Cannot Start the Application (CE-30005-8) | Fixed by Experts

It happens that while you’re playing your favorite game or working on an application, error code CE-30005-8 suddenly appears. The error message content is: “Cannot start the application. (CE-30005-8)“, as you can see in the image below.

Cannot start the application (CE-30005-8) PS4 error message

The real problem with this type of errors is that it’s fundamentally related to a hardware failure. When such an error occurs, you have to immediately take action, especially when the PS4 hard drive is responsible for it. Because that means your data is at risk and you may suddenly, without any former warning, lose it. Unfortunately, most of the times the PS4 internal hard drive causes this error. It indicates that it undergoes serious functionality problems, thus needs repair.

In all cases, even if you haven’t faced this error yet, you must seriously consider upgrading/replacing PS4 stock hard drive with a better drive in terms of reliability, speed and overall performance. Because the PS4 stock hard drive is a cheap, obsolete and an old drive that no longer meets the minimal performance standards of today. Just read this detailed report about the specifications of PS4 hard drive to fully understand what I mean.

Anyway, let’s go through this error and suggest actions you can carry out to fully fix it.

Official Error Fix

The PlayStation official website suggest a fix for this error that many users found helpful. (source)

Error occurred while accessing the Hard Disk Drive (“HDD”) or Blu-ray / DVD Drive.

It looks like your console is having problems reading from the Hard Disk Drive (“HDD”) or Blu-ray player, please follow the steps below:

  1. Eject the disc from the system, making sure it’s not dirty, scratched or damaged.
  2. If the disc is in good condition please try rebuilding the system’s database using Safe Mode option 5. Information on how to access and use Safe Mode can be found here.

If the error persists your console may be faulty and in need of service, please contact PlayStation Support.

In many cases, this fix is useless and unhelpful. Yes, it did help many, but, on the other hand, a wide variety of users didn’t actually benefit.

Determining the Real Reason

Error CE-30005-8 can occur by either one of the three devices: the PS4 internal hard drive, an external hard drive used as an extended storage, or the Blu-Ray/DVD player.

Sometimes the error is related to power issues or corrupted data in the CMOS memory chip.

So, let’s diagnose everything separately, starting from the easiest.

1. Disconnect the PS4 from Power then Restart

The very first step you have to make is to totally unplug the PS4 from the power outlet and keep it disconnected for 3-5 minutes before plugging the cable into the outlet again. This helps in many scenarios, hopefully it will with Error CE-30005-8.

The secret behind the efficiency of this step is that it gives a chance to PS4 hardware components to “relax” and release the latent electrical power and consequently, when you turn on PS4 these components will have a new and fresh start which may help fix Error [CE-30005-8].

2. Checking the Blu-Ray/DVD Disc

Checking PS4 Blu-Ray/DVD player for error CE-30005-8In some cases, it’s likely to see Error CE-30005-8 when trying to start a game from the Blu-Ray/DVD Player. It’s usually an easy fix. So, let’s first determine whether it’s the reason or not.

Ejecting the Disc

If you know how to properly eject the Disc from its player, just skip this section. It’s mainly for newbies.

Ejecting the Disc can be done in two ways with the first one having to be manually using the eject button, which is located below the power button on the PS4 when it is lying down flat horizontally.

The other option is to press the “Options” button on the Dual Shock 4 with the videogame highlighted on the Home menu. Doing so gives you the option to “Remove Disc.”

Cleaning the Disc

Now check the underside of the disc and there’s a good chance you’ll see smudges (which can be easily cleaned) or scratches. To clean a dirty disc, use a lint-free cloth and wipe from a straight line from the inner circle to the outer edge. You can find out more details on this process from Sony’s website.

Check Now If It Works

Now, insert the cleaned disc back into the PS4 again to see if you are still getting the same CE-30005-8 error code as before. You can also try out other PS4 game discs or Blu-Ray movies to see if the problem is limited to just the videogame or if there really is a problem with the Blu-Ray drive.

If this solution doesn’t work with you, and you feel it isn’t something you can fix yourself, then head to your nearest Game retailer and you can use their disc repair service for $5.

3. Checking the External Hard Drive

Checking PS4 External hard drive for error CE-30005-8If the “Cannot start the application CE-30005-8” error appears when trying to launch your game/app from an external hard drive, or even during the gameplay, it means it’s failing to function properly and you have to repair it.

Usually this error occurs after the PS4 system has already recognized and approved the external hard drive. So, the external hard drive is working fine on PS4 until this error happens.

Unless the external hard drive is making a clicking/grinding noise, the problem is not serious. Mostly it’s a matter of bad sectors that affect the functionality of the drive and you need to eliminate them.

You can connect the external hard drive to another PS4 in order to verify it’s fully healthy and functional. This is to make sure that Error CE-30005-8 is not caused by your external HDD by any means, whether it’s a data corruption on the drive or the drive itself is malfunctioning.

If you’ve ensured that the external HDD is malfunctioning, try to connect it to a PC and perform a full format operation on it. This will hopefully restore its original performance and resolve the issue.

Otherwise, continue with other suggested solutions that may help you fix Error CE-30005-8.

4. Checking the Internal Hard Drive

Checking PS4 internal hard drive for error CE-30005-8If Error CE-30005-8 is reporting against your PS4 internal drive, then this could be something more serious. Usually you shouldn’t worry much if you don’t hear any noise coming out from the hard drive. This might be some bad sectors that hinders the drive from functioning properly.

In fact, a corrupted/malfunctioning PS4 internal hard drive can cause so many major errors to the system to the extent that it can no longer function at all, including the “Cannot start the application CE-30005-8” error. This article contains an in-depth discussion of PS4 hard drive failure and how to fix it.

In brief, fixing the internal hard drive of PS4 is just the same way as fixing the external hard drive. Only you need a USB external HDD enclosure to connect the hard drive to a PC/MAC.

Now, whether you’ve got the PS4 hard drive fixed or not, think seriously about upgrading/replacing it with a solider and more reliable drive.

5. Clearing CMOS Memory Data

When the data stored in the PS4 CMOS memory chip get corrupted by any means (mostly due to power surge or instability), serious errors will occur within the PS4 system without any obvious reason.

Error CE-30005-8 can be just a result of a corrupted data issue in the CMOS chip. All what you need to do here is clear the PS4 CMOS memory by removing the CMOS battery then replacing it. This method has proven lots of efficiency in resolving many persisting serious errors in the PS4 system.

6. Check the PS4 Power Supply and Cable

If none worked for you, you need to check if the PS4 power cable is intact and not damaged. Additionally, check if the PS4 power supply is also working properly. This might require a savvy to do that. You can read here what a malfunctioning PS4 power supply can do to your system.

Restoring License

restoring PS4 license to fix Error CE-30005-8

If everything seems ok with the PS4 hardware, yet you still get the “Cannot start the application CE-30005-8” message, try to restore the PS4 license.

Your PS4 keeps track of the licenses for games you purchase digitally through the PlayStation Network. One of our valued readers has reported that restoring the license successfully fixed this issue for him.

This simple guide will show you how to find and restore your game licenses on PS4.

Just go to Settings -> Account Management -> Restore License

Restoring your licenses may take several seconds to minutes, depending on the number of licenses you have and your internet connection.

Delete Game Data

If you have done all suggested solutions and you still get Error CE-30005-8, you can try to delete and restore the game data on the hard disk drive. To do so, you must first back up the save data using either a USB storage device or online cloud service if you are a Playstation Plus member. Both options are located in the “Settings” menu, which is located to by pressing up from the home menu and then scrolling right. You should then select “Application Saved Data Management,” and, subsequently, “Saved Data in System Storage.”

Application Saved Data Management

Once that is done, go select the problematic game and then press the Options button in order to bring up the “Delete” option. Re-install the game data from the disc, which should automatically happen. Afterwards, restore your save data via the Playstation Plus online storage or USB device from the same “Application Saved Data Management” option of the “Settings” menu.

Rebuild PS4 Database

Sometimes rebuilding the PS4 database can resolve the CE-30005-8 issue and get the PS4 system back to proper functionality. It’s a very easy process to fulfill, but it may take a few hours though.

Rebuild PS4 Database

Process Steps

To successfully rebuild the PS4 database, please follow these steps:

  1. Turn off the PS4 completely (i.e. not in Rest Mode).
  2. Once off, press and hold the power button. Release it after you’ve heard two beeps: one when you initially press, and another about seven seconds later. This will boot the PS4 into Safe Mode.
  3. Connect a DualShock 4 controller with a USB cable and press the PS button on the controller. If the PS4 isn’t recognizing the controller, you may have attached a ‘power only’ USB cable – use the one that came with the controller.
  4. Select the option Rebuild Database. It will warn you that it may take hours.

Disable Mods

Some gamers confirmed that disabling recently added mods helped them fix Error CE-30005-8. While this solution might not work for all users, it is worth trying it out.


When you see the error message: Cannot Start the Application (CE-30005-8), it means there’s a hardware failure has occurred. If none of the above solutions work, you have to take your PS4 to a technician. He’s the only one who can discover why PS4 behaves that way.

Question & Answers

Why do I get Error CE-30005-8?

Error code (CE-30005-8) indicates that your game/app files are corrupted and can't be launched.

How to fix PS4 Error CE-30005-8?

There are several methods to fix PS4 Error (CE-30005-8), but they are all about having an intact installation of the game without any corruption. You may need to download the game from PSN store, or just buy a new disc. The hard drive might be failing or the PS4 system itself might need a full and clean reinstallation.

Will buying a new hard drive fix Error (CE-30005-8)?

If you're using a digital version of the game/app that causes this error, then it's very likely the hard drive is malfunctioning. We always advice to try to repair it before thinking of buying a new one.

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Salman shaikh

Lovely work around of cleaning g the disc and re inserting … It worked thanks for the amazing suggestions

Brum trapstar

Thank you disc was dirty 🤦‍♂️ It works now


It’s not working I tried everything except changing the hard drive


Not sure if you still have this issue with your PS4 but I had to go to settings, account management, then restore licenses and it fixed this error for my PS4. I hope this is helpful.

philip ofafa

i changed the hard drive and i keep getting this error, i even changed the lens, installed new software but it still persists.Should i replace the whole blu ray drive?


Why does my ps4 say Cannot start application CE 30005 8 but I can play my 15 other games

John Doe

Or buy another one
Seems legit

Justin Tyme

This error is occuring with a digital game and only with that specific game, i can download and play any other game so im confused as to the root of my problem


I wanted to install the game shadow of war again after I had removed it from my ps4 a while ago but now that the game has been installed again I cannot start the application and I get a message that the disc is dirty or damaged while there is no scratch or dirt on the disc

I removed the game and downloaded it again had no effect, I also started my ps4 in safe mode, and restore database unfortunately without success

what else could I try?


I just downloaded a game and it’s locked can anyone help


I downloaded an update for call of duty black ops 4 and right after the update the system updated the software to the most recent version as well, the first time clicking on the game after the updates, the system loaded the first screen and it showed that the update downloaded. However, about 5-10 seconds into the screen it brought the message,

“Cannot start the application.

How should I go about for resolving the issue because I have a feeling the update downloaded/installed improperly and the error occurs. I’ve done all of the troubleshooting steps to fix it if it were something else, besides possibly a faulty hard drive but it was working good prior.

My question was that should I back up all of my data for the application to the online storage and then reinstall the game? Or is there anything else I could do that would save the time and having to back-up and reinstall everything to try to fix?

To whom reads this and tries to help if possible, thank you for your time to help me come to a conclusion on what to do for this problem.


I apologize I didn’t get to see the reply to my question before it was resolved, but I appreciate the response.

It was the second one thankfully. When the update was mid installing, it also started installing a system update as well as the games update. All the data on our system already is synchronized to upload a backup copy of everything to the cloud. So I uninstalled the game and then it brought a message to reinstall the system update, then after I reinstalled the game itself. Worked like a charm and got my little sibling to stop freaking out lol.

Your idea definitely would have worked if I didn’t figure it out soon after and read this sooner. So hopefully the question might help others though because it was a bit frustrating for sure.

Thank you kindly for the good thorough answer!

Antonio Chol

Can you explain more please?


I have tried every thing still.not working

Anterrio Freeman

it always say clean the disc for 2k16 for some reason all of my games work I tried the rebuild data thing 2 times and nothing changed I tried to update the system software but I have no internet i tried to restart my system on and off safe mode please help me i just bought 2k16 today and I got a warrant on it


I just got a new game that has no smudges or scratches or none of that sort and I have to copy the application and I keep getting an error that says ce-3000-8 and I tried everything I even rebuilt the data base and I can’t seem to find the problem.


The ps4 fails to load AC odessey disc but loads battlefield and fifa discs fine.

The AC disc has no scratches what so ever and is basically brand new?

Adam Guemra

Hi, i tried to install call of duty WWII i bought (it was an used disc), i put the disc in, it starts to install the game and the update, then halfway through the install of the game ( update installs fine) it just puts the error message , i cleaned it and rebuilt the database, but it still doesn’t work (works for other games)

Luther Fraser

Odyssey is the problem for me aswell! Won’t install properly even though I used to play it and have over 60 hours game time!


If this error keeps happening put the PS4 into rest mode then turn it back on, restart the PS4 console, then turn off the console. Do all of this with the disk inside and it should work

Nathaniel Hood

I deleted Spider-Man and Red Dead Redemption 2 and I have both of them on disc. Both of them are having the error code and is wondering if it is my hard drive and what I have to do to fix this problem.

Michelle Muriel

So I deleted RDR2 but I decided to download it again so when I first put the disc in it downloaded an update then tried to download the disc all over again it gets to about 80 is percentage and then the error comes up, did I do something wrong?


This only happens to me with red dead redemption. My gta v was fine so idk what to do


Hi i only have this problem if i decide to suspend my games via entering a ps4 application such as youtube. I can only play my games if i insert the disk and immediately open it while it’s loading inside.

So basically if i wanna play a game, let’s say tekken7, i’m inserting the tekken 7 game disk and starting it immediately after i put in the disk by clicking on its picture on the playstation menu. Then it works without any problems.

BUT if i decide to watch a video or open an application by suspending the game AND wanting to go back to game afterwards, i’m getting this error. YES I’m hearing cracking noises if i’m about to get this error.

I just can play my games if i click on em as soon as i put in the disk and cannot play them after suspending the game. There is no way that my ps4 let me resume my suspended games without giving me this error.

YES my disks are clean af. I am very hygienic when it comes to that.

This problem also comes when i wanna put in a blue-ray movie or dvd. I always need to start it asap after puting in the disk. Then it works. If i’m just seconds late, i will get this error.

What am i suppose to do? I’m having this problem for literally two years now.
I am scared that my ps4 is gonna die someday.

Omar The Gangster

Thank you very much


Hey I really need help with this! This error has been going on for 7 months now and I don’t know how to fix it myself. It use to play certain games but not play an DVD or Blu-ray discs but now it can’t play anything! And when it does play something it randomly puts “error 30005-8” during my gameplay. I’ve been trying to install a game (physical copy) but after an hour of installing it puts “an error has occured” and all the data that was saving was cleared. Please tell me what I should do, I’m desperate at this point..

Jaymi Butler

My fortnite will not work I can’t clean it


Every time I am installing 2k20, around halfway through it stops and I receive the error message. I tried putting it into safe mode and updating system software as well as cleaning the disk and nothing seems to work. Do you have any ideas?


My FIFA 19 always stops at3.542 and then shows the error code CE-30005-8.PLS WHAT CAN I DO PS 4!!!!!


How do I reinstall system software after clicking on it from safemode .pls

Parsa Hosini

So i only get this error when im putting my Tekken 7 cd disc in. But the thing is i bought it back in 2017 and back then i had no problems. Everything was running smooth, but then when i got the platinum trophy i deleted the game from my playstation. Fast foward to 2019 i wanted to play the game again and when my playstation wanted to download the game it already faced problems. Suddenly my playstation made weird noises whilst downloading the game, and then suddenly it just stopped, telling me that it cant download this game for what ever reason. I tried a second time and it happened again and then the third time it succesfully downloaded the game. I also waited to it was fully installed and then play the game.

Now that i press x wanting to start the game, this error pops up randomly – sometimes it goes into the game and sometimes it doesnt. Even worse, when i do access the game, all my game data is gone and i can only play offline mode, and when i press to play online (or the campaign mode) it says that it still needs to complete installing the game data which doesnt make sense since i know its fully installed.

I dont know if there is some kind of relation to the error but it REALLY sucks – i just want this to be fixed
And yeah sorry i know this is kind of a more specific issue, and i have to ask help at another website, but if there were someone here that knew if there is some kind of relation to the ps error. or how i can just play the game normally again, having access to everything that would be very nice 🙂

Leonard Norwood Jr.

I know this, my game disc is clean mostly. And I checked the other discs that work. And you say that the game disc is corrupted, when it looks clean. I’m keeping in mind that I haven’t touched my game since I beat it. Oh the game is Kingdom Hearts III by the way, and I did replace my hard drive.

Jeff Oldford

I havr a error code CE-41839-5 have red dead 2 downloaded from playstion store wont let me play


I bought FIFA 20, I’m wearing the CD update always remains at 2.117 mb. I also refreshed the database, cleaned the disk, and my 4-5 default attempts always remain in the same place. There was no problem updating another game.


I am getting this error when I try to play Dishonored: DOA, and it is a digital copy. Started only recently, after I got the 7.00 update, till then worked alright. I tried to rebuild database, update from USB, did not work.
Plus, my whole PS4 runs noticeably slower, loadings are longer. Other games I tried to play are running, only loadings are lot longer.
The strangest thing is, that when I tried to start Dishonored today, after a week of not playing, it ran fine for about 2 hours, then the sound of ingame characters got buggy. Like they were talking only with a delay, subtitles were synced however. Then I quit the game, the same error and the whole
system slowed down again.
Please help.


Ok, I have found out that only that particular game does not work, other games are running fine. Even the slow down did not occur since then. Now, the game just enters loading screen, then an error shows up, saying the game data are damaged or what and I need to redownload the game. I tried it, and it did not help. So, I am thinking that I just give up on the game cuz I am not sure I wanna do the intializing since it would take time just backing up my data and then I would have to redownload all the games and stuff.

But thanks for your help.


So, I tried it, did not work. The same thing again. Now, I have more free time, so maybe I shall try and intialize the system. Do you have any advice about backing up the data? What, excluding saves, should I back up?


So, just to update you. I tried to intialize but it did not help. Then I found out I need either external drive case or pc motherboard to do the full format and I have neither. Soo yeah, I put up a warranty claim in the store where I bought the ps4, and they told me they will give me a new one. Happy ending I guess?


I was playing fortnite and my ps4 turned off. When I turned it back on and clicked on the game (digital) I got the error ce-300005-8. Cannot start application. There was a grand theft auto disc in the console which was dirty I ejected the ga. e but I’m still getting the same error. It disallow me to play other digital games. My guess is to see if it will read any diac, delete Nd reinstall fortnite. The n last but not least I guess rebuild the hardrive but I’m hoping I don’t have to go that far. WIll be on the look for a new one I suppose.

John A

I cannot install games. I get the erroer CE-3005-8. I rebuilt the database, initialized the PS4. It will play older games, but it will not install a new game from a disc. I have tried to install two games and I still get the error. It will still play a blu-ray DVD. So I do not know what to do. I am close to the point of just buying a new one and starting from scratch but I would rather not do that so close to the release of the PS5.

What else can I do to my PS4 to allow it to install a game?


Fortnite gives me this error every time I start it, but it only affects this game. I’ve rebuilt the database and reinstalled the game but nothing changes.

Misbah Uddin

Can I use an external hardrive?

Misbah Uddin

Do you know of any good video or guide website links to show me how I can reformat my internal PS4 hardrive please?


my ps4 seems to work fine, all the games that are already downloaded are playable. but I have a brand new game. It reads it and realizes what game it is but when it goes to copy application data at the very end of copying the application data it spazzes out and says Cannot Start the Application (CE-30005-8) then has an X over the loading bar on the home screen.. and if I delete application data from a game that works fine it does the same thing to that game too..


I tried to redownload ww2 after not playing it and I keep getting the error code with an X on the download bari tried rebuilding the data base already and still hasn’t work I’ve cleaned my disk with the cloth and nothing worked I can play any other of my games except this one

Devyn kane

Can some one help me with my rd2


Im trying to download red dead redemption 2 and in the middle of it downloading it. Will say error cannot start the application error ce-30005-8 even though im copying the application not playing it


I just recently bought Kingdom Hearts III. I’ve installed the game, but I’m trying to play it but I keep getting ce-30005-8. The disc is clean and brand new. I’ve already tried restarting the system, and rebuilding the data base in safe mode. What do I need to do in order to play the game?


I purchased an external hdd to upgrade the storage on my ps4 but wvery time I tey to format it I get the CE-30005-8 error code


Hello I am very grateful for your advice. It helped me greatly . Thank you for your advice on cleaning the disk. Your advice was more helpful than Sony’s.


What if there are noises??


Hi, this is a great post that I’m sure has helped several people but my only problem is I’m not trying to run any games im only trying to format my external hard drive as an extended storage device and I’m already getting this same CE-30005-8 error message. I’ve got the seagate backup plus slim 2 TB hard drive and I have formatted it in EXFAT so it would work with my ps4. I’ve tried everything and can’t find a way to fix this issue. Can anyone help me?


Hi, I deleted FIFA 19 by mistake and after reinstalling getting error CE-30005-8.
Again deleted and reinstalled, cleaned the disc, followed 5th step in safe mode. Still no luck. Could you pls help me out? Is it a disc problem? There seems no scratches to it.


Wait I have this same problem what if I buy a new disc will I have the same problem?

Ross McCairn

Good evening i keep getting the same error code as the picture at start of problem solving wont install game amd a x goes across loading bar. If i buy an external harddrive will that solve the problem??


Hi, I have tried everything including replacing the hard drive. I only get the error when playing fortnite. Anyone else experiencing this? Appreciate all suggestions. Thanks


Try restoring the licenses settings, account management, restores licenses. This worked for me with Apex I hope it helps you with Fortnite.

Rhys Coleman

Recently purchased an external hard drive which is compatible with ps 4. Tried formatting the hard drive but the error code CE-30005-8 pops up before it’s completed the format.

Any suggestions?

Matthew Stetten

I am having a problem with last of us 2. It won’t install on either the ps4 or the external hard drive. I have gone through all the steps with no luck. I thought it might be a bad disk so amazon sent another with the same results. I can install and play all my other games just not last of us 2. Any ideas?


So, I bought a used game ( might be my downfall) but I’ve done everything you’ve suggested and it still comes up, all my other games work, I have lots of storage. Is it just the game???


I am having problem with this CE-30005-8 error when install all my ps4 disc game. I also try to download the games from ps store but ps4 cannot download the file. Is it because the internal drive that cannot save the data?

Cameron Healing

I did the software reinstallation which deleted everything off of my Ps4Pro but after I did it, the entire system is laggy and slow. The menu pops up slow sometimes and the game cannot start. (CE-30005-8). I also rebuilt the database multiple times but it keeps happening. Idk what to do anymore, what are my options?

Erin Shafi

Bro my problem is that i used to play sniper elite 4 some months ago but now i got bored so i decided to play it again but right as the downloading the application reaches 3.820 GB out of 8.000 it stops and yes my CD does have some scratches but still it used to play the game normally i really need a fix plzz help.


I’m trying to play red dead 2 but the data disk starts and about 5 minutes later it gives me the error code. Need help. Thanks


Why does when I try to use my format my extended storage it gives me that error code how do I fix it or do I need to buy a new extended storage ?

Matt Mcguigan

Hi I just brought to new cold war n it wont download on to my ps4 keep getting code (CE-30005-8)

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