How to Set up an External Hard Drive on PS4’s 4.5 Update


The days of deleting games on my Playstation 4 are done! I can now have my full library downloaded whenever I need it thanks to PlayStation’s 4.5 update today. We are finally able to plug an external hard drive into the ol’ PlayStation 4. Here’s an easy guide to get you started.

  1. Make sure external hard drive is USB 3.0 and a minimum of 250gb. If you have a ton of games you can go up to 8tbs.
  2. Plug in the new hard drive directly into the PS4 USB hub.
  3. Go to SettingsDevicesUSB Storage Device.
  4. Select External Hard Drive and format as Extended Storage.

Now you can move existing applications (games) to your external

  1. Go to Settings – Storage
  2. Go to System Storage. If you have an extended storage device set up, this will also be displayed.
  3. Go To Applications.
  4. Press the Options button and choose Move to Extended Storage.
  5. Select the Application(s) you wish to move. Choose Move when you’re ready to move them.
  6. Choose Ok and the selected Application(s) will be moved over to your external device.

You can also set up Application Install Location if you want to choose where all future applications will be installed to. Either your PS4’s hard drive or an external one. The PS4 refers to these locations as System Storage and Extended Storage respectively.

Easy peasy. I usually go with Seagate for external hard drives but I’m open to hearing what you use. Tweet me!

Brock McLaughlin

Brock McLaughlin

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