Since the new system software update 4.50 was published, it finally became possible to connect your external hard drive to your PS4 or PS4 Pro. The time has come when you can stop worrying about your storage space running out, and the way for achieving that is rather quite simple. Firstly, you have to keep in mind that this solution will be at your disposal, only if your external hard drive has a USB 3.0, and is sized from 250 GB to 8 TB. Okay, let us divulge that secret on how to set up your your ps4 external hard drive!
1. Format your hard drive
You need to format your hard drive, but don’t worry, it won’t take much of your time. You just go to your Settings, open up Devices, and then press USB Storage Devices. Now, you should be able to see your external drive on the screen. Next thing you have to do, is press Format as Extended Storage. After that, its just Next>Format>Yes>Okay, and voila! You did it. All future games and software will be stored on your external drive.
2. Transfer existing games to the external hard drive
If you are wondering if you can transfer your already existing apps to the external drive, the answer to that question is also YES! Again, you need to open up your Settings, go to Storage, than System Storage. Subsequently you should choose Applications, than tap on Options. Now you will be faced with a choice that says Move to Extended Storage. After you press it, just tap X on each game that you wish to transfer to your external drive. As simple as that!
3. Cautionary tips
We need to talk about caution for a little bit. Keep in mind, that you should never unplug you external drive, while the console is still running. By doing that, you are raising the likelihood of data loss or corruption happening. When you decide to disconnect your drive, do it by following these easy steps.
– Go to your Settings.- Choose Devices.- Choose USB Storage Devices.- Finally, press Stop Using This Extended Storage.
4. Improving your gaming experience
Let us share a few simple tips with you. Research has shown that the loading time is going to be much faster if it’s performed from your external drive, rather than the PS4’s internal storage. So, we advise you, if you have a pretty sizable external drive, do use it as your dominant storage location. And, on a different note, bare in mind that your external drive needs to be plugged directly into the PS4, and not through a USB hub, it simply will not work.
We hope that you have found these information to be useful. The whole process in itself is genuinely pretty easy to do, so we hope that you won’t face any additional troubles whilst trying to connect your drive to your PS4. If the system ends up not shutting down correctly, you could be faced with a message that says that the external storage needs to be repaired. The console is not going to take much time performing this action, and you should not end up having any data loss, or issues of different sorts by the time it ends.