Running out of space on your Playstation? Here’s a quick walkthrough on how to add an external drive to increase storage space.
A new game comes out and you are dying to play it. Only, you just been told you don’t have enough hard disk space. If you play a lot of games, 500GB isn’t a whole lot to work with. Do yourself a favor and add another 2TB or more with an external hard drive.
Hard drives have come down in price and you can get a 1TB for as little as $50 these days. The process of adding a new hard disk to your PS4/PS4 Pro is very straightforward.
Update Your Sony PS4 Firmware
Before the PS4 can use your new hard disk, make sure you have at least a 4.5 firmware update. To determine what firmware version your PS4 console is currently running, go to the Settings | System | System Information screen.
The easiest way to update the system software is to go to Settings | System Software Update. Press the Update button and let it do its thing. An update file will be downloaded and installed. The system will reboot. Do not unplug or mess around with your PS4 while the firmware update is in progress.
Re-verify the firmware update by going back to Settings | System | System Information and checking the version.
Adding An External Hard Drive To Your PS4
Although you can totally change out your Sony PS4 hard drive, I won’t proceed in that direction. I am assuming you don’t want to have to redo your whole PS4 disk again and just want to extend the storage space to put more games on. It can be a pain if you take this route because all of your games will need to be reinstalled.
I went out and got the 2TB Western Digital My Passport Portable External Hard Drive. It goes for about $80 on Amazon. I decided on the yellow version to . It’s very compact in design and comes with a short USB connector. You must use a USB 3.0 hard drive as the PS4 firmware requires it. You can add up to 8TB of storage.
Simply attach the external hard drive to one of the USB ports located in the front of the PS4 where you connect your controllers. You cannot use a USB hub and must be directly attached. If you now go to Settings | Devices | USB Storage Devices, you should now see your drive connected.
Select the drive and format it as an extended drive.
Enabling and Disabling the Storage Device
Only applications can be stored on this drive. Other files like screenshots, video, and other data cannot and will be stored on the internal hard drive.
By default, all applications will be placed on this new drive. To change the location, go to Settings | Storage | Application Install Location. If you no longer want to install applications on this drive, press the PS button and the bring up the quick menu. Select Stop Using This Extended Storage.
Moving Applications To Your New Hard Drive
To move applications that are on the main storage device, first go to System | Storage and choose the System Storage device. You should see the following list:
- Capture Gallery
- Saved Data
- Free Space
If you select Applications, you will see the entire list of all your games that are installed.
Select the applications you want to move to the new hard drive with the joystick controller. Highlight it and set its check mark with the X button. When you are done with your selections, click the Move button.
Depending on how many applications you chose to move, this will take a long time. For example, after choosing around 8 games I had on the System Storage, it took about an hour.
Don’t Forget Your Library
Your library is where all applications that you own are stored. These are records on Sony databases that prove the authenticity and verification that you own these applications.
Your local storage devices are used only to store frequently access applications that you play. When you run out of storage space, you must delete the applications off local storage to make room for others. Sony will have a record of the other applications you own so that if you need to play those games, you can make space and then download those games to play.