Kingston FURY Renegade SSD with heatsink installed in a PlayStation 5 Gaming Console

Installing an M.2 SSD
in a PlayStation® 5

PlayStation® 5 users can now install an M.2 SSD to expand their PS5™ console storage.

In this guide we’ll walk you through successfully installing a new M.2 SSD in a PlayStation 5.

What you’ll need

Today, we will be using the Kingston FURY Renegade M.2 Gen 4x4 SSD with heatsink. This drive is capable of incredible speeds up to 7,300 MB/s and designed with a built-in aluminum heatsink to keep the drive cool. (See Figure 1)

To ensure your M.2 SSD is running at optimal speeds, it needs to be running at optimal temperatures. PlayStation recommends using a cooling structure to properly and effectively manage SSD temperatures.

To read about heat sinks and how they relate to the PlayStation 5, please visit Sony’s help center.

You’ll also need a #1 Philips screwdriver, a well-lit room and a sturdy table to work on.

Sony PlayStation® 5 CompatibilityKington FURY Renegade SSD with Heatsink
OS Support Software version: 21.02- or later
Socket Any supporting NVMe M.2 2280 / double-sided SSDs
Physical Install
PS5 Read Benchmark Rating up to 6,570MB/s
Format Success
Formatted Capacity 500GB: 500.0GB
1TB: 1.00TB
2TB: 2.00TB
4TB: 4.00TB
File Transfer Stat 1
(Transfer a PS5 title, “Pathless” ~4.03GB)
4.2 seconds
File Transfer Stat 2
(Transfer a PS4 version of “FFVII” ~86.07GB)
58 seconds
File Transfer Stat 3
(While downloading “COD” in background,
multiple games ~208GB being transferred
from built-in storage to M.2)
under 3 minutes
Game Play No change in game play with the benefit of up to 3x the storage

Figure 1: Kingston FURY Renegade SSD Compatibility Table

(Based on internal testing data)

Before you begin

Before starting, make sure you are running the latest PS5 system software update.

You’ll need to turn off your PS5 and remove all cables and devices. Wait a few minutes for your PS5 to cool down.

Now that you have your PS5 prepared, your Kingston FURY Renegade SSD with Heatsink, and a screwdriver, you’re ready to begin installing.

Screwing down an M.2 SSD into the PS5
SSD Installation
  1. Place your PS5 console on a flat surface with a protective covering and remove the base.
  2. Position your PS5 console so that the PS logo is facing down, and the power button is facing away from you.
  3. Gently lift the cover up with your right hand.
  4. Slide the cover off with your left thumb while using the fingers of your left hand to stabilize your PS5.
  5. Once you lift the cover, you’ll see the long rectangular cover over the expansion slot, secured with one screw at the top.
  6. From here, you’ll need to use a Philips screwdriver to unscrew and lift away the cover. Be careful not to drop your screw into the console fan.
  7. Once the expansion cover has been lifted away, you’ll see a green area with four expansion slots.
  8. Remove the screw and spacer from its current slot.
  9. Set the screw aside and move the spacer to the groove that corresponds to the size of your M.2 SSD
  10. Hold the edge of your Kingston FURY Renegade SSD with Heatsink, align it with the notch on the expansion connector, and then starting from a diagonally upward position firmly insert your drive all the way in.
  11. Tilt the SSD down and fasten it to the spacer with the screw.
  12. Re-attach the cover by positioning it slightly away from the top edge and slide it back into place. You should hear a click when the cover is secured.
Formatting your drive

Once you’ve re-attached the PS5 cover and reconnected all the cables, it’s time to turn on your PS5.

When your PS5 turns on, and you’ve logged in, the formatting guide will appear. Follow the on-screen instructions and format your new Kingston FURY Renegade SSD with Heatsink.

Don’t turn off the power while saving data or while your SSD is being formatted. Doing so may cause data loss, corruption, or damage to your SSD or PS5 console.

Now that you‘ve finished setting up your new Kingston FURY Renegade SSD with Heatsink, you’ll be able to use your new extended storage space by moving the games and apps you’ve already downloaded onto it or choosing to download games and apps from the PlayStation® Store directly onto the SSD.

We hope you find this walk through useful. If you need assistance, please contact Kingston’s technical support team.

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