How to Upgrade HDD on Your PS4
Although I know that you have been anticipating the introduction of these features and the good news is that you now have the chance to link up an external hard disk drive (HDD) with your PS4 or PS4 Pro. The times of swapping games in the 1 TB (Terabyte) drive in PS4 Pro or the inadequate 500 GB (Gigabyte) internal drive in the PS4 are over. It is quite easy to connect the upgrade HDD to the two consoles and only takes a short time. We have highlighted the processes below.
You can use any external HDD that features a USB 3.0 connection. The PS4 and PS4 Pro can accommodate up to 8 TB of storage. In fact, I made use of a Seagate 5TB Expansion drive with a positive outcome.
The data on the external drive has to be cleared off to work properly with the PS4s. After clearing of the data, I was left with a usable storage space of 4.6 TB. Keep in mind that large footprint when shopping for the size of the external HDD you intend to use.
Also, keep in mind that the PS4s will only identify one external storage drive at a time. If you connect a drive that has been previously configured for external storage on the console, it will not clear of the data on the second drive and will not recognize a previously configured second drive. In addition, there is no way of connecting the external drive via a USB hub; you have to connect it directly to one of the USB ports on the PS4 Pro or the PS4.
Here’s how to connect an external HDD.
Connect to drive to either of the USB 3.0 ports. The PS4 features two ports located at the front of the console; the Pro features two located at the front and a third one at the rear. A message will show on the screen saying the USB is not compatible because the drive hasn’t been configured to work with the console.
- Under Settings, click on Devices.
- Under Devices section, go to USB Storage Devices.
- Under USB Storage Devices, click on Format as Extended Storage.
That is the process. It took me less than a minute to format my 5 TB drive.
The external HDD will now be revealed as Extended Storage under Storage (which comes under the Settings folder). The external drive serves as the default destination folder for any game you download or purchase from your Library.
You might think that it is appropriate to set the PS4’s internal drive as the default storage location because you believe that the load times would quickly be processed from the internal drive. Surprisingly, that doesn’t happen in all cases. Digital Foundry carried out a research and compared the load times from the PS4’s internal drive and the Seagate 4TB Expansion drive and discovered that the external Seagate drive was clearly faster on every game they run on either the PS4 Pro or the PS4. Even you can have a faster load time with an external SSD (solid state drive) if you wish to make the payment at a higher cost for every GB of storage and perform some after-market duties to insert the SSD into the USB enclosure.