Best PS4 External Hard Drives in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 17, 2019
It's great that the PlayStation 4 comes with internal storage, but most PS4 owners find that they quickly run out of storage space. The best solution for this, of course, is to add an external hard drive. Read our reviews of five of the best external hard drives for the PS4 to find the best one for you! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2019
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Capacity
Interface
Compatability
Dimensions
Warranty
 
PROS

The process of initial setup and formatting is simple and intuitive, just like most other external hard drives: connect it, follow the prompts, and the device will be ready for use in 2-3 minutes.

CONS

The copy speed is slightly lower than the built-in PS4 drive.

OUR VERDICT

Seagate released this model specifically for the PS4 and PS4 Pro game consoles, to solve the problem of a lack of internal storage once and for all. The hard drive has a design similar to the PS4 console, so the devices will look like a complete gaming kit.

detailed parameters
Capacity

4 TB (0.5 TB, 1 TB, 2 TB and 8 TB also available)

Interface

USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible)

Compatability

Any generation of PS4 (system software version 4.5 or higher)

Dimensions

11.3 x 7.6 x 2.1 cm

0.23 kg

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The My Passport Portable Gaming Storage boasts enhanced protection against shock and vibration, so it eliminates data loss by interrupting file copying in extreme situations.

CONS

White LED-light is very bright and distracting.

OUR VERDICT

Given the fact that the latest games have a resolution of 4k Ultra HD and occupy more than 100 GB of disk space, even a console model with 1 TB of internal memory may not seem enough. However, this model will help you download and store many modern games.

detailed parameters
Capacity

4 TB (2, 3 TB also available)

Interface

USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible)

Compatability

Any generation of PS4 (system software version 4.5 or higher)

Dimensions

11 x 8.2 x 2.1 cm

0.23 kg

Warranty

3 years

PROS

Compact dimensions and an amazingly small device thickness of just 1.5 cm make it possible to easily transport the external hard drive if necessary. Despite this design, the body during operation generates almost no heat.

CONS

The USB 3.0 cable has a small length (~45 cm).

OUR VERDICT

This external drive boasts an incredibly fast data transfer speed, so even when you run the most voluminous games, the probability of hangs and lags is absolutely out of the question. 2 TB of internal memory is enough for most gamers.

detailed parameters
Capacity

2 TB (0.5 TB, 3 TB, 4 TB, 5 TB, 6 TB and 8 TB also available)

Interface

USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible)

Compatability

Any generation of PS4 (system software version 4.5 or higher)

Dimensions

11.7 x 8 x 1.5 cm

0.17 kg

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The case is made of high-quality and particularly durable plastic, so the likelihood of damaging the drive during transport is minimal. A matte coating has increased resistance to scratches and abrasions.

CONS

There is no software for high-speed file backup.

OUR VERDICT

This budget and practical hard drive has a capacity of 1 TB, so it will help you out when the built-in storage in the console is already full. Nevertheless, the transfer speed here is not inferior to more expensive models.

detailed parameters
Capacity

2 TB (0.5 TB, 1 TB, 3 TB and 4 TB also available)

Interface

USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible)

Compatability

Any generation of PS4 (system software version 4.5 or higher)

Dimensions

10.9 x 7.8 x 1.4 cm

0.15 kg

Warranty

2 years

PROS

Games that have been installed onto the drive will load about 25% faster than the ones on the console's built-in memory thanks to higher RPM of the device, raised from 5400 to 7200.

CONS

The initial setup and formatting takes a while.

OUR VERDICT

This model is famed for its compatibility and can be used on any laptop, computer, or gaming console, which will come in handy should you choose to transfer your gaming to Xbox. Plus, it's a great choice for cutting load times by a quarter, improving your playtime experience.

detailed parameters
Capacity

1 TB (2 TB, 3 TB and 4 TB also available)

Interface

USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible)

Compatability

Any generation of PS4 (system software version 4.5 or higher)

Dimensions

11.1 x 8.2 x 1.6 cm

0.17 kg

Warranty

2 years

Seagate Game Drive for PlayStation 4

Store Your Collection

Many of us are huge Sony PlayStation fans, having been loyal PlayStation gamers ever since the launch of the original PlayStation back in 1995. Many of these same fans bought the PS4 early after its original release, which means that there are plenty of people out there now with huge libraries of PS4 games. With the move to digital distribution, many of these games were probably purchased online and downloaded onto the consoles. With most PS4 models coming with limited internal storage, obviously, your internal hard drive is going to be filled up pretty quickly, making a high capacity external drive a necessity.

The Seagate Game Drive for PlayStation 4 is the perfect solution for those who require a high capacity external hard drive to go along with their PS4 system. Featuring 4 TB of storage space, this external hard drive offers plenty of room for those who have a large collection of games. The capacity of this drive is able to hold up to 100 games, so even the most hardcore enthusiasts should find this drive more than sufficient for their comprehensive collections. Along with a large collection of games, you should find the storage space more than sufficient for other data, including movies, TV shows, and other things that have been downloaded to your PS4.

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Great Looking External Drive

The large storage capacity of this external hard drive is probably enough of a selling point for most PS4 owners, but it also has a lot more to offer. The case of this drive features sleek black top and bottom panels with blue sides, and a cool swirly design on the top panel, which gives it a cool look. This means that this external hard drive will look great in your entertainment centre next to the console, and the flat design with a small footprint makes it take up only a minimal amount of space, as well as being very easy to carry with you when you travel.

The hard drive itself is very easy to set up when it is first connected to your PS4, requiring only a minimal amount of configuration before it is ready to go. The drive connects through a USB 3.0 port, with a USB cable included, so the drive is able to take advantage of the higher data transfer speeds available through USB 3.0. This means that all games that are stored on this drive should run quickly without any loss of performance. The drive is meant to work on PS4 models with at least version 4.5 of the system software installed, so make sure that your PS4 software has been updated. Any PS4 owner will find this good external drive for PS4 a valuable addition to their game system.

Seagate Game Drive for PlayStation 4 Portable External USB Hard Drive in the use

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WD My Passport for PlayStation 4

Data Loss Protection

Just about anyone who has owned a computer or other device with a hard drive has experienced data loss due to the failure of the hard drive. While many drives can be reliable, any type of device that has moving parts can be prone to failure at any time. With hard drives, unless back-ups are regularly made, failure is always a risk. Furthermore, any kind of physical movement of the hard drive while it is working can run the risk of causing data loss as well, due to the tight tolerances that are inherit on such small drives. Unfortunately, most hard drives aren't well-protected against such things, even portable hard drives that are often moved from one place to another.

If you are wanting a hard drive that is well protected against the possibility of data loss while it is operating, the WD My Passport for PlayStation 4 Portable Gaming Storage just might be your best bet. This drive boasts enhanced protection against shock and vibration, so it eliminates data loss by interrupting file copying in extreme situations. On top of that, the case of the drive is well protected against physical bumps, meaning that the normal carrying of the hard drive to another place won't run the risk of causing the drive to fail. You get WD's well-known reliability and durability with this external hard drive.

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High Storage Capacity

One of the issues with the internal hard drives that are built-in to PS4 consoles is that they just don't have sufficient storage for many gamers' needs. Given the fact that the latest games have a resolution of 4k Ultra HD and occupy more than 100 GB of disk space, even a console model with 1 TB of internal memory just won't have enough internal storage to handle even a modest library of games. However, this model will help you download and store many modern games. This is helped by the fact that this drive comes with 4 TB of storage space, giving you a large amount of room to store a good-sized library of games along with all of the saved files and other data that tends to accumulate on a console's hard drive.

Setup of this drive is quite easy, requiring little more than connecting it to your PS4 and then turning on the console. No other additional steps should be required before the drive will be ready to hold your data. The sleek design of this portable hard drive also means it should look great sitting by your PS4 in the entertainment center rather than sticking out like a sore thumb, like what is often the case with many other external hard drives. At the end of the day, anyone who opts for this hard drive will be more than pleased with its performance.

WD My Passport for PlayStation 4 Portable Gaming Storage in the use

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Seagate Expansion

Small Size, Large Storage

Looking to expand your console’s storage capacity but don’t have much space to tuck a PS4 external hard drive into? We understand the necessity of this, of course. Regardless of which model PS4 you have, the internal storage of the unit has probably been pretty limiting in regards to what games or other data you can hold on it. Furthermore, we also know how tight many entertainment centers can be, especially with all of the different devices that people have in their living room nowadays, so the prospect of adding yet another device doesn't go down too well with a lot of people.

If you find yourself with the above issues, then the Seagate Expansion External Hard Drive is a great solution to this problem. This device may not be exactly paper-thin but at 1.5 cm it’s slim enough to slide it between the console and a wall, keeping it away from potential damage. You also don't have to worry about it looking out of place in your entertainment center. Of course, it’s not like you have to hide the device anyway since it has a cool design and its body isn’t exactly fragile. And if you do decide to store it close to the console, don’t worry about heat generation as the drive doesn’t warm up at all during operation.

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Handy Design

Another reason why we do recommend keeping this drive close to your PS4 is the modest cable length. While 45 cm isn’t anything to sneeze at, it certainly limits placement choices, which is always a factor when trying to play "real life Tetris" with fitting devices into your entertainment center. Thankfully, the cord itself is pretty sturdy and won’t get damaged if you have to bend it. It also, of course, offers compatibility with both USB 2.0 and 3.0, providing you with high speed access so it won't take forever for games to load. We also, obviously, like 2TB storage capacity with a chance to snag the 4TB model as well. That’s more than enough for gaming and pretty much our desired level for any PS4 external HDD.

Setup of this drive is quite easy, requiring just to plug it into your PS4 and then follow the setup on the consolve. Of course, if you prefer to use this drive with your WIndows laptop or dekstop system instead, the drive comes preformatted for use with WIndows, so you won't need to reformat it if you haven't already used it with your PS4. If you have, though, then reformatting the drive is a simple procedure, so don't fret about needing to do this. In the end, we’d say the Seagate Expansion is a perfect fit if you have little space and want plenty of storage.

Seagate Expansion Portable External Hard Drive for PC/Mac in the use

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Toshiba Canvio Basics

Trusty Companion for Years

Want to get a PS4 external memory drive but worry about how long that thing will actually last? You could try relying on the warranty, sure, but why not go for the Toshiba Canvio Basics instead? This sturdy portable hard drive is guaranteed to serve you for a long time and it’s going to look good doing so.

Despite having special reinforced materials that provide a highly durable casing to the unit, the model still weighs remarkably little. Plus, the matte finish on its body is scratch-resistant so the drive will look as good as new even after a year or two of regular use. And, of course, it provides ample protection from vibrations and damage, so you won't have to worry about any bumps or drops ruining the drive or causing data loss.

However, the focus on the drive preservation seems to have tipped the scale from file preservation instead. Thus, the drive doesn’t come with a program for emergency backup, a highly useful tool when dealing with portable storage. We recommend getting one as soon as possible if you want to take full advantage of this capacious device without worrying about data corruption. Regardless, though, the fact that it doesn't come with emergency backup software is a non-issue since many utilities for such are available now for free.

Review of Toshiba Canvio Basics Portable Hard Drive for PlayStation 4

Affordable Storage Expansion

Another thing that we really like about this model is that it has quite a bit of storage space to take advantage of. The standard option is 1TB but, if you feel like installing a large number of games, don’t hesitate to go for the 2TB and 3TB ones. Although the 1 TB drive is easily the most affordable option, the higher capacity drives are also quite affordable, letting you easily choose the one that best fits within your budget.

One thing that some people worry about with cheaper external hard drives is their data transfer speed. Thankfully, that won't be an issue here. This drive takes advantage of the high data speeds offered through its USB 3.0 connection, meaning that the drive's performance won't be lacking when compared to more expensive models. This fact alone should make this model worth a close look to anyone who wants a fast drive for an affordable price.

While you’ll have to spend a couple of minutes getting the Toshiba Canvio Basics ready for long-term use (mainly by downloading backup software), the overall setup of the drive is quite easy and won't confuse anyone. All in all, this model is a powerful and reliable drive that’s going to serve you for years.

Toshiba Canvio Basics Portable Hard Drive for PlayStation 4 in the use

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Western Digital Elements

All Fun, No Waiting

Tired of your games loading for a minute or more while you just want to play? Instead of bearing the annoying wait, take that minute instead to order the Western Digital Elements Portable, a PS4 external storage drive that will help you cut loading times.

Any game you install on this drive specifically will have its load time decreased by 25%. That’s a big bonus if you prefer playing online and want to get into matches faster. All this is thanks to higher RPM, up to 7200 from 5400. However, that speed does require a time sacrifice first. You see, the initial setup and formatting process takes upwards of 10 minutes. You do save much more time in the long run so we’d say it’s more than worth it.

This model also comes in a pretty broad variety of storage capacities. We can’t know whether you’d prefer the mid-range 1TB choice or go for the pricier 4TB option but we’d say that 1TB is enough for gaming. The latter, though, would be perfect should you decide to convert this drive into a place to store your files.

Although it takes a bit to get going, we still found the Western Digital Elements Portable drive a great time-saver and a stellar choice if you want to streamline your gaming process. Get in the fast lane with the Western Digital external HDD.

Review of Western Digital Elements Portable External Hard Drive

Take Advantage of Extended Storage

If you have owned your PS4 for any amount of time and you are reading this review, then chances are that you are desperately in need of extra storage space for the console. Just adding the extra storage can help, but if your current drive is already full, then you may continue to run into problems until you are able to free up some space on it. Not to fear, though - once you have connected your new Western Digital Elements Portable External Hard Drive to the PS4, you can easily free up space on the built-in internal hard drive by moving games over to the new drive.

Moving games over is quite easy. On your PS4, go into Settings, select Storage, and then select System Storage. On this screen, you should see a list of all games and applications that are stored on the internal hard drive. To move something over to the new drive, select the application or game and press X on your controller. Select Options, and then select Move to Extended Storage. The move process may take a couple of minutes, depending on the size of the game or app that you are moving, but once it has moved over to the new drive, you should now have that space freed up on the internal drive. You can do this with as many games as you want in order to balance out your new amount of storage space.

Western Digital Elements Portable External Hard Drive in the use

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What Is an External Hard Drive for PS4?

New video game consoles like the Playstation 4 have quite a few differences from consoles of old, with one of the primary differences being in their use of mass storage. Whereas older game systems used battery backups in game cartridges or flash memory cards, newer video game systems come equipped with internal hard drives for the vast amounts of data that they need. The internal hard drives are used for storing the system's operating system, holding game saves, and even downloaded games or movies. With such options available for game consoles, coupled with the fact that digital distribution is much more common than before, internal hard drives tend to fill up pretty fast, often leaving users with no choice but to clear up space on their full drives.

The best solution to increasing your PS4's storage capacity is by connecting an external hard drive. External hard drives for the PS4 are very easy to connect, and tend to require little in the way of setup in order to start using them. An external drive can connect through the included USB ports on the PS4, and the system will recognize it as additional storage. For those who aren't sure what steps are needed to take to connect an external hard drive to their PS4, you can find some authoritative information here.

If you are wanting to purchase a PS4 system along with an external hard drive, take a look at our reviews of five of the best limited edition PS4 consoles.

What Features to Compare

Just adding any external hard drive to your PS4 is probably not the best idea. Although many external hard drive models may work on it, there are a number of factors that should be taken into consideration before adding a new external drive to any system, including your PS4. Paying careful attention to these details can save you a lot of trouble in the long run, so check these details carefully about any external hard drive before purchasing one. After all, you want only the best external hard drive for PS4, so choose wisely.

Storage Capacity

The main factor you want to take into consideration for any external hard drive you purchase is its storage capacity. The total storage capacity, measured in Gigabytes (GB) or Terabytes (TB), shows how much data the drive can hold. The higher the number, the more games, movies, and other data that can be stored on the drive. Most external hard drives will start with at least 500 GB, although it is highly recommended that you get one with at least 1 TB of capacity, preferably more. After all, buying additional games and other things can quickly fill up a hard drive, so having as much available storage space as possible will prevent any problems with a full drive in the future.

Interface

Most external hard drives now connect to any system through the USB port, and the PS4 is no exception. All PS4 models include two USB 3.0 ports on it, allowing you to connect more than one external drive. Any external drive that you get should support at least USB 2.0, although USB 3.0 is necessary to work properly with your PS4 system and is listed in the PS4's requirements for external hard drives. Although most recent external hard drives already use USB 3.0, it is always best to check before purchasing the drive.

Compatibility

This is another very important consideration to make before purchasing an external hard drive. Making sure that whatever hard drive you want to add to your PS4 system is fully compatible is something that needs to be checked. While the PS4 utilizes the USB standard for connecting external devices, some older external hard drives may encounter some compatibility issues with more recent versions of the PS4 software. Furthermore, there is more than one model of the PS4 available, including the PS4 and PS4 Pro, so it is best to ensure that whatever external hard drive you want to add to the system has full support for that model.

Access Speed

One consideration that many people don't think about is the access speed of the hard drive. The access speed of the hard drive shows how quickly that the hard drive can load or save data. This is especially important for those who purchase and download games online. Having an external drive with a slow access speed has the potential to cause issues while playing a game, including slow load time and general performance problems, so it is best to make sure that the hard drive has a fast access time to prevent this from being a concern.

Although there may be a few other considerations to look for before purchasing an external hard drive for your PS4, keeping the above-mentioned factors in mind will ensure that you have the best experience possible.

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Connecting an External Hard Drive to Your PS4

Anyone who has filled up the hard drive of their PlayStation 4 console will already know how good having an external hard drive will be. However, there are still quite a few people who have never connected an external drive to their PS4, and many of these same people are not sure how it's done. Fear not - connecting an external hard drive is quite easy, and only takes a couple of minutes to get it connected and configured correctly. Below are the steps that you will want to take to get your new external hard drive connected to your PS4.

Physical Connection

The first thing you will want to do is to connect the hard drive physically to your PS4. This is done by using the USB cable included with your external hard drive, and connecting it to one of the USB ports on your PS4. Many external hard drives use a proprietary connector tor the cable's connection to the external drive, so there shouldn't be any confusion about which end plugs into which, as the size of the connectors are usually quite different. Regardless, if you are confused about which side to connect to the drive and which to the PS4, your external hard drive will most likely come with instructions on how to do this.

Once the drive has been connected to your PS4, power on the system. When the system fully boots up, you will probably see a message explaining that the USB device is not supported. This is fine, as it just indicates that the external hard drive needs to be formatted before it can work.

Formatting the Drive

To format the hard drive, go to Settings - Devices - USB Storage Devices - Format as Extended Storage through the PlayStation's menu. Once you have selected Format as Extended Storage, the format process will commence. This should take no more than a couple of minutes, as even large external hard drives will format pretty quickly. Once it is finished, go back to Settings - Storage, and you should see your external hard drive now listed as a storage device. This drive should now be the default drive for installing or downloading games or other files to your PS4. It is recommended that you leave it as the default storage device, especially if your PS4's internal hard drive is nearly full.

You can find more information regarding connecting an external hard drive to your PS4 here.

Troubleshooting

In almost all cases, you should not encounter any problems with connecting an external hard drive to your PS4 if you follow the steps listed above. However, in case you do encounter any problems, there are a few things you can do to try fixing the problem yourself.

First, make sure that your external hard drive meets the requirements for external drives that are supported by the PS4. The requirements include a hard drive that supports USB 3.0 or later, and a drive that is at least 250 GB in size., with a maximum capacity of 8 TB. If your external hard drive does not meet these criteria, then you will need to purchase a new external drive that does.

Check the physical connection between your external hard drive and PS4. Make sure the USB cable is connected securely in both ends. If your external hard drive has a power light, make sure that this power light is lit while it is connected and the PS4 is powered on. If the light isn't lit, then this might indicate a problem either with the external hard drive or the USB cable.

If the hard drive power light is lit, but your PS4 is not showing a message about the external drive, navigate to Settings - Devices - USB Storage Devices in the menu to make sure that the drive is being detected by your PS4. If it is, select Format as Extended Storage to format the drive. It should then be detected properly once it is formatted.

If you are having any further problems with connecting an external hard drive to your PS4, you can find more information and troubleshooting steps at the official PlayStation Support Page.

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Publish Date: 2018-08-15 09:16:33