If having a capacity of 1 TB on the internal disk of your PlayStation 4 PRO is not enough for your games, you can install an external disk in your PS4 PRO with which to expand its capacity and incorporate new titles to your collection. Then, we give you all the details to do it step by step
1: Choose the right unit
Earlier this year Sony released the 4.50 update for the PS4 system software. With the advent of this new version also made it one of the functions most requested by users: to be able to add an external disk to the PS4 in which to store games, games or applications. So you will need to have this update installed to use an external drive on your PlayStation 4.
However, this function has certain conditions since it will not serve any disc you have at home. The external hard drive for your PS4 PRO should have a minimum capacity of 250GB and maximum of 8TB, as well as having USB connectivity 3.0 or higher.
Fortunately, most of the today’s external drives meet these requirements, so you will not have trouble connecting an external drive you just bought.
If on the other hand, you want to recycle an old disk that you have forgotten in some drawer, you should keep them in mind and confirm that the hard disk has no bad sectors or other types of faults, besides using a USB 3.0 box for external disks. Otherwise, your PS4 will not recognize it as such and you will not be able to store your games and console content on an external disk for not offering enough data transfer rate.
Then, you just have to connect the external disk directly to the USB 3.0 connector of your PS4 to configure it, avoiding using adapters or HUBs.
2: Prepare the external drive
Once connected the external unit to your PlayStation 4 PRO, you must format it to use the same file system that uses its internal storage and thus streamline the management between the files on the internal disk and those on the external disk.
To do this, access the Settings menu from the home screen of your PS4 and enter the Devices section. Then choose the USB Storage Devices option, select the external drive you have connected and choose the Format as an Extended Storage option in the side panel.
From now on you can install games on your PS4 PRO on the external disk by configuring them from the Storage section of the Settings menu of your PlayStation 4 PRO.
3: How to disconnect the external storage of your PS4 PRO
The use of an extended storage system on your PS4 is very useful, but also has some limitations of use, such as the fact that you can only use a system of storage extended at a time on your PS4, although you have several configured and formatted for that. For this reason, it is important to disconnect them securely to avoid deleting or damaging your saved games or corrupting the information they contain.
To do so, go to the Sound/devices section and choose the option Stop using extended storage in the quick menu.
Alternatively, you can do this by accessing Settings from the start menu of your PS4 and choosing Devices , and then selecting the USB Storage Devices option . Here, choose the external disk you have connected and select the Stop using this extended storage option.
By performing this process you can disconnect the external storage with security and change it by another one or simply leave it disconnected without losing any data.