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Josh Steinberg

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My wife has a PS4 that is running low on internal storage. She'd like to add an external hard drive to increase capacity. She asked me since I know a little about hard drives, but as someone who barely knows how to turn the PS4 on, I thought I should check with you fine folks first.

Can we use any of those USB 3.0 type external drives? Was thinking of one of those 1 or 2tb portable drives from Western Digital like this one as they've worked well for me with our macs:
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Or does it need to be a powered drive with its own power cord and brick? Hoping to avoid that route if possible, but I can free up an outlet on the power strip if necessary.

Thanks!
 

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I believe you do not need an externally-powered drive. I'd recommend getting one and trying it out, just return it if it doesn't work.

You can also upgrade the internal HDD by swapping it out for a bigger one. Sony has this process detailed through the PlayStation website and you can easily find videos about it.
 

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Can we use any of those USB 3.0 type external drives? Was thinking of one of those 1 or 2tb portable drives from Western Digital like this one as they've worked well for me with our macs:
Amazon product

Or does it need to be a powered drive with its own power cord and brick? Hoping to avoid that route if possible, but I can free up an outlet on the power strip if necessary.

As Morgan wrote above, you don't need to buy a drive with a separate power cord and brick. I used Seagate's "Backup Plus" portable drive with my PS4 for years without issues. You just plug it into the PS4, no separate power source needed. The WD 1 TB you listed should work too, but I haven't tried that model myself.
 

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That WD External Hard Drive you linked should work just fine. Just plug it in, and once the PS4 formats it, you should be good to go.
 

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I used a 2tb Western Digital passport I think for my PS4. When I got a PS5 I was able to unmount it and plug it right in, continuing Yakuza Kiwami 2 on the PS5 right where I left off with my cloud save. EZPZ
 

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