How do I defrag my PlayStation for smoother gameplay?


PlayStation players should take advantage of the 'Rebuild Database' feature. This feature scans the drive and creates a new database of all content, thus cleaning the drive. It works as a defragmenter and fixes some issues, frees up memory space, and is touted by many to speed up your console.

Rebuilding Your Console Storage Database

If you are experiencing game freezes or drops in framerates, it is one thing to try during your troubleshooting and mod testing period. It may not help with all issues, but it is a good place to start. Set some time aside to do this. Depending on how large the database is and how many items it has to go through, it may take a length of time to complete.

Rebuilding your console storage database is a Safe Mode-only function. Backup your data to a USB storage device or to the cloud before attempting. Erased data cannot be restored.

How To

Start your console in Safe Mode

  1. Press and hold the PlayStation button on your controller.
  2. Select "Turn Off PS".
  3. Press and Hold down the power button on the front of the PlayStation, until the console beeps twice (once immediately, then another after a few seconds of holding.)
  4. Connect your Dual Shock remote via USB cable.
  5. Press the PS button on the controller to pair devices.
  6. The console will now be in Safe Mode.

Rebuild Your Database

  1. PS4: Select the option “5. Rebuild Database” PS5: Select the option: "5. Clear Cache and Rebuild Database".
  2. PS4: “The database will be rebuilt, it might take a few hours to rebuild the database” will be displayed. Select OK.
  3. PS5: Select "Rebuild Database". Select Ok for any popups.
  4. The screen will go blank. Once the Rebuild is complete, the console will return to the sign-in screen.

How to use Safe Mode on PS5 consoles and PS4 consoles
Learn how and when to access Safe Mode, a troubleshooting tool designed to help resolve data and display issues on PlayStation®5 consoles and PlayStation®4 consoles.
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How to troubleshoot Safe Mode issues
Learn how to resolve issues when trying to access Safe Mode on your PlayStation®5 console or PlayStation®4 console.
If having issues with Safe Mode


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