Various Ways You Can Connect An External Hard Drive To PS4 or PS4 Pro

By LVW Team 2 years ago

Now with the latest technology, it has become possible to connect an external hard drive to a PlayStation 4 or PS4 Pro. Connecting your hard disk drive to either console has become easy and quick. Learning the right method would help you accomplish the task in just few minutes.

What are the prerequisites for the connection?

To make the connection, any type of external HDD that has a USB 3.0 connection built in it can be used. The PS4 and PS4 Pro should have upto eight TB of storage. The external HDD should be formatted to work with PS4s and post formatting.

The PS4s will only identify a single external hard disk drive at a time. If your disk that has been formatted earlier for external storage is connected, then it won’t format any other drive and also won’t identify any previously formatted 2nd drive. In addition to this, the external drive can’t be connected to the console via a USB hub. It has to be directly connected to any one of the USB ports located on the PS4’s.

What will be the best hard drive for the PS4 or PS4 Pro

The storage capacity of a standard PS4 is ½ TB, whereas the PS4 Pro comes with the storage capacity of 1 TB. You can either replace your hard drive with the one that complies with any of these standards. It should not be thicker than 9.5mm and should be larger in size than 160GB. Go for the one that provides you a lot of space, for example, 2TB.

Replace your existing hard drive with any compatible device that doesn’t nullify your PS4’s warranty. PS4 hard drive guide will provide you all the technical specs, component related and other information pertaining to the device.

Procedure to connect the external HDD

Connect your disk drive to USB 3.0 port. The PS4 has got 2 ports on the front region of the console. The Pro has got two located on the front and a 3rd on the rear side. To work with a console, it is required that the drive is formatted.

Process to Upgrade Your Hard Drive on PS4

  • Visit Look for the latest system software.
  • Download the 700 MB to 800 MB system recovery or new install software.
  • Check your USB drive with PS4 first. Ensure that it plugs into the USB port present on your PS4 device.
  • Plug in your USB drive into the computer
  • Create a folder as “PS4” on the flash drive
  • Shift the entire download of system software into the “UPDATE” folder.
  • Back up your PlayStation 4 game data.
  • Switch off PS4.
  • Remove the left region of the PS4 case.
  • Remove the hard drive from its case and replace it via a new hard drive.
  • Insert your hard drive again with the new hard drive into the PS4.
  • Reconnect your PS4 to TV and plug the electrical cord again.
  • Your PS4 has 2 USB ports located on the front
  • Keep the power button pressed for about seven seconds to start the device in safe mode.
  • This will bring you the screen of “safe mode options”. With the help of the controller, choose the correct option: “Initialize PS4”


Connecting your HDD to PS4 and PS4 Pro becomes so easy with the help of the above guidelines.

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