Best Xbox One External Hard Drives

Review & Comparison, Last Update December 7, 2018
Do you wish that your XBox One had more storage space for games and movies that you download from the XBox Games Store? The solution to this is pretty easy - just add an external hard drive to the system! Read on for our reviews of five of the best XBox One External Hard Drives. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
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OUR VERDICT
Capacity
Interface
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Warranty
 
PROS

Games installed on this drive have load times that are approximately the same as from the built-in console memory - this is achieved by the drive having the same spindle speed and approximate data transfer rate.

CONS

Hard drive access sound is a bit loud.

OUR VERDICT

The Game Drive from Seagate is the only drive that has a similar design to the Xbox and which displays a brand logo on the case. Get it, and you will no longer have to worry about the lack of built-in storage.

detailed parameters
Capacity

4 TB (2, 8 TB also available)

Interface

USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible)

Compatibility

Xbox One, Xbox One S

Dimensions

4.6 x 3.2 x 0.82 inches

0.53 lb

Warranty

1 year

PROS

Vertical placement of the drive will be especially useful for users who have little free space in their entertainment center. If your console is also upright - both devices will look natural together.

CONS

Requires additional connection to the network.

OUR VERDICT

If you own an Xbox One X or Xbox One S and download games in 4k resolution, then we recommend that you buy this large WD drive: it has 4 TB of storage and a high data transfer rate, so you can save a lot of modern and demanding 4K games.

detailed parameters
Capacity

4 TB (3. 6. 8 TB also available)

Interface

USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible)

Port for AC-adapter

Compatibility

Xbox One, Xbox One S

Dimensions

6.7 x 5.5 x 1.9 inches

2.2 lb

Warranty

3 years

PROS

The process of initial setup and formatting is simple and intuitive: connect it, follow the prompts, and the device will be fully operational in 2-3 minutes. Few external drives are so easy to set up.

CONS

The glossy insert with the logo is susceptible to scratches.

OUR VERDICT

This model from WD is famous for its versatility: it can be easily used on modern gaming consoles, as well as on devices with Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux. The additional software will appeal to experienced users.

detailed parameters
Capacity

2 TB (3 TB also available)

Interface

USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible)

Compatibility

Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox 360

Dimensions

4.3 x 3.2 x 0.8 inch

0.5 lb

Warranty

3 years

PROS

Compact dimensions and an amazingly small device thickness of just 0.58 inch make it possible to easily transport the external hard drive if necessary. Despite this design, the body during operation generates almost no heat.

CONS

The USB 3.0 cable has a small length (18-inches).

OUR VERDICT

This external drive boasts an incredibly fast data transfer speed, so even when you run the most voluminous games, the probability of hangs and lags is absolutely out of the question. 2 TB of internal memory is enough for most gamers.

detailed parameters
Capacity

2 TB (1, 4 TB also available)

Interface

USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible)

Compatibility

Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox 360

Dimensions

4.6 x 3.2 x 0.58 inch

0.37 lb

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The case is made of high-quality and particularly durable plastic, so the likelihood of damaging the drive during transport is minimal. A matte coating has increased resistance to scratches and abrasions.

CONS

There is no software for high-speed file backup.

OUR VERDICT

This budget and practical hard drive has a capacity of 1 TB, so it will help you out when the built-in storage in the console is already full. Nevertheless, the transfer speed here is not inferior to more expensive models.

detailed parameters
Capacity

1 TB (0.5, 2, 3 TB also available)

Interface

USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible)

Compatibility

Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox 360

Dimensions

4.3 x 3.1 x 0.55 inch

0.33 lb

Warranty

1 year

Seagate Game Drive for Xbox One

Store Your Collection

Many of us are huge XBox fans, having been loyal XBox gamers ever since the launch of the original XBox back in 2001. Many of these same fans bought the XBox One early after its original release, which means that there are plenty of people out there now with huge libraries of XBox One games. With the move to digital distribution, many of these games were probably purchased online and downloaded onto the consoles. With most XBox One models coming with limited internal storage, obviously, your internal hard drive is going to be filled up pretty quickly, making a high capacity external drive a necessity.

The Seagate Game Drive for Xbox One Standard Edition is the perfect solution for those who require a high capacity external hard drive to go along with their XBox One system. Featuring 4 TB of storage space, this external hard drive offers plenty of room for those who have a large collection of games. The capacity of this drive is able to hold up to 100 games, so even the most hardcore enthusiasts should find this drive more than sufficient for their comprehensive collections. Along with a large collection of games, you should find the storage space more than sufficient for other data, including movies, TV shows, and other things that have been downloaded to your XBox One.

Review of Seagate Game Drive for Xbox One Standart Edition

Great Looking External Drive

The large storage capacity of this external hard drive is probably enough of a selling point for most XBox One owners, but it also has a lot more to offer. The case of this drive features a sleek green top panel complete with the XBox logo, with the rest of the case being of a matching black color to your XBox One console. This means that this external hard drive will look great in your entertainment center next to the console, and the flat design with a small footprint makes it take up only a minimal amount of space, as well as being very easy to carry with you when you travel.

The hard drive itself is very easy to set up when it is first connected to your XBox One, requiring only a minimal amount of configuration before it is ready to go. The drive connects through a USB 3.0 port, with a USB cable included, so the drive is able to take advantage of the higher data transfer speeds available through USB 3.0. This means that all games that are stored on this drive should run quickly without any loss of performance. For those who have an older XBox 360, this drive is also supported for that console, but keep in mind that once it is formatted for the 360, it won't work without needing to be reformatted for the XBox One. Regardless, any XBox One owner will find this a valuable addition to their game system.

Seagate Game Drive for Xbox One Standart Edition in the use

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Western Digital My Book Desktop

A Great Name in Hard Drives

Anyone looking to add storage to XBox One shouldn't need to look hard to find a usable external hard drive. The XBox One console is capable of using any standard USB external hard drive, just as long as it is at least USB 2.0, although a USB 3.0 hard drive is greatly recommended. However, those in this position should think about getting a high-quality hard drive, as they will want a drive that is going to last them for the lifetime of their console. This can make the search for an external hard drive a little more difficult.

The Western Digital My Book Desktop External HDD is a great external hard drive that can give any XBox One owner what they need. Coming in different sizes ranging from 3 TB to 10 TB, any model of this drive should give users a large amount of storage, enough to satisfy even the most hardcore gamer with a huge collection of games. Along with new XBox One games, though, the user should also have plenty of storage capacity to download other items through the XBox Live service, including movies, music, and older games for previous XBox models. Despite this large storage capacity, the drive should also be great for even casual gamers, as the price point is just right, no matter the type of user.

Review of Western Digital My Book Desktop External HDD

Large Capacity with Great Performance

Along with the large capacity of the different sizes available, this external HDD for XBox One also includes great performance. The USB 3.0 standard that this drive uses allows for fast data transfers, which means that anyone worried about the drive's performance has no need to be. This drive will work at least as fast as the internal XBox One hard drive, and in some cases may even exceed it. This translates into fast loading games that won't suffer from any long load times or performance issues, and also allows for seamless viewing of high definition movies, even those in 4K resolution.

The design of the drive also can be praised, as it features an enclosure that is made to stand up instead of lie flat. This makes it perfect for those who have a very limited amount of space in their entertainment center, as the drive will fit into almost any small wedge in that space. The plastic enclosure is also solid black and dark gray, and will look stunning when sitting next to your XBox One console. Those worried about the drive not matching their XBox One should have nothing to worry about, and in fact will be pleasantly surprised with how great they look together. All of these features together along with a great price make this external hard drive an excellent bargain.

Western Digital My Book Desktop External HDD in the use

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What customers say about this product

Key Specs

It's really fast. It's faster than my old seagate barracuda internal drive connected through Sata III. It has an average sequential read and write of 160 MB/s.

Features

Easy to set up. I just plugged it in and it was automatically detected by windows with no problems.
 

WD My Passport X for Xbox One

Cost Effective

One of the problems with external storage options is that many of them tend to be pricey. Having to pay so much money just for extra storage on top of the typical expenses of owning a console can be quite expensive. New games, movies, extra controllers, and the XBox Live subscription run the total cost of owning a console into high territory, so finding a good external hard drive for XBox One just adds to the cost even more. Thankfully, not all external hard drives for XBox One are expensive.

The WD My Passport X for Xbox One Portable External Hard Drive gives you a high-quality drive without the high price. Featuring a grooved plastic exterior that looks great next to your XBox One system, this 2 TB external hard drive gives you plenty of storage space at a reasonable price. The hard drive enclosure is made of hard plastic, so it retains some durability while still being lightweight and easy to carry with you. The hard drive connects to your XBox One through the USB 3.0 port, and the USB cable is included with the drive. The drive's storage capacity is enough to hold up to 50 games, which should be plenty for any casual gamer as well as quite a few hardcore gamers who like to build up a sizeable collection.

Review of WD My Passport X for Xbox One Portable External Hard Drive

All Elements Included

This standard USB 3.0 external hard drive is very similar to the other WD models that are made specifically for computers, with the exception of the normally included backup software. However, this is not needed when purchasing it for use with your XBox One. The setup and installation process of the drive is quick and easy, allowing you to start using it in just a few minutes. Once it has been set up, the drive can be connected and disconnected without having to go through the setup process again.

The performance of this drive is actually beyond what people normally expect from a normal USB 3.0 external hard drive. Some users actually report slight performance increases in game loading times in comparison to the internal XBox One hard drive, which means that performance problems with this drive should never come into play. The drive also retains compatibility with PCs as well as with the Playstation 4, although formatting the drive for your XBox One will mean that it can only be used with your console unless you reformat it, which is typical for any external hard drive. Having this great model will help you in your quest to expand your game collection without the worry of running out of hard drive space with your XBox One.

WD My Passport X for Xbox One Portable External Hard Drive in the use

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Seagate Expansion

Plenty of Storage for a Reasonable Price

Anyone who has dealt with hard drives before is sure to be at least reasonably familiar with Seagate, a long time producer of hard drives with an excellent reputation. Seagate is well known for making high-quality hard drives that last a long time, and thus they are quite popular to use with computers. However, their popularity with computer users doesn't mean that they can't be used with an XBox One. Quality hard drives are just as important for consoles as they are for computers. Any XBox One owner should want a quality drive, which should make Seagate a popular name with them as well.

The Seagate Expansion External Hard Drive is a great XBox One external hard drive that should be a welcome addition to any XBox One setup. This model is available in sizes ranging from 1 TB to 4 TB, giving you plenty of choice in regards to how much external storage to add to your console. This makes it a good choice for any casual or hardcore gamer who has found themselves needing extra storage outside of their XBox One's internal hard drive. The price of the unit is also quite low, making it a bargain when compared to most other drives in its same price range, which should add extra incentive to anyone worried about the price.

Review of Seagate Expansion External Hard Drive

Funky and Compact

One of the main hallmarks of this particular external HDD for XBox One is its design. The external enclosure features a funky raised pattern on the face, giving it a unique look while still looking great next to your XBox One. The size of the enclosure is also reasonably small, which means it shouldn't take up much room in your entertainment center, and its light weight makes it perfect for carrying with you on trips out of town or to your friend's house. The external port for the USB cable is located on the end, which means you can fit it on and keep it out of the way while connected to your XBox One.

The performance of this drive is also great, as it is fast enough to make full use of the high bandwidth provided by the USB 3.0 port. This means that all games and videos should perform smoothly from this drive, without any performance problems and with little to differentiate it from the performance of the internal hard drive. This drive also retains compatibility with standard computers running virtually any version of Windows, so this drive can be reformatted and used with your computer should you decide that is where it is needed the most. Regardless of your specific needs, this drive has the right features that should satisfy any gamer.

Seagate Expansion External Hard Drive in the use

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What customers say about this product

Key Specs

4 TB Expansion - Can say that it has worked like a charm,has faster transfer speed than get from my WD hard drives. My first Seagate drive, I will use them again.

Features

Durability - Oh my Lord, I cannot stress ENOUGH how durable this hard drive is. If you're like me and like to drop expensive things, you will not be disappointed.
 

Toshiba Canvio Basics

Budget Drive

Although the ability of the XBox One to use most standard USB external hard drives gives people a wide range of choice for storage options, those who are on a budget will find that their options for the fastest HDD for XBox One are limited. Many drives cost enough to be just out of the reach for those who can only afford a low-cost drive. Furthermore, there is the stigma that the less something costs, the worse it's quality. This is often true, but not always. There are some great drives to be found at a minimal price point.

The Toshiba Canvio Basics Portable External Hard Drive is a great budget drive that is fully compatible with the XBox One. Featuring 1 TB of storage capacity, this drive holds the promise of being able to store up to 25 games. which should be plenty for any casual gamer who does not have a large collection. In addition, this drive is also perfect for supplementing the storage of the internal hard drive by giving you a place to store extra games, videos, music, and other downloaded items that may be filling up your internal hard drive. Considering that most configurations of the XBox One come with only 500 GB of storage capacity, you are basically tripling your total storage just by adding this drive.

Review of Toshiba Canvio Basics Portable External Hard Drive

Plug and Play

Just because this external hard drive is inexpensive doesn't mean that it compares poorly to other more expensive drives. This drive uses the standard USB 3.0 connection, allowing you to easily connect it to your XBox One without any hassle. The setup for the drive is quite easily, requiring just a few prompts from the menu before it is ready to go. The performance of the drive is also on par with most other more expensive models, giving you plenty of speed to load your favorite games and movies quickly without any performance dropoff. All games run from this drive with run just as fast as they do from the internal storage.

The exterior of this drive is also quite nice, featuring a slick black enclosure that will seem to disappear when placed next to your XBox One. You won't have to worry about it sticking out like a sore thumb in your entertainment center. The drive's footprint is also quite small, and it is thin enough to easily place on top of your XBox One or another device should space be at a premium. The light weight of this drive also makes it easy to carry with you wherever you go, so you don't need to leave it at home when you travel. Considering the low price of this drive coupled with its great features, this drive is sure to please even the most discerning XBox One owner.

Toshiba Canvio Basics Portable External Hard Drive in the use

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Toshiba Canvio Basics Portable Hard Drive Review & Disassembly 2TB

What customers say about this product

Features

Cool and quiet. This thing is basically silent so it won't annoy you regardless of where it is installed.

Key Specs

The Toshiba Canvio Basics 1TB Portable Hard Drive is an excellent drive for what I needed it for, which was to add extra storage to my Xbox One.
 

What Is an XBox One External Hard Drive?

New video game consoles like the XBox One have quite a few differences from consoles of old, with one of the primary differences being in their use of mass storage. Whereas older game systems used battery backups in game cartridges or flash memory cards, newer video game systems come equipped with internal hard drives for the vast amounts of data that they need. The internal hard drives are used for storing the system's operating system, holding game saves, and even downloaded games or movies. With such options available for game consoles, coupled with the fact that digital distribution is much more common than before, internal hard drives tend to fill up pretty fast, often leaving users with no choice but to clear up space on their full drives.

The best solution to increasing your XBox One's storage capacity is by connecting an external hard drive. External hard drives for the XBox One are very easy to connect, and tend to require little in the way of setup in order to start using them. An external drive can connect through the included USB ports on the XBox One, and the system will recognize it as additional storage. For those who aren't sure what steps are needed to take to connect an external hard drive to their XBox One, you can find some authoritative information here.

If you are wanting to add another video game system to your entertainment center, take a look at our reviews of five of the best video game consoles.

What Features to Compare

Just adding any external hard drive to your XBox One is probably not the best idea. Although many external hard drive models may work on it, there are a number of factors that should be taken into consideration before adding a new external drive to any system, including your XBox One. Paying careful attention to these details can save you a lot of trouble in the long run, so check these details carefully about any external hard drive before purchasing one.

Storage Capacity 

The main factor you want to take into consideration for any external hard drive you purchase is its storage capacity. The total storage capacity, measured in Gigabytes (GB) or Terabytes (TB), shows how much data the drive can hold. The higher the number, the more games, movies, and other data that can be stored on the drive. Most external hard drives will start with at least 500 GB, although it is highly recommended that you get one with at least 1 TB of capacity, preferably more. After all, buying additional games and other things can quickly fill up a hard drive, so having as much available storage space as possible will prevent any problems with a full drive in the future.

Interface 

Most external hard drives now connect to any system through the USB port, and the XBox One is no exception. All XBox One systems include three USB 3.0 ports on it, allowing you to connect more than one external drive. Any external drive that you get should support at least USB 2.0, although USB 3.0 is necessary to work properly with your XBox One system and is listed in the XBox One's requirements for external hard drives. Although most recent external hard drives already use USB 3.0, it is always best to check before purchasing the drive.

Compatibility 

This is another very important consideration to make before purchasing an external hard drive. Making sure that whatever hard drive you want to add to your XBox One system is fully compatible is something that needs to be checked. While the XBox One utilizes the USB standard for connecting external devices, some older external hard drives may encounter some compatibility issues with more recent versions of the XBox One software. Furthermore, there is more than one model of the XBox One available, including the XBox One S and XBox One X, so it is best to ensure that whatever external hard drive you want to add to the system has full support for that model.

Access Speed 

One consideration that many people don't think about is the access speed of the hard drive. The access speed of the hard drive shows how quickly that hard drive can load or save data. This is especially important for those who purchase and download games online. Having an external drive with a slow access speed has the potential to cause issues while playing a game, including slow load time and general performance problems, so it is best to make sure that the hard drive has a fast access time to prevent this from being a concern.

Although there may be a few other considerations to look for before purchasing an external hard drive for your XBox One, keeping the above mentioned factors in mind will ensure that you have the best experience possible.

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Connecting an External Hard Drive

Despite what some people may think, connecting and configuring an external hard drive to your XBox One is actually quite simple. The setup process for configuring the external drive is handled by the internal XBox One software, so there are no extra tools or software that are necessary for getting it ready to go. If you are connecting an external hard drive to your XBox One for the first time, just follow these steps and you should be ready to install your favorite games within minutes.

Before getting started, there are a few requirements that you should be aware of when it comes to which external hard drives will work with your console. The drive must use the USB 3.0 standard, it must have a capacity of at least 256GB, and it needs to have an existing partition. If you are purchasing a brand new external hard drive, almost all of them come with a preformatted partition already on the drive. If you are using an old external hard drive that was previously used for other purposes, you may want to repartition and format it using your Windows computer. This guide gives you step by step instructions on doing this through Windows 10, if you are not sure how to do this on your own.

Once you have a hard drive that meets the requirements for use with the XBox One, it is time to get started with setting it up. The first step to connecting the external hard drive to your XBox One is to physically connect it through the USB port on the console. Most external hard drives include a USB cable that connects from the drive to the XBox. However, most drives tend to use a custom USB connector for where it connects to the hard drive, so make sure you are using the cable that came with the external drive, otherwise you may encounter problems. Make sure that both ends of the cable are connected firmly and then power on your XBox One.

Once you connect the drive and power on your XBox One, the system should automatically detect the drive and take you directly to the drive configuration screen. If this doesn't happen, then recheck your connection between the drive and the XBox One, and then press the XBox button on your controller to open the guide. Select Settings - All Settings - System - Storage - Manage Storage. These menu items should appear in the order listed by selecting each one as it appears. On the Manage Storage screen, you should see your external hard drive listed. If the hard drive is listed, then it should be ready for use. Whenever you install a new game or download items, you should automatically be given a choice as to which drive to save it to.

Troubleshooting

If your XBox One console is not detecting your hard drive, then there are a few things you can do to help make it work. Check the USB cable between the XBox One and the hard drive and make sure it is firmly connected at both ends. If your external hard drive has a power light, make sure that it is lit while connected to your XBox One. If it is not lit, this indicates a problem with the physical connection.

If the hard drive is powered on but your XBox One still doesn't detect it, you may need to repartition and reformat the hard drive from a Windows computer. You can do this by following the included link above. Make sure that the drive has only one partition, and format it using NTFS. Once this has been done, try reconnecting it to your XBox One.

You can find further setup and troubleshooting information at this link at the XBox Support site.

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Publish Date: 2018-08-07 09:45:30