Using an external USB drive with a PlayStation 5

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External drives on USB Hubs and External Drives with USB Hubs built-in are not compatible with PlayStation 5 (PS5). This includes the following Seagate products:

  • Backup Plus Hub
  • Backup Plus Hub for Mac
  • FireCuda Gaming Hub
  • FireCuda Gaming Dock
  • Game Drive Hub for Xbox

Drive must meet PlayStations requirements:

  • SuperSpeed USB 5 Gbps or later.
  • 250 GB minimum, 8 TB maximum capacity

What can an external USB drive be used for on my PlayStation 5?

  • Storing PS5 games on the drive
    • Games will need to be moved back to internal storage for PS5 to be played
  • Playing PlayStation 4 game directly from the drive
  • Store media on the drive
    • Drive needs to be formatted exFAT
    • Make sure the media is stored in folders


  • You can't connect the drive through a USB hub
  • USB storage is not compatible with the USB Type-A port on the front of your PS5
    • USB Type-A storage must use the rear port
  • Two or more USB extended storage drives can’t be connected at the same time
  • To avoid data loss always safely remove the USB drive
  • Drives that were setup for extended storage will need to be reformatted to be used on Windows or macOS

For more information see PlayStation's official documentation: