Sony’s PlayStation console is a household name in the gaming world. That is true considering its powerhouse nature and the plenty of games available under the sleeve.
But oftentimes, the big problem comes when you want to play more than just a few games. Let’s face it, games are getting bigger and better. So you need to have more storage to cater for your needs. You can do that in two ways; the first one is by snapping another hard drive inside your PS4 console, and the second – and the most convenient way – to use an external hard drive via USB. But why the latter? Let’s tell you why.
- It’s Convenient
Instead of opening up your PS4/PS4 Pro console, using an external hard drive doesn’t subject you to all of that hassle. Simply plugin your Hard drive via USB and you’re ready to go – chase those zombies and kill those enemies in Fortnite.
Buying an external storage for your PS4 Console is the cheapest way to get more space for storage of your game files.
External hard drives bring in the portability aspect for your games. Imagine going over at your buddy’s place on a Friday night not stressing on carrying your console. It’s simple – just carry your external hard drive and you have al your games with you wherever you go and will all the progress intact.
You can download games and add-ons from PlayStation Store directly to your external storage device. The best part if you can even move games from your PS4’s internal hard drive to the external storage device.
Now that you know the advantages of getting yourself an external hard drive for your PS4 console, which hard drives should you get? Here’s what Sony recommends;
Requirements for an External Storage Device for PS4/PS4 Pro
- A PS4 console MUST run on system software 4.50 or newer.
- An external storage device with:
- USB 3.0 or later
- Minimum of 250 GB and a maximum of 8 TB capacity.
- Only one external device can be used at a time. You will get an error message if the same application is installed on the system storage and the external storage device.
- The external storage device must be connected directly into the PS4.
How to Setup an External Storage Device to Store PS4 Games
Step 1. Format Your External Storage Device
To set up an external storage device on your PS4, you must format the hard drive first. That means you should remove all your files and have a clean hard drive before using it on your PS4. To format your external hard drive go to your PS4 Settings > Devices > USB Storage Devices. Then select the USB storage device and click on Format as Extended Storage.
Step 2. Change the Application Install Location
Before you start downloading the 175GB Call of Duty: Modern Warfare on your PS4, remember to change the application install location first.
Here’s how to do that; From your PS4 console, go to Settings > Storage, and then click the OPTIONS button. After that select Application Install Location and choose Extended Storage.
How to Move Applications Between External Storage and Your PS4
Since you have your external hard drive set, lets now move those applications installed inside your PS4.
Step 1. From your PS4, go to Settings > Storage.
Step 2. Select the storage (system or extended) that has the application(s) you want to move.
- Select [Applications], then the application you want to move.
- Press the OPTIONS button and select [Move to Extended Storage] or [Move to System Storage].
- Check-off the applications to move and then select [Move].
- Select [Ok] or [Cancel].
How to Properly Disconnect an External Storage Device
Disconnecting the external storage device improperly may cause corruption or loss of data. That’s an important thing to know. I’m sure you have already seen the same disclaimer for your PC or laptop concerning external thumb drives or hard drives. The same applies for the PS4.
Got to the Quick Menu, and select Sound/Devices then click on Stop Using Extended Storage by selecting Ok.
Some extra precautions to take include not disconnecting your hard drive during the shutdown process or putting the PS4™ system into rest mode.
So, what happens when you have done something wrong to your external storage device? It’s simple. You will get some errors. But PS4 has several error codes you should care about. Here are some basic ones, and various solutions when you see them.
Solutions To Common PS4 Errors When Using an External Storage Device
Solution: Use an external storage device that has at least 250 GB minimum and a maximum capacity of 8 TB.
Solution: Use an external storage device a USB 3.0 or newer.
Solution: Connect the external storage device directly to the PS4.
Solution: Reformat the external storage device.
CE-30022-7, and CE-30006-9
Solution: Reformat the external storage device again. If the error still persists, restart PS4 and then reformat again.