Knowing how to transfer games to a PS5 external hard drive helps you boost the limited storage space that the console ships with.
Here’s how to transfer games to a PS5 external hard drive
While 825GB sounds great on paper, in practice only 667.2GB is usable after the OS is taken into account, and games are getting larger. Install Demon’s Souls, Spider Man: Miles Morales, and Returnal, and you’ve already chewed through 160GB.
Eventually, Sony will let you install an internal M.2 drive, but that feature is disabled at launch, and compatible drives will likely be hugely expensive — at least to begin with.
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Fortunately, there is another option. The PS5 supports external hard drives between 250GB and 8TB in capacity, but there is a caveat: you can’t play PS5 games directly from them, due to speed limitations.
That doesn’t mean these drives are useless, though. Not only can you move PS5 games to external storage for quick installation, but you can still play your PS4 games from attached storage.
We’ve tried and tested the best external hard drives for PS5 elsewhere if you’re still shopping. But if you’ve already got one ready to go, here’s how to transfer games to a PS5 external hard drive.
How to transfer games to a PS5 external hard drive: Format the drive
Note that you can skip this section if you’ve already formatted your external hard drive, or if you’re bringing your drive over from a PS4.
1. Plug in your external drive, and then head to the PS5 Settings menu. It’s the cog-shaped icon next to the time in the top right corner of the screen. 2. On the next menu, navigate down the list to ‘Storage’ and press X.
3. Select ‘USB Extended Storage’ from the menu on the left-hand side. 4. To work on PlayStation 5, your drive needs to be formatted to work as USB Extended Storage. This will lose everything on it already, so make sure any files on it are backed up before you begin.
When you’re ready, press ‘Format as USB Extended Storage’ to enable the drive on PS5. How to transfer games to a PS5 external hard drive: Move your games
1. Scroll back up to ‘Console Storage’ from the menu on the left-hand side, and then select “Games and Apps.”
(If you’re joining the tutorial here having already formatted, just go Settings, then Storage to find this option.) 2. Along the top of the screen are three tabs: “Delete Content,” “Move PS4 Content,” and “Move PS5 Games.” Decide what you want to move, and head to that tab.
In our screenshot, we’re moving our PS4 games onto an SSD, but the process is the same for PS5 titles. 3. You can either press “Select All” to grab everything, or manually tick the items you want to transfer. When you’re done, select the box labelled “Move” in the bottom-right corner of the screen.
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