Sep 13 2017 - 4:29 pm

The best external hard drives for Xbox One

Which ones should you get for your system?
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Microsoft's latest version of the Xbox One, the Xbox One X, is set to hit stores around the world this November. So it's probably a good time to get prepared for a holiday season of gaming.

The Xbox One comes with varied storage capacities ranging from 500GB all the way up to 2TB. The Xbox One X will have a storage capacity of 1TB, which should be more than enough space for players to download Call of Duty, Halo, and other games that take up a large amount of space.

But you can only download so many. Halo: The Master Chief Collection alone is 62.74GB and takes up a tenth of your entire hard drive space if you use a 500GB console.

Because of this, it can sometimes feel like a chore to uninstall one game to make space for another. Installing games could take hours, even days, depending on your network speed, so people have looked to increase their hard drive space to increase the amount of games they can have on a system at one time.

Here's what you need to know when looking for an external hard drive for the Xbox One.

What is an external hard drive?

An external hard drive, or HD for short, is a portable storage device that can be attached to the Xbox One through a USB cable. External hard drives typically have high storage capabilities that consoles cannot reach and are often used to backup or share data between systems.

Things to look out for when buying an external hard drive

Not every external hard drive will work.

For starters, make sure the external hard drive you're buying uses a USB 3.0 connection.

Be sure to get the external hard drive that is best for you. Some hard drives are portable and can be taken on the go while bigger hard drives usually require an extra plug socket to work.

The hard drive you buy must be bigger than 256GB, the minimum required space that Xbox One. It is very unlikely that a person will buy an external hard drive that is smaller than the space offered on the console itself, but gamers have been known to buy older hard drives as a cheap alternative and then re-purposing them to work with the Xbox One.

We don't recommend it.

Which are the best external hard drives?

Depending on how much space you need and how much you are willing to spend, here is a small selection of the best hard drives available.

Each hard drive on the list has a different amount of space for your needs and is the best quality hard drive that will work with an Xbox One for the lowest price available at publication time.


Seagate Expansion 1TB Portable External Hard Drive. $54.99.

Seagate Game Drive for Xbox 2TB Green. $86.50.


Seagate Backup Plus 4tb Portable External Hard Drive. $101.49.

WD 4TB Black My Passport Portable External Hard Drive. $109.99.



Setting up your external hard drive on Xbox One.

After buying your hard drive, just plug it into the Xbox One and the console should detect it after a few seconds. If it doesn't simply turn off your console, plug in the device, and then turn the console on again.

The console will detect your device and ask you if you want to set it up. The drive will then be formatted and wiped clean of any other save data, so be sure to save anything else you want to keep onto another device or your computer before you connect it. (This also, unfortunately, means that the external device cannot be used on multiple systems.)

Then it is a simple case of naming your device after formatting and choosing it during downloads to be the new home of all your save data.


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