PS4 Rebuild Database – How and Why to Do It
When was the last time you did a PS4 rebuild database? If you don’t know what that is or can’t remember, chances are it’s been too long. Luckily the process is safe and straightforward, and while it will take longer if you haven’t done it before (or ever), there’s no harm in improving your console maintenance now.
Following these steps will eliminate corrupted data and rearrange your files, improving your system’s performance. With the PS5 soon to be released on general sale, many gamers will face a tough decision of stick or twist. Those of us who will stick with the current-gen consoles we’ll need to ensure our PS4’s are fighting fit and ready for action.
What is the PS4 Rebuild Database?
When your Sony PlayStation 4 downloads data, whether it’s a new game or an update to an existing title, the console must sift through the downloaded data to find its needs. A few significant updates and game downloads can cause your console to slow down, as it has to sift through a lot of data. Much of this data isn’t relevant to the current operation, though.
Rebuilding your PS4’s database tells the system where the relevant downloaded data resides on the drive. Once this process is complete, it’s easier for your console to find the data it needs for a particular game or service. This can lead to faster boot times and a more responsive console.
This isn’t the same as defragmenting a hard drive—that process would take much longer. Defragmenting moves data around, whereas rebuilding the database only affects the database. After the database is rebuilt, the console notes where the relevant data is on the drive, and then updates its location.
How do I begin the PS4 in Safe Mode?
- Turn off the PS4 mode by pressing the power button on the front panel. The power indicator will flash for a few moments before turning off.
- Once the PS4 system is off, click and hold the power key again, release it after hearing the second beep: one beep will sound when you first press, and another seven seconds later.
- Connect the DUALSHOCK 4 with the USB cable and push the PS button on the controller.
Why it’s Important to Rebuild Your PS4 Database
If you tend to keep your PS4’s hard drive mostly full with applications, save games, video clips, photos, and the like, those files can become disorganized and fragmented over time, leading to issues like the following:
- Slow load times and menu navigation
- The inability of the PS4 to consistently read game discs.
- Stuttering and framerate drops during in-game cut scenes (especially during graphically intensive scenes)
- The trouble with accessing downloadable add-on content
Fortunately, rebuilding your PS4’s database can help address the above issues, and even if you’re not currently suffering from said issues, rebuilding the database is still a good idea if it has been a while since your last rebuild (or if you’d never rebuilt it at all and you’ve had your PS4 console for a time).
How to Rebuild Your PS4 Database
Before you rebuild your PS4’s database, rest ensured that the process doesn’t delete your saved data; it merely reorganizes and freshens up your system’s files. To do this, you’ll need to put your PS4 into Safe Mode. Now, as to the specific steps for starting a database rebuild, those are as follows:
- Make sure your PS4 is entirely powered down and that your Dual shock 4 controller is connected to the console via a USB cable.
- Boot up the PS4 in safe mode. This is done by pressing and holding down the power button until you hear two separate beeps (about seven seconds).
- Once the PS4 is booted in safe mode, you’ll be taken to a menu with various options.
- Select the “Rebuild Database” selection, making sure you don’t accidentally select the “Initialize PS4” option since that will erase all your data.
- The screen is assumed to go black when the rebuild process is underway, so don’t worry if that happens. Depending on how much data you have on your PS4, the rebuild method can take some time, so be patient, and don’t turn your console off while the process is still going.
Once the database rebuild process is complete, your PS4 will hopefully be running like new (or at least more unique than how it was performing before the rebuild). If you want to assure your PS4 is always in tip-top shape, make sure you perform a database rebuild at least once a month.
After selecting Rebuild Database, it’s waiting time. It could go quickly, or it could take hours, depending on how bad it’s gotten. When it’s done, your PS4 will restart itself, and your database will be organized perfectly. If you have any other queries regarding the PS4 rebuild database, please share with us in the comment box section below.