PS4 “Checking System Storage Status” Issue | Fixed by Experts

PS4 Checking System Storage Status
It happens that one day you turn on your PS4 and the system doesn’t directly load the home screen, rather you see a black screen with a message that says:

Checking System Storage Status
Do not turn off the PS4
When the check is complete, the PS4 will restart automatically

This message appears usually the first time you use a PS4 hard drive replacement. It only appears once then you don’t see it again. If this is your case, there’s nothing to worry about here, and this article is not intended for you.

On the other hand, there are some users have serious troubles with this message; such as:

  • That message appears then PS4 screen turns into black and nothing happens afterwards.
  • The PS4 is stuck on that message and the progress bar never moves on.
  • That message appears every time the PS4 is turned on, then it performs normally, and there seems no serious issue with the PS4 system.

If you have one of these problems with that message, then please keep on reading that you may hopefully find a relevant solution.

Why Does PS4 Checks for System Storage Status?

PS4 checks for system storage status for different reasons
The PS4 system automatically checks for system storage status when something unusual happens to the PS4 internal hard drive. Therefore, the PS4 system has to check the storage status to make sure that everything is on the right track.

When it’s a new hard drive, the PS4 system takes time to prepare it for the installation of the operating system. It will take time to format it to a relevant file system before the installation process begins.

Additionally, the PS4 checks for the system storage status when there’s an error occurred in the hard drive or the PS4 can’t properly connect to it for some reason.

In most cases, when that error is on a low-level (i.e. logical/system-file related) the PS4 system can easily fix it itself without the need of any additional interference from anyone. But sometimes that error is serious that you need to reinstall PS4 system software from scratch.

On the other hand, if the error is physical (i.e. hardware-related), then it’s a serious situation that can cease the PS4 system from loading hence working.

Causes of Hardware-Related Errors

The hardware-related error can happen due to many reasons, most commonly:

  • Bad sectors on the PS4 internal hard drive [Also referred to as PS4 system storage]. That’s usually easy to fix and it’s the most common reason.
  • Some serious defects/failures in one or more of the PS4 hard drive parts (i.e. one of the platter might be scratched, or the HDD head was dislodged from its track, or even the HDD motor is malfunctioning or degrading).
  • A power issue within the PS4; either that the PS4 power supply is malfunctioning, or the PS4 power cord is damaged and needs replacement, or the PS4 motherboard itself has some serious power issue due to an abrupt power surge.
  • The PS4 motherboard is defective. It can be a small circuit that got burnt, or even a part of the PS4 motherboard, usually the SATA connector is dead and needs replacement.
  • Corrupted Data of the CMOS memory chip. This may happen due to an unstable electrical power or a damage of the CMOS battery.

These are the most common hardware-related issues that promotes that situation where the PS4 system has issues detecting the system storage.

Fixing the PS4 “Checking System Storage Status” Issue

If you’re one of the unfortunate guys who have a trouble with the PS4 “Checking System Storage Status” message, you need to try the following suggested workarounds below.

1. Completely Disconnect the PS4 from Power

unplug the PS4 power cable from the power outlet

The first, yet the easiest step you should carry out is to disconnect the PS4 console from power. You have to unplug it from the power outlet and wait 5 minutes before plugging it in back.

You might be surprised to learn that when you turn off the PS4 without plugging it out (controller and other peripherals as well), they don’t completely turn off. All the component/pieces are just in a very low powered on state.

That means if your PS4 has a hiccup/glitch that locks up a piece of hardware (RAM, AUDIO and such), that glitch can still linger on because of that low power state. Many problems have been fixed by just pulling the power plug, waiting a few minutes and plugging it back in again, due to what has been illustrated earlier.

So, try that first before going for any other solution.

Additionally, you can learn more on the PS4 power issues when reading about our fix for PS4 not turning on.

2. Reseat the PS4 Internal HDD

reseat PS4 internal hard drive
Reseating the PS4 hard drive means to remove it then install it again. This helps the PS4 system in many cases to detect the hard drive and connect to it normally again. This step is the first thing you have to start with to make sure everything is connected properly and your PS4 doesn’t undergo loose-connection problem.

If you want to learn how to remove the PS4 hard drive, please visit our guide here.

If that doesn’t work for you, please try the other steps below.

3. Confirm the Health of the PS4 Hard Drive

PS4 internal HDD health check

Yes, the PS4 internal hard drive might be defective/damaged and is the main culprit for this whole trouble. So, what you need to do here is to check whether it’s working properly or not. Listen to it when the PS4 turns on, do you hear any loud clicking/grinding noise? If yes, it’s definitely the reason for the PS4 checking system storage status issue. It’s a strong indication that you need to replace the PS4 HDD as soon as possible, as it’s dying and soon will fall into decay and stop working entirely.

Otherwise, if you hear no noise out of the PS4 HDD, it’s most probably healthy, but, on the other hand, it can indicate a serious issue with other PS4 hardware parts.

Anyway, all what you need to do at this stage is pull out the PS4 hard drive and connect it to a PC, either internally or externally (internally is preferred). Now see whether the system detects it or not. If it’s detected, go and perform a FULL format on it (full not quick). This will help restore the original performance of the PS4 hard drive and repair the damaged file system.

To learn more about PS4 hard drive failure, please click here. Additionally, you may want to learn how to format the PS4 internal HDD.

4. Clear the PS4 CMOS Memory Chip

PS4 CMOS memory chip
A corrupted CMOS memory data can cause lots of problems within the PS4 system, including the “checking system storage status” issue. All what you need here is to locate the PS4 CMOS battery and pull it out for 10 seconds, then put it back again.

Make sure you do that while the PS4 is fully disconnected from power.

Our guide on PS4 CMOS Memory and how to clear it will help you understand more on this issue.

5. Seek Help from an Expert

If none of the above has worked for you, the issue seems very serious that you need to seek the help of a technician. It might be the PS4 motherboard or even the PS4 power supply. Your console simply needs deep diagnose in order to figure out where the problem really is.


The PS4 checks for the system storage status because there’s an issue interacting with the internal storage device. It might be the storage device itself that’s defective, or it can be one of the other innards of the PS4. In all cases, don’t take your PS4 to a repair shop until you try all possible ways to fix it. Always take a backup of your data whenever possible fore trying to “play” with the PS4 components.

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6 Responses

  1. Gavin says:

    Could the problem be solved by initializing the ps4?

    • PS4 Storage says:

      It’s most likely a hardware-level error which initializing the PS4 won’t help fix it. But the question is, how can you access the Safe Mode in this case?

      • helpppppp says:

        same is happening with me it says the error and then the ps4 white icon apperas and stays on the screen for about 20 seconds, but after that the screen just goes black (i mean you can see that it is on but its still black). I can also go to safe mode

        • PS4 Storage says:

          It seems there’s a power issue with the PS4 that the storage device is not receiving enough power. This happens with aged PS4 consoles. The only fix now is to upgrade the PS4 HDD to an SSD, as SSDs use much less power than HDDs and can accommodate to most of power conditions.

          • Deborah Wolf says:

            My ps4 is less than 5 months old and I’ve been having this issue off and on now for the last 4 months. I don’t think “aged” is the issue.

          • PS4 Storage says:

            It seems your PS4 internal HDD is broken and must either be repaired or replaced. Try first connecting it to a PC and verify its health.

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