I just bought my PS4 and very quickly realized that 500GB is not going to be enough. So I decided to upgrade to a 2TB hdd. I am using a Nyko power bank to hold the hdd. When trying to boot the PS4 into safe mode, so I can initialize the PS4, it simply won't. I have tried multiple times with different solutions but with the same outcome. The thing is, when I put the 500GB hdd back in, it boots up into safe mode with no problems. Does anyone have a solution? I would really appreciate it.
1Have you uploaded the firmware to the new hard drive? Essentially you aren't booting up from anything just putting an empty hard drive in. If i understand this correctly– OilFeb 4, 2016 at 8:11
I know that there is size limit to the HDD for the PS4 to enter certain modes, like rest. I do believe that it is 2 TB for that one specifically. I would not be surprised if it was the same for safe mode. The PS4 was not designed to support that size HDD initially, rumors are that Sony is working on a solution though– Dupree3Feb 4, 2016 at 13:20
No, I've done my research and anything bigger than 2tb is where you can't use rest mode. 2tb is just fine but I think the hdd may be defective which is what I'm looking into now– lucasFeb 6, 2016 at 6:13
See if this YouTube Video is able to help you access recover mode.
- Completely turn off the PS4 (do not put it on stand-by mode)
- Press and hold down the power button for around 10 seconds. The console will beep twice, around 5 seconds apart.
On the second beep, let go of the power button and the PS4 will enter safe mode.
Connect a DualShock 4 controller via the USB port and press the PS button. You can then use the controller to select the appropriate mode.
I just had this happen to my son's PS4. It wouldn't access safe mode, no matter how I tried: standard method, power cycle, alternate methods (some have waited for 3 beeps), etc.
Here's what worked: replacing the hard drive with a brand new one. As soon as I swapped it, I was able to access it with no issues. Reinstalled the latest firmware and voila: PS4 is back!
Hope this helps.
You can get a hard drive pretty much anywhere. Just make sure it fits and don't go crazy with the storage, some PS4's can only handle up to 2TB.
Considering how terrible is the PS4 for handling SATA Drives, this is something that might work when the internal drive is corrupted (partitions and/or drive firmware).– LemonJan 2, 2020 at 4:31
I kept holding down the power button hoping it would beep in 7 seconds but it wouldn't. It kept double beeping at 12 seconds. So I turned it off. then when powering on I held the power button for 7 seconds then released it for a second and then held it for 7 seconds then it beeped once and then I plugged in the controller and pressed the ps button. The grey screen came up but it took a minute for the text to show up. Once I finally got into safe mode I rebuilt the database and boom. It works again.