This 18TB external HDD is the perfect storage sidekick for your PS5 console

WD Elements
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If you want to store hundreds of games for your Sony PlayStation 5 console, then you need a big external hard drive* and right now, the most affordable large capacity desktop HDD that is compatible with the PS5 is the single-drive WD Elements 18TB (opens in new tab) which costs $339.99 at Amazon and most other US-based vendors. 

That's less than $19 per TB; it has never been so cheap and we don't expect it to be cheaper given that (a) there's a global chip shortage and (b) it's actually selling for less than during Black Friday 2020. So if you need one, just buy it, don't wait any further or you might regret it.

Even if you do not live in the US, you should be able to get it shipped although we haven't tried a lot of territories. UK customers can expect to pay around £330, VAT and shipping included, which is a saving of about 25% (nothing to sniff at). You may need to get a separate plug adapter though.

* If you can afford it though, get one of our best PS5 SSDs. Just bear in mind that the maximum capacity is 4TB, not 18 and that it will cost you more, much more.

High capacity

The WD Elements provides with reliable high capacity storage with USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 compatibility. The drives come with a two-year warranty and has been formatted to NTFS (you will need to reformat it to exFAT to make it compatible with the PS5). 

The device - known as the WDBWLG0180HBK-NESN - is likely to have a 3.5-inch 5400RPM drive spinning inside which makes it perfect for a backup storage. What is even more incredible is that this external drive is even cheaper than its internal sibling of similar capacity.

WD Elements 18TB desktop HDD: $529.99 (opens in new tab)

WD Elements 18TB desktop HDD: $529.99 $339.99 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
You Save: $190.00 (36%)
This is an external hard disk drive with a massive capacity. 18TB is as big as it gets and is a great match for those looking for space to store hundreds of PS5 games.

With the PS5 continuing to be hard to find and unlikely to be discounted during Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2021, picking up games and accessories will be where the real savings are. Some retailers are offering some tempting discounts ahead of the sales extravaganza, though, such as this delightful desktop storage deal. 

If you’re running out of room to store your favorite PS5 games, don’t forget to keep an eye on our Black Friday PS5 external hard drive deals and PS5 SSD Black Friday deals - as well as our main PS5 Black Friday deals hub, so you can save if you’re planning to extend your storage.

You might also want to check out the best PS5 external hard drives (opens in new tab).

Desire Athow
Managing Editor, TechRadar Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website builders and web hosting when DHTML and frames were in vogue and started narrating about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium.