PS4 is a world-famous video game console developed by Sony Interactive Entertainment. The PlayStation series wins the heart of a large number of gamers. According to users’ feedback, I find many of the PS4 gamers are in face of the same problem: lose data suddenly and need a solution for PS4 data recovery. Now, I’ll introduce different ways to recover data from PS4 hard drive, including using MiniTool Software.
To do this, go to Settings, scroll to the bottom of the menu to ‘Initialisation’, and choose ‘Initialise PS4’, then ‘Full’. Only do this if you’re absolutely sure that you’re trading in your console, and that any game save data and anything else is saved to either cloud storage, or a USB stick. The game is installed from the disc to the drive, which allows the game to run faster and quieter (no constant disc spinning necessary). The trade-off being that the console checks for the disc while the game is running, and if you try to eject the disc during play it'll boot ya out.
To be specific, PS4 stands for PlayStation 4, which is the eighth generation of home video game console designed by Sony Corporation. PS4 attracts a large number of home game lovers since its first release in February 2013. All in all, the PlayStation 4 was announced to critical acclaim.
Since the internal storage of PS4 is limited and the demands for online & offline games are increasing, many people choose to add an external hard drive to PS4. However, users reported the PS4 save data missing issue now and then; their data were lost from both the internal storage and the external hard drive.
In fact, a series of reasons including accidental deletion, power failure, and connectivity loss could all lead to the PS4 hard drive data loss. Considering this, I decided to teach you the commonly used ways to recover data from PS4 hard drive in different situations.
According to the investigation, there are many PS4 users wondering how to recover save data on PS4.
Example 1: Please please help - deleted game on PS4, can I recover?
I dropped my controller on the continue game screen and it literally hit the square and then X button in succession and my game was instantly gone. I was over level 50, day 49, 0 deaths and over 50 hours into the game and loving it. Please help me recover the data if at all humanly possible, it was an online server as well. I put so much work into my base and surviving without any deaths for that long. Please help!!! Game name was New Eden. PS profile is the same as my username here. I'm heartbroken about it, for real. P.S. I see the tutorials for corrupted data but not deleted. The online storage is also gone because I accidentally overwrote it creating another game of the same name trying to fix this. Helllpppp..- asked Skaithe_Zero
Example 2: Fuming!! My PS4 deleted all my partitions on my external Hd, please help me to recover them.
I’m really peed off right now; I have an 8tb external hd with 3 partitions. 2 NTFS were full of music and precious photos of marriage family, One of the partitions was EXFAT for PS4 Games as my internal PS4 drive was full. So I thought it would just format the one ex fat partition but it formatted the whole bloody drive. I used a recovery program to scan the lost partitions and it found them after a 24 hr scan but it wouldn’t let me recover the partitions and look inside them? I’m now currently using recuva to scan the drive again. Can I recover these files as I read Sony PS4 doesn’t use partitions? Also I read even if a drive is formatted multiple times the data can be recovered. Please help guys as I’d really appreciate it.- said MINUS12
Example 3: Broken PS4, retrieve data on new Pro?
Hello everyone I have ps4 but didn’t work and I want to replace to PS4pro the problem I have a lot of data in my PS4 and 2Tb games in external hard drive so I’m asking if there’s anything that I can do.- found on PlayStation help forums
It’s no exaggeration that Sony’s PlayStation 4 is the video game trendsetter. However, the data can’t be saved on a PS4 hard drive once and for all. Game data and files are lost now and then, and this has affected many gamers around the world. A sudden power cut, unintentional deletion, and other improper operations can all lead to the loss of PS4 game files.
In this part, I’ll walk you through the practical ways to complete PS4 save data recovery with the help of MiniTool Power Data Recovery.
The following steps show you how to finish PS4 data recovery after accidentally deleted PS4 game.
Step one: take a look at this comparison page to pick out a license type that satisfies your needs the best. Then, get the setup program of MiniTool Power Data Recovery from a reliable link and store it to your local drive. (If you don’t trust it, you may as well use the Trial Edition first.)
Step two: navigate to the setup program in local drive and double click on it to start installing MiniTool Power Data Recovery.
Step three: launch the data recovery software and connect the PS4 hard drive to your computer.
Step four: keep This PC selected in the left sidebar and look through the drives listed in the right panel to find your PS4 drive.
Step five: select the PS4 hard drive and click on the Scan button in the lower right corner to detect lost files on it. (You can also double click on the PS4 drive to perform a full scan directly.)
You’d better click on the Settings button (on the left side of Scan) to specify file types in advance if you only need to recover certain types of data, such as MP4, AVI, and MKV.
Step six: browse the found partitions and folders carefully to find out whether your deleted PS4 data are included.
Step seven: choose a drive that has enough free space left as the file storage destination and click on the OK button to confirm. (You’d better not select the PS4 drive in order to avoid data overwriting.)
The last step is waiting for the PS4 game data recovery to complete itself. (A prompt window will pop up when all the selected game data have been recovered to the specified place; just click OK to close it.)
That’s all I want to say about how to restore PS4 game saves. Click here to know more details on how to retrieve deleted files on PC.
Where are saved games stored on PS4?
By default, the game data are saved to the internal storage of PS4 (you can go to Settings > Application Saved Data Management to access them). However, since the internal storage is so limited, more and more users choose to store the game files on a USB stick or external hard drive.
In this part, I will discuss how to recover lost saved game data on PS4 after re-initializing the PS4 drive.
When the recovery is completed, a window will pop up in the software to inform you the task is finished. Just click on the OK button in it and go to check the recovered files to make sure you have recovered all the data you want.
How to recover save data on PS4 internal storage?
You should connect the PlayStation console to your computer; then, run the data recovery software to see whether the internal storage can be recognized.
By the way, there’s an easy & safe way to initialize a disk to MBR/GPT.
First of all, you should figure out whether the content of PS4 lost files has been really overwritten or not.
Situation one: if you have only saved data over the place taken by lost files, it is very likely that the real content still remains on the disk. You can’t see it because the system has marked it as deleted (but you only lose entries to them).
Situation two: if the PS4 drive has been overwritten with zero and one by using software or other special tools. The game data will be lost forever; you’ll no longer be able to recover them by scanning the drive. In this case, you should give a shot to the following methods to recover game files from PS4 wiped external hard drive.
If you are a PS Plus user, it’s very possible for you to recover the deleted and lost PS4 game files from online storage. Why? That is simply because the built-in autosave feature will store the PS4 games to the Cloud.
How to copy the lost game files from the Cloud and save them to your system?
This is the end of the PS4 cloud save recovery.
You are allowed to download the lost PS4 games again from the PlayStation store as long as you log in with the same account used to buy the games previously. Don’t worry; the re-download of the games is free of charge.
Users can also resort to the PS4 game CDs to recover data if they have one.
Two prerequisites for this method:
How to restore PS4 game saves:
Please always keep the USB storage device connecting to your PS4 during the restore process.
How to recover data from dead PS4? The above 3 methods are useful.
How to protect your PS4 game videos?
It’s a common situation that saved data on PS4 are lost; various reasons should be blamed for it. However, the good news is that you, as an ordinary user, can recover data from PS4 hard drive with ease. Even though the lost data have been already overwritten, you can still follow the steps mentioned in the previous part to try to get them back.
'Hey there, do you know how to upgrade or change the Sony PS4 hard drive to a bigger one? My hard drive is merely full and I'm thinking to upgrade it to a bigger drive so to save more games on it. But I don't want to reinstall any files or re-download any game packs. Do you know how to solve the problem?'
Are you having a similar problem in your PS4 hard drive? Don't worry when your game player hard drive is becoming full and here in this article, we'll provide you an easy and simple method to guide you to replace and upgrade Sony PS4 hard drive to a bigger one without reinstallation. And of course, no game files or data will lose.
|1. Back Up PS4 Files||Go to your PS4 Home screen, and insert the external storage device into one of the PS4 USB ports..Full steps|
|2. Remove Old PS4 Drive||Power off PS4 and unplug the AC power cord, and then disconnect the other cables..Full steps|
|3. Upgrade the PS4 HDD||Replace the new hard drive in the bracket for the PS4 system's hard drive..Full steps|
|4. Install the PS4 System Software||Visit the PS4 System Software Update page. Follow the instructions to download and install the update..Full steps|
|5. Restore the PS4 Backups||Go to 'Settings > System > Back Up and Restore'. Select the 'Restore PS4' option..Full steps|
Before you are going to upgrade PS4 hard drive to a bigger one, figure out what you need.
If you prefer to manually change the PS4 hard drive on your own without any clone or backup software, you may follow below tips to do the PS4 hard drive replace work:
If you're a PlayStation Plus subscriber, you have the option to back up your saved data to online storage for your account on PlayStation Network. You can save up to 100GB of game save data and up to 1000 saved data items. If you want to back up your entire PS4 with an external device, follow the steps below:
It is of vital importance to sync your Trophies since they're not included in the backup data.
Go to 'Trophies', press the 'Options' button, and select 'Sync Trophies With PSN'. Then, follow the steps to back up PS4 data before starting replacing the hard drive with a bigger one. Quartus 13.1 license.
Step 1. Go to your PS4 Home screen, and insert the external storage device into one of the PS4 USB ports.
Step 2. Go to 'Settings > System > Back Up and Restore > Back Up. Confirm the data you are going to back up.
A progress bar will show the current status of the backup. You can cancel this at any time.
Step 3. Customize the name of the backup. When done, highlight 'Back Up' and press the 'X' button.
Step 4. Remove the external storage device from the PS4 system.
Step 1. Power off PS4 and unplug the AC power cord, and then disconnect the other cables from the system.
Step 2. Place both of your hands on top of the hard drive cover and slide it to the left. Lift the right side first when lifting and removing the cover.
Step 3. Remove the screw and pull the internal hard drive toward the front of the system to remove it
Step 4. Remove the four screws with Phillips screwdriver from the sides of the hard drive case.
Step 1. Replace the new hard drive in the bracket for the PS4 system's hard drive.
Step 2. Attach it with the screws (four places). Do not over-tighten the screws.
Step 3. Attach the new internal hard drive to the system using the screw. Be sure to insert the hard drive in the hard drive bay fully.
Hard disks installed in PS4 need to be recognized and reformatted by PS4 itself. Then, you need to install the newest PS4 system update software.
Step 1. Visit the PS4 System Software Update page. Follow the instructions to download and install the update on a USB or an external device(1GB free space).
Step 2. Install the software, enter PS 4 Safe Mode by pressing and holding the Power button until you hear the second beep.
Step 3. Select 'Initialize PS4 (Reinstall System Software)', and press the 'X' button.
Step 4. Plug the external storage device with the system update into a PS4 USB port. Click 'OK' and press the 'X' button.
Step 5. Choose 'Next' and press the 'X' button. The update file is copied to the PS4.
Step 6. Once the copy is complete, read the System Software License Agreement, select 'Accept', and press the 'X' button. The system software is now installing onto the PS4.
Step 7. After the update is completed, the PS4 will restart. Then, press the PlayStation button on your controller and log in with your user profile.
Step 8. Sign in with your existing account on PSN or create a new one.
Step 9. Verify the system version by going to 'Settings > System > System Information' screen. Your system is now updated.
You can restore saved data from an external device or a USB storage device to the PlayStation 4 system by performing the following steps.
Step 1. Connect a USB storage device or external hard drive to the system.
Step 2. Go to 'Settings > System > Back Up and Restore'.
Step 3. Select the 'Restore PS4' option and the backup file you'd like to restore.
You'll see a screen that tells you that the system will restart and initialize whether or not the backup process is completed. Then, select 'Yes'.
If you want to restore saved data from online storage, sign in to PlayStation Network and go to 'settings > Application Saved Data Management > Saved Data in Online Storage > Download to System Storage' to restore wanted data.
Follow the troubleshooting steps below if you see some PS4 error codes or other PS4 issues.
Replacing or upgrading the internal HDD in a PS4 or PS4 Pro is a simple process to switch the PS4 drive. When replacing the hard drive, you can use a standard SATA II hard drive or use an SSD no thicker than 9.5mm.
Error CE-34878-0 is a general error that happens when the game you are currently playing on the PlayStation 4 has crashed. You can solve this error by referring to solutions to error code CE-34878-0.
While using PS4, you may continuously encounter with PS4 data or database corrupted issue. You can cope with this error with two solutions:
Refer to the full guide on how to fix the corrupted PS4 Database or data.
To get ps4 to turn on, follow the tips below:
Besides upgrading PS4 hard drive to a bigger drive, if you are looking for a powerful and effective tool to change or upgrade your system hard drive or second hard drive to a new HDD/SSD, the above-provided way cannot work.
EaseUS Disk Copy allows you to free clone and upgrade hard drive to new disk without any complex operations. And it's fully compatible with all Windows systems. EaseUS Disk Copy can even help to update and clone hard drive to a bigger HDD/SSD. Try to upgrade your disk with below guidelines now:
Step 1: Choose 'Disk mode' and select the smaller hard drive as the source disk.
Step 2: Choose the bigger hard drive to save the data and then click 'Next'.
Step 3: A warning message tells you that the data on the destination disk will be overwritten. Click “OK” to continue if you do not have important data on the destination disk.
Step 4: Edit the disk layout and then click 'Proceed' to continue.
Step 5: Wait for the process to complete.