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These 'Don't Do' Things When Installing an SSD Expansion on PlayStation 5

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PlayStation 5 and Samsung-980 SSD

PlayStation 5 and Samsung-980 SSD

Sony will launch in the coming days a new update for the PlayStation 5 that provides many new features that you can see in this article, the most prominent of which is the possibility of installing an SSD expansion to store PlayStation 5 games and play them directly through the disc with the same performance and efficiency of the internal disk of the device.

Of course, Sony, unlike Microsoft, has chosen to rely on the commercial method so that it provides users with many options according to their desire and price, with basic conditions that must be adhered to, such as the minimum data transfer speed that is compatible with the system and other characteristics that you can see in my article.

Here are the characteristics of the SSD disk compatible with the PlayStation 5:

  • Type: M.2 SSD
  • Driver Interface: PCIe Gen4 x4 M.2 NVMe SSD
  • Minimum Capacity: 250 GB
  • Max Capacity: 4TB
  • Data Read Speed: 5,500MB/s or faster
PlayStation 5

PlayStation 5

After the new update was available through the beta version available to the members of the test program, some phenomena appeared that some users shared as a kind of advice to users that can facilitate the installation process and provide a better performance, but not all of these tips and theories actually work, and the worst of it is that they can have an adverse effect on performance Your Playstation 5.

Here is my report, I have collected for you some critical mistakes that you should avoid so that you do not find yourself making a mistake that might cost you a new SSD or possibly lose your entire PlayStation 5.

1- Do not use a heat sink

MHQJRH M.2 2280 SSD heatsink and ineo M.2 heatsink 2280 SSD

MHQJRH M.2 2280 SSD heatsink and ineo M.2 heatsink 2280 SSD

Most of the SSD disks available in the market are sold individually without a heat sink enclosure, which is installed as an accessory on the SSD disk and is also purchased separately, but there are those who seek to save some money by purchasing an SSD disk without buying a heat sink and installing it directly in the device.

Of course, this may not harm your device or the SSD disk in the short term, but with frequent and increased use, the high temperature in the SSD disk may cause the disk to malfunction and may lose it forever.

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Also, the high temperature of the disk itself may affect the temperature of the device completely and stop it from working, so I strongly recommend that when buying any SSD disk, you should buy a heat sink container and install it with the disk to avoid its failure or the complete failure of the device.

2- Keeping the SSD cover open on the PlayStation 5

Cover open on the PlayStation 5

Cover open on the PlayStation 5

This is also another trick that some users of the PlayStation 5 have begun to use, as after installing the SSD disk in its place, he does not put the cover designated for it, and instead, it is left exposed in order to improve the cooling process through the main PlayStation 5 fan located next to the place where the disk is installed, But they do not know that this step will seriously harm their device.

The idea of ​​the PlayStation 5 fan works on the principle of suction, that is, it sucks air through the front ports in the device and pushes it into the device to exit from the rear ports. Through the adjacent outlets, this will make the cooling system almost malfunction if it does not have an adverse effect on the device, and thus will cause the device to overheat and malfunction.

When Sony put a cover for the expansion disc, it was meant to avoid this problem, otherwise, it could abandon it to save effort and money on the cost of manufacturing the device! But it was one of the basic components so it had to be there.

3- SSD disk mounting nut

SSD disk mounting nut

SSD disk mounting nut

This is also one of the important things that you should pay attention to before installing the SSD disk for the PlayStation 5, as Sony puts you in the SSD disk installation box a screw that is installed on a nut that can be moved and placed in the installation hole according to the size of the SSD disk you are using.

So that this nut is initially placed in the hole opposite the installation location, then the SSD disk that will be supported on it is placed and then fixed with the installation screw.

This nut was designed to keep the SSD disk on one level, with the connection port on the PlayStation 5, so if you dispense with it, this may cause a failure of the entrance or the failure of the SSD disk.

In this article, I have provided you with the most important errors that I have collected for you to pay attention to and avoid when installing an SSD disk in your PlayStation 5, in order to avoid any malfunctions in the disk or even in your own device.

I hope you liked my article, if there are some details you would like to share with me, you can comment on this topic.

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