How to install M2 SSD in PS5. Requirements for M2 SSD to upgrade PlayStation 5

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In this video, I'll explain which M2 NWMe can be compatible to expand PlayStation 5 console storage, and show how to install an M2 SSD into the expansion slot, and the requirements for the heatsink dimensions.

PlayStation 5 SSD M2 Installation Video Tutorial

What is M.2 SSD?

M.2 SSDs are high-speed solid-state media that PS5 players can use to increase the memory of their PS5 console or digital edition PS5 console (available separately).

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Why connect an M.2 SSD to a PS5 console?

Once installed on the PS5 console, the M.2 SSD can be used to download, copy and run games for PS5 and PS4, as well as multimedia applications. This allows you to increase the available storage space on the PS5 console. You can move games freely between the PS5 console memory, the connected external USB storage, and the additional M.2 SSD memory.

Frequently asked questions

Can I insert a SATA drive into the PS5 console?

M.2 SATA SSDs are not supported.

Do I need to remove the M.2 SSD if I'm going to have the PS5 console repaired?

So. Remove the M.2 SSD before sending the console for repair.

Can I format part of the M.2 SSD for use on the PS5 console?

No, you have to format the entire M.2 SSD.

Is it possible 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 do not recommend installing additional heatsinks. This can reduce the efficiency of the built-in radiators.

How is the M.2 SSD different from external USB storage on PS5 consoles?

PS5 games can be played directly from the M.2 SSD.

Games for PS5 can be downloaded directly to M.2 SSD memory.

PS5 games can be upgraded directly to SSD M.2.

Is it possible to store part of the game data in the memory of the console, and the other part - on the SSD M.2?

No. All game data for the game must be stored in one place.

What should I do if I have problems with the gameplay when I play games stored in the M.2 SSD?

Press the PS button on the controller to go to the control center and select Boot from/to network. Pause all current downloads.

If you are trying to run the game from disk, wait for the full installation to complete.

If you still have problems, move the game from the M.2 SSD to the console memory.

Do PS5 consoles support host memory buffer?

No. Some M.2 SSDs may support host memory buffer (HMB), but will run slower than expected because the PS5 does not support host memory buffer.

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