The PlayStation 5 is a beast of a console, but its storage space can be a real head-scratcher. With a measly 825GB available, it's like trying to fit the Batmobile into a matchbox. Fear not, though! We have the perfect solution to your storage woes. In this guide, we'll show you how to tap into the full potential of an external hard drive on your PS5. Get ready to level up your storage game!

Before you embark on this epic storage expansion quest, you need to make sure your external hard drive is compatible. No matter if it's a hard disk drive (HDD) or a solid-state drive (SSD), as long as it uses USB 3.0 or later, it's good to go. Remember, USB 2.0 drives won't cut it. So, grab your trusty external hard drive and plug it into one of the USB-A ports on the back of the PS5. The USB-A port on the front is like a USB 2.0 sloth, so avoid it. And please, no detours through USB hubs or extension cables. Direct connection only!

Now, let's talk size. Your external hard drive should be between 250GB and 8TB. If you're still on the hunt for the perfect sidekick, check out our guide to the best external hard drives. It's like finding the Robin to your Batman—essential!

If you're using the same external hard drive you had on your PS4, rejoice! The process is as simple as a Joker's laugh. Just plug it in, follow the prompts, and voilà! Your previously installed games will magically appear on your PS5. It's like teleportation, but without the worry of ending up in the Batcave's bathroom.

However, if this is your first time bringing an external hard drive to the PS5 party, fear not. Plug in the drive and select "Format as Extended Storage" when the prompt shows up. Be warned, though—this will wipe away all the data on the external hard drive. So, if you're reusing a drive, make sure to back up any important data first. We wouldn't want your precious Riddler fan fiction to vanish into thin air.

Once your drive is plugged in and formatted, it's time to head to the Settings menu. There, follow the path of Storage > Extended Storage, and make sure to check the "Always Install PS4 Games to Extended Storage" option. It's like having an Alfred who always knows where to put your games. In this menu, you can also find the "Safely Remove from PS5" option, which is your ticket to gracefully ejecting your external hard drive. Remember, removing it without using this option would make the PS5 throw a mechanical tantrum worthy of the Joker's pranks.

Now sit back, relax, and let your PS5 handle the rest. All new PS4 games will automatically install to your external hard drive, like a secret Batcave for your games. Your internal storage can finally breathe easy, like a relieved Commissioner Gordon. But wait, there's more! We're not done yet.

If you already have PS4 games installed on your PS5's internal storage, you can easily transfer them to your new external storage sanctuary. Navigate to Settings > Storage > Console Storage > Games and Apps, and there they are—your digital treasures. Switch to the "Items You Can Move" tab and select the games and applications you want to relocate. If you're feeling like Batman on a crime-fighting spree, just hit "Select All" and watch the magic happen.

But beware, brave gamer! Some have reported that large transfers can fail like a villain's evil plan. If you encounter this dastardly issue, try breaking up your transfer into smaller chunks. It's like taking down henchmen one by one instead of facing the whole gang at once. Strategy, my friend!

Now, let's talk about the peculiar way the PS5 handles external storage. Your external hard drive is solely dedicated to storing and playing PS4 games—no screenshots or save data allowed. Those will be saved to the internal storage by default. But fear not, there's a workaround! If you want to store your glorious screenshots on the external hard drive, simply plug it in without formatting. Then, head to your Library and find the "Media Gallery." From there, you can offload your captures by selecting them and choosing "Copy to USB Drive." It's like having a Batcomputer that saves your memories in a secret Batcave.

In addition to capturing memories, you can also back up your data to external storage. Just follow the path of Settings > System > System Software > Back Up and Restore. It's like having the Batmobile's autopilot to ensure the safety of your precious data. But remember, you canonly back up your PS5 data to external storage, not restore it. So keep that in mind when planning your backup strategy.

And there you have it, intrepid gamer! You have unleashed the power of your external hard drive on your PS5. With expanded storage, you can now roam the gaming universe without worrying about space limitations. So go forth and conquer, like the hero Gotham needs. Your storage solution is locked and loaded, ready for all the adventures that await you. Happy gaming!

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