If you want to use an external drive with your PS4 in order to transfer files or to expand storage then you can simply plug your external drive into the USB port. It is more than likely that your PS4 is not going to read the HDD off the bat.
That is because traditionally HDDs use the NTFS format and the PS4 supports exFAT and FAT32 storage formats. In order to get your external HDD working on a PS4, you will need to format it. Here we are going to look into how you can format your external HDD so that it works with your PS4.
How To Format PS4 Hard Drive: exFAT Vs FAT32
There are two format options that you can choose from, but which one should you choose? Both have their own pros and cons so you can decide which one you prefer. Whichever you choose, it should be fine as I will walk you through formatting for both the storage types.
FAT32 is more compatible with other devices like the PS3 and PC. But the limitation is that it only supports single files up to 4GB and supports up to 2TB in volume. exFAT, on the other hand, does not have this limitation but the problem here is that exFAT can easily be corrupted when compared to FAT32.
Now that you know the difference between the two we can move on to formatting the drive for your PS4.
Format External Hard Drive To exFAT For PS4
If you have decided to go with the exFAT format then you can use the Disk Management in order to do so. Follow the steps mentioned as follows:
- Press Windows + R at the same time,
- Type “diskmgmt.msc” and press “Enter”.
- Right, click the partition on the external hard drive that you want to format and select “Delete Volume”. This will delete it.
- Right-click the unallocated disk space and select “New simple volume” and do as the New Simple Volume Wizard prompts.
- In the Format Partition window, choose the exFAT file system. Then, click “Next” and “Finish” to start the operation.
Format External Hard Drive To FAT32
If you decide to format your HDD to FAT32 then you can use AOMEI Partition Assistant in order to do so. Once you have downloaded and installed the software you need to follow these steps in order to have your HDD up and running.
- Open Partition Assistant.
- Right click on the drive and select “Format Partition”.
- Select FAT32 as the format and select ok.
- Click “Apply” or “Proceed”.
That is all it takes to format your external HDD so that it works on your PS4 or PS4 Pro. If you follow these steps then you should have your drive running on your console without any hiccups whatsoever. This might seem a bit complicated at first but it is fairly simple. Plus if you are going to use your HDD to expand storage then chances are that you are not going to remove it so you will not need to do anything similar after this.