Guide: How to connect an external hard drive to your PS4

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You can finally connect an external hard drive (HDD) to your PlayStation 4 as part of the 4.50 firmware update. However, there is one thing you need to keep in mind before taking advantage of this feature: your external hard drive must support USB 3.0. If it’s a USB 2.0 drive, it won’t meet Sony’s transfer speed requirements and won’t work. Fortunately, this applies to most modern external hard drives.

You can plug in a drive up to 8TB in size, so there’s extra storage space here. In this guide, we will walk you through the setup process. If you are looking for the best external hard drives for PS4 then follow the link.

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How to connect an external hard drive to your PS4

This is how you can connect an external hard drive to your PlayStation 4:

Connect your external hard drive to your PS4

First of all, connect your external hard drive to your PS4 and turn it on if necessary.

Format your extended storage

From the PS4 home screen, go to Settings > Devices > USB Storage Devices. If everything is connected and turned on, the PS4 should detect your external hard drive. Click Format as Extended Storage, but note that this will erase all data on your external drive, so make sure you have everything backed up before proceeding.

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Use your expanded storage

When the process is complete, your external hard drive will become the default location for PlayStation Store downloads. If you have games stored on your PS4’s internal hard drive that you want to copy over, then from the PS4 home screen go to Settings > Storage and browse your apps. Click the Options button and select Move to Extended Storage to copy things over.

How to safely disconnect your external hard drive

If for some reason you need to disconnect your external hard drive from your PS4, then you need to hold down the PlayStation button to bring up the Quick Menu and navigate to Sound/Devices. Select Stop Using Extended Storage and you will be asked when it is safe to disconnect.

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