Format External Hard Drive for PS4/ PS3 on PC with Freeware (Within Three Steps)

February 19, 2019

This article demonstrates you how to format external hard drive for PS4/PS3 in Windows 10/8/7 simply and quickly.

Overview of PS4 and PS3

PlayStation 3 (PS3), a home video game console for game user, is first released by SONY computer Entertainment in Japan in 2006. PlayStation 4 (PS4), the successor of PS3 owns better hardware settings. You are allowed to play large games, watch videos and listen to music etc. on PS4. Usually, the PS4 hard drive is 500GB in capacity and you could find out that the capacity is not enough for daily use. At this time, you may want to add an external hard drive for your PS4/PS3 to gain more space.

Why format external hard drive for PS4/PS3?

It is necessary to realize the file system compatible with PS4/PS3 before using external hard drive for PS4/PS3. For PS4, it can support FAT32 and exFAT; for PS3, it can support FAT32 file system. But external hard drive is typically formatted with NTFS file system. Therefore, it is necessary to format the external hard drive for your PS4 or PS3. As both of FAT32 and exFAT is compatible with PS4, you can have a basic understanding before making a decision to format external hard drive to exFAT or FAT32 for PS4.

To put it simply, FAT32 shows an advantage in compatibility while has limitation in file size and partition size. It doesn’t allow you to save single file larger than 4GB and supports up to 2TB in volume size. exFAT file system makes up the limitations of FAT32 in file size and volume size but it is easier to be corrupted compared with FAT32.

How to format external hard drive for PS4/PS3 on PC?

After realizing the suitable file systems for PS4/PS3 and the properties of them, the detailed guide to format your external hard drive for PS4/PS3 will be presented in the following context.

Format external hard drive to exFAT for PS4 on PC

If you want to format your external hard drive with exFAT file system for PS4, connect your disk to Windows PC well and follow the way that you like listed below.

Format external hard drive to exFAT for PS4 using Disk Management

1. Access Disk Management by pressing Windows + R simultaneously, inputting diskmgmt.msc and hitting “Enter”.

2. Right click the partition on the external hard drive need formatting and choose “Delete Volume” to delete the partition.

3. Right click the unallocated disk space and choose “New simple volume” and do as New Simple Volume Wizard prompts.

4. In the Format Partition window, choose exFAT file system. Then, click “Next” and “Finish” to start the operation.

Format External Hard Drive for PS4

Format external hard drive to exFAT for PS4 using Diskpart utility

1. Run Diskpart as administrator by pressing “Windows + R” keys at the same time and typing “diskpart” and pressing “Enter”.

2. Type the commands as follows and every command shall be followed by hitting “Enter” key.

  • list disk

  • select disk n

  • list partition

  • select partition m

  • format fs=exfat

PS.:“n” refers the external hard drive number and "m" is the number of the partition on the hard drive that you want to format.

Format external hard drive to FAT32 for PS4/PS3 on PC

If you need to format external hard drive with FAT32 file system for PS4/PS3, you can ask the help of 3rd party partition manager. Here AOMEI Partition Assistant is highly recommended, which allows you to format external hard drive belongs to different brands like Seagate, Samsung and so on to FAT32, exFAT, NTFS, Ext2, Ext3 and Ext4 on PC. It can also be applied to format SD card or USB flash drive. Let’s see how it works (Supposed that the computer is running Windows 10):

Step 1. Connect the external hard drive to your computer; download, install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant. In the main interface, right click the partition on the external hard drive, choose “Format Partition”.

Format Partition 500GB Drive

Step 2. Among listed file systems, choose FAT32 and click “OK”.

Choose FAT32

Step 3. You’ll return to the main interface. Confirm the pending operation and click “Apply” to perform this operation.

Apply 500GB Drive

PS.: If your external hard drive is unallocated, you can right click the unallocatedspace and choose “Create Partition” to format external hard drive with FAT32.

Wrap things up

From all above, you can know the detailed steps on how to format external hard drive for PS4/PS3 on PC. Obviously, AOMEI Partition Assistant can help you to format external hard drive to exFAT for PS4 or FAT32 for PS4/PS3 within few steps. Besides, it is embedded with many other functions. For example, it can help you to copy disk and migrate OS to SSD. If you want to enjoy more advanced features like convert NTFS to FAT32 without data loss and versa vice, you can upgrade it to Professional version.