There's nothing more frustrating than having your game freeze at a key moment, causing you to lose progress, a fight, or a competitive match. Even a frame rate drop can cause significant problems if it happens at the wrong time. Luckily there are steps you can take to make these misfortunes less likely. Rebuilding your PlayStation 4's database will improve the system's performance by keeping your files organized and removing corrupted data. Taking these easy steps regularly will make the process faster and keep your console healthy.
How to rebuild your database
- Power off your PS4 and do not use rest mode.
Hold the power button down until you hear two quick beeps. This will alert you that you have entered Safe Mode.
- Connect your DualShock 4 controller to the USB-A slot in the front of the PS4.
Scroll down in the menu until you reach option 5, Rebuild Database.
- Press the X button to start the rebuild.
Rebuilding your PS4's database may take minutes or hours depending on how full your console is and how often you install and delete games. Rebuilding actually reorganizes your hard drive to make it easier and quicker for the system to access your files. A properly organized database can load data faster, decreasing the chances of having your game freeze or experiencing frame rate drops.
Database rebuilding is a fairly simple task that should be done every few months — doing it once a quarter is best. The more frequently you do it, the less time the process should take.
Is it dangerous to do this?
Database rebuilding sounds like cleaning — and cleaning sounds like getting rid of things — but the process shouldn't actually delete any data unless a file is corrupted. Corrupted files will be deleted, but you probably weren't going to be able to use them even if they were still there. You can always back up your system to an external hard drive or USB storage device before you perform a database rebuild if you're worried. You'll also be protected if you have auto-upload enabled on your PS4, which keeps up to 100GB of your gaming data safe in online storage.
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