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PS5 Storage Expansion: M.2 SSD Installation Guide

PS5 users can now add an M.2 SSD to their PS5 consoles for additional storage. Here’s how to complete the process safely and easily!

Ever since the console specs were revealed, fans have been worrying about the size of the PS5 storage space. And we can’t blame them, considering that games like Call of Duty Warzone alone are over 100 GB in size.

Thankfully, it seems that a lot of PS5 exclusive games are able to use the console’s SSD space more efficiently than ever. But when your hard drive is getting a little too full, it’s time to install some new storage.

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In a recent update, Sony added external storage support to the PS5. And now, select users can take advantage of additional M.2 storage expansions with their own PS5 consoles.

Right now, players have to transfer PS5 games to an external hard drive to make up for the console’s lack of space. But this will no longer be the case very soon, it seems.

PS5 M.2 SSD Support Added for Beta Users

If you’re a PS5 user, you now have the option to add an M.2 SSD expansion to your next-gen console.

PlayStation is announcing that M.2 high-speed solid-state drive support is finally coming to PS5 devices.

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How to Add An M.2 SSD to a PS5 Console

Want to add an M.2 SSD to your PS5 console? Here’s how it’s done:

First, PlayStation recommends you finding a well-lit room, a #1 Phillips or cross-head screwdriver, and a torch. While you’re in there, we’ve got a guide to cleaning your PS5 that you’ll want to follow too!

Touch a metal-grounded object to release static electricity throughout the process too. Then follow these steps:

  • Go to Settings > System > System Software > Console Information to check that the beta system version is installed.
  • Press and hold the power button for three seconds to turn off your PS5 console, then remove all cables and devices from the console. Wait a while for the PS5 console to cool down.
  • Place the console on a soft cloth on a flat surface and remove the base.
  • Position the console so that the screw hole for the base is facing you, the PS logo is facedown and the power button is on your left side.
  • Place your palms near the top corners and grip the edge of the cover. Gently pull the cover up and towards yourself. You may hear a click.
PS5 M.2 SSD Install

The cover lifts away. There is a long rectangular cover over the expansion slot, secured with one screw at the top. 

  • Remove the screw from the expansion slot cover (A) and then remove the cover.
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  • Remove the screw (B) and spacer (C), and then adjust the spacer to the size of your M.2 SSD.

Installing a M.2 SSD Into Your PS5

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  • Hold the edge of your M.2 SSD, align it with the notch on the expansion connector, and then starting from diagonally upwards, firmly insert it all the way in.
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If you proceed to the next step while your M.2 SSD is incorrectly inserted or not firmly inserted all the way in, it may cause damage to the terminal and your PS5 console.

  • Tilt your M.2 SSD down and fasten it with screws.
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  • Attach the expansion slot cover and fasten the screw.
  • Replace the cover by positioning it slightly away (about 2 cm or 3/4 inch) from the top edge and sliding it back into place. You’ll hear a click when the cover is secured.
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  • Connect the AC power cord, cables and base, and then turn on the power.
  • When your PS5 console turns on, the formatting guide appears. Follow the on-screen instructions and format your M.2 SSD.

Make sure to use a supported M.2 SSD for this process too, PlayStation has a list of supported hardware on its website.

Recently, we saw PS5 sales hit a staggering new figure, becoming the fastest-selling console in history. Plus, the free PS Plus games for next month are leaking already.

A new official reveal is here for the PS5 redesign that’s coming soon.

Plus, PS5 owners can also claim a free 6 month subscription to Apple TV+ absolutely free!

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