It was a long time coming but you can finally connect an external hard disc drive (HDD) to your Playstation 4 (PS4) or PS4 Pro. The days of swapping games in and out of the meager 500 GB (Gigabyte) internal drive in the PS4 or the larger 1 TB (Terrabyte) drive in the PS4 Pro are over. Connecting the HDD to either console is easy and only takes a few minutes. Here’s how to do it.
You can use any external HDD that has a USB 3.0 connection. The PS4 and PS4 Pro will address up to 8 TB of storage. I used a Seagate 5 TB Expansion drive and the process went very smoothly.
The external drive needs to be formatted to work with the PS4s and after formatting I had 4.6 TB of usable storage space. Keep that large footprint in mind when considering the size of the external HDD you plan to use.
The PS4s will only recognize one external storage drive at a time. If a drive that has been previously formatted for external storage on the console is connected, it will not format a second drive and will not recognize a previously formatted second drive. Also, the external drive cannot be connected to the console through a USB hub, it must be directly connected to one of the USB ports on the PS4 or PS4 Pro.