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How to Set Up Your PS4 External Hard Drive

A console is basically a computer—and that means you’ll eventually need more storage to expand your game library as your internal storage becomes full. The portable Game Drive for PlayStation is the easy solution.

If you'd prefer to watch a video on this topic, let Seagate’s Maka break it down for you here.

First Let’s Talk Capacity

PlayStation consoles come in standard capacities of 500GB or 1TB, which is enough storage for about 10-20 PS4 games. Perfect for new gamers—but not so perfect for seasoned players who want classic favorites in addition to new releases at their disposal. Which is exactly why we built a PS4 external hard drive. Compact and portable, it gives you up to 4TB of space for storing 100+ PlayStation games.1

That’s intense.

So let’s say you’ve decided to make the leap and gear up with this external hard drive for PS4. Great! Space for a ton of games sits before you. Now what?

Just Plug It In

  1. Connect the USB 3.0 cable to one of your console’s USB ports (doesn’t matter which one)
  2. You’ll see a message in your screen’s corner letting you know a device has been found. Once you see this, from your home screen, click Settings
  3. Scroll down to Devices and then to USB Storage Devices and you’ll see that the PS4 has automatically detected the Game Drive.
  4. Click on the drive and then select “Format As Extended Storage”
  5. Follow the prompts—and you’re done!

Enjoy the Magic of Matching Firmware

We could have just made a game drive and called it good. But we went the extra step and actually partnered with PlayStation so that we could engineer PS4 extended storage with features that make a difference, like matching PlayStation firmware (available only on 2TB). So because your game drive and your console run on the same kind of technology, gameplay is seamless—as if you were playing straight from your console’s internal drive.

Take Your PS4 External Storage Anywhere

Whether you’re headed to cousin Joe’s for the annual holiday get together or just popping over to a friend’s place, Game Drive for PlayStation makes it easy to hang out and connect. Simply plug into their console and load your drive onto it.

Options. Options. Options.

  • Available in 4TB
  • Black design with classic PS4 blue strip
  • Plug-and-play with the included USB 3.0 cable
  • Available in 2TB
  • Built with matching PS4 firmware
  • Sleek black design
  • Plug-and-play with the included USB 3.0 cable

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Thanks for reading and happy gaming ✌

1 Average game size is 35–50GB. Quantitative usage examples are for illustrative purposes.