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The Best PS4 External Hard Drive In 2021

In this guide, we list the 6 best PlayStation 4 external hard drive you can buy in 2021

Buying the best external hard drive for PS4 allows you to quickly and easily expand the storage space of your console.

Even though some people have been lucky enough to pick up a PS5 and many more folks are chasing every potential PS5 stock drop right now, the PS4 is still a very relevant console, and its library is bigger than ever.

By simply plugging in an external hard drive into the PlayStation 4, you get extra space to store games. It can also store videos and images you capture and record while playing games (which can quickly fill up the PS4’s built-in storage), as well as store other media as well.

Given this dual-generation, hybrid status we find ourselves in, the need for extra storage is greater than ever, and therefore we have even more reason to lean on a PS4 external hard drive in order to carry the weight of our games.

1. WD My Passport 4TB Portable Hard Drive

The Best PS4 External Hard Drive In 2021

The My Passport drive from Western Digital is one of the most reliable, convenient, and versatile HDDs you can buy. Anyone looking for a standard, reasonably priced PS4 external hard drive will be fine with this. It’s USB 3.0 compatible, importantly, and only requires a quick reformat the first time you use it. It’s small and sturdy too, about the size of a larger smart phone like the iPhoneX or the Galaxy S9 Plus, and the My Passport series is even styled to look a little like the PS4 console itself, so you should be able to slot it right into your set-up. The new aesthetic is arguably even more pleasing and brings further style to a quality HDD.

We’d go for the 4TB version, for several reasons. Right now, you see the biggest savings on the 4TB, and you tend to get better value the bigger the storage capacity. With 4TB, you’ve easily got space for 50+ AAA games, and loads more indies and smaller downloads from the PS Store. Essentially, this HDD will last you for about 2-3 years before you ever need to manage your storage, and that’s with heavy use and loads of games installed on it. Definitely the best PS4 external hard drive today.

2. Seagate Game Drive for PS4

If you want the best all-round external hard drive for the PS4, then the Seagate Game Drive for PS4 is the one to get. It’s officially licensed for the PS4, which means it’s been built especially for use with the console.

This means you can be sure that it’s been optimized to work perfectly with the console, and you won’t have to worry about any incompatibility issues – just plug it in, and it’s good to go!

You’ve got the choice of 2TB and 4TB capacities, both providing a huge amount of space for your games and media. It’s also just 12mm thick, so it can be tucked unobtrusively behind the console. With the PS4 branding, it also fits in nicely with the console, and it also comes in designs that compliment some of the PS4’s best games, such as the Last of Us Part II.

Also read: Best Hard Drive (HDD) For Gaming in 2021

3. Samsung SSD T5 500GB

The Best PS4 External Hard Drive In 2021

The Samsung T5 remains one of the best SSD drives you can get, and if you’re looking for slightly superior performance over the WD My Passport SSD, this is the one to get. However, it comes at a slightly higher price too, so you constantly have to weigh that against what you actually get. Both read and write speeds come out marginally quicker with the T5.

There’s no doubt the Samsung looks the part, and it’s both compact and durable, making it ideal if you’re carrying PS4 games and files between locations. However, because the performance isn’t hugely different to the WD, it’s probably not worth getting the Samsung if you’re simply using it as extended storage and not taking it with you. We’ve included the Samsung T5 here because, technically, it offers the best performance of all the PS4 hard drives we’ve tested, but because it doesn’t offer the same value for money as other SSDs or the regular HDDs, it’s tough to recommend unless you find a sweet deal and get serious money off.

4. Toshiba Canvio Basics

The Toshiba Canvio Basics is a great example of how you don’t need to spend a huge amount to upgrade your PS4’s storage. It’s cheaper than many of the other drives in this list, and comes in a range of capacities, from 1TB to 4TB, which means you can pick one that best suits your needs and budget.

If you’re not sure how much space you’ll need, we generally recommend 2TB. That will give you plenty of storage space, even if you have a huge game library, without being overkill.

The budget design of the Toshiba Canvio Basics does mean that it feels a little cheap. There’s no classy metal shell like on some of the external hard drives here, which means it also doesn’t feel as robust. However, if you’re tucking it behind the PS4, and not moving it around that much, then it doesn’t really matter.

It’s not the fastest drive either, but it’s plenty enough fast to run games off it, especially considering the low price.

5. WD_Black P50 Game Drive

The Best PS4 External Hard Drive In 2021

The WD BLACK P50 SSD is pretty much the complete package. And what a robust package it is. Starting from the top, the P50 is a rectangular-shaped drive that is about the size of a small-ish (nowadays, anyway) smartphone. It’s still handheld size though so it’s extremely portable while also staying firmly away from the ‘so small I might lose it’ territory. The case is a very cool-looking military style with molded metal and the traditional sleek WD_Black aesthetic and marking.

It comes with a USB-C port into the drive but this can be implemented as a USB-A or USB-C connection depending on what device you’re using it on. In our testing, we got the same speeds through either port so it shouldn’t matter which you have free or available, or if you change the device it’s used with during its lifetime. There’s a small but clear LED indicator on one of the short ends which is always a help, but one small downside is that it does get a little warm when in use so it’ll pay to keep that in mind when positioning it.

The Best PS4 External Hard Drive In 2021

When it comes to speeds, what you’re told you’re getting and what happens is pretty much bang on. It’s incredible performance for an external SSD and the stated speeds of ‘up to 2000MB/s’ were on the money in our testing. Real-world performance-wise, the P50 gives you everything a high-quality external SSD should do: games were loaded incredibly quickly, files were retrieved in the snap of a finger, and the performance levels were incredibly consistent. It’s a surefire SSD that will rapidly improve your gaming experience by far reducing the time looking at loading screens and increasing the time when you’re actually playing.

While you will pay for the performance and privilege of using the P50, it absolutely justifies the investment and will not let you down. It really is right up there when it comes to the best PS4 external hard drives.

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6. Seagate Expansion 6TB HDD

The Best PS4 External Hard Drive In 2021

Increase your storage again with this ridiculously well priced 6TB offering from Seagate. It’s slick, slim and you can get versions from 2TB upwards – although this 6TB model represents the best value for money. It’s a simple plug and play setup on two counts: mains power; and USB 3.0. The latter being excellent for 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. If you get a 6TB drive… that’ll probably store between 80-100 PS4 games, so you’ll never need to worry about space again.

7. WD Black P10 Game Drive

Here’s another external hard drive from WD, but unlike the WD My Passport, the WD Black P10 Game Drive is designed for gaming from the ground up.

This means not only does it offer excellent performance that’s been tuned to running games off it, but it’s also got an eye-catching metal design, which will attract a lot of gamers.

It’s also impressively small, so you can easily place it by your PS4, or even carry it around with you if you want to take your games and files to another location, and with capacities ranging from 2TB to 5TB, you have plenty of choice.

However, this is an expensive external hard drive, and there are better value options on this list. The fact that there’s no 1TB option also means if your storage needs are relatively modest, you may end up having to spend extra on the larger 2TB option, and so have paid for storage you don’t need.

But, if you can afford this drive, then you’ll be extremely pleased with its performance.

8. Crucial X6

The Best PS4 External Hard Drive In 2021

While we are all moving slowly but surely to SSDs becoming the go-to for PS4 external hard drives, they can still be pricey units; an HDD will still offer way better GB to $/£ value, of course. However, there are chinks forming in the prices of SSDs and the Crucial X6 offers a quality, slightly cheaper offering while still giving you that excellent performance and decent capacity.

Demonstrating this clearly is the fact that you can get a 1TB X6 for a similar price of SSDs with less than half of the storage. The Crucial X6 is fantastic for storing and playing PS4 games and will ensure you have the speediest of file transfers, loads, and games at your fingertips. A big benefit is that of getting a PS4 external hard drive that’s likely faster than your PS4’s internal one, and this will also be a drive that will go incredibly well with the new-gen PS5 console when and if folks upgrade.

The drive’s USB-C connection means you’ll have to use the adapter that comes with it to plug into your PS4, but you’ll just have to be aware of the short cable that might force it into some weird positions. If you like the look of this one, but want an even faster version, you’ll want to take a look at the Crucial X8.

9. Silicon Power Armor A62

This is a great value option for those looking for a tough as nails hard drive with decent and reliable transfer rates and speeds, robust design, and a do-it-all feel to their external hard drive.

It’s a solid unit that has a fair bit of weight to it, which makes it really feel like it could survive a drop or two, or bump around the house. There’s a big emphasis on robustness here with the drive being shockproof, water-resistant, and is anti-scratch protected, plus there is a rubber bumper around the outside which helps with grip when on the go and adds a bit more protection to the drive. The rubber actually pulls away at some parts (safely) to act as a holder for the USB cable when on the go, and there’s a little USB port cover which is a nice touch for storage.

As well as using it solely as a PS4 external hard drive, we used this to back up a load of files onto via PC and it was very easy to set up and use, and the transfer speeds were very quick – even ‘by eye’; transferring more than 1.5GB of data didn’t take any time at all. This represents an all-round solid acquisition in the hard drive department.

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Diekola Yusuf
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Founder & CEO of Novabach - Yusuf is a Tech enthusiast. Fascinated by Computers and all sorts of Technology. He writes news, updates, walkthroughs, guides, troubleshooting tips, and how-to tutorials on gadgets and consumer electronics.
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