Best PS4 External Hard Drives

Review & Comparison, Last Update December 10, 2018
It's great that the PlayStation 4 comes with internal storage, but most PS4 owners find that they quickly run out of storage space. The best solution for this, of course, is to add an external hard drive. Read our reviews of five of the best external hard drives for the PS4 to find the best one for you! ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Capacity
Interface
Compatibility
Dimensions
Warranty
 
PROS

The process of initial setup and formatting is simple and intuitive, just like most other external hard drives: connect it, follow the prompts, and the device will be ready for use in 2-3 minutes.

CONS

The copy speed is slightly lower than the built-in PS4 drive.

OUR VERDICT

Seagate released this model specifically for the PS4 and PS4 Pro game consoles, to solve the problem of a lack of internal storage once and for all. The hard drive has a design similar to the PS4 console, so the devices will look like a complete gaming kit.

detailed parameters
Capacity

4 TB (2 TB also available)

Interface

USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible)

Compatibility

Any generation of PS4 (system software version 4.5 or higher)

Dimensions

4.5 x 2.9 x 0.8 inches

0.5 lb

Warranty

2 years

PROS

Vertical placement of the drive will be especially useful for users who have little free space in the entertainment center. If your console is also upright - both devices will look natural together.

CONS

Requires additional connection to the network.

OUR VERDICT

If you own the PS4 Pro and download games in 4k resolution, then we recommend purchasing the WD My Book: it has 4 TB of internal space, so you can save plenty of modern and demanding 4k games.

detailed parameters
Capacity

4 TB (3. 6. 8. also available)

Interface

USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible)

Port for AC-adapter

Compatibility

Any generation of PS4 (system software version 4.5 or higher)

Dimensions

6.7 x 5.5 x 1.9 inches

2.2 lb

Warranty

3 years

PROS

The My Passport game drive features increased protection for shocks, shakes and vibrations, so it eliminates data loss and interrupted file copies in extreme situations.

CONS

LED indicator is not conveniently placed.

OUR VERDICT

This external drive boasts an incredibly fast data transfer speed, so even during playing the most voluminous games, the probability of hangs and lags is absolutely out of the question. 2 TB of internal memory is enough for most gamers.

detailed parameters
Capacity

2 TB (4 TB also available)

Interface

USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible)

Compatibility

Any generation of PS4 (system software version 4.5 or higher)

Dimensions

4.3 x 3.2 x 0.8 inches

0.5 lb

Warranty

3 years

PROS

Compact dimensions and an amazingly small device thickness of just 0.48 inch make it easy to transport this external hard drive. Despite this design, the body during operation generates almost no heat.

CONS

The USB 3.0 cable has a small length (18-inches).

OUR VERDICT

This model from Seagate is famous for its versatility: it can be easily connected to modern gaming consoles, as well as to computers with Windows, Mac, and Linux. The included additional software will appeal to experienced users.

detailed parameters
Capacity

2 TB (1, 4, 5 TB also available)

Interface

USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible)

Compatibility

Any generation of PS4 (system software version 4.5 or higher)

Dimensions

4.5 x 3 x 0.48 inches

0.35 lb

Warranty

2 years

PROS

Toshiba Storage Backup Software allows you to connect your hard drive to your PC and back up your data if necessary. The software is compatible with your PS4 as well as Windows 7 SP1 and later versions.

CONS

The glossy housing is susceptible to scratches.

OUR VERDICT

This budget and practical hard drive has a capacity of 1 TB, so it will help you out when the built-in storage in the console is already full. Furthermore, the performance here is not inferior to more expensive competitors.

detailed parameters
Capacity

1 TB (2, 3 TB also available)

Interface

USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible)

Compatibility

Any generation of PS4 (system software version 4.5 or higher)

Dimensions

4.3 x 3.1 x 0.55 inches

0.32 lb

Warranty

2 years

Seagate Game Drive for PlayStation 4

Store Your Collection

Many of us are huge Sony PlayStation fans, having been loyal PlayStation gamers ever since the launch of the original PlayStation back in 1995. Many of these same fans bought the PS4 early after its original release, which means that there are plenty of people out there now with huge libraries of PS4 games. With the move to digital distribution, many of these games were probably purchased online and downloaded onto the consoles. With most PS4 models coming with limited internal storage, obviously, your internal hard drive is going to be filled up pretty quickly, making a high capacity external drive a necessity.

The Seagate Game Drive for PlayStation 4 is the perfect solution for those who require a high capacity external hard drive to go along with their PS4 system. Featuring 4 TB of storage space, this external hard drive offers plenty of room for those who have a large collection of games. The capacity of this drive is able to hold up to 100 games, so even the most hardcore enthusiasts should find this drive more than sufficient for their comprehensive collections. Along with a large collection of games, you should find the storage space more than sufficient for other data, including movies, TV shows, and other things that have been downloaded to your PS4.
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Great Looking External Drive

The large storage capacity of this external hard drive is probably enough of a selling point for most PS4 owners, but it also has a lot more to offer. The case of this drive features sleek black top and bottom panels with blue sides, and a cool swirly design on the top panel, which gives it a cool look. This means that this external hard drive will look great in your entertainment center next to the console, and the flat design with a small footprint makes it take up only a minimal amount of space, as well as being very easy to carry with you when you travel.

The hard drive itself is very easy to set up when it is first connected to your PS4, requiring only a minimal amount of configuration before it is ready to go. The drive connects through a USB 3.0 port, with a USB cable included, so the drive is able to take advantage of the higher data transfer speeds available through USB 3.0. This means that all games that are stored on this drive should run quickly without any loss of performance. The drive is meant to work on PS4 models with at least version 4.5 of the system software installed, so make sure that your PS4 software has been updated. Any PS4 owner will find this good external drive for PS4 a valuable addition to their game system.
Seagate Game Drive for PlayStation 4 Portable External USB Hard Drive in the use

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Western Digital My Book Desktop

A Great Name in Hard Drives

Anyone looking to add storage to their PS4 shouldn't need to look hard to find a usable external hard drive. The PS4 console is capable of using any standard USB external hard drive, just as long as it is at least USB 3.0. However, those in this position should think about getting a high-quality hard drive, as they will want a drive that is going to last them for the lifetime of their console. This can make the search for an external hard drive a little more difficult, especially with the large amount of external hard drive available.

The Western Digital My Book Desktop External HDD is a great external hard drive that can give any PS4 owner what they need. Coming in different sizes ranging from 3 TB to 10 TB, any model of this drive should give users a large amount of storage, enough to satisfy even the most hardcore gamer with a huge collection of games. Along with new PS4 games, though, the user should also have plenty of storage capacity to download other items through the Playstation Store, including movies, music, and tons of additional games. Despite this large storage capacity, the drive should also be great for even casual gamers, as the price point is just right, no matter the type of user.

Review of Western Digital My Book Desktop External HDD

Large Capacity with Great Performance

Along with the large capacity of the different sizes available, this PS4 external hard drive also includes great performance. The USB 3.0 standard that this drive uses allows for fast data transfers, which means that anyone worried about the drive's performance has no need to be. This drive will work at least as fast as the internal PS4 hard drive, and in some cases may even exceed it. This translates into fast loading games that won't suffer from any long load times or performance issues, and also allows for seamless viewing of high definition movies, even those in 4K resolution.

The design of the drive also can be praised, as it features an enclosure that is made to stand up instead of lie flat. This makes it perfect for those who have a very limited amount of space in their entertainment center, as the drive will fit into almost any small wedge in that space. The plastic enclosure is also solid black and dark gray, and will look stunning when sitting next to your PS4 console. Those worried about the drive not matching their PS4 should have nothing to worry about, and in fact will be pleasantly surprised with how great they look together. All of these features together along with a great price make this external hard drive an excellent bargain.

Western Digital My Book Desktop External HDD in the use

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WD 8TB My Book unboxing and review

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Key Specs

This generation has 8TB, 6TB, 4TB and 3TB single drive models. Dual drive 12TB and 16TB models are available too.

Features

It comes with a 4ft USB 3.0 cable (much nicer than the very short My Passport cables!)
 

WD My Passport Game

Cost Effective

One of the problems with external storage options is that many of them tend to be pricey. Having to pay so much money just for extra storage on top of the typical expenses of owning a console can be quite expensive. New games, movies, extra controllers, and the PlayStation Plus subscription run the total cost of owning a console into the high territory, so finding a good external hard drive for PS4 just adds to the cost even more. Thankfully, not all external hard drives for PS4 are expensive.

The WD My Passport Game Storage for PS4 gives you a high-quality drive without the high price. Featuring a plastic exterior with sectioned designs on the case made to look great next to your PS4 system, this 2 TB external hard drive gives you plenty of storage space at a reasonable price. The hard drive enclosure is made of hard plastic, so it retains some durability while still being lightweight and easy to carry with you. The hard drive connects to your PS4 through the USB 3.0 port, and the blue USB cable included with the drive enhances its looks. The drive's storage capacity is enough to hold up to 50 games, which should be plenty for any casual gamer as well as quite a few hardcore gamers who like to build up a sizeable collection.
Review of WD My Passport Game Storage for PS4

All Elements Included

This standard USB 3.0 external hard drive is very similar to the other WD models that are made specifically for computers, with the exception of the normally included backup software. However, this is not needed when purchasing it for use with your PS4. The setup and installation process of the drive is quick and easy, allowing you to start using it in just a few minutes. Once it has been set up, the drive can be connected and disconnected without having to go through the setup process again.

The performance of this drive is actually beyond what people normally expect from a normal USB 3.0 external hard drive. Some users actually report slight performance increases in game loading times in comparison to the internal PS4 hard drive, which means that performance problems with this drive should never come into play. The drive also retains compatibility with PCs as well as with the XBox One, although formatting the drive for your PS4 will mean that it can only be used with your console unless you reformat it, which is typical for any external hard drive. Having this great model will help you in your quest to expand your game collection without the worry of running out of hard drive space with your PS4.
WD My Passport Game Storage for PS4 in the use

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Seagate Backup Plus Slim

Expand Your Game Library

Although most game consoles are not designed for portability, there are times when you want an external hard drive for your PS4 that is portable. Having a small portable form factor hard drive is quite convenient for a number of reasons. Many people are lacking space in their entertainment center, and an external hard drive with a small footprint makes it easier to fit the drive into a small space. Also, sometimes we like to carry our drives with us, such as when going over to a friend's house, or going on a road trip. Every PS4 owner can greatly benefit from having a portable external hard drive.

The Seagate Backup Plus Slim External Hard Disk is one such drive that retains a small footprint. Coming in a standard 2 TB capacity, this drive has enough storage space for most people's game libraries while giving you even more room to grow your collection of games. There are also sizes ranging from 1 to 5 TB available, which gives you plenty of choices in regards to size. The choices aren't limited to just the capacity, though. This drive can come in one of 4 different colors, letting you easily match either your PS4 system or its surroundings, with all of the available colors retaining a high tech look.

Review of Seagate Backup Plus Slim External Hard Disk

Slim and Speedy

The benefits of this external hard drive for PS4 aren't limited to its looks. The drive connects to your PS4 system through the USB 3.0 port, making full use of the high data transfer speeds available through USB 3.0. Your games that you install on this drive will perform every bit as fast as they would from the built-in internal hard drive, meaning that games will load quickly and no performance problems should occur. The high capacity also gives you plenty of space for many of the other things that can be downloaded to your PS4, including music and movies.

Installation and setup of this drive are very easy, with your PS4 being able to automatically detect the drive once it is connected, and the setup process only taking a couple of minutes. Plus, the extreme portability of the drive lets you easily take it with you anywhere, being small enough to fit in your pocket. This means your game collection can go anywhere that you go, and you no longer have to leave everything at home when you travel. This drive is also fully compatible with other systems, including PCs, Macs, and even the XBox One, so you can use it on another system should you no longer need it for your PS4. The great flexibility provided by this external hard drive should catch the attention of any gamer.

Seagate Backup Plus Slim External Hard Disk in the use

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Seagate Backup Plus Slim 4TB PORTABLE External Hard Drive - (Black) USB 3.0/2.0

What customers say about this product

Key Specs

A few years ago, the very idea of having 4 terabytes of storage on a single device seemed a ways off. But now having that much storage in a 2.5 inch diameter platter package is very satisfying. For a little over $100.00 that is very satisfying.

Features

Great disk, and what a value with 200GB of OneDrive. I was paying $4/month for 100GB OneDrive storage, so the 2 year free subscription is saving me $96 total, and I have twice the storage! Wow, I got the drive for free and got paid $40 to buy it.
 

Toshiba Canvio Advance

Budget Drive

Although the ability of the PS4 to use most standard USB external hard drives gives people a wide range of choice for storage options, those who are on a budget will find that their options for the fastest HDD for PS4 are limited. Many drives cost enough to be just out of the reach for those who can only afford a low-cost drive. Furthermore, there is the stigma that the less something costs, the worse it's quality. This is often true, but not always. There are some great drives to be found at a minimal price point.

The Toshiba Canvio Basics Portable External Hard Drive is a great budget drive that is fully compatible with the PS4. Featuring 1 TB of storage capacity, this drive holds the promise of being able to store up to 25 games. which should be plenty for any casual gamer who does not have a large collection. In addition, this drive is also perfect for supplementing the storage of the internal hard drive by giving you a place to store extra games, videos, music, and other downloaded items that may be filling up your internal hard drive. Considering that most configurations of the PS4 come with only 500 GB of storage capacity, you are basically tripling your total storage just by adding this drive.
Review of Toshiba Canvio Advance Portable External Hard Drive

Plug and Play

Just because this external hard drive is inexpensive doesn't mean that it compares poorly to other more expensive drives. This drive uses the standard USB 3.0 connection, allowing you to easily connect it to your PS4 without any hassle. The setup for the drive is quite easily, requiring just a few prompts from the menu before it is ready to go. The performance of the drive is also on par with most other more expensive models, giving you plenty of speed to load your favorite games and movies quickly without any performance dropoff. All games from this drive run just as fast as they do from the internal storage.

The exterior of this drive is also quite nice, featuring a slick black enclosure that will seem to disappear when placed next to your PS4. You won't have to worry about it sticking out like a sore thumb in your entertainment center. The drive's footprint is also quite small, and it is thin enough to easily place on top of your PS4 or another device should space be at a premium. The light weight of this drive also makes it easy to carry with you wherever you go, so you don't need to leave it at home when you travel. Considering the low price of this drive coupled with its great features, this drive is sure to please even the most discerning PS4 owner.
Toshiba Canvio Advance Portable External Hard Drive in the use

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What Is an External Hard Drive for PS4?

New video game consoles like the Playstation 4 have quite a few differences from consoles of old, with one of the primary differences being in their use of mass storage. Whereas older game systems used battery backups in game cartridges or flash memory cards, newer video game systems come equipped with internal hard drives for the vast amounts of data that they need. The internal hard drives are used for storing the system's operating system, holding game saves, and even downloaded games or movies. With such options available for game consoles, coupled with the fact that digital distribution is much more common than before, internal hard drives tend to fill up pretty fast, often leaving users with no choice but to clear up space on their full drives.

The best solution to increasing your PS4's storage capacity is by connecting an external hard drive. External hard drives for the PS4 are very easy to connect, and tend to require little in the way of setup in order to start using them. An external drive can connect through the included USB ports on the PS4, and the system will recognize it as additional storage. For those who aren't sure what steps are needed to take to connect an external hard drive to their PS4, you can find some authoritative information here.

If you are wanting to purchase a PS4 system along with an external hard drive, take a look at our reviews of five of the best limited edition PS4 consoles.

What Features to Compare

Just adding any external hard drive to your PS4 is probably not the best idea. Although many external hard drive models may work on it, there are a number of factors that should be taken into consideration before adding a new external drive to any system, including your PS4. Paying careful attention to these details can save you a lot of trouble in the long run, so check these details carefully about any external hard drive before purchasing one. After all, you want only the best external hard drive for PS4, so choose wisely.

Storage Capacity 

The main factor you want to take into consideration for any external hard drive you purchase is its storage capacity. The total storage capacity, measured in Gigabytes (GB) or Terabytes (TB), shows how much data the drive can hold. The higher the number, the more games, movies, and other data that can be stored on the drive. Most external hard drives will start with at least 500 GB, although it is highly recommended that you get one with at least 1 TB of capacity, preferably more. After all, buying additional games and other things can quickly fill up a hard drive, so having as much available storage space as possible will prevent any problems with a full drive in the future.

Interface 

Most external hard drives now connect to any system through the USB port, and the PS4 is no exception. All PS4 models include two USB 3.0 ports on it, allowing you to connect more than one external drive. Any external drive that you get should support at least USB 2.0, although USB 3.0 is necessary to work properly with your PS4 system and is listed in the PS4's requirements for external hard drives. Although most recent external hard drives already use USB 3.0, it is always best to check before purchasing the drive.

Compatibility 

This is another very important consideration to make before purchasing an external hard drive. Making sure that whatever hard drive you want to add to your PS4 system is fully compatible is something that needs to be checked. While the PS4 utilizes the USB standard for connecting external devices, some older external hard drives may encounter some compatibility issues with more recent versions of the PS4 software. Furthermore, there is more than one model of the PS4 available, including the PS4 and PS4 Pro, so it is best to ensure that whatever external hard drive you want to add to the system has full support for that model.

Access Speed 

One consideration that many people don't think about is the access speed of the hard drive. The access speed of the hard drive shows how quickly that the hard drive can load or save data. This is especially important for those who purchase and download games online. Having an external drive with a slow access speed has the potential to cause issues while playing a game, including slow load time and general performance problems, so it is best to make sure that the hard drive has a fast access time to prevent this from being a concern.

Although there may be a few other considerations to look for before purchasing an external hard drive for your PS4, keeping the above mentioned factors in mind will ensure that you have the best experience possible.

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Connecting an External Hard Drive to Your PS4

Anyone who has filled up the hard drive of their PlayStation 4 console will already know how good having an external hard drive will be. However, there are still quite a few people who have never connected an external drive to their PS4, and many of these same people are not sure how it's done. Fear not - connecting an external hard drive is quite easy, and only takes a couple of minutes to get it connected and configured correctly. Below are the steps that you will want to take to get your new external hard drive connected to your PS4.

Physical Connection

The first thing you will want to do is to connect the hard drive physically to your PS4. This is done by using the USB cable included with your external hard drive, and connecting it to one of the USB ports on your PS4. Many external hard drives use a proprietary connector tor the cable's connection to the external drive, so there shouldn't be any confusion about which end plugs into which, as the size of the connectors are usually quite different. Regardless, if you are confused about which side to connect to the drive and which to the PS4, your external hard drive will most likely come with instructions on how to do this.

Once the drive has been connected to your PS4, power on the system. When the system fully boots up, you will probably see a message explaining that the USB device is not supported. This is fine, as it just indicates that the external hard drive needs to be formatted before it can work.

Formatting the Drive

To format the hard drive, go to Settings - Devices - USB Storage Devices - Format as Extended Storage through the PlayStation's menu. Once you have selected Format as Extended Storage, the format process will commence. This should take no more than a couple of minutes, as even large external hard drives will format pretty quickly. Once it is finished, go back to Settings - Storage, and you should see your external hard drive now listed as a storage device. This drive should now be the default drive for installing or downloading games or other files to your PS4. It is recommended that you leave it as the default storage device, especially if your PS4's internal hard drive is nearly full.

You can find more information regarding connecting an external hard drive to your PS4 here.

Troubleshooting

In almost all cases, you should not encounter any problems with connecting an external hard drive to your PS4 if you follow the steps listed above. However, in case you do encounter any problems, there are a few things you can do to try fixing the problem yourself.

First, make sure that your external hard drive meets the requirements for external drives that are supported by the PS4. The requirements include a hard drive that supports USB 3.0 or later, and a drive that is at least 250 GB in size., with a maximum capacity of 8 TB. If your external hard drive does not meet these criteria, then you will need to purchase a new external drive that does.

Check the physical connection between your external hard drive and PS4. Make sure the USB cable is connected securely in both ends. If your external hard drive has a power light, make sure that this power light is lit while it is connected and the PS4 is powered on. If the light isn't lit, then this might indicate a problem either with the external hard drive or the USB cable.

If the hard drive power light is lit, but your PS4 is not showing a message about the external drive, navigate to Settings - Devices - USB Storage Devices in the menu to make sure that the drive is being detected by your PS4. If it is, select Format as Extended Storage to format the drive. It should then be detected properly once it is formatted.

If you are having any further problems with connecting an external hard drive to your PS4, you can find more information and troubleshooting steps at the official PlayStation Support Page.

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Publish Date: 2018-08-09 08:48:24