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How to format Samsung T5 and T7 for PS5

The Samsung T5 Portable Solid State Drive and Samsung T7 Portable Solid State Drive can be used as external storage drives on the PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 5 Digital Edition.

You can follow this guide to see how you can format your T5 or T7 for use with the PS5 system.

Compatible Model Numbers

The 250 GB, 500 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB versions of the Samsung T5 Portable Solid State Drive in addition to the 500 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB versions of the Samsung T7 Portable Solid State Drive are compatible with the PlayStation 5.

You can check out a list of the supported model numbers of the two external SSDs below:

Samsung T5 Portable Solid State Drive:

  • MU-PA250B
  • MU-PA500B
  • MU-PA1T0B
  • MU-PA2T0B

Samsung T7 Portable Solid State Drive:

  • MU-PC500R
  • MU-PC500H
  • MU-PC500T
  • MU-PC1T0R
  • MU-PC1T0H
  • MU-PC1T0T
  • MU-PC2T0R
  • MU-PC2T0H
  • MU-PC2T0T

You can check out this comparison guide between the T5 and T7 to which is better for the PlayStation 5.

What games can you store on T5 or T7?

On the PlayStation 5, you will be able to store backwards compatible PS4 games in addition to native PS5 games.

Normally, you would store these games on the internal solid state drive of the system. However, the console only comes with an 825 GB SSD. Not to mention that the system files are going to take up a huge chunk of space. Therefore, you will be left with an extremely limited amount of space even before you install a game.

By using an external storage drive, such as the Samsung T5 or T7, you will be able to free up space on the internal SSD of the PS5.

What games can you play on T5 or T7?

You should be able to play backwards compatible PS4 games on the PlayStation 5 directly off of the Samsung T5 Portable SSD and Samsung T7 Portable SSD.

Since native PS5 videogames are designed on the super-fast internal solid state drive on the PlayStation 5, you won’t be able to play PS5 games directly off of the T5 or T7. Instead, you need to transfer the PS5 game data files from the T5/T7 to either the internal SSD of the PS5 or the SSD in the storage expansion slot in order to play PlayStation 5 games.

Do you need to format your T5 or T7 for PS5?

If you already formatted your Samsung T5 Portable SSD or Samsung T7 Portable SSD on a PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro, another PlayStation 5 or another PlayStation 5 Digital Edition, then you don’t need to format it again.

If your external Samsung storage drive is brand new, or were previously used on a non-PS4/non-PS5 device, then you will need to format.

How to format T5 and T7 for PS5

To format your Samsung T5 Portable Solid State Drive or Samsung T7 Portable Solid State Drive for the PlayStation 5, you need to take the following steps:

1. Before you begin the formatting process, you should make sure that you don’t have any important data stored on T5 or T7. This is because formatting your T5 or T7 for the PS5 will delete everything off of your external storage drive.

So, if you have any important files on your drive, you should backup the files to another storage device.

2. You should also make sure that your Samsung T5 or T7 is not password protected. Otherwise, you won’t be able to use your external storage drive with the PlayStation 5.

If your T5 or T7 is password protected, you can disable its security mode through the Samsung Portable SSD Software through your PC or Mac.

If you forgot the password of your T5 or T7, then you need to contact the Samsung Service Center to factory reset your external drive. Keep in mind that factory resetting your external SSD will delete all data that were previously stored on it.

3. Once you managed to get your T5 or T7 ready for the PlayStation 5, you can plug your external drive to either of the two USB ports located on the back of the system.

4. Turn on your PS5 system and then go to the home screen, which is the main menu where you can pick which game to play.

5. In the home screen, go to Settings, which you can find on the upper right corner of the menu.

6. In the Settings menu, go to Storage.

7. In the Storage menu, select Extended Storage from the options available on the left side.

8. On the right side of the same Storage menu, select the “Format as USB Extended Storage” option to format your T5 or T7 to be used as an external drive for your PlayStation 5 system.