Consoles & Peripherals
01 Nov 2014 12:41 PM
CMDhowie
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USB Flash Drives Supported by PS4?

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Hi, I was just looking into buying a flash drive to backup my PS4 game saves, and I was wondering, what types of USB flash drives are compatible with the PS4? Are any flash drives incompatible with the PS4? I just wanted to make sure I didn't buy a flash drive that wouldn't even work with my PS4. Thanks!

 

 

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  • All of my USB drives have worked with no issue.

     

    The vast majority you buy off the shelf are pre-formatted to FAT32 anyway, which the PS4 will be completely happy with, and if by some wierd chance you buy the only one that isn't, just format it again to FAT32 in any PC.

     

    Also, I use USB sticks that are USB1, USB2.0, and USB3 compatible, and that doesn't break them either for me.

     

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  • Excellent, thanks Nakatsu!

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  • Kyrinoz

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    Sandisk Cruizer Blade 16GB is NOT recognized at all by the PS4.

    It doesn't matter if you format it FAT32, exFAT etc.    Just wasted $10 on a USB stick to upgrade my PS4 HDD & $95 on the Spinpoint M9T & can't use either friggin one until I get another **bleep** flash drive that my PS4 will read.....


    #annoyed

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  • Dead-Sync (Support MVP)

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    All of 's information is correct.

     

    That said there is one "specification" that often goes unnoticed as it isn't listed, it's not even a technical specification. However it's quite simple: dimensions. The slot where the USB ports are not extremely tall. Since they are indented, you will need to ensure the USB drive you have can fit in there. If it's too bulky it might not plug in all the way. I guess you could in theory use a USB extension too, but it's usually just best to get a smaller USB drive.

     

    If you're shopping for a USB drive for your PS4 stick to the smaller, slim-form factor drives as much as possible. It's not a *weird* dimension by any means, most electronic stores will sell them, but again, go for slim physical size over the larger ones (like the ones that flip open/closed or click in/out as those are usually bigger)

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  • gkpama00 (Support MVP)

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    A more common problem with USB devices is that the PS4 only supports USB 2.0 devices.  Most USB storage devices made today are USB 3.0 compliant.  They are all designed to be USB 2.0 backward-compatible, but they succeed at that to varying degrees.  A USB 3.0 flash drive may or may not work with the PS4.  A USB 2.0 drive should always work.

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  • Kyrinoz wrote:

    Sandisk Cruizer Blade 16GB is NOT recognized at all by the PS4.

    It doesn't matter if you format it FAT32, exFAT etc.    Just wasted $10 on a USB stick to upgrade my PS4 HDD & $95 on the Spinpoint M9T & can't use either friggin one until I get another **bleep** flash drive that my PS4 will read


    Interesting. I use two different versions of the Cruizer Blade, but the 8Gb capacity ones.

    I wonder if anyone else has the same issue with the 16Gb variety?

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  • i bought a 16GB USB memory stick for $8 for my PS3 and it works fine. honestly i think that means you can use it on a PS4.

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  • I just bought the cruzer blade 8Gb and it will NOT work with my PS4 I even tried to reformat it and still doesn't work So I feel your pain dude was also very annoyed
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  • I have a 16 gig PNY USB Stick and need to know if it will work for a PS4 update?  If it won't, I'll need to find an alternative ASAP.

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  • Dead-Sync (Support MVP)

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    It will work for the PS4 Update if it fits into the PS4's USB port, and if it is formatted in FAT32. If it is not in FAT32 you can reformat it, but note this will erase all content on the drive when you do so.

     

    Here's a post I made regarding Updating firmware with USB Drives, it has links to instructions, the files themselves, how to reformat drive, etc. Hope you find it useful:

     

    http://community.us.playstation.com/t5/Consoles-Peripherals/INFO-System-Software-Hub/td-p/45833094

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  • I bought a Lexar 8GB and it doesn't work, despite doing everything correctly.   I dont know if it's 2.0 or 3.0, but it's formatted properly and the software re-install file is also done the right way.  Error code CE-30784-2  "The USB storage device is not connected."

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  • metjam

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    Just bought one last week to import pes2017 files and doesn't show on screen or in game...so yeah Dev does not work. Wish I'd seen this a week ago #ohwell
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  • metjam

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    Yeah the cruzer definitely does not work
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  • yea i brought 1 for 12.99 waste of money i even called sony to be on the phone with them for 2 hrs to tell me its not compatible would update using internet work

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  • so if I have a one TB flashdrive and I plug it into my original ps4 I will get more space on my playstation 4

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  • sam6862 (Support MVP)

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    machineheadthega wrote:

    so if I have a one TB flashdrive and I plug it into my original ps4 I will get more space on my playstation 4


    Mostly not, it is only for backups and copying saved games within the same PSN user. PS4 cannot move games and run games from external USB storage.

    To get more space in PS4 console, changing internal hard drive is mostly the only option. https://support.us.playstation.com/articles/en_US/KC_Article/Upgrade-PS4-HDD/

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  • but I only have a little bit of money to use and it is only like $8.50 only $9.76

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  • Which USB stick dou have ?
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  • Hi what of usb drive do you have?

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  • i just bought sandisk 16gb cruzer glide 2.0/3.0 compatible flash drive for my ps4 & it works great!

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  • it sure does, my 16gb sandisk cruzer glide works fine in my ps4

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  • So, I have a 2TB flash stick and the ps4 keeps giving me the stats needed.  Needs to be 3.0, 250gb minimum, and directly connected.  I cannot figure what the deal is.  It works fine on my PC and the Ps3.  Any suggestions?  I am at witts end......Thanks in advance.

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  • sam6862 (Support MVP)

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    tnjumper wrote:

    So, I have a 2TB flash stick and the ps4 keeps giving me the stats needed.


    What error code you got when trying to format?

    https://support.us.playstation.com/articles/en_US/KC_Article/PS4-External-HDD-Support/

     

    What kind of 2 TB flash drive did you get, at what price?

    https://www.google.com/search?tbm=shop&q=2TB flash drive

    Avoid scammers. Some fake 2TB (2000 GB) devices might corrupt data beyond a few gigabytes (GB).

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  • My 8gb SanDisk cruze would not work
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  • You are not alone. The Lexas 8G S50s will not work on the PS4. What is wrong with it? 

     

    I dunno if it's a 2.0 or 3.0, but my guess is that it is a 2.0. 

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