(Pocket-lint) – The PlayStation 5 has been out for a good while now, and many people are starting to expand their game collections towards the internal hard drive’s maximum capacity.
The Sony console’s 825GB is plenty for a fair few games, but, if you’re constantly churning over new titles and want to keep your saved progress, you might be struggling. So, the solution then is to explore some of the top external PS5 SSDs.
A post-launch software update now means you can move both PS4 and PS5 games over to external storage, and we’re also now able to finally expand the internal storage, too.
While most external drives can’t match the speed of the PS5’s own drive, meaning you also can’t play games from them directly, you’ll still get way faster transfer speeds and a smaller device.
We’ve gathered some of the very best picks for you right here, all of which we’ve tested in-house on our own machines.
What is the best external hard drive for PS5? Our current top recommendation is the Samsung T7 Touch. Other great options include the Seagate Firecuda SSD, WD_Black P50, SanDisk Extreme Portable, and Gtech G-Drive Mobile.
Our Top Pick: PS5 External Hard Drive
Samsung T7 Touch 500GB
- Great biometric security
- Rapid transfer speeds
This SSD from Samsung is a doozy – it’s pretty decently priced for the storage you get, with bigger sizes available, but it also comes with a fingerprint scanner that makes it amazingly secure.
You’ll get seriously fast transfer speeds through its USB-C cable, and it hardly takes up any space whatsoever. It’s the best bet for most people.
PlayStation 5 external hard drives we also recommend
Here are four other top SSD options for your PlayStation 5. Since our current top pick might not be right ort every type of user – or, indeed, every budget – it’s always worth exploring multiple options before narrowing your choice down.
Seagate Firecuda SSD
Seagate is a big deal in storage, in case you didn’t know, and it has a variety of drives available, but its Firecuda range is specifically aimed at gaming.
This external SSD is pretty expensive, there’s no escaping that, but it’s also remarkably quick and we really like its light-up design. For an extra 1TB of storage, it’s a great bet.
WD_Black 1 TB P50 NVMe SSD
- Nice design
- Aimed at gamers
If you do indeed want to double your storage amount, though, this drive from WD_Black is gaming-branded and has a really resilient design.
It’s also impressively speedy and plays very nicely with other consoles, not just the PS5. However, you do again end up paying slightly over the odds for the 1TB of storage you’re getting.
Sandisk Extreme Portable SSD
- Really rugged
- Nice small design
- Not the fastest transfer speeds
SanDisk has one of the most diminutive drives around in the form of its Extreme Portable, which is really dinky and easily clips onto even a keyring or any other loop.
That makes it great if you want to move your collection around, whether within your home or to a LAN party or another setting. It’s also really nicely priced given how rugged and reliable it also is.
Gtech G-Drive Mobile SSD
- Again, really strong rugged design
- Solid value
G-Technology has managed a similar gambit to SanDisk here, by balancing ruggedness with speed, and this drive is specifically strong when it comes to drop protection – it isn’t phased by a few bounces!
It’s also well-priced and conveniently sized, though, which is the real key to making it onto this list.
Other products we considered
We understand the options above may not be enough to cover each person’s taste and budget, but we also want to keep the above list as concise as possible so you can receive a snapshot of what we believe to be the very best external drives right now. There are definitely more great options out there, but we want to avoid simply listing them all.
In order to provide some context to our decision making and testing, as well as to give you more suggestions of external hard drives for your PS5, below are the devices that haven’t quite made it into our top picks.
How to choose an SSD for your PS5
Here are some questions to ask yourself as you go about picking an SSD for your PS5.
How much extra storage do you need?
The first big thing to check in on is how much extra space you really think you need. If, like us, you find yourself having to delete games too often because a monster like Call of Duty: Warzone is taking up too much of your real estate, that might mean you can work out how much added room would be useful.
Most SSDs can be found in variations from 250GB up to 1TB, so be sure to pick up the right amount for your needs. Be warned, though – bigger drives obviously cost more!
Should you get an internal drive instead?
You can also add more space for your PS5 directly by installing an internal SSD, although the limits on what type of drive will fit and work are more restrictive. This is well worth looking into, especially if you want to store primarily PS5 games, since you’ll be able to play them directly from the bigger drive inside your console.
Are you planning to store PS4 games?
If the collection of games you’re looking to offload from your console’s built-in storage is primarily from the last generation, then an external SSD is perfect. You can plug it in and play them directly from the SSD, after all, making for minimal moving around of software.
More about this story
Every product in this list has been tested in real-life situations, just as you would use it in your day-to-day life.
With SSDs it’s all about two main factors – speed and capacity. We’re checking on how quickly you’ll be able to move your games between the PS5 and your SSD, and, once they’re on there, how much you’ll be able to access without needing to move them back to the console.
On top of that, bonuses like biometric security, build quality and waterproofing can only add to how much a drive impresses us, while the price tag attached is also a key variable.
As with all our buyer’s guides, it’s impossible to deliver a list that works for every type of user, but we judge these factors and lean on the opinions of the experts on the Pocket-lint team in order to determine a select crop of phones to recommend.
What we always tend to avoid when compiling these picks are in-depth spec comparisons and marketing jargon; we just want to provide an easy to understand summary that gives you an idea of what each phone is like to use. Our verdicts are concise, but this is purely in the interest of brevity. Rest assured all the things on this list have been fully tested.
Writing by Max Freeman-Mills. Originally published on .