Extended storage on PlayStation®5 consoles

Extended storage on PlayStation®5 consoles

Learn how to format a USB drive as extended storage for your PS5™ console, which USB drives can be used as extended storage and what games can be stored on extended PS5 storage. 

What you can store on a formatted PS5 extended storage device

You can download PS4 games and add-ons from PlayStation™Store directly to the extended storage and move games from your PlayStation®4 system storage to extended storage.

You can play PS4 games directly from an extended storage drive, which gives you more room on your PS5 system storage for PS5 games. If you want to use an extended storage drive you were previously using for your PS4 console, simply connect it to your PS5 console to access your PS4 games.

PS5 extended storage requirements

  • SuperSpeed USB 5Gbps or later

  • 250 GB minimum, 8 TB maximum capacity

  • Not all devices are guaranteed to work with the PS5 console.

  • An extended storage drive cannot be used through a USB hub. 

  • Two or more extended storage drives cannot be connected at the same time.

Important connection information

If the USB drive isn't disconnected properly, there may be data loss, corruption, or damage to your console or USB drive. Safely remove a USB drive.

How to format a USB drive as extended storage

When you format a USB drive, any data saved on the drive is erased. Data erased this way cannot be recovered, so be careful and make sure you do not erase important data.

When you first start using a USB drive with a PS5 console, format the drive as extended storage by following these steps: 

  1. Connect your USB drive to a USB port on the back of your PS5 console.

  2. Go to Settings > Storage.

  3. Select Extended Storage > Manage USB Drives.

  4. When there are multiple USB drives connected, select your USB drive.

  5. Select Format as Extended Storage.

USB drives that were used as extended storage on your PS4 console do not need to be formatted.

Do not turn off the power or disconnect the USB drive while it's being formatted. Doing this may cause data loss, corruption, or damage to your PS5 console or USB drive.

Move PS4 games to PS5 extended storage 

  1. Go to Settings > Storage > Console Storage > Games and apps > Move to Extended Storage
  2. Select the data you want to store, and then select Move

Automatically download PS4 games to PS5 extended storage

To make your extended storage drive the default location for new PS4 games you download on your PS5 console:

  1. Go to Settings > Storage > Extended Storage
  2. Turn on Install PS4 Games to Extended Storage.

Delete data on a PS5 extended storage drive

  1. Go to Settings > Storage.

  2. Select Extended Storage > Games and apps.

  3. Select Delete.

  4. Select the data you want to get rid of and select Delete.

Safely remove an extended storage drive

When you want to temporarily stop using your extended storage drive, or when you want to use your extended storage drive on another PS5 or PS4 console, make sure your console's power indicator is completely off before disconnecting the extended storage drive from your console.

If you want to disconnect an extended storage drive while your console is powered on, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the home screen and select Settings > Storage.
  2. Select Extended Storage > Stop Using.
  3. Disconnect the extended storage drive from your PS5 console.

When you want to use the USB drive again, connect it to a USB port on the back of your PS5 console, and select Start Using.

  • Before you disconnect the cable, select Settings > Devices > USB Storage Devices > Stop.

How to clear PS5 extended storage

You can format a device when you no longer want to use it as an extended storage drive for your PS5 console. When you format the extended storage drive, all game data saved on the drive is erased. 

  1. Go to Settings > Storage > Extended Storage > Manage USB Drives.

  2. Select the drive and select Format as exFAT.

Do not turn off the power or disconnect the USB drive while it's being formatted. Doing this may cause data loss or corruption, or damage to your PS5 console or USB drive.

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