Anyway, I am afraid that the problem is with the RAM. I already did some test and the HDD powers everytime I connect it to any source. Otherwise, the SSHD is the second best option in terms of performance, but it’s the first choice in terms of overall aspects. If you find it expensive, then go for the internal hard drive upgrade solution. But, from what I read from posts like yours and others, is that the PS4-Original (what I own) can’t really support the true potential of an SSD. Its all about the server loads. I also tried both USB ports on the PS4. Try another USB flash drive and see if this works for you or not. I don’t think databank come for ps4 slim. Never handled such a problem before, but according to my experience your hard drive is malfunctioning and gives serious errors that force PS4 to do that. If you don’t believe it, have a look at the tons of complaints in this article. So more chance that whatever I will be doing it will be on ssd while playing and not on hdd so if there is a power failure which happens since there is a Metro Line construction in my area and will be for 10 more years. I downloaded the full system install (not the update) onto a FAT32 USB drive. Thanks for the information provided here. Thank you! Seagate Firecuda is the most suitable drive for the wide variety of users who want a good compromise between capacity, speed and price. Say what you will about the stock HDD, but the thing is a tank in reliability…. 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I replaced the HDD but with an extra one laying around (date on the HDD was 2015) so it might be old, it works every now and again, my son plays Minecraft or Fortnight in the morning but in the afternoon I get an error again. PS4™ full size system models CUH-1000 through CUH-1200. You don’t really need that my friend. That’s the only 2.5-inch that fits into PS4 Pro, but that’s too expensive. Just insert it inside PS4, and PS4 system will format it automatically with the relevant file system. It’s a great choice for PS4 internal hard drive replacement. Then I moved the ps4 from my bedroom to the living room and when I powered it on it was in safe mode and said I needed to download the software to a usb device and reinstall it on my ps4. Load files quicker. Sounds appealing, no? You are most welcome. I really liked this article. Also followed the folder path -> PS4 -> UPDATE. Otherwise, you can just “venture” and try your luck with a new hard drive upgrade. Name the backup you are taking and then press the X button on the controller. Might have to purchase a new HD. I lost count of how many times I’ve had to initialize. As for Seagate Firecuda Pro, it is for desktop computers and it cannot be used with PS4 unless you do some tweaks to the body of your game console. But it’s high price should make you think twice before getting one for your PS4. It gets defective sometimes and needs to be fixed. But let’s be sure about that first. Thank you for your time! Yh that’s wat I thought, I’m not getting a ps5 straight away, gonna give it a year or two so some decent titles can be released, so sshd would be best option for me, my online gaming is fine so sshd won’t really make it any different, just a bit better really over time. To new baracuda 2.5 2TB 0015 model. A backup solution is mandatory when dealing with digital data, as failure may happen at any time without any warning. PS4 is pretty old now, think i got it within first year of release in UK. Tried rebuilding the database however the PS4 won’t actually proceed. Never had one issue until two days ago it fell upside down =( on the hardwood floor. After using it for a day there’s a noticible difference already, dark souls 3 loads up in half the time, and farming simulator 19 runs quicker too!! Wow, that’s quite nice. I have an original ps4. Will it be beneficial to spend money on a new one (i am just scared it wont solve the problem). Hi again Scott. Or just a casual or regular user? On the other hand, it might not be the power supply itself, but one of the circuits on the motherboard that fails to deliver the sufficient power share to your HDD. Seagate BarraCuda 2TB Internal Hard Drive HDD – 2.5 Inch SATA 6Gb/s 5400 RPM 128MB Cache for Computer Desktop PC – Frustration Free Packaging (ST2000LM015) 4.7 out of 5 stars 3,788. Extract the old PS4 hard drive by first removing the sole Philips screw at lower left, then gently pull the hard disk drive cage forward (toward the front of the system) and out.