PS4 update 4.50 beta is currently underway which means Sony in testing the waters with new features such as the external HDD support. Sony recently announced external HDD support for PS4. The feature is a part of PS4 update 4.50 beta and is being tested for issues.
There is one oversight with HDD support on Sony’s part that is turning out to be a very annoying problem. According to PS4 update 4.50 beta users, external PS4 hardware support requires you to safely remove HDD before going into the rest mode. Users can set their PS4 to go into the rest mode after being inactive for a certain amount of time.
When you turn your console back on it prompts a message saying the PS4 was turned off without properly removing the drive and the drive now needs to be repaired. Even if you have your USB power set to on, the HDD will not remain connected in the rest mode.
This can damage the data inside which means backups or game installs are at risk. According to a Reddit who first spotted the issue:
there is a very annoying issue that I’ve come across. If you have an external drive connected and you have your PS4’s power saving settings configured to put your console into rest mode after a certain amount of inactivity, when you turn your PS4 back on from rest mode it acts like you’ve turned off your PS4 without safely disconnecting the drive and it has to repair.
This is very annoying as I have to remember to disconnect the drive safely every time I get ready to sleep and watch Netflix. I know it sounds like a minor issue but I don’t want to risk losing all of the games installed on the drive, nor do I want to sit through a lengthy repair process every time I turn my console back on.
It seems like an oversight on Sony’s part that rest mode doesn’t keep the HDD connected if you have your USB power set to on in rest mode.
Sony is yet to take notice of the issue but it is likely that it will soon. The update is still in beta so there is no cause for concern at this time.