How to Install & Set Up PS5 SSD & Heatsink – Step by Step Guide

how to Install & set up PS5 SSD step-by-step instructions

Since today the time has finally come and Sony has released the internal memory expansion for the console with the latest PS5 firmware 21.02-04. This can be used to upgrade the rather scarce 667 gigabytes that have been available since the PS5 launch last November, as many of them are now looking very tight with storage space and you don’t always want to delete everything.

If you are a little unsure about the installation, we have another one for you Step-by-Step Guide, including pictures and with some useful information. There are already a dime a dozen on the WWW, but here again based on the final firmware.

Which PS5 SSD is possible?

First of all, of course, you need the right memory, although Sony has set the requirements for it quite high. Not only does it have to be the latest generation of M.2 SSD storage, an additional heat sink is also recommended, which can be a bit tricky due to the size.

The decisive factors are therefore:

  • interface: PCIe Gen4 x4 M.2 NVMe SSD
  • capacity: 250GB – 4TB
  • Sequential read speed: 5500 MB / s or faster
  • Modulbreite: 22 mm (25 mm width is not supported)
  • Form factor: M.2 types 2230, 2242, 2260, 2280 and 22110.
  • Connection type: Port 3 (key M)
  • Overall size: In millimeters: Less than 110mm (L) x 25mm (W) x 11.25mm (H).
Crucial P5 Plus M.2 SSD

A wide variety of SSD memories are already available on the market for this purpose – we opted for the Crucial P5 Plus SSD, which immediately meets all of Sony’s requirements. Crucial has placed a special focus on gaming applications, which is described as follows:

“The Crucial P5 Plus SSD was specially developed for intensive work processes, the creation of high-quality creative content and hardcore gaming. Thanks to the latest technology and stability, the Crucial P5 Plus is perfectly designed for intensive applications such as games, video editing, content creation and demanding technical applications. ”


Installation of the M.2 SSD in the PS5

Most users should opt for a pure SSD for reasons of cost and tinker with the recommended heatsink themselves. Solutions with integrated heatsink are usually considerably more expensive, but do not bring any real advantage, except that it might look more consistent. In the end, that doesn’t matter, because you can’t see the memory anyway. Shapes and colors can of course be used very well for marketing.

Note: The latest firmware for the PS5 should already be installed before installation. Otherwise the console will refuse to work if a memory is inserted.

If you tinker with a heatsink yourself, you just have to make sure that the thermal pads are positioned above and below so that neither the plug contacts nor the notch for the screw is covered. You should also check the top and bottom several times. The same applies, of course, to the heatsink housing, in which the SSD disappears completely at the end. The best thing is to roughly fold everything together like a sandwich and only loosen the adhesive film later, orienting it more towards the side of the screw and not the plug contacts. Because once glued, the SSD can only be removed from it with difficulty, if at all.

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Thermal pad on M.2 SSD

Note: The sticker or the manufacturer’s label on the SSD remains on it, not only for warranty reasons, but also serves as a heat spreader, i.e. as the first barrier to better distribute the waste heat!

In the end, you usually no longer have a sensitive SSD in your hand, but a stable bolt that can now be plugged into the PS5. To do this, simply loosen the lower cover of the PS5, as described here by Sony, open the SDD slot with a screwdriver and remove the aluminum cover.

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M.2 SSD mit Heatsink

Note: Before you reach into the electronics of the PS5, of course, unplug all cables and statically discharge yourself. It is also right to touch a metal surface with your hand.

Then carefully slide your finished SSD bar into the PS5 slot as intended. Due to the notch, this only fits in one direction and should be easy to assemble. Otherwise something is wrong with the heatsink (too high, too wide, assembled upside down) or it is simply the wrong SSD.

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PS5 M.2 SSD inserted

Finally, attach the screw to the end of the SSD bar and put the spacer between them, which can be found on the screw supplied with the PS5. This guarantees a 100 percent accuracy of fit.

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Don’t forget spacers

The aluminum cover of the PS5 slot should be put back on at the end so as not to affect the airflow. If this cannot be attached correctly, your heat sink may be too high. From the hardware point of view, the SSD is also installed and the software part continues after your PS5 has been completely reassembled and connected.

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Reattach the SSD aluminum cover

Format the M.2 SSD of the PS5

If the additional SSD storage is correctly seated, the next time you boot the PS5 you will be greeted with the following screen, which asks you to format the storage. Simply confirm this with the X button.

Format PS5 SSD

The formatting is then confirmed with a speed test, and you can then move your games from the internal PS5 memory to the additional M.2 SSD memory via the memory management in the system settings, which usually only takes a few seconds.

PS5 SSD Speed ​​Test

Note: The additional memory can only be used for applications and not for photos and videos.

It all sounds super complex at first, but in the end it only takes a few simple steps. Sony has created a practical video for this itself, which we have attached again here. Have fun with the M.2 SSD additional storage.

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