How to backup PS4 to external hard drive easily?

Why should we backup PS4 to external hard drive?
Over time, PS4 hard drive space will be taken up by increasing recordings, saved data, settings and installed applications. Therefore, PS4 needs to be backed up to external hard drive for the following reasons:

You want to get back your game data from backup to external hard drive when hard drive failure occurs.

The default hard drive in PS4 does not have enough space, and you want to upgrade your PS4 hard drive to external hard drive.

You want to use backup to external hard drive on other systems like Windows and Mac without reformatting it and without the risk of losing all the saved data.

Once you need to backup PS4 games to external hard drive, you may also want to know how to perform this task. Proceed to the next part.

How to backup PS4 to external hard drive with the built-in tool?


To backup PS4 hard drive, you first need to format your USB flash drive, external HDD or SSD as FAT32 or exFAT. Since PS4 can only support these two file systems. If you want to backup the full HDD, the external HDD should be at least as big as the internal HDD. Now, follow the instructions below:

  1. insert your external storage device into PS4. Navigate to Settings > System > Backup and Restore > Backup PS4.
  2. Confirm which data you want to backup. If you uncheck this “Applications” item, you will need to download and reinstall them after restoring your PS4 with the backup you created.
  3. On the next screen, you can enter a name for the backup. When you are ready to proceed, click “Backup” and press the “X” button.
  4. wait until the process is completed. When the process is complete, you will see the message “Backup complete. PS4 is restarting” will be displayed. Backing up PS4 to an external hard drive with the built-in tool seems easy, but there are some limitations:

You cannot back up the PS4 system software.

You cannot backup individual games separately.

Updating the existing backup file is not supported. You can only create a full backup each time.

Trophies are not included in the backup data. You need to sync them with PlayStation Network.

PS4 system allows a single partition on the backup device instead of multiple partitions.

To break through the limitations, you may look for another way to backup PS4 hard drive. Surely, you can try to backup PS4 to PC or cloud. In the next part, I will show you an alternative way to backup PS4 to external hard drive.

An alternative way to backup PS4 to external hard drive in Windows.


To backup PS4 to Windows, you first need to connect your PS4 hard drive and formatted external hard drive to Windows PC. You can remove the hard drive from PS4 with Phillips screwdriver. After that, you can backup your PS4 games to external hard drive with the handy freeware AOMEI Backupper Standard.

It offers you four types of backups: system/disk/partition/file backup, which can meet your different requirements. All Windows PC operating systems such as Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP are supported. Just follow the steps below to backup PS4 hard drive. In the same way, you can also backup PS3 to external hard drive.

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Step 1 Download, install and open AOMEI Backupper. Click Backup in the left pane and select Hard Disk Backup.

Step 2. Click Add Hard Drive to select your PS4 hard drive as the source hard drive.

Select PS4 hard drive as the source hard drive.

Step 3. Click the folder-shaped button below to select the external hard drive to save the image backup.

Select destination hard drive

Step 4. Finally, click Start to perform the backup.

Start Backup

Options: You can describe a comment for your backup here. You can also compress or split your backup image.

Schedule: You can specify here that the backup task will run at set intervals.

Scheme: the program will automatically delete old backup images based on your settings.

Tips:
You can also upgrade your PS4 hard drive or clone your PS4 games to external hard drive using the Hard Drive Clone feature.

You can upgrade the freeware to AOMEI Backupper Professional and enable Universal Restore when you restore from PS4 backup created by AOMEI Backupper to make sure the system is bootable after restore.

Summary


Next time you want to backup PS4 to external hard drive, you can try PS4 built-in tool or AOMEI Backupper. However, you can benefit more from AOMEI Backupper.