As a game player, you may very familiar with PlayStation 4.
PS4 comes with a massive 1TB internal hard drive. However, you may find that the storage space of PlayStation 4 is not enough to store more games. You may try to remove some games or apps form it, but it is not a helpful solution. More dejectedly, the released storage is still limited.
In this situation, you may seek an external hard drive for your PlayStation 4 to enlarge its storage. But do you know how to pick up the best external hard drive for your PS4? Furthermore, do you know how to format it? The following content will help you answer the two questions.
Best External Hard Drive for PS4
Now, it is time to pick up one of the best external hard drives for PS4 to enlarge its extended storage.
There are three types of the best external hard drives for PS4.
Type 1: Toshiba CANVIO Basics is great value for money, and very durable for everyday use. Choose it as a PS4 external hard drive will double the storage for less money.
Type 2: WD Black My Passport Portable External Hard Drive is USB 3.0 compatible. What’s more, it only requires a quick reformat the first time its buyers use it. The external hard drive also comes in small size and sturdy construction.
Type 3: Seagate Backup Plus Slim Portable Hard Drive External is relatively inexpensive, for the 5TB is $109.99. If you have some requirements for the appearance of the external hard drive, it is a good choice to select this HDD featuring the appearance of beauty as the PS4 external storage.
Let’s see more information about the 3 types of external hard drives.
|Toshiba CANVIO Basics
|WD Black My Passport Portable External Hard Drive||Seagate Backup Plus Slim Portable Hard Drive External|
|Interface|| USB 2.0 for the one with 500GB;
USB2.0/USB 3.0 for the one with 1/2/3/4TB
|USB 3.0||USB 3.0|
|Item Dimensions||4.3 x 3.1 x 0.55 in||4.33 x 3.21 x 0.85 in||2.99 x 0.48 x 4.47 in|
|Item Weight||5.28 ounces||0.54 lb||5.61 ounces|
|Others Feature||Sleek profile design with a matte, smudge-resistance finish;
Easy to use with no software to install.
|Auto backup with included WD Backup software;
Password protection with hardware encryption;
Trusted drive built with WD reliability;
|USB powered – no power supply necessary;
Works interchangeably on Windows and Mac computers without having to reformat;
Many colors available, such as black, blue, red and silver.
Which one do you want to pick as your PS4 external storage? If you have made a decision, please move to the following content to know how to format your picked external hard drive for your PS4.
Format the Best External Hard Drive for PS4
Note: Please pay attention that you should format it to FAT32 for its higher compatibility than that of NTFS. Please click FAT32 vs NTFS to know the differences between the two file systems.
If you have formatted the external hard drive to NTFS, please make a conversion from NTFS to FAT32.
As mention formatting, you may choose CMD or Disk Management to format the external hard drive for PlayStation. But it is highly recommended you apply MiniTool Partition Wizard to complete the operation since these two tools come in some limits on the size of a partition of FAT32 which will be formatted.
Here is the tutorial about how to format your picked external hard drive as your PS4 external storage.
Step 1: Please connect your picked external hard drive for PlayStation with your computer.
Step 2: Download MiniTool Partition Wizard by clicking the offered button and launch it to access its main interface.
Alt=the main interface of MiniTool Partition Wizard
Step 3: Right click on the partition on an external hard drive you want to format and click Format. Or select the partition on an external hard drive and then choose Format Partition from the left panel directly.
Note: If you use your previous external hard drive as the PS4 external storage, please make sure you have backed up the important data saved in the hard drive. If you don’t know how to back it up quickly and easily, you can click here.
Alt=click Format Partition to format the external hard drive
Note: If you have formatted the external hard drive, you can try the Data Recovery feature of MiniTool Partition Wizard.
Step 4: Select FAT32 as the file system of the partition on the external hard drive and click OK to allow these changes.
Alt=select FAT32 as the file system
Step 5: Click the Apply button after going back the main interface of MiniTool Partition Wizard.
Alt=click Apply to complete formatting
The external hard drive has been formatted successfully and you can connect it with your PS4. This way is very convenient yet easy for you to format an external hard drive for PS4.
If you still want to learn about the other formatting ways, you can click here.
After reading, you know how to pick up the best external hard drive for PS4 to use it as your PS4 external storage. And you master how to format the external hard drive for your PS4 with MiniTool Partition Wizard. Hope you will never be bothered by the limited PS4 storage.
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