Best PS4 External Hard Drives in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 13, 2018
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 2018
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 (2 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 game drive features increased protection for shocks, shakes and vibrations, so it eliminates data loss and interrupted file copies in extreme situations.

CONS

LED indicator is not conveniently placed.

OUR VERDICT

This external drive boasts an incredibly fast data transfer speed, so even during playing the most voluminous games, the probability of hangs and lags is absolutely out of the question. 4 TB of internal memory is enough for most gamers.

detailed parameters
Capacity

4 TB (1, 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 2.2 cm

0.25 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, 3, 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

11.7 x 8 x 1.5 cm

0.17 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

2 TB (0.5, 0.75, 1, 1.5, 3, 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 1.5 cm

0.23 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

1 TB (0.5, 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

10.9 x 7.8 x 1.4 cm

0.15 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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Western Digital WD My Passport

Cost Effective

One of the problems with external storage options is that many of them tend to be pricey. Having to pay so much money just for extra storage on top of the typical expenses of owning a console can be quite expensive. New games, movies, extra controllers, and the PlayStation Plus subscription run the total cost of owning a console into the high territory, so finding a good external hard drive for PS4 just adds to the cost even more. Thankfully, not all external hard drives for PS4 are expensive.

The WD My Passport Game Storage for PS4 gives you a high-quality drive without the high price. Featuring a plastic exterior with sectioned designs on the case made to look great next to your PS4 system, this 2 TB external hard drive gives you plenty of storage space at a reasonable price. The hard drive enclosure is made of hard plastic, so it retains some durability while still being lightweight and easy to carry with you. The hard drive connects to your PS4 through the USB 3.0 port, and the blue USB cable included with the drive enhances its looks. The drive's storage capacity is enough to hold up to 50 games, which should be plenty for any casual gamer as well as quite a few hardcore gamers who like to build up a sizeable collection.

Review of Western Digital WD My Passport External Hard Drive

All Elements Included

This standard USB 3.0 external hard drive is very similar to the other WD models that are made specifically for computers, with the exception of the normally included backup software. However, this is not needed when purchasing it for use with your PS4. The setup and installation process of the drive is quick and easy, allowing you to start using it in just a few minutes. Once it has been set up, the drive can be connected and disconnected without having to go through the setup process again.

The performance of this drive is actually beyond what people normally expect from a normal USB 3.0 external hard drive. Some users actually report slight performance increases in-game loading times in comparison to the internal PS4 hard drive, which means that performance problems with this drive should never come into play. The drive also retains compatibility with PCs as well as with the XBox One, although formatting the drive for your PS4 will mean that it can only be used with your console unless you reformat it, which is typical for any external hard drive. Having this great model will help you in your quest to expand your game collection without the worry of running out of hard drive space with your PS4.

Western Digital WD My Passport External Hard Drive 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? Well, the Seagate Expansion External Hard Drive is a great solution. 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. Of course, it’s not like you have to hide the device 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.

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. 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.

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.

In the end, we’d say the Seagate Expansion is a perfect fit if you have little space and want plenty of storage.

Review of Seagate Expansion External Hard Drive

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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 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 2TB choice or go for the pricier 4TB option but we’d say that 2TB is more than 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

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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 while and it’s going to look good doing so.

Despite having special reinforced materials, the model still weighs remarkably little. Plus, the matte finish on its body is scratch-resistant so the drive will look good as new even after a year or two of regular use. And, of course, it’s protected from vibrations and damage.

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.

And there is, of course, quite a bit of space to take advantage of. The standard option is 1TB but, if you feel like installing a whole lot of games, don’t hesitate to go for the 2TB and 3TB ones.

All in all, 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), it’s a powerful and reliable drive that’s going to serve you for years.

Review of Toshiba Canvio Basics Portable Hard Drive

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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