How to Copy a PS4 Game Save to a External Drive

You will need:

PS4

External Drive

TV

Cords

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Step 1: Turn on TV and PS4

Step 2: Insert External Drive

There are 2 USB ports on the front of the PS4

Step 3: In the Main Menu, Go to "Settings"

Step 4: Click on "Application Saved Data Management"

Step 5: Select "Saved Data in System Storage"

Step 6: Select "Copy to USB Storage Device"

Step 7: Select Game to Copy

Step 8: Wait Until Transfer Is Complete

Repeat steps 4-8 for multiple games

Step 9: Remove External Drive

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mostafaa120

2 years ago

I need help from you to turn PlayStation

Cylinders to Hard and explain how to copy games on Hard

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ashmcann1986mostafaa120

Reply 2 months ago

Copying games need an extended drive, a different process to transferring game saves. You can do one or the other but not both

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Gemma-louC

1 year ago on Step 6

I get to the "copy to USB storage device" then it says "cannot perform that operation" the connected USB storage device is being used as extended storage (CE-41893-5)

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ashmcann1986Gemma-louC

Reply 2 months ago

You’ll need to reformat to FAT or NTFS by computer. Then reconnect and do not use PS4 format. Just transfer straight for the game saves. (Not the actual saves)

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FactionSwap

10 months ago

Is this talking about storing game saves to a usb drive, or is it talking about saving the actual game itself to a usb drive?

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Narutofan4

Question 7 months ago on Step 2

What kind of us does it have to be because I have the ps4 slim now and getting the pro soon so if I get a usb will that transfer all the games I've played onto the slim to the pro?

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ashmcann1986Narutofan4

Answer 2 months ago

Minimum 250gb, as I answered above you can either use the HDD or use the ps transfer services.

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CP_FFXV_AD

Question 3 months ago on Step 9

Dumb question but it's the first time I'm attempting something like this. Okay here it goes. Once I send the save data to the USB, and I would attach it to PS4 again will the game system read it as if it was a memory card and load all the DLC stuff etc?

Just wanting to double check. Also what usb size would you guys recommend? I only have a 16GB and I don't think that will be enough for my game.

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ashmcann1986CP_FFXV_AD

Answer 2 months ago

The minimum is 250gb, and to do that what you mentioned is a different process. You would need to format the HDD into extended storage, then transfer the game itself into the HDD, not the save. The save will not be able to transfer over. If you want the save as well, you’ll need an online account, transfer the save to the cloud. And the game to the HDD.

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revolution.3d550n

Question 3 months ago on Step 6

Do I really require to be connected to the internet to do an "offline" PS4 save backup? Seriously? Why?

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DillanF1

1 year ago

I've done this but the PS4 keeps saying the USB storage device is not connected.

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Manoxkrishna

3 years ago

I want tu copy a game from cd to ps4
Ananyone here please help me

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ElliottB9

3 years ago

I don't have psn, but it requires a psn account. I wish to know how to do this without an account. I don't see why I would need psn for an operation from system to storage device. It would make sense to require psn from system to cloud, but not system to sub.if anyone can find a way way to do this it would be GREATLY appreciated

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ElliottB9ElliottB9

Reply 3 years ago

I meant usb not sub, but autocorrect doesn't recognize usb I guess I should capitalize it USB

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pbarbas

5 years ago

I have copied a save to USB Storage Device but, when I connect it in another PS4, it says that does not exist any files into USB :/

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vikarampbarbas

Reply 4 years ago

It's because it can be used only in the same ps4 and in the same user only.

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jacksonf8vikaram

Reply 3 years ago

What if you copy it over to another ps4, but then add your account on thier ps4? Would the game be able to run?

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magnuswf

4 years ago on Introduction

Trying not to be a buzzkill, but what use would you have for this? I know that you can't share savegames with other players/users, so I could only see this as a backup method? :) (Smiley for better mood ;) )

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roman_Amagnuswf

Reply 3 years ago

It is usefull if you are changing the internal hard-drive