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How to install and format the Mushkin Gamma Gen 4.0 to PS5

Last Updated on 04/04/2023

The Mushkin Gamma Gen 4.0 is compatible with the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 5 Digital Edition as you can use this solid state drive to store and play PS5 games.

You can check out this step-by-step guide at Seeking Tech to see how you can install and format the Gamma Gen 4.0 for use with Sony’s game console.

Supported Solid State Drives

This tutorial will cover the following capacities:

  • 1 TB Mushkin Gamma Gen 4.0 (Model Number: MKNSSDGA1TB-D8)
  • 2 TB Mushkin Gamma Gen 4.0 (Model Number: MKNSSDGA2TB-D8)
  • 4 TB Mushkin Gamma Gen 4.0 (Model Number: MKNSSDGA5TB-D8)

Compatible Heatsink

You will also need a PS5-compatible heatsink. If you are looking for one, then we recommend picking up the be quiet! MC1 M.2 SSD Cooler, which you can find on Amazon with this link.

You can check out this video guide to see how you can install the MC1 M.2 SSD Cooler to the Mushkin Gamma Gen 4.0.

Moving important data off of Mushkin Gamma Gen 4.0

If you used your Mushkin Gamma Gen 4.0 solid state drive before with another device, then we recommend moving any important files you have stored on it to another storage drive. This is because formatting the SSD for PS5 will delete all the previous data store on it.

Updating PS5 firmware

If you haven’t done so already, you should also make sure you also update the firmware of your PlayStation 5 or PlayStation 5 Digital Edition. This is because M.2 solid state drive support was only added in a recent firmware update.

How to insert Mushkin Gamma Gen 4.0 to PS5

After updating your PlayStation 5 system to its latest firmware, you can insert the Gamma Gen 4.0 to the game console.

In order to do so, you can take the following steps:

1. Turn off your PS5 or PS5 Digital Edition console.

2. Unplug the power cable, HDMI cable as well as other cables you have connected to your console.

3. You should also remove the stand if you have it attached.

4. You can then lay your game console down so that the PS logo is facing downwards.

5. You should also position the console so that the backside, which is where the HDMI port and power port are located, is facing you.

6. From your vantage point, put your right hand on the bottom right corner of the outer cover and your left hand on the top left corner of the outer cover.

7. Lift the bottom right corner of the outer cover with your right hand.

8. Using your left hand, slide the outer cover off to the left.

9. With the cover off, you should see the M.2 docking bay, which has a metal cover keeping it close.

10. Use a cross-head screwdriver to unscrew the screw holding the M.2 metal cover in place.

11. Remove the metal cover to gain access to the M.2 docking bay.

12. Inside the bay, use the cross-head screwdriver to unscrew the screw inside it.

13. You should also remove the spacer from the docking bay.

14. Place the spacer you removed from Step #13 into the 80 hole in the docking bay.

15. Insert the Mushkin Gamma Gen 4.0, which should have the heatsink already installed, into the M.2 slot of your PS5 system from a diagonally upwards position.

16. Hold down on the end of the SSD that is sticking upwards and then use the screw you previously removed from Step #12 to secure the Gamma Gen 4.0 into place.

17. Put back the M.2 dock metal cover and then screw it back into place.

18. Slide the outer cover back into place to complete this process.

How to format Mushkin Gamma Gen 4.0 for PS5

After inserting the Mushkin Gamma Gen 4.0 into your PlayStation 5 or PlayStation 5 Digital Edition, you then need to format the drive.

In order to do so, you need to do the following:

1. Reattach the stand to your PS5 system.

2. Reconnect the HDMI cable, power cable and any other cables you previously have connected to your PlayStation 5.

3. Turn on your game console.

4. During the startup process, you should eventually get the M.2 SSD Storage notification screen.

5. Here, you need to press the PS button to turn on your controller.

6. Next, you have to select the Format M.2 SSD option.

7. After the formatting of the drive has been completed, you should see the sequential read speed test of the Mushkin Gamma Gen 4.0 running on your PS5 system.

8. Select the OK option to complete the formatting process and head to the Home Screen.

Where to find Mushkin Gamma Gen 4.0 in the PS5 menus

To find where your newly formatted Mushkin Gamma Gen 4.0 is located in the PlayStation 5 menus, you can do the following:

1. From the Home Screen, navigate to the upper right corner of the screen and then select Settings.

2. In the Settings menu, scroll down and then select Storage.

3. After getting to the Storage menu, you need select M.2 SSD Storage on the left column.

4. On the right side in the same menu, you should be able to see the Mushkin Gamma Gen 4.0 SSD.

You can also use the Storage menu to move games in between different storage options, reformat the Gamma Gen 4.0 and change the default storage location for games.