How to Format a USB Drive as USB Extended Storage for PS5

Posted on Apr 14 2021 - 1:29pm by Ben Brown

When you format a USB drive, any data saved on the drive is erased. Data erased this way cannot be recovered, so be careful and make sure you do not erase important data.

USB drives that you used as USB extended storage on your PS4 console don’t need to be re-formatted.

When you first start using a USB drive with a PS5 console, format the drive as USB extended storage by following these steps: 

  1. Connect your USB drive to a USB port on the back of your PS5 console.
  2. Go to Settings Storage.
  3. Select USB Extended Storage > Format as USB Extended Storage.
    When there are multiple USB drives connected, you can change which USB drive you format by choosing Select Another USB Drive.

Do not turn off the power or disconnect the USB drive while it’s being formatted. Doing this may cause data loss, corruption, or damage to your PS5 console or USB drive.