luck to backup my entire PS4?.
Can you perhaps delete some larger game installs, so as to make the total image size fit onto your 1.5TB drive? Bear in mind that the backup/restore process can be rather lengthy, so this may actually be the faster approach, even including the time for reinstallations of the deleted games (if indeed you actually want to reinstall straight away).
I am not sure to be honest, may be i can go through it and check.
But the 1.5TB usb drive is full of my data which i cannot backup anywhere else.
Ok so the PS4 drive is 2TB but the data is 1TB. If i get a 1TB usb hdd, would the backup image fit onto it? or would i need a 2TB?.
Didn't think this was going to be this difficult and costly.
Just 1TB, AFAIK.

Is there a reason why it's essential to backup and restore, rather then reinstalling/redownloding the game installs?
#9
I have read on google that you cannot backup a PS4 and then install that backup on a different PS4.....

Such a simple task but so confusing.

EDIT:

Just called sony to ask, they put me on hold as the chap wasn't sure... wtf???.

Came back and said ''it SHOULD be ok but sometimes not.''

''Try it and see.''

Great.

Edited By: J4GG4 on Nov 05, 2016 16:29: .
#10
J4GG4
I have read on google that you cannot backup a PS4 and then install that backup on a different PS4.....
Such a simple task but so confusing.
EDIT:
Just called sony to ask, they put me on hold as the chap wasn't sure... wtf???.
Came back and said ''it SHOULD be ok but sometimes not.''
''Try it and see.''
Great.
Don't think you can i was under the impression that the hard drive is encrypted and can only be read by the PS4 it is installed in pretty sure PS3 was the same.
#11
J4GG4
I have read on google that you cannot backup a PS4 and then install that backup on a different PS4.....
Such a simple task but so confusing.
EDIT:
Just called sony to ask, they put me on hold as the chap wasn't sure... wtf???.
Came back and said ''it SHOULD be ok but sometimes not.''
''Try it and see.''
Great.
A lot of things are confusing if you believe everything that you read on the internet. ;)

Here's the relevant page of the PS4 manual: http://manuals.playstation.net/document/gb/ps4/settings/backup.html

It's important that you regularly back up data saved on your PS4™ system to a USB storage device. This feature is useful when replacing the hard disk, transferring ownership or replacing your PS4™ system.

(emphasis added)
#12
9 Hours later of backing up and restoring....

All sorted.

Yes as lllusionary said.. you can restore a backup to a different PS4.

I deleted many large games that i didn't use before i backed up. So there was about 620GB of data which took 4.5hours to backup.

Hard days work me thinks.

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