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PS4 External Hard Drive Buying Guide 2017

Few serious gamers are unfamiliar with Sony PlayStation-4. After all, PS4 is a much improved version of Sony’s first three video game consoles, the PlayStation 1 to 3. Loyal PlayStation fans appreciate PS4’s improvements from PS3, such as the redesigned console controllers, better independent game development, increased hard drive capacity, and improved integration of PS4 external hard drives. Since its North American launch on November 2013, Sony has sold more than 40 million units, and has shipped over 43 million consoles worldwide.

Despite PS4’s numerous exciting features, most gamers find its insufficient storage capacity a serious flaw. The first line of PlayStation-4 only has only 500GB internal hard drive (HDD), certainly not enough to store all the games and content that users want. Imagine saving the entire Final Fantasy series (or at least those available for PS4) or Call of Duty but having only half a terabyte of storage space. It’s disappointing, to say the least.

In response to user comments, Sony has recently released an updated version of PS4, this time with capacity up to 1TB. While Sony does a good job of listening to its users and improving their products, a 1TB internal HDD is still not enough for avid gamers, especially those who also play media files with their console.

Improving Your PS4 External Hard Drive Storage Capacity

Fortunately, whether you’re a seasoned gamer or just starting out, you do not have to be limited by PlayStation-4’s inadequate storage capacity. Users now have several options to increase the size of their external hard drive for PS4. These are the following:

Upgrade the internal hard drive of your PS4
Get an external hard drive for PS4.
Upgrade your internal hard drive and get additional storage with an external hard drive.

 

Top 4 Desktop External Hard Drives for PS4

If you do not need to bring your files with you every day, you can choose a desktop external hard drive. PS4 consoles can be stored in a strategic location and connected to the unportable HDD, so it is easy to boot up any game you want to play, anytime.

PS4 Desktop External HDD Comparison Table

 

 

WD My Book
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While the new version of WD My Book Desktop External HDD is praised for its sleek and classy design, this is not its only good point. This external hard drive also features automatic backup software. My Book is a great backup device for Playstation-4 and other game units because it is equipped with USB 3.0 connectivity, allowing you to easily move your files from your console to the HDD. My Book also comes in 3TB, 4TB, 6TB, and 8TB storage capacity, giving you a wide range of options for your storage needs.

Seagate Backup Plus
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This desktop external HDD is a top choice for many gaming enthusiasts, and for good reasons. Tests showed that Seagate Backup Plus has one of the fastest file transfer rates among leading desktop external HDDs out in the market today. One added feature that users love is its two USB ports, which allows them to back up files into the HDD while using it as a charger for a smartphone or tablet at the same time. With a sturdy size of 7.1 x 1.6 x 4.6 inches, this backup drive can store up to 8TB worth of games, and comes with free 200GB OneDrive Cloud Storage for two years.

Seagate Expansion
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If you’re looking for something easy to use, then desktop expansion HDD is perfect for you. Simply plug into your PS4 and start transferring files from your internal HDD to external. The Expansion also sells at a relatively lower price for 8TB storage capacity (compared to WD My Book’s and Seagate Backup Plus’s). Minor disadvantages are a slightly slower transfer speed, no automatic backup software, and shorter warranty (one year). However, reviewers praise it for its sturdy housing, fast transfer speeds, and fair price, especially for the 5TB model.

WD My Book Duo Desktop
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If you need masive amouts of space and ability to customize your storage device this is the hard drive for you. WD My Book Duo has two internal hard drives inside that you can easy take out and swap to upgrade your storage capacity or just change the My Book Duo stored data. It also features two USB 3.0 ports meaning that you can add another external drive to it in series or maybe even another My Book Duo. Another cool thing is that you can configure your hard drive for more speed (default setting: RAID 0), data protection (drive mirroring: RAID 1) or operate as two independent drives (JBOD).

 

Top 4 Portable External Hard Drives for PS4

A portable external hard drive is perfect for people with an active lifestyle. Since it is very lightweight, it is easy to carry in the bag. While you may not need to move your backup often if it only contains PS4 games, you can still consider the portable version if you want your files ready for access anytime you need them. One major plus of portable external hard drives is that they don’t require an additional power cable.

Best PS4 Portable HDD Comparison Table

 

 

Our Top pick - Seagate Backup Plus Ultra Slim


This portable hard drive comes in a very sleek and classy design. At 0.298 lb and 4.468 x 2.992 x 0.378 inches, it is one of the slimmest and most lightweight portable HDDs available in the market. With a capacity of up to 2TB, you can transfer your files at up to 120MB per second. It uses an USB 3.0 interface which is compatible to Playstation-4 and other digital devices, and surely is one of the best external HDDs out there.

WD My Passport Ultra
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One of the highlights of My Passport is its automatic and cloud backup, which not only allows you to save your important games to the drive but also allows to use Dropbox. This portable HDD offers extra protection to your files with its password protection feature, although this isn’t really important if you do not have any personal file you need to keep (unless you’re very possessive of your games). Transfer rates are very similar to Seagate Backup Plus Slim. The WD external HDD has a sleek and modern design that comes in variety of color choices.

Seagate Expansion
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The Seagate Expansion HDD is a good choice if you wish to add additional storage space for your console. The Seagate Expansion can store up to 4TB of data, and weighs almost double of the Seagate Backup Plus Slim, at 8.3 ounces. Like its desktop version, it does not have backup software and only offers a one-year warranty. Still, it is cheaper, and runs faster than the two other portable external hard drives.

Samsung T3 Portable S