PS4 Firmware Update

If you just got done reading the 8 steps to upgrading your ps4 hard drive with pictures, you are ready to boot up your PS4 and update the Firmware that will get the new drive working. Firmware sounds like a scary word if you are new to replacing hardware but its just as easy as replacing the hard drive. In other words it is an update that is preparing your hard drive to work with your PS4.

If you have not purchased a new hard drive see the PS4 hard drive upgrade guide to pick out a hard drive that will work for you.

If you have not installed your new hard drive yet see the 8 steps on how to replace your PS4 hard drive

You will need a few things to get started.

1. Access to a computer with internet

2. USB Flash Drive to download an 850MB file, Any size larger than 1GB with no files on it will work. I do recommend that you use an empty USB flash drive though, either get a new one or remove all of the files on it. You can get 16-32gb drives really cheap for $10-20, they are great for holding pictures

3. Your PS4

Sony released the PS4 system software update on November 13th, 2013. This is considered the Day 1 Update but also will be what we need to install the new hard drive. It is 850MB in size, depending on your internet it may take a little bit to download it.

Lets follow these steps to go get the new hard drive working. At the end will be a video by gamespot that also shows how to update the firmware.


Step 1

Format your USB drive by going to your computers drives list.  Right click on the USB drive and click Format.


Step 2

When formatting ensure the File System reads FAT32 then click ok


Step 3

Formatting will ERASE all data on your USB drive, make sure your drive is cleared of all files or you will lose them.


Step 4

After formatting Create a PS4 folder within your USB Drive, inside the PS4 folder create an UPDATE folder where the firmware file will be downloaded.


Step 4 Part 2

Go to the website Official PS4 Firmware File location – DO NOT DOWNLOAD THIS FILE FROM ANY OTHER SITE

Save it within the UPDATE folder – Again – do not download the file unless the website says


Step 5

Insert your USB flash drive into the PS4.  Hold the power button for 7-10 seconds to reboot the system.


Step 6

Choose option number 7 “initialize PS4 (Reinstall System Software)


Step 7

Click ok to continue


Step 8

Congratulations!  You have installed your update on a new hard drive for your PS4



Follow these instructions from Sony to get Data Off your existing Hard Drive and transfer it onto your new Hard drive.

Copying backed up saved data for games to the PS4™ system

You can copy saved data from a USB storage device to the PS4™ system by performing the following steps.

  1. Connect a USB storage device to the system.
  2. Select (Settings) from the function screen.
  3. Select [Application Saved Data Management] > [Saved Data on USB Storage Device] > [Copy to System Storage].
  4. Select a title.
  5. Press X to add a checkmark in the checkbox for the saved data you want to copy, and then select [Copy].

You must be signed in with the same PSNSM account used when you first copied the saved data.

If you backed up your saved games to the cloud using PlayStation Plus, you can safely restore them now.


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Error Codes and Fixes:

Error Code CE-32958-7 (Cannot launch application) – Need the day one update of 308MB before applications will work
Error Code NW-31453-6 – This message is occurring when the PSN network is down. You will need to keep trying to test for the PSN Network status
Error Code CD-30774-1 (Could not find the update file) – Check your USB Flash settings, formatted to FAT32 and folders PS4/UPDATE/PS4UPDATE.PUP as the file location
Error Code SU-3065-8 (Corrupt file) – 859MB file downloads may be location based like the 308MB files, there are no solutions for this error yet.
Error Code CE-30785-3 (Serious error contact tech support this error occurs after attempting to copy the update file) – The incorrect download may be being used with a new hard drive installation. Refer to this download link for the correct 859MB file –

308MB Day One Update Files (NOT New Hard Drive Installation files.
US PS4 Firmware 1.50 Official Download – 308MB
EU PS4 Firmware 1.50 Official Download – 308MB

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  4. SevSkj on January 31, 2014

    Hey nice tutorial, but i have one issue.
    I have a WD Black 2 Hybrid Drive and I have done everything correct up to Step 5.
    But at Step 6 it tells me that the hardrive is not big enough, even though my hardrive is 1tb with 120 ssd memory.
    Is my hardrive simply not compatible?

    • Chad on February 8, 2014

      Huh? Either your hard drive is 1tb or 120gb so which is it? PS4 won’t accept any hard drives under 160gb.

      • Jack on December 25, 2015

        It’s probably a hybrid, with 1TB of disk space and 120GB of *solid state* space for quick access. The PS4 might be rejecting it because it’s only looking at the immediately-accessible 120GB.

    • TWD on January 11, 2015

      WD black 2 is not compatible with PS4. It can only be use in the PC.