Expand PS5 storage: How to build an SSD in the PlayStation 5

The PlayStation 5 only has 667 gigabytes of storage space for games, screenshots, videos, etc. In view of the annual flood of video games, this is usually not enough – you have to throw titles off the disk every few weeks. But the PS5 memory can be expanded. You don’t need to be an expert to do this, just have a little tact and open the Sony console – which is a good idea anyway to occasionally clean the fan. In this guide you will learn how to open the PlayStation 5 and install an SSD hard drive.

PS5: Install memory – prepare properly

Before you start the installation, you should prepare yourself well and get the right SSD. You’ll also need a Phillips screwdriver and a mat to place the console on — and avoid scraping it across the table like editor Patrick Nowak did in the video. Then only the memory is missing – choose an SSD that meets the following parameters:

  • M.2 connector
  • NVMe technology
  • PCIe 4.0
  • Heat sink (the heat sink can also be installed. Cost: 10 euros)
  • between 500 gigabytes and a maximum of 8 terabytes

For example, the WD Black SN850 with heat sink mentioned in the video is ideally suited. You can find out which SSDs otherwise fit here as soon as COMPUTER BILD has checked the functionality.

Expanding the memory of the PlayStation 5: How does the assembly work?

First, open the console case. Position the PlayStation so that the USB-C port or disc drive is facing you. Then grab the white edge of the housing at the top left and pull it up, at the same time push the cover to the right with a little force. It should resolve itself fairly quickly.

Install SSD in PlayStation 5: Expand memory in just a few simple steps

Now look for a long gray cover with a black screw. Loosen this with a Phillips screwdriver. Once it is off, the gray cover can be removed.

Install SSD in PlayStation 5: Expand memory in just a few simple steps
Install SSD in PlayStation 5: Expand memory in just a few simple steps

Now you can see the slot in which the M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD finds its new home. There you will see a screw and a small spacer. Unscrew the screw. Now the spacer can be positioned to hold the SSD in place.

Install SSD in PlayStation 5: Expand memory in just a few simple steps

But first the SSD has to be in place. Slide it into the M.2 slot at an angle of about 45 degrees. Press the memory down a little and press the SSD into the slot with a little pressure – until it “clicks”.

Install SSD in PlayStation 5: Expand memory in just a few simple steps

Press down on the SSD until the small notch touches the standoff. Take the previously removed screw and fasten the SSD.

Install SSD in PlayStation 5: Expand memory in just a few simple steps

The only thing missing now is the gray cover. Place this back in place and screw the flap in place with the black screw. Housing wall up, cable in – and plugged into the TV.

Format SSD: This is how it works on the PS5

The final steps are mostly automatic. Start the console, which should automatically detect the fresh SSD – if the latest firmware is installed, at least the September update. Confirm formatting. A speed measurement and further confirmations follow. The console then boots into the menu. Now do the following:
  • Go to “Settings”
  • Then on “Storage”
  • Scroll to Install Location and select the new storage as the primary target.
Install SSD in PlayStation 5: Expand memory in just a few simple steps
Your console is now set up and games can be installed on the new SSD. By the way: Sony has also published a guide on this specific topic.
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