A database is generally a table that stores some values. A PS4 database stores your PS4’s settings, caches, and other information. Corruption refers to that data being unreadable. When corruption happens in a database, the data inside it becomes very difficult to read and in the case of the PS4, the console will crash.
You can also face error messages such as “Corrupted Data” or “The PS4 needs to restart” and many more. The PS4 will not be able to load the saved data and this error will really make your games unplayable.
This can be very problematic. So, you may need to use the Rebuild database option to fix this issue for solving this problem. But what is the Rebuilding database? Let us see.
What is the rebuild of the database?
Database Rebuilding is like cleaning. It can be considered as reshaping the database and getting rid of the corrupted data to make room for the new data.
All corrupted and unusable files will be deleted. And the hard disk will be defragmented (more on this later).
So, You need to back your system to an external hard disk before rebuilding the database and then just rebuild it. You can always use the PS4’s cloud storage option to keep a copy of the database.
What does rebuilding a database actually does?
It defragments the file system, fills in the missing gaps between the files, and makes them more accessible. But what is fragmentation? Well, in a hard disk the PS4’s game data is stored in a pretty fragmented or random manner.
They are disorganized and this disorganization can lead to issues such as slow loading, choppy menu navigation, inability to read game discs, stuttering, frame rate drops, and trouble with downloadable content too.
All of these issues can be solved when you rebuild your PS4’s database. The defragmentation process is like keeping your things in the right place so, it is easy to access it when you need them. And Even if you are not facing these problems, it is always good to rebuild your database every once in a while.
How long it takes to rebuild the database?
This can depend on a lot of things. Depending on the frequency at which you install and delete your games, the PS4’s database rebuild could take hours sometimes. Since rebuilding the database reorganizes your hard disk, the sorting process can be pretty hectic for the system and it takes time.
A properly organized database, however, is relatively faster so, sometimes rebuilding an already organized database could take roughly 15 to 30 minutes. And speaking about the database rebuild, you should do it every few months. Around 2 months of time is needed for the database to rebuild properly.
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How to Rebuild your PS4 database?
Let us now move on to the actual process of rebuilding a PS4 database. As we said earlier, you need to back up your files before you actually start the rebuilding process. Since the database rebuild is a technical process, you need to boot up your PS4 in safe mode. But we are going to provide you all the information you need here. So, let us get started!
- Power down your PS4 completely and then connect your DS4 controller to the console with the help of the USB cable.
- To boot the console in safe mode, press the power button and hold it for around 7 seconds (you will hear two beeps by now), you can release the power button on the second beep.
- Once the PS4 is booted in the safe mode, you will see many options there. Select the Rebuild Database option and then hit the X button to start the rebuilding process.
Note: Do not open the “Initialize PS4” option though. This will erase all the data.
- When the process starts, the screen will go black. Now, depending on the amount of data you have on your PS4, the rebuild process will take its time. It could take anywhere from 15 minutes to even hours at times. The one thing to be aware of is to not to restart or turn off your console while you are on this process.
A corrupted database is one of the reasons behind a slow PS4 system. It can cause many freezes, errors, and different types of problems for your system.
The only way to fix a corrupted database is to basically rebuild the entire PS4 database and to do this, you need to have patience. It could take a lot of time depending on your system. So, have some patience and wait for the console to do its job.