Easily expand PS5 storage – with SSDs & hard drives from Seagate

Easily expand PS5 storage – with SSDs & hard drives from Seagate

The internal memory of your PlayStation 5 is full? High time for a memory expansion! This is exactly what the M.2 SSD Seagate FireCuda 530 with heat sink was built for. We introduce them to you – and external hard drives from Seagate, with which you can quickly and easily create a lot of space. And with a bit of luck, you can even win the optimal storage solution in our raffle.

This article was created in cooperation with Seagate.

If you are running low on storage space on your PlayStation 5, you have two options: On the one hand, an internal M.2 SSD such as the Seagate FireCuda 530 with heatsink can allow you to start PS5 games directly. You have to install this particularly fast memory in the console.

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Alternatively, an external USB 3.0 hard drive such as the Seagate Game Drive brings much more storage and is also mobile. You simply connect such an HDD to the PS5 with a cable. You can store large numbers of PS5 games on it, but you have to copy them to internal storage before playing. You can start backward-compatible PS4 games immediately from the external hard drive.

Both variants have their advantages. We present Seagate's top external and internal models in detail.

Seagate FireCuda 530 with Heatsink: Internal M.2 SSD for the PS5


Seagate FireCuda 530 with heat sink: always a cool thing thanks to the heat sink. Image: © Seagate 2022

Expanding internal storage for the PlayStation 5 is becoming a topic faster than you'd like. You can already reach the built-in 825 GB storage space with a few current games. The Seagate FireCuda 530 with heatsink , Seagate's SSD flagship, is exactly for this case. It brings you additional storage space in four variants: from 500 GB to 4 TB. With its transfer speed of up to 7,300 MB per second, it is one of the fastest SSDs of the new generation: Compared to its predecessor, it is twice as fast and compared to classic SATA SDDs even twelve times faster.

The SSD heat sink attached on both sides ensures good cooling. This is specified by the PS5 manufacturer Sony so that your gaming experience remains consistently smooth and continuous operation under full load is not a problem. For the M.2 SSD FireCuda 530 with heat sink, Seagate relies on an anodized surface with additional micropores for cooling.

The cooling concept also increases the service life of the FireCuda 530: As a guideline, Seagate specifies a service life of 1.8 million average operating hours without the SSD failing.

In addition to a five-year warranty, you also get Seagate's Rescue Data Recovery Services for three years with your purchase – at no additional cost. This protects you from data loss and gives you free data recovery. This applies to technical defects and even water damage and accidents in which the SSD is damaged.

Technical specifications:

  • Design: internal SSD with heat sink (M.2 2280, two-sided)
  • Connector: PCIe x4 (4th Gen), NVMe 1.4
  • Sequential read speed: up to 7,300 MB/s
  • Sequential write speed: up to 6,900 MB/s
  • Available capacities: 500GB, 1TB, 2TB, 4TB
  • Dimensions (H/W/D): 0.358 cm x 2.215 cm x 0.258 cm
  • Weight: 10.6g
  • Limited Manufacturer's Warranty: 5 years
  • Boot PS4 games from SSD: yes
  • Boot PS5 games from SSD: yes

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Seagate Game Drive for PlayStation: PS5 External Hard Drive


Creates a lot of space on the PlayStation 5: the compact Seagate Game Drive. Image: © Seagate 2022

Seagate offers the Game Drive as an external alternative. You simply connect this hard drive to the console via the USB 3.0 cable. Your games and saves are always available on the external HDD and you can easily take them with you wherever you go.

Data is copied between the internal and external hard drive at up to 140 MB per second. This means that even large PS5 games are quickly ready to go. You can even start PS4 games directly from the external HDD Seagate Game Drive .

PS5 games won't start from external hard drive: That's behind it

You can only start PS4 games directly from the external USB drive in order to play them on the PS5. The PlayStation 5 requires a higher read speed for modern PS5 games than external USB hard drives can provide. This is a technical protection of the console that cannot be circumvented: current top games simply do not work if their data cannot be read quickly enough. That's why you need to copy PS5 games from external hard drive to internal storage or to internal storage expansion SSD before launch.

The Game Drive for the PlayStation 4 and 5 is available with a storage capacity of 2 and 4 TB. In the large variant, there is space for up to 100 games on the HDD. The advantages of the external hard drive are its mobility, the quick and uncomplicated changing of the storage medium and the low price per GB.

Technical specifications:

  • Design: external USB hard drive (2.5 inch HDD)
  • Connection: USB 3.0, cable included
  • Sequential Read Speed: Cable dependent, up to 140MB/s
  • Sequential Write Speed: Cable dependent, up to 70MB/s
  • Available capacities: 2TB, 4TB
  • Dimensions (H/W/D):
    • 11.4cm x 7.6cm x 1.2cm (2TB)
    • 11.4cm x 7.6cm x 2.1cm (4TB)
  • Weight:
    • 149g (2TB)
    • 249g (4TB)
  • Limited manufacturer's warranty: 3 years
  • Launch PS4 games from HDD: yes
  • Launch PS5 games from HDD: no

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Requirements: Which SSDs are suitable for the PS5?

The PlayStation 5 has an internal SSD slot for capacities between 250 GB and 4 TB for storage expansion. The SSD must be in M.2 format and meet the requirements of the Gen4x4 M.2 NVMe PCI Express interface. The supported M.2 SSD formats for the PS5 are then called 2230 (the most common format), 2242, 2260, 2280 or 22110.

The speed is also important: The SSD must not fall below a sequential read speed of 5,500 MB per second. This condition is also the reason why many PS5 games cannot be started from an external hard drive or SSD, but have to be copied to the internal storage or an internal storage expansion.

At these high data transfer rates, the internal M.2 SSDs in the PlayStation 5 develop a high temperature. Therefore, the manufacturer recommends only using memory expansions with their own heat sink (heatsink). This means that heat development in the console is no longer a problem.

With its high speed of up to 7,300 MB per second and its double-sided heat sink, the FireCuda 530 with heatsink is particularly well suited as an internal PS5 memory expansion.

Briefly explained: This is how you install a PS5 SSD


Seagate FireCuda 530 with heatsink: perfect fit for the PS5. Image: © Seagate 2022

With a Phillips screwdriver (small/size 1) and a little finesse, you can easily install an M.2 SSD in the PlayStation 5 yourself. In preparation, you need to update the PS5 system software. After the updates are complete, turn off the console, unplug it, and let it cool down.

To open it, place the PS5 in front of you so that you can loosen the screws on the bottom with the Phillips screwdriver. After removing the console cover you will see the slot cover for the memory expansion, which you also unscrew.

The SSD spacer must then be spaced so that your new internal M.2 SSD sits perfectly in the slot. After inserting the SSD into the slot, make sure everything fits. Then the slot cover is closed again and screwed.

The cover of your PlayStation 5 snaps into place when it is put on and can then be screwed on again. Finally, restart your console and carry out the formatting process of the new memory expansion.

Competition: More memory with the Seagate FireCuda 530 Heatsink

With us you can now win 1×1 Seagate FireCuda 530 with Heatsink. Simply fill out the form and answer the competition question there. The closing date for entries is January 12, 2023, 11:59 p.m. Much luck!

We will draw and notify the winners after the expiration.

Much luck!


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