Save Your PS4 Gameplay

How to Save PS4 Data to an External NTFS Hard Drive without Reformatting It

You've just found out that you can save your PS4 gameplay and export it to an external hard drive, where you can edit it and publish it to the Internet, via your PC.

However, there's a small problem, the PlayStation 4 can only read hard drives that are formatted in FAT32, while yours is formatted in NTFS and you don't want to reformat and delete your existing data.

How Do You Solve This Problem?

Well, thankfully if you do have a large external hard drive containing all your important data such as your pictures, videos and music, et cetera, you don't have to reformat the entire hard drive or lose any of your data.

This can be achieved by using a free tool such as MiniTool Partition Wizard Free, which as the name suggests, allows you to create partitions on any hard drive via your PC.

For example, if you have a 1 TB external hard drive, which is formatted in NTFS and contains roughly 500 GB of your data, you can create a 2nd partition in FAT32, which the PS4 can read and you can save all your existing game data to the remaining 500 GB. It's a bit like having a kitchen cupboard where you put the baked beans to one side and the tomato soup on the other side.

So How Exactly Do I Do This?

Well, naturally you are going to need a computer, an external hard drive and then you need to download MiniTool Partition Wizard Free, which as you can probably guess is completely free.

Once you've downloaded the program, launch it and you should see a screen which displays the hard drive on your computer, which is normally split into several sections, such as the one for your main data and recovery, et cetera.

Overview of the partitions on your hard drive

We are not interested in the computer's hard drive, so the next step is to plug-in your external hard drive. Please note: depending on your Windows settings your hard drive files may open up automatically. If this happens just close them. Once you have plugged in your external hard drive to your computer, your external hard drive setting should be displayed within the MiniTool Partition Wizard. This may take a few seconds, but if it doesn't just unplug your external hard drive and reinsert the USB cable until it does.

Overview of the space available on an external hard drive

As you can see from the above image your external hard drive will be labelled as "Disc 2". With my particular external hard drive, I've already created 3 separate partitions, but yours will most likely only display one since you have never used partition software before. If it is displaying more than one these are just normally software programs installed by the manufacturer.
Okay, the next step is to create a partition on your external hard drive in the FAT32 format for our PlayStation 4. To do this we need to free up some space from the existing hard drive. If you look at the above picture again you can see that all the partitions I've created on my external hard drive have different gigabytes capacity, which I've set previously. We now want to free up some of those gigabytes so we can create another partition. I'm going to be using F:SAMSUNG, since it has over 500 GB of unused space left. To free up that space, all we have to do is right click on that partition and select Move/Resize.

Resizing a partition

Once you've done that a new window should open where you can drag a bar backward and forward. We want to drag the bar back and release some of that space so we can create a new partition. For example, I'm just going to free up around 35 GB of space. Once you've done that, click on okay.

Setting the partition size

 After that, you can now see from the below picture that 37.23 GB has been freed and is now an unallocated.

New hard disk space

Now that we have some free space, we now want to create a new partition for our external hard drive. We do this by selecting the unallocated partition and then click on the "Create" button on the top toolbar near the left-hand side.

Creating a new partition

You can now give your partition a name (for example, PS4), and most importantly, you need to make sure it is formatted in FAT32. You can choose to give your partition the full amount of space you freed up, or as little as you like, by using the bar. Once that is complete, click on the okay button.

Giving your new partition a name

The final, and most important step is to click on the apply button in the top left-hand corner, unless none of the changes you have just made will be finalised.

Confirming the new partition

It may take several minutes or more for the partition to be created, so be patient. Once it has finished the new partition (example PS4) should be displayed within MiniTool Partition Wizard that shows you how much space it has, and the format, it was formatted in.

New partition listed with available space and file format

If successful, all you need to do is connect your hard drive to the PS4 via the USB port and you will be able to download all your save data. The good thing is, the PS4 will not even recognise or load any of the data saved on the NTFS formatted partition of the hard drive, so those files will never be accidentally deleted or affected by your PlayStation 4.

Happy gaming!