The best PS4 external hard drives (May 2018)

PS4 external hard drives

It's a great idea to pick up a PS4 external hard drive. Not only does it give you extra space to store your downloaded PS4 games, it's also a handy way of transferring footage and save files between PS4s, or copying them to PCs. The easiest way to upgrade your storage space is by picking up a compatible PS4 external hard drive - all you need to do is plug it into the USB port at the front of your PS4 or PS4 Pro, and it'll appear as a Storage Device in the menus. You're then free to copy all the best PS4 games to your hard drive and take them with you, wherever you go.

Generally speaking, you'll need at least a 1TB PS4 external hard drive, as games usually take up between 30-60GB of storage space. You should comfortably fit about 15-20 full games on a 1TB drive. If you throw in DLC and captured footage, that number will likely be around 12-15. That might seem like a lot, but keep in mind that you get 30 free PS Plus games per year with a PS Plus subscription, so your external hard drive will soon fill up. Don't worry, you can always pick up a second drive if you need it.

Want a more permanent, tidier solution? You'll want an internal drive, to keep things clean around your TV set-up. They're a little trickier to install, so check out our guidance in the video at the bottom of this article. You'll also find a list of the best internal HDDs half way down this feature, so whatever you want, we've got you covered. You may find these links useful if you're going for an internal: How to upgrade your PS4 hard drive and How to upgrade and change your PS4 Pro hard drive. Importantly, changing your internal hard drive won't affect your warranty, so you don't need to worry.

Best PS4 external hard drives

PS4 external hard drive

1. WD My Passport 4TB Portable Hard Drive

The best PS4 hard drive on a budget... and it's currently on offer!

Capacity: 4TB | Storage Type: HDD

Masses of storage
Really great price
Great transfer speeds
Not quite as fast as SSD

Thanks to an impressive drop in price at retailers like Amazon, this whopping 4TB drive is currently the best PS4 external hard drive you can buy. It has great transfer speeds, so is ideal for moving games, save data, and footage from/to your PS4, and the fact it's 4TB means you're unlikely to run out of storage space this side of PS5. Yeah, it's that spacious. The patterned design even makes it look a little like the PS4. There's a white model and a black one, matching PS4 console colors, so you can pick something up that looks an awful lot like a mini-companion for your console. Definitely the HDD to buy now, unless you're looking to spend money on an SSD drive, in which case... look below.

PS4 external hard drive

2. Samsung SSD T5 500GB

Technically the best PS4 external hard drive you can buy... but it's expensive!

Capacity: 500GB | Storage Type: SSD

SSD means faster loading
Adds an extra 500GB of storage
Expensive compared to HDD

Yes, it's expensive, but this is technically the best PS4 external hard drive we've tested. The difference in price is down to the fact this is an SSD (solid state drive), which essentially means it does everything faster. That means quicker loading times for you, and faster transfer speeds between drive and PS4. It's different for PS4 but SSDs generally offer 3-4 times the read-speed (although don't expect to such a huge difference with game loading), and 3-4 times the file transfer speed over standard HDDs. They're more reliable, with a lower read fail-rate, although this is a pretty marginal benefit. It's silent too, as there are no moving parts in SSD hard drives. If you're spending this much money, it's worth considering the 1TB model and the 2TB model... although you can expect an eye-watering increase in price. As a rough guide, you'll get between 12-15 full-sized games on here, if you assume download sizes to be between 30GB-50GB. If you throw in DLC and updates for persistent online games like Destiny 2, Elder Scrolls Online etc then you may want to start thinking about 1TB. The SSD makes a difference overall, but you really pay for it.

PS4 external hard drive

3. Seagate Expansion 2TB Portable USB HDD

The best for big storage and it's much cheaper

Capacity: 2TB | Storage Type: HDD

Great price
Five times your standard PS4 storage
Again, HDD speed

Increase your storage again with this ridiculously well priced 2TB offering from Seagate. It's slick, slim and you can get versions all the way up to 3TB and 4TB if you really want to push the boat out. There's no need for any mains cables either, just plug and play, and USB 3.0 will keep things transferring speedily. The price is kept low by the fact this is a standard HDD, so read speeds won't be as fast as the SSD hard drives like the Samsung.

PS4 external hard drive

4. Seagate Expansion 5TB

The best for when you need ALL the storage

Capacity: 5TB | Storage Type: HDD

Huge storage space
Excellent price
Needs plugged into the mains
It's not subtle

You don't want to worry about storage again, do you? Well look no further than this 5TB behemoth from Seagate. It's a standard HDD and might not be much of a looker but did you see the fact that it's 5TB? That means you're multiplying the standard PS4  storage by 11! 11! Wave goodbye to ever hitting delete again. You'll be downloading every single PS Plus game just because you can. This model also comes in a variety of colors to match any TV set-up. Yes, even you with the metallic red TV.

PS4 external hard drive

5. Toshiba 1TB Canvio Basics

A great budget option

Capacity: 1TB | Storage Type: HDD

Budget price
Decent transfer speeds
Not the biggest
Not the fastest

Here's a decent way to simply triple your PS4's hard drive space on a budget. Plug in this slick little number, which will happily match your PS4, forget it's there and then bask in the all the bytes you've now got free. Cheap, cheerful and plenty of storage... It's USB 3.0 so the transfer speeds are pretty good. The only real drawback is that it's standard HDD speed, so there's no boost in load times like you get with the SSD models. And there are larger HDDs available now, for decent prices.

Best PS4 internal hard drives

1. Seagate FireCuda 2.5" 2TB SSHD

The best internal HDD you can buy

Capacity: 2TB | Storage Type: SSHD

Four times the size of the standard PS4 hard drive
SSD-like performance
More expensive than traditional HDD

If you want even more storage, Seagate's FireCuda 2.5" 2TB drive is ideal for quadrupling the space on your PS4 and it ups the speed too with its hybrid drive functionality. It's a case of balancing up how much you think you'll really appreciate the speed boost but the FireCuda is ideal in terms of size and is priced competitively for a SSHD drive. While it's not fully solid state, you'll definitely notice the difference in speed so if you're not too worried about your budget, the 2TB FireCuda is one of the best  PS4 hard drives around.  Say hello to storing endless videos of your Fortnite Battle Royale near-misses. 

2. Seagate 2TB Laptop HDD ST2000LM007

Loads of storage for a great price

Capacity: 2TB | Storage Type: HDD

Quadruples storage vs. PS4 stock HDD
Great storage-to-dollar ratio
5400 RPM spindle speed
Not an SSD

If maxing storage and affordability is a bigger priority than improving access speed, you’re not going to do better than Seagate’s 2TB Laptop HDD. This drive gives your PlayStation 4 quadruple the storage capacity that it came with, which should keep you knee deep in PlayStation Plus games well into the foreseeable future. The main downside with this drive is that unlike Seagate’s 1TB SSHD, this drive is a traditional hard drive spinning at 5400 RPM, which is the same speed as the stock PS4 hard drive. This means that, while you’ll have plenty of space for games, they’re not going to load or install any faster. 

3. Seagate 1TB Gaming SSHD ST1000LM014

Best balance of price and performance

Capacity: 1TB | Storage Type: SSHD

SSD-like performance without the SSD price
Doubles storage capacity over stock PS4 HDD
5400RPM spindle speed

The Seagate 1TB Gaming SSHD offers some of the improvements granted by a full SSD (shorter load times, faster installs, etc) without the enormous markup. The caveat, of course, is that since this SSHD does also rely on a physical disk spinning at 5400RPM, the improvements may not be as dramatic as with a traditional SSD. In practice though, this isn’t that huge of a concession to make for the money you’re saving, as different games will/won’t take advantage of your drive’s enhanced capabilities on a case-by-case basis. Regardless, this drive will double your storage capacity and in many cases increase performance, which are great benefits to walk away with for less than $100/£100. 

4. Samsung 850 EVO 1TB

State-of-the-art speed

Capacity: 1TB | Storage Type: SSD

Full SSD
More reliable than traditional HDD/SSHD
An expensive option
No guarantee of dramatic results

From a technical standpoint, solid state drives are superior to hybrid and traditional disk drives in every way. Read/write speeds are much, much faster, power consumption is lower, and since solid state drives have no moving parts, they’re immune to many of the common ailments that so often malign disk drives. SSDs are fast, efficient drives that provide huge theoretical performance boosts while simultaneously reducing the number of possible complications over time. The catch, of course, is in the cash.

SSDs have the worst storage-to-budget ratio of any type of drive, meaning that you’ll pay a lot more money for a lot less storage. In a PC, this is usually an acceptable trade due to the proven performance enhancements associated with an SSD. In a PlayStation 4, however, these enhancements are less of a guaranteed constant. They definitely exist, but the degree to which they exist will change on a game-by-game basis. Only you can decide whether the cost of entry is worth the peace of mind that comes with having the highest potential for performance. The Samsung 850 EVO is a great choice and for the ultimate PS4 hard drive upgrade you can also pick up a massive 2TB version of the Samsung 850 EVO... or even a 4TB version if money is no object! 

5. Western Digital Black 6TB WD6001FZWX

Massive storage... with some drawbacks

Capacity: 6TB | Storage Type: HDD

Tremendous storage capacity
Faster than stock PS4 HDD
Additional accessory required
Slower than SSHD or SSD

The WD Black 6TB is your gateway to nigh unheard-of amounts of storage, provided that you’re willing to drop some coin and increase the size of your console. The WD Black is a 3.5” HDD, which means it’s the type of drive normally found in a desktop computer, rather than the laptop-sized 2.5” drives the PlayStation 4 was designed for. This means that it won’t actually fit inside the PlayStation, and will instead have to live on the hood of the console in an external enclosure -- specifically, the Nyko Data Bank. This enclosure wraps over the top of the console and routes its SATA/power connections through the PS4’s 2.5” drive bay, allowing for the installation of a 3.5” drive.

PlayStation 4s with a model number below CUH-1200 can accommodate drives up to 4TB in capacity, while PS4s with a model number above CUH-1200 can handle up to 8TB. We selected the WD Black 6TB over an 8TB drive as a comfortable compromise between capacity and price, but if cost is no object, the Seagate Enterprise 8TB is also a tremendous hard drive. Regardless, this endeavor is primarily recommended for those who plan on buying and simultaneously installing several hundred games. The average consumer, while sure to appreciate the luxury of such an enormous drive, can likely get by without it.

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