Now that the PS4 supports external hard drives you may be wondering how to setup your PS4 external hard drive. Don’t worry, setting up an external hard drive on your PS4 is fast and simple. It only takes a few minutes and this is how you do it.
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First you have to make sure that you use an external hard drive with a USB 3.0 connection. Right now the PS4 will recognize a storage capacity starting from 250GB up to 8TB of hard drive storage. You also will need to format the external hard drive for use with the PlayStation 4.
Note that you can only use one formatted PS4 external hard drive because the PS4 will only recognize one at a time. You can’t format more than one drive so if you haven’t bought a PS4 external hard drive yet, consider investing in a large enough storage capacity. We recommend at least 2TB.
The external hard drive needs to be connected directly to the PS4 USB slot. You cannot use USB hubs.
PS4 external hard drive setup
- Connect the external hard drive’s USB 3.0 cable to one of the front ports of the PS4.
- A message should let you know that the USB device is not supported. This is where you will begin the formatting process for your hard drive.
- Go to Settings then to Devices then find USB Storage Devices.
- Under USB Storage Devices find your hard drive and click on Format as Extended Storage.
- Click Next, click Format, click Yes, then select Ok to proceed.
It should then take a minute or so to format your PS4 external hard drive for use with your console. Once the formatting is complete the external hard drive should now be recognized in the Settings menu under Storage as Extended Storage.
Here’s a great video by Slingshot Gamer on how to do a PS4 external hard drive setup:
The new default destination for any downloadable digital game from here on will be your external hard drive. All your game data saves, screenshots, and videos will be stored on the internal hard drive, not the external hard drive. You can always change your internal hard drive back to the default storage destination for games if you wish to in the future.
How to move PS4 games to an external hard drive
If you want to move your games from the internal hard drive to the external hard drive you can easily do so.
- Go to the Settings menu then Storage and then System Storage.
- Click on Applications and then press the Options button on your DualShock 4.
- Select Move to Extended Storage, choose your game(s) to transfer and then click Move.
Do not ever disconnect your external hard drive while the PS4 is running. If you should wish to disconnect the external hard dive all you need to do is go to Settings, then Devices, then USB Storage Devices and click Stop Using This Extended Storage.