How to upgrade PS5 internal SSD storage

Looking to upgrade PS5 internal SSD storage? We'll show you how with this step by step guide

Upgrade PS5 internal SSD storage - PS5 SSD bay for SSD expansion
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Want to upgrade PS5 internal SSD storage? You're in the right place. While increasing storage space for games on the console is now entirely doable, you'll need to jump through a few hoops to make it happen. The good news is, we're here to help make getting the job done simple.

Powerful and well designed, the PS5 offers a compelling gaming experience with blazing fast load times and exclusive games. And it’s a much-needed upgrade too. But, with some of the best PS5 games requiring a lot of storage space, it's easy to run into issues fairly quickly. 

The PS5 only comes with 667.2GB of usable space out of the box, and games like Call of Duty: Warzone requiring 200GB of installation space, which isn't enough for most. As such, searching for PS5 SSD expansion ideas is a high priority for a lot of gamers. 

While you can certainly invest in one of the best PS5 external hard drives and get around your storage issues that way, the option of adding additional internal storage has now been made available for PS5 users. Below, we walk you through exactly how to upgrade PS5 internal SSD storage, including what you'll need and the precise steps to follow. Let's take a look...

How to upgrade PS5 internal SSD storage

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When it comes to figuring out how to upgrade PS5 internal SSD storage, the first step is to ensure you're PS5 is running the latest system update. It's then important that before you purchase your new M.2 SSD, it meets the specifications outlined below. We've also rounded up the best SSD for PS5 options to make your purchasing decision easier.

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PS5 storage requirements
InterfacePCIe Gen4 x4 M.2 NVMe SSD
Capacity250GB – 4TB
Cooling structureUsing an M.2 SSD with your PS5 console requires effective heat dissipation with a cooling structure, such as a heatsink. You can attach one to your M.2 SSD yourself, either in a single-sided format, or double-sided format. There are also M.2 SSDs that have cooling structures (such as heatsinks) built in.
Sequential read speed5,500MB/s or faster is recommended
Module width22mm width (25mm width is not supported)
Form FactorM.2 type 2230, 2242, 2260, 2280 and 22110
Socket typeSocket 3 (Key M)
Total size including cooling structuresmaller than 110mm (L) x 25mm (W) x 11.25mm (H)

What you'll need

To upgrade PS5 internal SSD storage, we recommend installing a PS5 SSD on a flat surface and in a brightly lit room. You'll also need a #1 Phillips or cross-head screwdriver to remove two screws, one that keeps the SSD bay cover in place and another to secure the drive. 

Preparing your SSD

If this is the first time you're using the M.2 SSD with your PS5 console, you'll need to format it when prompted. Just remember that formatting the SSD will delete any and all saved data on the drive, and any data deleted in this way can't be recovered. Ever. So make sure to safely export anything that's important to another device first if you're not using a fresh SSD NVMe drive.

Once your SSD is ready to be installed, you'll then have to open up your PS5.

Opening up the PS5

Before we remove the PS5 faceplates, start by going to Settings > System > System Software > Console Information to check you have installed the latest PS5 firmware. This wasn't always supported on older firmware, so it can't hurt to be careful. 

If you have updated your PS5, you'll then want to press and hold the console's power button for three seconds to turn it off. Once it's turned off completely, remove every cable and device that was connected to the console. You might also want to wait for it to cool down a bit if you've been using it for a while.

Now you're ready to remove the PS5's stand and open up the PS5. Lay the console flat, with the disc drive on top on your right-hand side. 

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Carefully place your hands on the cover's top corners and gently pull it up and towards yourself, you may hear a click to let you know it has detached.

PS5 with faceplate removed showing the inside of the console

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Installing the SSD

With the cover removed you'll want to find the expansion slot. It's hidden behind a long rectangular metal cover and sits on the left just below where the console curves from the left edge to the top edge.

Removing PS5 SSD bay screw using a screwdriver

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Only one screw secures this cover at the top, so remove it and the cover using a #1 Phillips or cross-head screwdriver. Inside the expansion slot, you'll see another screw and a spacer, remove both of those too. 

Reposition the spacer to the size of your M.2 SSD and make sure it's in before you install the SSD.

Close up of the PS5's SSD bay

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To finally install your M.2 SSD, make sure it's aligned with the notches on the expansion connector and insert it fully. Make sure it is inserted correctly, as any errors could damage your SSD and your PS5. You should hear and feel a click when it's properly inserted. 

M.2 SSD installed into the PS5's SSD bay

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Using the screw you previously removed, fasten down the M.2 SSD so that it's secured. When it is, reapply the expansion slot cover and fasten it down as well.

NVMe M.2 SSD drive installed in PS5

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To put the cover back onto your PS5, position it slightly away from the top edge and slide it back into place. Listen for a click to know it's secured. Finally, once your PS5 is back in its desired position, reattach the stand and reconnect the AC power cord, cables, and power it back on.

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If you've done everything correctly to upgrade PS5 internal SSD storage, the SSD formatting guide should appear on-screen to guide you through formatting your new M.2 SSD. Make sure you don't turn off your PS5 console at all during this stage. Once the formatting is completed, your M.2 SSD should be fully installed and ready to use.

Hamish Hector
Staff Writer, News

Hamish is a Staff Writer for TechRadar and you’ll see his name appearing on articles across nearly every topic on the site from smart home deals to speaker reviews to graphics card news and everything in between. He uses his broad range of knowledge to help explain the latest gadgets and if they’re a must-buy or a fad fueled by hype. Though his specialty is writing about everything going on in the world of virtual reality and augmented reality.

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