I used to be one who loved to build computers. I would pick what parts I wanted, take them home, lay them out on the table in their little anti-static envelopes, and then assemble them piece by piece into the case I picked out, and then would hook it up to see if it ticked. It felt like a scene out of Frankenstein…….would it live??
I was always elated when it would purr to life and operate flawlessly. Sometime there were hiccups, but usually those were easily corrected. Over time though, computers seemed to fascinate me less and less on the building end – I just wanted to use one to create stuff with. Eventually I finally had a new one built for me that does what I want it to, and it does it pretty well. I had one of my good friends put it together, and then we put the operating system on it – all legit, mind you, and then fired it up. It was a great feeling.
I found out that sometimes you can do surgery on game consoles as well – mainly the storage, because as we know, games have been getting bigger and bigger, hence the need for more and more internal storage so they can fun efficiently without lagging about. Playstation systems have been really great at making upgrading fairly painless. The first upgrade I ever did was on my fat PS3. Of course I was nervous about the whole thing, but after reading articles online, I decided to give it a go. The system came with a 60GB hard drive, which was not going to be big enough for as many games as I have played, so I felt it necessary to have more room installed. I picked up a 320GB hard drive, which is huge by comparison, so I sat to work and performed surgery on my game system.
If you have never upgraded a hard drive on a PS3, it’s actually pretty simple. You prep a jump drive with the system update you will need, and then you do the physical part – you pop the panel, unscrew one blue screw, and then the drive slides out. You remove the old drive from the tray, insert the new one, slide it back into place, replace said blue screw, replace the cover, and then make sure the jump drive is plugged in……..and fire it up! It pretty much sets itself up, and then all you have to do is re-enter your settings. Now, granted, it is a bit more involved if you backed up the system to an external drive (or cloud save if you have PS Plus), but the bare bones part of it is pretty straightforward. Once the system does its update and you re-enter your settings, your system is ready to go.
The PS4 upgrade is pretty much similar. You pop off the cover (they made this WAY easier), unscrew one screw, and then slide out the tray. Replace the drive with the new one, slide it in, replace the screw, and then pop the cover back on. Put in your formatted jump drive with update, fire it up, and then let it do its thing! I was amazed at how easy it was! Wow……..it’s not rocket science after all! I went from a standard 500GB drive in my PS4 to a full-on 2TB drive, which will leave me room for some time. Now, I have heard since then, that Nyko is making a new “data bank”, which is an add-on to the PS4, which allows the use of 3.5″ internal drives (rather than 2.5″ for standard installation), and allow drives up to 6TB in size!
I may have to use one of those someday, but I am happy that this procedure went as well as it did! I started the download of the games, add-ons, and game saves, so once that is all said and done, then I’ll be off to continue the adventures I began before the swap. If you do not have PS Plus, I highly recommend you get this, as it makes part of the process soooooooooo much simpler. Happy gaming, everyone!