Add an M.2 SSD to a PS5 console

How to add an M.2 SSD to a PS5 console

Find out which M.2 SSDs can be used to expand your PlayStation®5 console storage space, and how to insert an M.2 SSD into the expansion slot.

What is an M.2 SSD?

M.2 SSD devices are a high-speed solid state drive medium that PS5 players can use to increase the storage capacity of their PS5 console or PS5 Digital Edition console (separate purchase required).

Why add an M.2 SSD to your PS5 console?

Once installed in the PS5 console, M.2 SSD storage can be used to download, copy and launch PS5 and PS4 games, as well as media apps. This allows you to increase the storage space available to you on your PS5 console. You can freely move games between the PS5 console's storage, a connected USB extended storage device and the added M.2 SSD storage.

Which M.2 SSDs can be used with a PS5 console? 

It's important that you only use a supported M.2 SSD to expand your PS5 console storage and that meets the following requirements:  

Interface PCI-Express Gen4x4 supported M.2 NVMe SSD (Key M)
Storage 250 GB–4 TB
Supported sizes 2230, 2242, 2260, 2280, 22110
Size including heat-dissipation mechanism Width: up to 25 mm
Length: 30/40/6080/110 mm
Thickness: up to 11.25 mm (up to 8.0 mm from above the board, up to 2.45 mm from below the board)
Sequential read speed 5500 MB/s or faster is recommended
Socket type Socket 3 (Key M)

Using an M.2 SSD with your PS5 console requires effective heat dissipation with a cooling structure, such as a heatsink and a heat transfer sheet. You can attach these to your M.2 SSD yourself, either in a single-sided format or double-sided format (single-sided cooling structures are an easier fit). There are also M.2 SSDs that have cooling structures (such as heatsinks) built in. For information on how to attach the heat dissipation mechanism, check the instructions that come with it.

  • Both single-sided and double-sided M.2 SSD devices are supported.
  • M.2 SATA SSDs aren't supported.
  • You should carefully review drive specifications prior to purchase and contact the vendor or manufacturer if you need further information. SIE cannot guarantee that all M.2 SSD devices meeting the described specifications will work with your console, and assumes no responsibility for the selection, performance or use of third-party products.
  • Not all games are necessarily playable with exactly the same performance provided by the PS5 console's internal Ultra-High Speed SSD, even where the M.2 SSD device's sequential read speed is faster than 5500 MB/s.
  • The majority of M.2 SSD devices with the above type numbers (M Key Type 2230, 2242, 2260, 2280 and 22110) and without a built-in cooling structure will fit the PS5 console's SSD slot. However, sizes for cooling structures (like heatsinks) vary greatly. If you are not sure that an M.2 SSD or cooling structure (such as a heatsink) that you're considering meets the size requirements outlined here, we recommend looking for another product option or contacting the vendor or manufacturer for more information.

If you experience problems while playing a game installed on M.2 SSD storage, move the game to the internal Ultra-High Speed console storage.

How to add an M.2 SSD to a PS5 console

Before you begin, you'll need: 

  • A well-lit room with a table to work on. 
  • A #1 Phillips or cross-head screwdriver. 
  • A small torch (optional).

Before proceeding with the installing or removing process, touch a metal-grounded object to remove any static electricity from your body. Failure to do so may cause damage to your M.2 SSD or PS5 console. 

Please note, don't power on or play on your console while the cover is off. 

If it is the first time using your M.2 SSD with your PS5 console, you'll need to format your M.2 SSD after installing. When you format your M.2 SSD, any data saved on the drive is erased. Data erased this way can't be recovered, so be careful and make sure that you don't erase important data. 

Do not turn off the power while saving data or while your M.2 SSD is being formatted. Doing so may cause data loss, corruption, or damage to your M.2 SSD or PS5 console. 

Do not use an M.2 SSD without a heat-dissipation mechanism, such as a heat sink or heat transfer sheet. Your M.2 SSD might come with these  parts or you might need to purchase them separately.

  1. Turn off your PS5 console. Then remove all cables and devices from your PS5 console.
    Wait a while for your PS5 console to cool down.
  2. Place your PS5 console on a flat surface with a protective covering and remove the base. 
  3. Position your PS5 console so that the PS logo is facing down and the power button is facing away from you. 
  4. Use your right hand to grip the edge of the bottom-right corner and your left hand to grip the edge of the top-left corner of the cover. 
  5. Gently lift the cover up with your right hand. 
  6. Slide the cover off with your left thumb while using the fingers of your left hand to stabilise your PS5 console.

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

  1. Remove the screw from the expansion slot cover (A) and then remove the cover.
  1. Carefully remove the screw (B). Move the spacer (C) to the groove corresponding to the size of your M.2 SSD.
  1. 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.

Ensure the M.2 SSD circuit board is resting flush on the spacer, without obstruction from your cooling structure. If you proceed to the next step while your M.2 SSD is incorrectly inserted or not firmly inserted all the way into the expansion connector, it may cause damage to the terminal and your PS5 console.

  1. Tilt your M.2 SSD down and fasten it to the spacer with the screw. Make sure your cooling structure is not obstructing the screw.
  1. Attach the expansion slot cover and fasten the screw. If the slot cover does not close properly, your cooling structure likely exceeds size requirements.
  2. Replace the cover by positioning it slightly away (about 2 cm or 0.75 in) from the top edge and sliding it back into place. You'll hear a click when the cover is secured.
  1. 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.

How to remove an M.2 SSD from a PS5 console

  1. Turn off your PS5 console. Then remove all cables and devices from your PS5 console. Wait a while for your PS5 console to cool down.
  2. Place your PS5 console on a flat surface with a protective covering and remove the base.
  3. Position your PS5 console so that the PS logo is facing down and the power button is facing away from you. 
  4. Use your right hand to grip the edge of the bottom-right corner and your left hand to grip the edge of the top-left corner of the cover.
  5. Gently lift the cover up with your right hand.
  6. Slide the cover off with your left thumb while using the fingers of your left hand to stabilise your PS5 console.

The cover lifts away. You'll see a long rectangular cover over the expansion slot, secured with one screw at the top. 

  1. Remove the screw from the expansion slot cover (A) and then remove the cover.
  1. Remove the M.2 SSD storage drive screws. 
  2. Slightly lift up your M.2 SSD storage drive, and then hold the edge and pull diagonally upwards. 
  3. Fasten the screws back on the spacers. 
  4. Attach the expansion slot cover and fasten the screw. 
  5. 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.
  1. Connect the AC power cord, cables and base, and then turn on the power.

How to install games and apps to M.2 SSD storage on a PS5 console 

You can download games from PlayStation Store to your M.2 SSD. Go to the home screen and select Settings > Storage > Installation Location to set this up.

To move games and apps already installed on your console storage: 

  1. Go to your games home and select Game Library
  2. Highlight the data you want to move, press the Options button, and then select Move Games and Apps.
    When you're using both an M.2 SSD and a USB extended storage drive, go to the Items You Can Move to M.2 SSD Storage tab. 
  3. Tick the boxes for any other games and apps you want to move and select Move

To check your storage space and to move or delete data on your M.2 SSD, go to the home screen and select Settings > Storage > M.2 SSD Storage.

Frequently asked questions

Can I insert a SATA drive into the PS5 console?
No. M.2 SATA SSDs aren't supported.

Should I remove the M.2 SSD if I send my PS5 console for repair?
Yes. Please remove the M.2 SSD before sending it for repair. 

Can I format part of the M.2 SSD for use on the PS5 console?
No, you must format the entire M.2 SSD.

Is it okay to install a heatsink on an M.2 SSD with a built-in heatsink?
No. If your M.2 SSD has a built-in heatsink, we recommend against adding any additional heatsinks. Doing so may reduce the effectiveness of the built-in heatsinks.

How is an M.2 SSD different to USB extended storage on PS5 consoles?
PS5 games are playable on M.2 SSD storage.
PS5 games can be downloaded directly to M.2 SSD storage. 
PS5 games can be updated on M.2 SSD storage. 

Is it possible to store some game data on console storage and the remaining data on M.2 SSD storage?
No. All game data for a specific game must be stored in the same place.

What should I do if I experience gameplay issues when I play games stored on M.2 SSD Storage?

  1. Press the PS button on your controller to go to the control centre, and then select Downloads/Uploads. Pause any ongoing downloads.

  2. If you are trying to play a game on disc, please wait for the full installation to finish. 

  3. If you are still having issues, please move the game from M.2 SSD storage to console storage.

Do PS5 consoles support Host Memory Buffer?
No. Some M.2 SSD devices may support Host Memory Buffer (HMB) but they may experience slower-than-expected performance because the PS5 console does not support HMB.

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