How To Format External Hard Drive For PS4 On PC

how to format external hard drive for ps4 on pc

If you are a PS4 user, then you will have the need to back up your gaming. But the primary drives of PS4 have limited memory. So if you find any difficulty in backing up your files, then it's because of limited memory space. You can solve PS4 storage issue with external hard drives.

First, you must know how to format your external hard drive before backup. You may face difficulty in formatting external hard drive for PS4 on PC, but don't worry. I will provide you with a useful guide on this problem to continue your formatting efficiently and effectively.

How to format an external hard drive for PS4 on PC

This is a step by step process on how to format an external hard drive for PS4 on PC.

how to format external hard drive for ps4 on pc
  • Firstly, you have to connect an external hard drive to your respective PC or laptop.
  • Now open 'File Explorer,' or you can open it by typing Win+E on your keyword.
  • Then right-click on the external hard drive which is under 'This PC,' and then choose Format.
  • Now, a new window will appear.
  • Choose 'exFAT' and then click on 'start.' and you are done.

So, these steps are for Windows 10 users.

Suppose you are a Windows 8 user. Then you have to follow these steps to format your external hard drive for PS4 on PC given below.

  • Firstly, you have to connect external hard drives to your laptop or PC.
  • Now in the start menu, you have to choose 'Disk Management' underdrive that you want to format.
  • After selecting your external hard drive, now you have to select 'volume option,' then click on the new 'New simple volume Wizard.'
  • Now, click next to make sure your external hard drive has enough volume(storage space) to store your backup. Then click 'Next."
  • Windows will automatically assign a drive letter for your external hard drive. You can also assign one as per your wish.
  • Now click on Format and select 'exFAT' in your system. You have to choose the volume label to any name and click on the checkbox and then click Next.
  • Wizard will show your setting for review. Suppose you want to save data on another location. Then, click on partition.
  • After the format is completed, it will be listed as a healthy primary partition. You can view the drive in Windows's menu and it will be having your drive letter.

So by following these steps correctly. You will be successful in formatting an external hard drive for your PS4. Just remember that PS4 comes with a manual restore and backup option that you can easily follow up in your hard drive. By following these steps, you can format the external drive easily on your Windows 8 or Windows 10 PC.

exFAT or FAT32?

If you are using Windows desktop for formatting your external hard drive, then, you have to use a USB drive, SD card, or an internal drive. There are three options, namely NTFS, exFAT, FAT32. FaAT32 is a relatively older among the three.

exFAT Format

It is the best format for all PS4 users. It is designed for optimized flash drive storage. Since it is a lightweight format, you can have large sizes, and its partition sizes are endless. So, you can save the latest games smoothly, even that is above 50 GB.

FAT32 Format

It is the de facto standard system and one of the most drives that is purchased from the market for formatting. This is because the drive has excellent compatibility. It means it can run on all devices like gaming consoles, computers, or you can use it with a USB code.

How to choose Hard drive

After successful setting up your hard drive for PS4. You have to Go ahead to join PS4. Since from now, you have to choose your default hard drive so that you can easily store your game downloads here. Therefore these are some steps to set the default hard drive.

  • Firstly on PS4, go to the home screen, then you have to select Settings, and then on Storage.
  • Now click on the 'Option button' that is available on the controller.
  • Choose System storage and then Applications.
  • Then choose 'Move to system storage'.
  • Next, you have to tick the checkbox, which is beside the game titleā€”the game which you want to save as the default hard drive.
  • Finally, choose 'Move,' and click on Next.


So this is the general guide on how to format an external hard drive for PS4 on PC. I hope that if you are a avid gamer, this article will sound very informative and interesting for you.

If you have any doubts regarding this article, let me know it in the comment section.

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Stefan is a software engineer who graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2016 and currently living in San Francisco, California. He works in the leading media software industry who is quite an expert in computer manufacturing, systems development, imaging software and document management systems, and consulting. He is so passionate about computers, sports and photography and shares his knowledge by reviewing products at Yournabe.

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