PS4 8tb External Hard Drive Guide
Since Sony released its wide-range support for external hard drives as a part of PS4 System Software 4.5 in the early days of Feb 2017, the overwhelming majority of fanboys finally relaxed after more than 3 years of complaints and requests to enable this significant feature on their favorite game console.
In fact, Sony has showed this intention in 2015 with the release of PS4 System Software 2.5 that supported, for the first time, adding a USB storage device to PS4, but only for backup purposes. But now, users are allowed to use their external HDD as an extended storage, that, as the description indicates, works as a storage extension to the main system storage, not as a standalone storage solution.
One of the most popular external hard drive capacities that PS4 fanboys look forward to buying is 8tb, and this guide will walk you through the world of PS4 8tb external hard drive and provide you with useful tips on how to use your new 8tb external HDD properly on PS4. You can also find quick resolutions of the most common issues that may occur to you while using an external HDD on PS4.
Best 8tb External HDD for PS4
Let’s start first with listing the best 8tb external hard drives for PS4, in order to help some readers quickly end their pursuit and find their goal.
It’s worth to mention that 8tb is the maximum storage limit PS4 can externally support, and its intended for enthusiasts who have exceptional storage needs or users who share their PS4 console with other family members.
Note that there’s no portable 8tb available in the market, therefore we only list below Desktop external hard drives. They work properly with PS4 and are fully compatible, but you need to connect it to electric power socket in order to get it working.
Additionally, DO NOT go for a hub external hard drive as it won’t work with PS4, because PS4 system requires that you build a direct connection between the external hard drive and PS4, and hub external hard drives don’t meet this condition. so, be careful and don’t fall into the same mistake of other PS4 users.
Here’s a short list of our recommended 8tb external hard drives for PS4. Below it is a layout of the same list with a quick review for each dirve:
Seagate Expansion 8TB Desktop
Seagate Expansion 8TB Desktop External HDD is a fantastic external solution for large backups and media collections alike. It can indeed be used for all models of PS4 game console if you have an incredibly large collection of games to install, although for consoles there are drives that can save you an additional few seconds in load times (if that matters). 8TB is a lot of capacity to play with, which should cover a majority of users looking for the space. The price being under $200 also gives it a edge against the competition which is real nice, especially since it doesn’t feel like they cut any corners to pull it off.
When connecting this drive to PC, you’ll find that the initial boot resulted in the drive being read as 7.27TB, which is supposed to be the usable storage space in PS4 also. We expected to see around 7.45GB based on math, but the drop isn’t significant (and is common). It came with a mere 46MB worth of files on the drive from Seagate, including registration information (an .exe that takes you to their site and some serial number info in a hidden directory), and some warranty information. There is no actual software is included with this drive (ie, backup software). The latter was a bit odd, as usually we find most drives have some kind of software included, or a link where they can get it from their website. Maybe the lack of software is the reason the price is lower on this model since there is no licensing to account for. Thankfully, there are plenty of options for free or purchase out there if you search around.
This 8TB external hard drive can be great to be used on PS4 and PC together as a backup storage. You can still use it though as an extended storage device if your PS4 is shared with many users, not you only.
WD 8TB My Book Desktop
The My Book desktop hard drive is designed to complement your personal style with a massive amount of space to store your photos, videos, music and documents. It’s a great external solution for PS4 if you wish to get 8tb of storage capacity. Most of us need a large repository for our data files, including the tens of thousands or millions of pictures we’ve taken over the years, music files, and those downloaded movies we’ve been meaning to watch. In that regard, the 8TB Western Digital My Book is an excellent choice for both PS4 and PC, with enough capacity to last you for several years. It’s more versatile than the Innov8. And it’s a better deal than the Seagate Backup Plus, thanks to a larger capacity mechanism, better value per gigabyte, and a longer warranty.
All in all, if you’re addicted to downloading videos and snapping up every game you can find online, chances are you need inexpensive, voluminous storage to house it all. The 8TB version of the Western Digital My Book can hold thousands of hours of video, or millions of MP3s or photos. You can use it as a PS4 extended storage to store your massive AAA titles. This drives goes second after our first pick in terms of price. It’s almost $20 more expensive than Seagate Expansion, and we don’t see it’s worth to pay the extra money for the marginal performance improvement that WD may offer with this drive for PS4 users.
G-Technology G-DRIVE 8tb
This is the most expensive 8tb PS4 external hard drive in our list, with a price above $250. We don’t really recommend such a drive to use on PS4, as the additional performance improvement it offers won’t benefit PS4 user and we don’t see it’s worth that high price for that purpose.
The G-Technology 8TB G-DRIVE G1 USB 3.0 Hard Drive is encased in an all-aluminum enclosure and featuring a remarkably fast USB 3.0 interface that meets the needs of the creative professional, this 7200RPM drive is perfect for storage-intensive multimedia files. Featuring four 7200 RPM, it can easily handle the most complex, multi-stream workflows both in the studio, and on location. Use it standalone to quickly shuttle, edit, share and back-up data or as part of a multi-drive daisy-chain. With sustained transfer rates of up to 205MB/s , it’s Time Machine-compatible, formatted for Mac and easily reformatted for Windows. In addition to Mac compatibility, the G-DRIVE is also compatible with Apple Time Machine for easy backup of your critical system information and other important data files. The 8TB G-DRIVE operates using a 100-240 VAC power adapter.
You can get this 8tb external hard drive for your PS4, but we strongly dissuade you from that. Just get one of the above two picks and you’ll be pleased with the performance and reliability they offer for your PS4 game console.
More to say
Using the 8tb external hard drive as an extended storage drive, you can download and install games and applications directly to the extended storage portion, and just play them without the need to move them to the local storage device. Just imagine how that makes life much easier as you don’t have to replace the internal HDD of PS4 to get more storage, just add an external HDD and the storage capacity of PS4 will be expanded and ready for use in a few minutes only.
The 8tb limit is the maximum external storage capacity PS4 can support. Therefore, don’t look anywhere else for larger than 8tb external HDD for external storage expansion, although you can get up to 16gb of storage if you upgrade the internal hard drive to 8tb too with the help of an accessory called Data Bank.
Using 8tb External HDD on PS4
There are two different ways you can use your 8tb external HDD on PS4—Either for backup purpose or as an extended storage. Each purpose has its own requirements that you have to take care for before setting up your 8tb external HDD for it.
Generally, there’s no special requirement for using your 8tb drive as a backup storage except that it must support USB connection, no matter what generation it is, and it must be formatted with either FAT32 or exFAT file system.
Moreover, you need to make sure you have PS4 System Software 2.5 or above in order to make use of your external hard drive as a backup storage, because earlier system software versions do NOT support adding an external hard drive at all. You can rest your mind and download the latest PS4 system software update and enjoy the additional features and fixes included.
For more information on this issue, please visit this article.
The support for extended storage solution arrived first in the early days of Feb 2017 with PS4 System Software 4.5, as stated in the introduction of this article. Users are now allowed to install games and applications directly to the connected 8tb external hard drives, and even store their favorite movies on it. This feature has widely impressed almost every PS4 user, because life without it was a bit difficult with only one option to expand the storage capacity of PS4: Upgrade the internal hard drive and the hassles novices may undergo due to their lack of technical experience.
Now, in order to get your 8tb external HDD work properly on PS4, you must ensure the following:
- The drive supports USB 3.0 connection. In general, all large external hard drive are configured with USB 3.0 interface or above, so this should not be a matter of worry at this point.
- It’s a single layer drive. Dual-layer external hard drives (that use two hard drives into one enclosure) are not fully supported, and PS4 will only recognize the first layer and ignore the others, which results in losing half of storage space.
- Connecting directly to PS4 via USB port. If your external hard drive connected via a built-in internal hub or an external hub, PS4 won’t accept it. So make sure you don’t go for HUB external hard drives.
You can read more about using extended storage solution with PS4 in this article.
You have to note that if you have any partitions on your 8tb external HDD or any data stored, all will be destroyed and erased by PS4 Format Utility during the process of setting up the new extended storage, whereas this is not required in the backup storage solution.
Upgrading PS4 Internal HDD
Do you know that you can get 8tb of storage capacity on PS4 by replacing and upgrading the stock internal hard drive? This method allows you to gain more performance boost and get rid of the extra space the external hard drive occupies on the table. But then you’ll need an additional equipment called Data Bank (read more).
If you have the standard model of PS4 or its successor PS4 slim, you may consider first upgrading its internal HDD to Seagate 2tb gaming SSHD, which offers a much better speed and reliability than the slow and obsolete stock hard drive of PS4 (read more). After that, you can get an 8tb external HDD and connect it to your PS4. That way you gain the performance optimization along with the storage capacity you aspire.
As for PS4 Pro, you can upgrade the internal hard drive to an SSD which offers exceptional performance boost to an unbelievable level. But then you have to pay a premium for that solution that most of users cannot afford.
You can still go for Seagate Firecuda 2tb Gaming SSHD and that’s what we really prefer for the overwhelming majority of PS4 fanboys, as it features a great compromise between performance, capacity and price.
And again, once you have upgraded the internal hard drive of PS4 Pro, you can then add a 8tb external hard drive and enjoy up to 10tb of storage capacity on PS4 Pro.
It’s all your choice. Just think wisely before you make up your mind. We strongly recommend that you first upgrade the internal HDD of your PS4 before any other step you take.
Managing 8tb of Storage Space
I am not sure why a PS4 user would want to add 8tb of storage space to their game console. If it were a computer, I would fully understand from my point of view as a computer technician. But, at the same time, I am aware that everybody has his/her special needs that cannot be scaled to fit just everyone.
I can imagine in this modern age that 8tb of storage space can be easily filled within a year or two of use, bearing in mind the dramatic increase in game and movie file size that a single AAA-grade game can come in 80gb of size and one UHD movie can be 10gb, and the sizes keep increasing.
Moreover, large families that share one game console really need a huge storage space to accommodate the needs of all members, as each member has his/her own preference of games and movies.
It’s important to know that an extended storage solution doesn’t work as a backup storage, and you cannot use it for the two purposes simultaneously. Moreover, PS4 system will fully format and encrypt your 8tb external HDD in a way that you’ll be unable to use it with any other system unless you waive your stored data and perform a full format on it. So if you think to use your 8tb external HDD on PS4 and other systems (PC or MAC), you have then to rethink about it.
Remember also that you can’t partition your 8tb external HDD on PS4, only one partition is used, which occupies the whole storage space of the external HDD.
Bear all that in mind and deeply think about what has been said before you make your final decision.
A variety of PS4 users who are so enthusiastic about expanding their console’s storage capacity would love to get 8tb external hard drive and enjoy the vast rooms it offers. But there are a few caveats you need to consider before paying a premium for that large capacity.
Just gauge your needs properly and see what capacity suits you best and what PS4 storage expansion method mostly or wholly meets your expectations.