How to format a USB drive for your PS5 on a PC (step by step)

Learn how to format an external hard drive or USB flash drive for your PlayStation 5 on a PC with Windows 10 or 11 with this step-by-step article or video.

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How to format a USB drive for your PS5 on a PC (step by step)

Format a USB drive for your PS5 on a PC

1. Connect the USB drive you want to format to your PC.

2. Open File Explorer.

Windows 11 File Explorer

3. Go to This PC.

File Explorer This PC

4. Right-click on the USB drive.

5. Click Format.

Format a USB drive in Windows 11

6. At File system, select exFAT.

Select exFAT file system

7. Click Start.

Windows format start button

8. WARNING: Formatting will erase ALL data on the USB drive. To format the drive, click OK.

Format warning

Windows will now format your USB flash drive or external hard drive.

9. When it's done formatting, you click OK.

Windows format OK button

10. Click Close.

Windows format close button

You can now copy your files to your USB drive.