PS4 Doesn’t Read My Hard Drive

Once I just wanted to transfer some screenshots/videos from the SHAREfactory, however, my PS4 failed to recognize my 750GB external hard drive, which made me confused. After searching on the internet, I figured out the problem. So here I’d like to share the reason as well as the solution with all PS4 users.

Why PS4 Doesn’t Read My Hard Drive?

Why doesn’t PS4 detect my 750GB hard drive? Actually, the reason is very simple: my hard drive was using the incompatible format – NTFS. It turns out that the PlayStation can only recognize FAT and exFAT formats. So next time before plugging in the hard drive, make sure it is formatted properly. Comoros So the question is: is there any way to fix this problem? Of course, just read on.

How to Convert NTFS to FAT32 without Data Loss?

We know that Windows offers a Command-Line utility to help us to convert a FAT32 partition to NTFS safely. Unfortunately, this conversion is irreversible, unless we reformat it to FAT32 – obviously not the way we want. Now I would like to put forward a more convenient method: using a powerful and flexible partition tool like MiniTool Partition Wizard.

Tutorials on NTFS to FAT32 Conversion in MiniTool Partition Wizard

Preparatory work: Download this program, install and run it.
Tips: For us home users, MiniTool Partition Wizard Free can meet our needs; for server support, we need to employ the Server Edition.
Step 1: Choose Launch Application to get the main interface shown below:
Step 2: Right click the first partition of the hard drive we need to convert, and choose Convert NTFS to FAT. Since I have already converted my 750GB hard drive, here I choose a local disk instead.
Note: PS4 can only read a hard drive of which the first partition is formatted to FAT.
Step 3: There is a preview indicating that the file system of partition F is going to be changed to FAT32. Now we should click Apply to execute this operation.
Step 4: Just waiting for the success. It won’t take long.
Through the above explanation, we know the reason for “why PS4 doesn’t read my hard drive”. Meanwhile, we can see MiniTool Partition Wizard Free does a good job in converting NTFS to FAT32. Besides, if we want to turn the format back, we can also ask this Free Partition Wizard for help. The whole operations are quite safe, and even more easier for us to handle compared with using the command “convert volume /fs:ntfs “. For more information, please refer to Convert NTFS to FAT32.


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