Drastically increase USB transfer speed on your PS4 Console

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It shocks me every time how abysmally slow the transfer speed is that I get on my PlayStation 4 consoles. 6GB of footage shouldn’t take 20 minutes in this day and age, yet by default it does – even and especially given the fact that the PS4 has USB 3 ports. Using a compatible USB 3 drive should yield insanely faster results – but of course that’s not the case.

Turns out we have to format our drive in exFAT rather than FAT32, and I freely admit that I have no idea what that makes a difference. Weirdly enough, that’s not the end of the story.

Further speed increases can be gained by increasing the allocated block size when formatting the drive. Here’s how to format a drive in Windows with those settings:

  • open Windows Explorer and find your drive
  • right-click on it and select Format…
  • choose exFAT File Format
  • choose 2048 kB under Allocation unit size (default is 32 kB; higher values are not recommended)

That’s it!

Thanks to everyone’s tips in this Reddit Thread for these crucial bits of information.

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