Externally transferring PS4 Games from the hard drive

One of the biggest nuisance PS4 PRO and Slim of which users keep complaining is the incapability to externally store games which are installed internally on the hard drive to an external storage device. This forces users to either take a whole backup of the internal hard drive content, then restore it again once needed, or just re-download the entire game that might take hours to download and install. So is there any workaround for this? Or it’s something users cannot do anything about?

Why to store your games outside the internal hard drive

Unlike the HTPC or Productivity trace, this one relies heavily on the read performance of a drive. These shock sensors were included on the previous Blacks but are now more sensitive and capable. Sony prevents its users from taking a copy of an individual PS4 game and stored on an external hard drive. To give a simple breakdown of read/write percentages, the HTPC test is 64% write, 36% read, the Productivity test is 59% write and 41% read, while the gaming trace is 6% write and 94% read. What these do is allow the drive to sense in real time any potential damaging vibrations or shocks, and adjust the height of the arms so that ‘cow belling’ (the heads slamming into the platters) does not occur. If you own a PS4 PRO game console, there’s nothing better than upgrading the internal hard drive to a larger capacity, which allows you to store as many games as you want. The test consists of a Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit system pre-configured with Steam, with Grand Theft Auto 4, Left 4 Dead 2, and Mass Effect 2 already downloaded and installed. Mix in a five-year warranty, that still includes free advanced exchange RMA options, and an online average price of $280 (or 5 cents per GB) and what we have is a complete package that boasts a cost that doesn’t seem all that unreasonable given the abilities this new Black edition has to offer. With PS4 Slim the case is not different. You can still replace the PS4 Slim internal hard drive with a large drive to enjoy the vast storage space where you’ll install your games. The trace captures the heavy read activity of each game loading from the start, as well as textures as the game progresses.

PS4 PRO game console

Expand the PS4 internal hard drive capacity

In this trace we recorded 426MB being written to the drive and 7,235MB being read. In our read-intensive Gaming trace, the 6TB WD Black model posted 979 IOPS, 52.48MB/s, and an average latency of 8.1ms. You can try upgrading PS4 PRO hard drive to 4tb if this seems enough for your needs. Otherwise, a 6tb hard drive capacity looks pretty enough for the most extreme enthusiasts. The top performer here was the other hybrid drive, the Seagate Desktop SSHD, which boasted 93.98MB/s. The new 6TB WD Black HDD offers both a significant increase in storage and noticeable boost in performance.

2tb of data storage capacity can hold tons of games

With WD’s latest effort, enthusiasts/professionals will certainly see an overall boost in heavier computing, as it effectively leverages WD’s latest drive technology along with 128MB of DRAM and Dynamic Cache Technology. The best capacity we recommend to regular PS4 PRO users is 2tb, which’s supposed to meet almost all their storage requirements from the internal hard drive.

The latter improves caching algorithms in real time by allocating and optimizing cache between reads and writes. As such, power consumers and gamers with a hefty capacity footprint will find a lot to like with the WD Black 6TB HDD. Looking at the specifics of the 6TB WD Black’s performance certainly indicates a fairly dominant showing during our Synthetic Benchmarks. With PS4 Slim the situation is no different. Upgrading PS4 Slim to 2tb hard drive seems to be the best option available in terms of capacity. In our 2MB sequential tests, the drive posted 214.53MB/s read and 214.91MB/s write; though this was the top performing drive, it was just a tad below the quoted speeds from WD (218MB/s).

upgrading the internal hard drive of PS4 PRO

Use an external hard drive instead

Our 2MB and 4K random workloads told a similar story, placing the WD drive at the top of the leaderboards. If upgrading the internal hard drive of PS4 slim doesn’t seem good for you, think about getting an external hard drive for PS4 Slim then. The only benchmark where the 6TB WD Black wasn’t ranked at the top of the pack was during our 4K latency tests, where it took second place in max latency with 1,248ms and much higher than the 4TB model’s 379.66ms. There are also external hard drive available for PS4 PRO game console, which are totally compatible and work with no issue at all. To be fair, the hybrid drives are being tested without the benefit of their cache in these tests, regardless the Black acquits itself well. Turning to the consumer real-world benchmarks, keep in mind that we pitted it against hybrid SSHD drives, which are specifically designed for these types of workloads.


That being said, 6TB WD Black Drive posted 81.85MB/s and 1,100 IOPS while average latency was calculated at 7.3ms, taking 3rd spot in all categories in our HTPC trace. PS4 Games cannot be installed/stored individually on an external storage device, but there are always workarounds that help in such situations. In our gaming profile, the new WD Black drive boasted 979 IOPS, 52.48MB/s, and an average latency of 8.1ms. Again, this was good enough for 3rd among our leaderboard, with a noticeable improvement over the 4TB Black.