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How to set up an external hard drive on PS4 with 4.5 firmware

One of the most requested PS4 features has finally made its way to the console.

The new 4.5 firmware update for the PS4 adds long-awaited support for USB 3.0 external hard drives up to 8 TB, expanding the console’s storage capacity by almost 1000 percent.

With the upcoming firmware adding external hard drive support, the tedious trick of having to open up the console to update its storage is now redundant.

With games growing in size and 500GB and 1TB seeming less likely to shoulder the load with every new release, the support in firmware 4.5 comes at just the right time.

The firmware update will be rolled out soon, with users in the special invite-only beta stage now able to utilise the feature. Here’s how to set up an external hard drive on your recently-updated 4.5 firmware PS4.

Step 1

Ensure your external hard drive is USB 3.0 compatible. You can get a 4TB USB external hard drive for around $109 from Amazon.

Step 2

Plug the device into your PS4.

Step 3

Go to “Settings”, and then “Devices”. Then navigate to “USB Storage Devices”.

Step 4

Select your external hard drive from the list. It should be named similarly to the brand of the hard drive.

Step 5

Select ‘Format As Extended Storage’. Once it’s formatted, there should be a green light next to the device’s listing in the menu, which suggests it is now open and compatible with the PS4.

To ensure that all future downloads are saved to your external hard drive, click on the hard drive, click “Options” on your controller, then select “Confirm”. This will now mark the hard drive as “Application Install Location” if you’ve followed the steps correctly.


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