The PlayStation 5 doesn’t ship with a lot of storage space, with just over 800GB reserved for your games. With God of War Ragnarok taking up around 84GB alone, you’ll likely be running out of storage space very quickly.
While you can overcome this by simply deleting games whenever you’re not actively playing them, you can fortunately install an SSD instead to avoid such hassle.
Installing an SSD into the PS5 isn’t quite as simple as plugging in a memory card, so it’s understandably an intimidating process for those not experienced with building PCs. Fortunately, the process isn’t too complicated, and we’ve created this guide to help you out.
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You’ll need to purchase an SSD (with at least a 5500 MB/s performance) alongside a heatsink beforehand. Check out our Best SSD guide for our top recommended options.
Once you’ve got a shiny new SSD to install inside your PS5, follow the steps below to complete the installation.
What you’ll need:
- A PS5
- An M.2 SSD with a heatsink
- A Phillips screwdriver
The Short Version:
- Check SSD compatibility
- Turn off the PS5
- Unplug power and HDMI cable
- Place PS5 on flat surface with logo facing down
- Pull the faceplate up to detach
- Remove screw from white rectangular panel
- Remove panel to reveal the SSD expansion slot
- Remove the screw and spacer on right-hand side
- Slot your SSD (with attached heatsink) into the left-hand port
- Fix the SSD to the spacer and screw to lock it into place
- Rescrew the white panel into place
- Slide the PS5 faceplate back into place
- Reconnect the PS5 to power and HDMI cables
- Turn your PS5 on
- Format your newly installed SSD
- Press OK
Check SSD compatibility
Before we get started, you’ll need to make sure your SSD is compatible with the PS5. You’ll need an M.2 SSD with a width of up to 25mm and thickness up to 11.25 mm. Sony also recommends a read speed of at least 5500MB/S.
Most SSD manufacturers will highlight PS5 compatibility on their website, so it’s worth doing a little research beforehand. For this guide, we used the Samsung 980 Pro PCIE 4.0 NVMe M.2 SSD.
Turn off the PS5
If your PS5 isn’t already turned off, you can shut it down by holding down on the power button at the front. Unplugging a PS5 in standby mode will cause the console to display an angry message upon reboot.
Unplug power and HDMI cable
Once the PS5 has powered down, you can unplug both the HDMI and power cables at the rear.
Place PS5 on flat surface with logo facing down
Find a flat surface to place the PS5 on. The logo should be facing down, while the rear ports (HDMI etc) should be facing towards you, and disk drive and power button facing away.
Pull the faceplate up to detach
Hold the bottom-right corner of the PS5’s faceplate, as well as the top-left corner, and then gently pull up. After you hear a ‘click’ the faceplate should come away to reveal the internals.
Remove screw from white rectangular panel
At the furthest edge of the PS5, you should see a white rectangular panel. Remove its screw with a Phillips screwdriver.
Remove panel to reveal the SSD expansion slot
Once the screw has been removed, you’ll be able to lift the white panel to reveal the SSD expansion slot.
Remove the screw and spacer on right-hand side
On the right-hand side of the expansion slot, you should see a lone screw. Unscrew it to remove both the screw itself and a spacer (a small metal ring).
Slot your SSD (with attached heatsink) into the left-hand port
On the left side of the expansion slot, you should notice a connection port. Your M.2 SSD should be slotted into here, with its top side facing up. You’ll hear a clicking sound once it’s fixed into place.
Fix the SSD to the spacer and screw to lock it into place
Use the screw and spacer to fix the right side of your SSD down onto the PS5 so it’s no longer angled up in the air. Give the SSD a little wiggle to make sure it’s securely in place.
Rescrew the white panel into place
With the SSD installed, you can now put the white panel back into place, securing it with the screw you previously removed.
Slide the PS5 faceplate back into place
This can be a little fiddly to do. Set it onto your PS5, about 2cm to the left, and then slide into place. Make sure the faceplate is secured in place before continuing.
Reconnect the PS5 to power and HDMI cables
You can now reconnect your PS5 to your power and HDMI cables. Also make sure to refasten the PS5 to its stand if in a horizontal position.
Turn your PS5 on
Press the power button at the front to boot up the PS5.
Format your newly installed SSD
If the SSD installation was successful, you’ll be greeted by a window asking you to format the SSD. This will wipe all storage space currently found on the SSD, so make sure you haven’t got any important data if you’ve previously used it for a PC. The formatting should only take a few seconds.
Once completed, you can press OK on the next couple of windows, which will notify you of the read speed of your SSD and explain that you can transfer installed games and save data to the SSD via settings > storage > installed location.
No, you specifically need an M.2 SSD (shaped like a slender rectangle), so SATA drives won’t work here. Sony also says the M.2 SSD must have a width up to 25mm, thickness up to 11.25 mm, and length of either 30/40/60/80/110 mm.
Read speeds of at least 5500 MB/s are recommended for optimal performance. If you’re unsure about compatibility, visit the product website, as the manufacturer will likely highlight support for PS5.
Sony says 4TB is the max storage option. But to be perfectly honest, 1TB and 2TB drives should be comfortably enough for most gamers.