PS4 Rebuild Database Makes A Huge Difference

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I recently had an issue where my PS4 would kind of stall and then beep three times every time I shut down or went into rest mode. Rebuilt the database and it helped some, but the problem went away entirely after I went to power options and restarted the PS4 from there. It seems that can help as well.
 
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I'm getting an error when I try to do this... "Cannot rebuild the database..."

Why would that be and what can I do to fix it? Anyone?
I had this issue a few months ago and unfortunately never found the cause or how to resolve it. So ended up reinstalling the OS afresh, which obviously fixed it but was less than ideal.
 

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Nope. Not sure what to do... I've no probs with my PS4, but would like to perform this defrag...
The error gives you any code you could search for ?

You could try putting the console on rest mode and pulling the power cable off. It would force a HD check next time you turn it on.
I know it's not the best tip, but it could help.
 

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The error gives you any code you could search for ?

You could try putting the console on rest mode and pulling the power cable off. It would force a HD check next time you turn it on.
I know it's not the best tip, but it could help.
I had this issue a few months ago and unfortunately never found the cause or how to resolve it. So ended up reinstalling the OS afresh, which obviously fixed it but was less than ideal.
Think I'll have to reinstall the OS because this is driving me insane.



Vanguard, was it worth the trouble... Did you notice any slight performance improvements after doing this?
 
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Even on PS Vita, rebuilding databse saved me.
I did this once and if I remember correctly, I lost my entire home screen layout set up. I'm kind of hesitant to do it now on Vita due to that. Although last time I mostly did it due to missing options in the settings, I was trying to turn off party join notifications and the option just was not there until I did a rebuild.


Think I'll have to reinstall the OS because this is driving me insane.
Vanguard, was it worth the trouble... Did you notice any slight performance improvements after doing this?
Not really, but then I have to point out that sometimes after a firmware update it may do a database rebuild anyway and I vaguely remember there being a recent one, so if there was a difference it would have been minimal to me. It is a good maintenance tool however and something you want working correctly, whether it be manual or after an update so it's something you would want to fix regardless imo.

As I pointed out with the Vita, I was missing options until I did a rebuild. This was also the same with the PS3, as most EU owners will know we have a Singstar app thing always on our XMB, that disappeared for me until I did a rebuild. Not that I wanted it back, but a rebuild is not just for performance, it's for keeping everything in working order and making sure everything is as how it should be, which is probably why it does a rebuild after some firmware updates and is most likely the same with PS4.
 
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Trying this now... I have a issue where the ps4 has trouble turning on. Like it will beep get to the PS symbol. And turn off. Sony want 150 bucks to fix because I'm out of warranty. My thing is.... it's going on hour 2. And isn't showing any connection to the tv. Is this normal?
 

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Bumping this thread. I was having majorly long loading times in Assassins Creed Symdicate and rebuilding the database helped a TON.
 
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Can you rebuild your database without losing any data on your hard drive? Eg games, saves, DLC etc.

Edit: Reading above, looks like it might not delete anything, but I'd just prefer to be safe than sorry!
 
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Can you rebuild your database without losing any data on your hard drive? Eg games, saves, DLC etc.

Edit: Reading above, looks like it might not delete anything, but I'd just prefer to be safe than sorry!
Doesn't delete a thing, I believe the system rebuilds the database every time there's a new update. I've done it myself a couple times since I owned the system and it fixed various small issues.
 
Jun 26, 2011
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Sony tech support told me to do this when my disc drive would eject the disc on its own. Haven't had the problem since doing a rebuild, but it was random to begin with.
Have had this problem off and on for over a year now. Sony's advice was a short term fix but the problem kept coming back. Since my console was out of warranty I opened the case and put a piece of electrical tape over the eject button sensor -- no problems since (I just have to eject with the controller).
 
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Doesn't delete a thing, I believe the system rebuilds the database every time there's a new update. I've done it myself a couple times since I owned the system and it fixed various small issues.
This is correct.

If you're having issues, first step should be to switch the PS4 off completely. Not even a restart, a complete shutdown, then restart from cold.

After that, a DB rebuild should be next on the list. Basically the thing to remember is that this is essentially a stripped down PC, and the kind of housekeeping you *should* do on a PC applies. Things like constantly using suspend can cause loading issues, so it's always best to occasionally power down completely and restart.

DB rebuild is, I'm guessing, like defragging an HDD or disk cleanup.
 
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I didn't have any idea about this, thank you GAF.
Does this have any impact on the installed games? Or maybe in the saved games? i don't want to re download my digital games or maybe lost my saves D: