Are you a very lucky owner of a Play Station 5 and are you going crazy trying to figure out how to install Hard Disk on PS5? In fact, there is still a lot of confusion about it. While it is true that expanding the PS5 internal disk with a new M.2 Solid State Drive (SSD) is extremely difficult and expensive given the constraints imposed by Sony, it is equally true that it is very easy to use an external disk to store games on PS5. So in this short article I will first explain how to choose the discs for Play Station 5 and install an external disc and then how to move the games of your PS5 inside it.
- Install Hard Disk on PS5
- External disk requirements for PS5
- External disk installation for PS5
- Store games on PS5
Install Hard Disk on PS5
We must make a necessary premise, the use of external Play Station 5 discs via USB port will only allow you to store games on PS5; this means that you cannot play games stored on an external disk but you can use this disk to move the games you don’t use and you can always put them back on the internal disk when you want to replay them in the future.
A separate discussion applies to the games for the PS4 that you can play directly from the external disk.
I anticipate right away that the PS5 only recognizes an external USB drive even if there are more than one connected so if you still have to buy it, consider getting it large.
External disk requirements for PS5
Having said that, let’s see which discs for Play Station 5 you can use as external media; even for USB disks in fact there are some limitations imposed directly by Sony . To begin with, the size of the disk which cannot exceed 8TB and strangely must be at least 250GB; then the connection type must be USB 3 (USB 3.0 or USB 3.1 or USB 3.2), discs with USB 2 connection are therefore not supported.
External disk installation for PS5
The procedure to install Hard Disk on PS5 is not very complicated but you have to pay attention to a couple of steps. First you will need to connect the external drive you want to use to store games on PS5 to a USB port on your PS5.
At this point you will have to turn on the PS5 and proceed with formatting the disk; obviously in this way all the data contained in the disk will be permanently deleted. There is a function to format discs for Play Station 5; go to the PS5 settings and select the Storage item , from here select USB extended storage and then press Format as USB extended storage .
The procedure may take several seconds depending on the size of the disk you are using. Once the formatting is complete you are practically finished installing Hard Disk on PS5 and you are ready to use it
Store games on PS5
At this point you can start moving the games to the external drive; as I told you you will be able to play directly from the external disk only the titles for the PS4. The procedure for moving games to an external USB drive varies depending on whether they are PS4 or PS5 titles.
To move a PS5 game you will have to select the game to be moved from the library screen, press the controller’s options button and finally select the Copy item . This way the game will be copied to the external drive and you can then delete it from the PS5’s internal drive.
To move a PS4 game you will have to select the game to be moved from the library screen, press the controller’s options button and finally select the Move to USB extended memory item .
So, in conclusion, you can Install Hard Disk on PS5 via USB and move all the PS5 games you no longer use inside it to free up space; you can also move games created for the PS4 to the USB disk that will still be playable from an external disk. Find a list of great external USB drives on this page. I recommend the 5TB WD Elements that I have already reviewed on this page and which has an affordable cost (about 100 euros on Amazon.