These Are the Best Hard Drives for PlayStation 4, Tested by Our Experts

Our favorite options when you need more storage

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If you need more disk space for your console, you might want to look into an aftermarket hard drive for your PS4. Unlike the PS5, which includes an SSD expansion slot, the PS4 requires you to either connect a USB hard drive or physically open your PS4 and upgrade your internal storage. For anyone who hasn’t yet upgraded to the PS5, a hard drive is a great way to get more out of your last-generation console. 

The best hard drives are easy to set up, compatible with the PlayStation, and have tons of space to stash all of the increasingly massive triple-A games you crave. The best will sport sleek designs and not look out of place perched on your entertainment center or right on top of your console, and they will be reliable enough to keep your data secure for years. Read on to see all of our picks for the best hard drives for PS4.

Best Overall: Seagate FireCuda Gaming SSHD 2TB 7200RPM

Seagate FireCuda Gaming SSHD 2TB 7200RPM


What We Like
  • Hybrid drive

  • Built for gaming

  • Great warranty

What We Don't Like
  • Not as fast as SSDs

  • Data recovery plan costs extra

The Seagate FireCuda hybrid drive is the best choice for memory expansion. That is, if you’re comfortable cracking open your PS4 and swapping out your hard drive. It uses a blend of physical hard disks and flash-enhanced memory to give you the speed and reliability of a solid-state drive (SSD) and the capacity of a traditional hard disk drive (HDD). The 2TB model gives you enough capacity to store over 80 games, meaning you can install your entire library of triple-A and indie titles as well as download digital copies of future games without running out of space. 

The FireCuda uses adaptive memory and multi-tier caching technologies to reduce loading times for your most-played games. With a data transfer rate of up to 140 MB/s, you can quickly migrate your library to the new drive and have a virtually lag-free experience playing games stored on the FireCuda. Along with a five-year warranty, you can purchase a separate data recovery plan from Seagate to protect your data from loss and corruption due to mechanical failure, viruses, and damage to the drive.

Capacity: 2TB | Interface: SATA 6GB/s | Transfer Speeds: Up to 140 MB/s | Form Factor: 2.5-inch

“A solid hybrid hard drive that bridges the gap between regular HDDs and SSDs for those who want bigger storage without breaking the bank.” Zack Sweat, Product Tester

Seagate FireCuda Gaming SSHD

Lifewire / Zach Sweat 

Best SSD: Samsung 860 EVO 2.5-inch SSD

Samsung 860 EVO 2.5-inch SSD


What We Like
  • Built-in encryption

  • 4K optimized

  • Fast read/write speeds

What We Don't Like
  • No data recovery service

  • Larger capacities are very expensive

SSDs have become more popular in recent years because they have incredibly fast boot times, fast read and write speeds, and V-NAND technology to reduce cost and increase capacities. The Samsung 860 EVO is an excellent option if you're looking to enhance your PS4's storage with an SSD. It's optimized for 4K video and graphics, letting you load the latest titles faster than traditional HDDs allow.

It features AES 265-bit encryption to keep your games, system, and personal data safe from unauthorized access and misuse. With a lifetime rating of 1.5 million hours and no moving parts, you won't have to worry about mechanical failures or slow-downs over the drive's lifetime. 

It has read and writes speeds of 550 and 520MB/s, respectively, so you can quickly transfer games from the console's main storage drive to the SSD or have a virtually lag-free experience when playing games from the 860 EVO. You can use the Samsung Magician app to run benchmark tests and ensure that your SSD is giving you peak performance at any time. With storage capacities from as little as 250GB to an impressive 4TB, you can choose a size that best fits your game library and future storage needs.

Capacity: 250GB to 4TB | Interface: SATA 6GB/s | Transfer Speeds: 6GB/s | Form Factor: 2.5-inch

“Samsung is a great SSD manufacturer, and the 860 EVO is easily one of the best around for the price.” Zack Sweat, Product Tester

Samsung 860 EVO 2.5-inch SSD

Lifewire / Zach Sweat

Best External: WD 8TB My Book Desktop External Hard Drive

 WD 8TB My Book Desktop External Hard Drive

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Automatic file backup

  • RAID-0 in dual drive format

  •  Shock-resistant

What We Don't Like
  • Not as fast as SSD

If you're not keen on cracking open your PS4 to add more storage space, you can always use an external hard drive such as the WD My Book. This external hard drive is available with truly massive capacities, up to the PS4 limit of 8TB, and comes in single or dual-drive formats. Both formats have automatic backup software to let you recover your game library in the event of mechanical failure or file corruption, as well as AES 256-bit encryption to protect against hackers and unauthorized access of your personal data.

The dual drive format features RAID-0 technology for truly incredible read, write, and recall speeds, and it also allows you to create a mirror drive within the unit to keep your library safe from file corruption or accidental deletion. 

With a sleek, modern design on the housing, this external hard drive adds a touch of style to your console setup, and with its compact size, you can tuck it behind your console or TV to keep your gaming area looking neat and organized. Both the single and dual-drive formats feature plug-and-play functionality, meaning you won't have to mess with downloading drivers and other compatibility software to use it with your PS4; just plug it into the console's USB port, format the drive, and begin downloading games. The drive is also resistant to minor shocks, bumps, and drops to protect your library and other information from loss due to mechanical damage.

Capacity: 3TB to 18TB | Interface: USB 3.0, USB 2.0 | Transfer Speeds: 5GB/s for USB 3.0 and 480MB/s for USB 2.0 | Form Factor: 3.5-inch

“Western Digital’s 8 TB My Book hard drive is the perfect storage solution if you’re looking for a static drive to hold a vast amount of video and project files, but it isn’t really worth it if you’re looking for portability.” Jordan Oloman, Product Tester

WD 8TB My Book Review

Lifewire / Jordan Oloman 

Best Value: Crucial MX500 1TB SSD

Crucial MX500 1TB

 Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Affordable

  • Fast read and write speeds

  • Power loss immunity and data encryption

What We Don't Like
  • No data recovery service available

With the rise in popularity of SSDs, the technology has become easier, and therefore cheaper to produce. Depending on capacity, an SSD can be a very budget-friendly option when looking to expand your PS4's storage capacity. The Crucial MX500 1TB solid-state drive gives you enough space to store your game library.

The flash-enhanced memory system and Micron 3D NAND technology give you ultra-fast read and write speeds up to 560 and 510MB/s, respectively. This means you won't have to wait for hours to migrate your games and videos, and your games will load much faster. 

With integrated power loss immunity, you won't have to worry about losing your game library if your house loses power or if your PS4 dies in the middle of a match. It also features AES 256-bit encryption to protect your personal data. The MX500 comes with step-by-step instructions to make the drive easier to install for console modders of all skill levels. With a price tag of around $100, you can still treat yourself to a new game after you buy this SSD.

Capacity: 250GB to 2TB | Interface: SATA 6GB/s | Transfer Speeds: 6GB/s | Form Factor: 2.5-inch

Best Capacity: Seagate Backup Plus Hub 8TB Desktop External Hard Drive

Seagate Backup Plus Hub 8TB Desktop External Hard Drive


What We Like
  • Store hundreds of games

  • Has USB charging

  • Durable design

What We Don't Like
  • Requires a power adapter

Seagate has long been a trusted name in the hard drive community, and the Seagate Backup Plus Hub 8TB will provide you with the space you need to store your games. While it does require a power adapter, which means more cords, it also has the benefit of ensuring the hard drive does not pull from your system's power.

This Seagate connects with USB 3.0, and boasts transfer rates of around 160MB/s. While this is average among external hard drives, it is plenty fast to be able to play most games directly from it. Other games that may have long loads or require faster speed are best moved from your external drive to your main drive. However, doing this is always faster than re-downloading the game, and ensures your game saves stay intact. This hard drive also includes two front USB ports that you can use to charge devices such as controllers, or even your phone. 

While it provides plenty of space and long term storage, it is nicely sized and does not take up much desk space. The sleek black design works perfectly with most setups. This drive does exactly what it promises, and not much more, but considering price and size, you will find that you are quite happy with how dependable it can be.

Capacity: 4TB to 14TB | Interface: USB 3.0 | Transfer Speeds: Up to 160MB/s | Form Factor: 3.5-inch

“The Seagate Backup Plus Hub is a practical HDD with extra features that enhance the product’s functionality.” Erika Rawes, Product Tester

Seagate Backup Plus Hub 6TB

 Lifewire / Claire Cohen

Best Portable: Western Digital Black P10

 Western Digital_Black 5TB P10-Game Drive

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What We Like
  • Compact design

  • PS4/PS4 Pro compatible

  • Fast data trasnfer

What We Don't Like
  • Not SSD

  • No data recovery service

The WD_BLACK P10 game drive is designed with on-the-go gamers in mind. It features an incredibly compact form, measuring just 3.4 x 4.6 x .5 inches, letting you slip it into your pocket or backpack when you want to take your gaming library to a friend's house or on vacation.

The chassis's metal top not only gives the drive a great, rugged look, it also protects it against accidental damage. It has a capacity of 5TB, meaning you can store up to 125 games on it before you need to consider making space. With data transfer speeds up to 140MB/s, you won't have to wait around for games to load or migrate to the drive. 

The P10 features plug-and-play functionality with both the PS4 and PS4 Pro, so you won't have to worry about compatibility. The drive is optimized for gaming, giving you not only great load times in-game, but more efficient data recall for faster launch times of games and apps so you can jump right into the action after a long day of class or work. With a price tag under $150, you also won't have to dip into the next month's game fund to expand your console's memory storage. 

Capacity: 2TB to 5TB | Interface: USB 3.0 | Transfer Speeds: Up to 140MB/s | Form Factor: 2.5-inch

“The WD Black P10 is a gaming-specific external hard drive, but its hearty design and generous storage capacity will appeal to gamers and non-gamers alike.” Yoona Wagener, Product Tester

WD Black P10

Lifewire / Yoona Wagener  

Best Performance HDD: Western Digital Black Mobile 1TB 7200RPM

Western Digital Black Mobile 1TB 7200RPM


What We Like
  • No-touch technology

  • Dual processor

  • Dynamic cache

What We Don't Like
  • No data recovery service

  • Not 4K optimized  

Whether you're a serious gamer, or you just like to relax with an old favorite after work, you need a reliable, high-performance hard drive for the most enjoyable gaming experience. Western Digital's Black Performance Mobile hard drive not only gives you the capacity to store dozens of games, but uses a host of new tech to optimize your console.

This hard drive is built to have the recording head never physically touch the disk media, ensuring a much longer-lasting drive and to protect against damage from vibration and shock. 

The internal disk spins at 7200RPM for faster read and write speeds so your games load more quickly. This will also prevent lag when playing games stored on the drive. With a 64MB cache, you can easily access your most-used apps and most-played games so you can rack up Fortnite wins on the weekend or catch up on your favorite shows before bed. It also has a dual processor and dynamic cache access algorithm to make accessing your games and apps more efficient, putting less strain on the unit and ensuring a longer-lasting drive.

Capacity: 250GB to 1TB | Interface: SATA 6GB/s | Transfer Speeds: 6GB/s | Form Factor: 2.5-inch

Best Budget: Western Digital Blue 2TB Mobile Hard Drive 5400RPM

Western Digital Blue 2TB Mobile Hard Drive 5400RPM


What We Like
  • Under $100

  • No touch tech

  • Efficient power consumption & data transfer

What We Don't Like
  • Not 4K optimized

Gaming can be an expensive hobby, and buying extra storage for your console can be a major cost. The WD Blue Mobile hard drive is an excellent option for even the most budget-conscious gamers. With a price tag of around $75, about the same as a special edition game, you can boost your PS4's storage with up to 2TB of space without putting too much hurt on your bank account. The drive's chassis is built with aluminum parts to prevent damage from corrosion and to give strength while remaining lightweight. 

The read head features WD's No-Touch architecture to significantly reduce wear and tear by never physically touching the disk. The disk spins at 5400RPM to give you read and write speeds of up to 147MB/s each and more efficient access to your most-played games. With WD's Data LifeGuard algorithm, the disk monitors its own health and status to automatically alert you to problems. With WD IntelliSeek, the drive automatically optimizes disk speeds for more efficient power consumption and operation. You can download the WD Support Lite app to clone your drive and back up your data to keep your library safe from accidental deletion.

Capacity: 320GB to 2TB | Interface: SATA 6GB/s | Transfer Speeds: 6GB/s | Form Factor: 2.5-inch

Best Rugged: G-Technology Armor ATD 5TB

G-Technology Armor ATD 5TB


What We Like
  • Shock/weather/crush resistant

  • 1 to 5TB

  • Thunderbolt and USB-C ready

What We Don't Like
  • Bulky

  • Design isn't for everyone 

If you have kids, pets, or roommates, you know that accidents happen and, unfortunately, your game library can be a casualty. The G-Technology Armor ATD external hard drive is built to withstand just about anything you can throw at it. The body is made of a rubber bumper and aluminum housing to protect against corrosion and drops up to 4 feet.

The chassis has an IP54 dust and water resistance, meaning that accidental soda spills and flying snack crumbs won't ruin your hard drive. With a crush resistance rating of up to 1,000 pounds, you won't have to worry about someone accidentally sitting on the hard drive or even running it over with your car. 

The USB connection port has a weather-resistant cover to keep out dust, rain, and anything else that could ruin the port. You can get this external hard drive in capacities from 1 to 5TB, letting you protect hundreds of games from anything life may have in store for your library. The drive is Thunderbolt and USB-C ready, letting you take it with you into the next generation of consoles when you're ready to upgrade your gaming space.

Capacity: 1TB to 5TB | Interface: USB 3.1 Gen 1 | Transfer Speeds: 1TB and 2 TB: Up to 140MB/s, 4TB: Up to 135MB/s 5 TB up to 130MB/s | Form Factor: 2.5-inch

Final Verdict

The Seagate FireCuda 2TB internal drive (view at Amazon) is the best choice when looking to upgrade your PS4's storage. It gives you the capacity of a traditional hard disk drive with the speed and reliability of a solid-state drive. Seagate offers a data recovery service to protect your game library against loss.

The Samsung 860 EVO (view at Amazon) is one of the best SSDs available for both PCs and game consoles. It has read and write speeds of 550 and 520MB/s, respectively, so your games launch and load faster than ever before. It also features 256-bit encryption to protect your personal data.

About Our Trusted Experts

Erika Rawes has been writing professionally for more than a decade, and she’s spent the last five years writing about consumer technology. Erika has reviewed roughly 125 gadgets, including computers, peripherals, A/V equipment, mobile devices, and smart home gadgets. Erika currently writes for Digital Trends and Lifewire.

Zach Sweat is an NYC-based editor, writer, and photographer with interests in music, technology, gaming, and the internet. Zach has dual degrees in Journalism and Photography from the University of North Florida and has worked with publications like IGN, Void Media, and Whalebone Magazine.

Jordan Olomon is passionate about adventure games, pirate archaeology, and how technology can improve your productivity.

Yoona Wagener has a background in content and technical writing. She has written for BigTime Software, Idealist Careers, and other small tech companies.

Seagate Backup Plus Hub 6TB

Lifewire / Erika Rawes

What to Look For in a PS4 Hard Drive:

Capacity vs. Speed

Think about what exactly you wish to get out of your hard drive. Do you want a ton of storage so you never have to redownload a game, but are okay with transferring games and managing your library? Then look for a high capacity external HDD drive. If you prefer to keep less games, but want them to run as fast as possible, then consider an internal SSD drive. You always have the option of doing both as well, as you can swap the internal drive and then connect an external drive.


Consider how often you move your Playstation, or how often you game elsewhere. Do you need to carry your PS4 around to different places? Do you have Playstations or accounts in multiple places? If so, an external hard drive is probably best. If you often move your Playstation itself, then maybe an internal drive is what you’re looking for, since the drive is in your console already and is one less thing to carry. 

Samsung 860 EVO 2.5-inch SSD

Lifewire / Zach Sweat 


Compatibility is a crucial element to consider when it comes time to make a selection for a new hard drive. Not all devices will work with Playstation, and you need to make sure you select the right form factor for internal hard drives, or else you will be spending more time returning devices, and less time gaming.

  • Can you use any hard drive with your PS4?

    Any standard external HDD with a USB 3.0 connection and a maximum capacity of 8TB or less will work with your PS4. The internal drive in a PS4 is a laptop-sized, 2.5-inch SATA HDD. If you're looking to replace the internal drive, the new one will need to be 9.5mm in depth or less.

  • Should you buy an SSD for your PS4?

    Adding an SSD to your PS4 will provide a significant upgrade in terms of loading times in games, but there are several things to keep in mind. For one, the difference will be more significant on a PS4 Pro, the architecture of which is better able to take advantage of the boost in performance. There's also the matter of costs: While SSDs are becoming more reasonably priced, there's still a pretty significant gulf in cost between SSDs and traditional HDDs.

  • How much storage do you need for PS4 games?

    PS4 games got increasingly bulky throughout the previous generation, putting the fairly slender amount of factory storage at a real premium. That said, unless you're a serious hoarder/collector and hate deleting older, unplayed games from your drive, you'll likely find that 2TB is more than enough to host your games library (and drives at that capacity are still relatively affordable).

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