Best External Hard Drives for PS4

Best External Hard Drives for PS4 Reviews 2020

Ever since its launch on November 13, 2013, the Playstation 4 has been a steady hit among gamers worldwide. Offering specs in close competition with PCs, it has risen to be one of the most widely-used gaming platforms today. Along with its stunning graphics, it also has a storage capacity of about 1 TB.

However, with the ever-increasing size of games, even this space seems to run out quickly. So you must be wondering how some people have a huge collection of games, then, aren’t you?  Well, what if I told you that the answer to this question lies in a small rectangular box that can fit in the palm of your hand? Yes, I’m talking about External Hard Drives.

Not only do allow you to store tons of games on them but they are also very potable and you can carry them in your pocket. There are a number of companies out there offering External Hard Drives for PS4s with all kinds of features and specifications. To make it easier for you to choose, we have compiled a list of the best of them all:

Top External Hard Drives for PS4

1. Toshiba HDTB410XK3AA Canvio Basics 1TB Portable External Hard Drive

First up is the HDTB410XK3AA Canvio basics from the very well-known brand Toshiba. It has earned a reputation for itself as a company which offers quality as well as reliability. So, you do not need to worry about your data getting lost due to a technical glitch. It is extremely lightweight and can be carried anywhere, even while travelling. It does not require you to download any external software and you can just plug it in and get gaming. It comes in an eye-catching matt black colour which will all but complement your setup. If you are still not convinced about the quality of the product, Toshiba offers a one-year warranty which safeguards your money and puts your mind at peace. With transfer speeds up to 5 GB/S, you never have to wait too long for your games to get shifted from your PS4 to the drive or vice-versa. It comes with USB 3.0 compatibility as well as backwards compatibility with the older USB 2.0. It comes in 5 options for storage space- 500 GB, 1 TB, 2 TB, 3 TB and 4 TB so that you can fit all of your games in it and more.


2. Seagate Expansion Desktop 6TB External Hard Drive

If you love storage spaces and are looking to expand your library by manifolds, this might be exactly what you are looking for. It comes in 5 storage size, the biggest of which is 10 TB and will hold more games than you can ever play. With all of this storage also comes a bit of a size which makes it a bit on the heavier side. You do not need to download any external software to operate this drive. However, you will need an external power source to run this device as it is consumes extra power for all that storage space it provides. You will need two cables- one for the power adapter and the other, a USB cable to connect it to your PS4. However, there is a built-in power management system which ensures that minimum power is consumed during usage. Although it comes with a USB 3.0 support, its transfer speed is a bit less as compared to the other products in our line-up. Clocking out at about 160 MB/S, it is a tad slower as opposed to some of the other drives we have for you. However, the slower speeds also mean lower power consumption. If you decide to set your PS4 to rest mode, it will not go to sleep but keep working. As its body is made out of plastic, it is more susceptible to heat and you will feel a very noticeable rise in temperature after just a few minutes of using it. The company provides a one-year warranty as security against any performance defects that may be discovered.


3. WD 4TB Black My Passport Portable External Hard Drive

Next is the Western Digital My Passport External HDD. It is hailed by many as the best external Hard Drive for PS4, as well as for PC. It has a stylish design and comes in six stunning colours, namely blue, black, yellow, white, red and orange, all classier than the last. However, the exterior is no match for the interior as it provides amazing specifications. It is a traditional HDD and provides up to 4 TB of storage which is quite impressive. It does not need any external power source and you can simply connect it to your PS4 using the USB 3.0 cable that is provided. Although it is not razor-thin, it is by no means a bulky product. As it lags a SATA port, it can only be used in the external format. Its speeds do not come close to an internal drive. That being said, it is relatively faster than most of the external HDDs out there. Western Digital, being a very well-known brand among all groups of people, offers reliability and peace of mind along with a three-year warranty which is more than other products have to offer.


4. Samsung T5 Portable SSD

You probably know Samsung as a leading name in the smartphone market. However, it also makes hard drives that deliver mind-blowing power. That is the reason two of its products have made their way into this article. Right now, we will focus on the T5 Portable SSD. It does not carry much weight in the looks department either as it is just a little metal box with the company’s branding on it. This is not, in any way, an indication of the performance of the product. It is a Solid State Drive which means that all its parts are completely stationary, in contrast with the traditional Hard Disk Drive with all its mechanical moving parts. SSDs are also generally faster than HDDs and this one is no different. With transfer speeds going up to 540 MB/S, it easily outperforms the other products in this article in terms of speed. The metal build also ensures that the drive does not heat up too much. Although it has a minimalistic design, it comes in four colour variants- Blue, Red, Black and Gold. However, this beast of a product comes with a price tag to match. It comes at almost double the price of the other listings we have for you. It comes in 500GB, 1 TB and 2 TB size options to suit every user’s needs. As no warranty details are specified, you will have to put your mind at rest by the reputation of the product and Amazon’s 30-day return policy and Samsung’s brand name.


5. Samsung 850 Evo Internal SSD

The second Samsung product we have for you is the 850 Evo, which is the successor of the 850 Pro. Now do not get panicked by the ‘Internal’ in the title as although it is meant to be used on the other side of the CPU wall, it can also be used externally by using a simple external hard drive enclosure. It does not do much in the looks department either as it is meant to be used internally but its performance more than makes up for it. As it is a Solid State Drive, it will perform better than standard HDDs. However, this speed will be slightly reduced by the fact that you are using it externally in a format that is not desirable. It runs so silently that one can be forgiven for forgetting about its existence. This is supplemented by its tiny size which can easily fit in your pocket without drawing a second look. It is also more expensive option than a HDD. In fact, some might even say that the slight increase in transfer speeds is not worth the price difference. Also, the limited storage options with only 1 TB may also want you to skip this product and keep scrolling. It comes with 5-year warranty along with a huge brand name like Samsung on the other side of the contract.


6. WD My Book External Hard Drive

Another product by WD, My Book is a bit oddly-shaped. For starters, it stands vertically as opposed to the traditional Hard Drives that sit horizontally on a table. Its design, although stylish, is a bit odd. Also, it is heavy enough to raise questions about its portability and gives the impression that is it meant to be kept on a table and never moved. Furthermore, it uses an external power source which piles on to the portability problem. Coming to its performance, it uses a spinning disk, like any other traditional HDD, that spins at 5,600 RPM. The highest capacity a single-drive model provides is a colossal 12 TB. However, you can buy a dual-drive model which offers storage up to 24 TB. Note that the dual-drive is almost twice the physical size of the single-drive model and will definitely take up even more space. Also, it will require that much more power to function which you will have to provide from an external source. However, a PS4 can recognize only up to 8 TB of external space. To give it some credibility, it provides pretty decent transfer speeds. It also does not heat up even after extensive use. It gives a very low-pitched hum that may bother you and it is pulled up for that by several customers. It is a good option if you plan on downloading an unearthly number of games but may not be the best option for just about everything else.


7. Seagate Portable External Hard Drive

This Hard Drive certainly looks like one with its plastic body and slim cuboidal design. It is available in two storage options-1 TB and 5 TB. The USB 3.0 support makes it compatible to use with a PS4. However, its transfer speeds are slightly slower at about 115 MB/S. The device will heat up slightly after a few hours of use. The company provides a two-year warranty with the product which is lower than what other products similar to this one have on offer. This is a handy little device to expand your storage space which will not take up much space physically and is also very light on the pocket.


8. WD Elements Desktop External Hard Drive

Like the WD My Book, this one also perches itself up vertically and takes up quite a bit of space. However, it provides up to 8 TB of space which is an enormous amount. To support all of this hardware, it needs an external power supply which can be provided using a DC supply adapter. It supports USB 3.0 which makes it a viable option to use with the PS4. As it is an HDD, it will definitely provide lower transfer speeds, maxing out at about 180 MB/S. It needs to be handled with care, though, as it is fragile and may break easily on impact. It comes with a handy On/Off button which you can use to power the device down while disconnecting it. I have personally been using this product for quite a while now and have had no quality issues whatsoever. It is also true that I have been taking very good care of it and have not allowed it to be damaged in any way.  It is not very portable with its gigantic size and requirement for an external power source but is a great option if you are looking for enormous amounts of storage. 


9. Seagate Game Drive 2 TB External Hard Drive

As the name suggest, this product is made especially for PS4s and to increase the number of games that can be stored on them. The Blue colour complements the console as it Sony’s theme colour. You just need to plug it in to your PS4 and you are good to go. It is very slim and stylish-looking which will not mess up the look of your setup and might even enhance it. However, it also comes in a 4 TB variant which is slightly thicker than this one. It requires no extra power input and will function with only one USB 3.0 cable. It offers a very decent speed at 350 MB/S considering that it is an HDD. The company also provides a warranty period of one-year against any manufacturing or quality defects. However, some customers have complained about the durability of this drive. These questions may have risen for the fact that as good as this product may seem, at the end of the day, its main component is a spinning disk. It is quite a general fact that if you bump or jerk a HDD at the wrong place, you run the risk of destroying the disk completely, hence ruining the drive.     


10. HGST Touro S Portable Drive

As a sub-company of Western Digital, one expects a similar level of quality from the HGST Touro S and let me tell you, it does not disappoint. Its design is simple and stylish at the same time. Its most appealing factor, which also happens to be its USP, it its high disk spinning speed is considerably higher than that of regular Hard Drives. It provides 7200 RPM among products which max out at 5400 RPM. What this does is it increases your transfer speeds so that you can get on with your gaming quicker. However, this generates more heat, even if it’s ever so slightly. It is also a little bit noisier but that is by no means a deal-breaker. The only real cons here might be its limited storage space as it offers a maximum size of 1 TB. Also, it is a bit heavy on the pocket as it is the most expensive product in this line-up.


Some FAQs:

Do I even need an external storage for my PS4?

As mentioned earlier, the size of games is steadily increasing which demands for storage to follow a similar pattern. If you are the type of gamer who does not like to delete old games to make space for new ones, you can just increase it by using one of these devices.

What are SSDs and HDDs?

Essentially, it all has to do with the construction of these two. While SDDs have all stationary parts in them that do not move at all, HDDs are powered by a spinning disk in its interior. SDDs generally have higher transfer speeds than HDDs and use way less energy. HDDs on the other hand cost less and can store huge amounts of data and last longer than an SSD. They also cost a lot less.

How do I check compatibility with my PS4?

Before purchasing an external storage device, it is important to check if it will work with your PS4 as failure in doing so may result in a great waste of time and energy. All you need to remember in this regard is that any Drive that supports USB 3.0 is compatible and will work with a PS4. 

What size is best for usage with my PS4?

Well, that completely depends on your tendency of downloading games. However, anything less than 1 TB will feel like too less. Keep in mind that your PS4 will detect a maximum of 8 TB of external storage. However, around 2 TB should suffice unless you plan on downloading Steam’s whole library.

Leave a Comment