[Tutorial] Transfer PS4 Data To PS4 Pro

Last Updated on November 16, 2016

The new PS4 pro launched recently. And, a lot of people are going to upgrade from the older generation PS4 to the Pro.

A problem, however, is that in order to play games on the new console, you will need to download or somehow transfer the games. For those of you with ultra-fast gigabit connections, this is no problem. Unfortunately, this is not the situation for everyone.

I have got a measly 4Mbps internet connection in my home. To download hundreds of gigabytes of games over that speed, it will take a lot of days. I’m sure that there are thousands of people who are in the same situation.

You could say that swapping the hard drive of the new PS4 Pro with the older one with all your games could be the solution. Unfortunately, no. This is not possible. This is because every hard drive in the PS4 has an encrypted key which allows it to work only on the machine it came in.

If you transfer the older drive to your PS4 Pro, it simply won’t be detected. Sony says that this is to curb piracy and user data.

Luckily, downloading or juggling the hard drives isn’t the only way to transfer PS4 data to PS4 Pro. You can use something like an external USB drive. The method is really simple.

Things you Need:

  • An external Hard drive
  • PS4 and PS4 pro
  • Some patience while the files are copied

Steps for Transferring PS4 Data to PS4 Pro

The method I’m going to use requires an external USB hard drive which should be at least as larger as a number of files you are going to transfer. If you have got 200GB of games and media on your PS4, then using anything less than 200GB isn’t going to work.

You may even have to repeat the whole process is you have got a really large library on your hard drive of PS4. Let’s begin with the steps now.

First, back up your older data to the external USB drive


  • Turn on your PS4 and connect the hard drive to its USB port.ps4-back-up-restore
  • Now, open Settings and go to System. Select Back Up and Restore.backup-ps4
  • Select Back Up PS4.back-up-ps4-space-calculation
  • Now wait for a few minutes while the PS4 calculates how much data is there to be messed with. This might take a few minutes. Be patient. Once done, select Next.transfer-data-to-usb-storage-ps4
  • On the final back up screen, enter a description (optional) and select the Back Up button.

That’s it. All the data, updates and other media from your PS4 have been copied to the external USB drive. Now you can transfer the same data to your new PS4 Pro.

Transfer data from external USB drive to PS4 Pro

  • Insert the external USB drive to the USB drive your PS4 Pro.
  • Open Settings and go System and then to Back Up and Restore.restore-ps4-pro
  • Select Restore PS4.
  • Select Restore in the next screen and wait for the process to finish.

After the transfer is complete, the PS4 will restart itself one time. All the data in your PS4 Pro will be overwritten, so be cautious about that. The process took me around 2.5 hours to complete for around 180GB of content.

You will need to be patient with the process. Maybe go for a movie or something. Good luck.

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Written by Utkarsh

Utkarsh Bhatt is a certified tech expert and software engineer for a Fortune 500 Company. He was born in 1995, making him one of the oldest members of the team at EFX. Utkarsh loves solving technical issues and is always the first to jump on any problem that needs solving. When he’s not coding or debugging, he enjoys playing video games (especially Super Smash Bros.) and watching cartoons.

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