With a whole bunch of new games coming to 2020 and beyond, a healthy amount of Xbox One storage is required. 🎮 🖥️
You see, these days, games are bigger and more detailed than ever before, boasting realistic scenes that could pop right out of your gaming monitor. Albeit, with limited Xbox One disc storage, alongside the desire to go digital, directly downloading these files onto your console takes up much-needed space fast.
Luckily, using an external HDD will resolve this issue.
You’ll run out of space even faster if you’re downloading from Xbox Live Gold every single month. However, Xbox One users are in luck in the sense that they can use two external drives simultaneously—so long as they are USB 3.0 compatible. Now, you’re probably wondering, “What are the best external hard drives for Xbox One”? Well, worry not, as we have created a list of some of the best external hard drives on the market for Xbox One.
Best Choice: Seagate Desktop 8TB (STGY8000400)
Pros & Cons
- Enormous 8TB of storage for hundreds of games
- Fast file transfers with USB 3.0
- Super simple plug-and-play setup
- Bulky design
- Capacity: 8TB
- Connectivity: USB 3.0/2.0
- Max Speed: 160 MB/s
- Size: 7.06 x 4.65 x 1.63 inches
- Weight: 2.43 lbs
Seagate Desktop 8TB Review
The first external hard drive on our list is by Seagate—a company renowned for making high-quality, high capacity external hard drives. Our best choice option, in particular, is the reliable Seagate desktop HDD. It’s a drive that boasts an enormous 8TB storage capacity capable of fitting over 100 games and downloads for mid- to hard-core gamers.
Plus, with a simple plug-and-go play setup, transferring your games onto an external drive has never been so easy. All you have to do is plug the USB 3.0 cable into the USB port on your Xbox One, follow the on-screen instructions, and away you go!
Design-wise, it’s pretty boxy owing to the fact that the corner on the hard drive isn’t rounded. However, this isn’t too much of a problem—it just means that at 2.43 lbs, you won’t be able to comfortably pop this 8TB Seagate Desktop HDD into your backpack while on-the-go.
Nevertheless, it’s our best choice external hard drive for Xbox One for a reason. That reason being that you can store hundreds of games onto the drive without the stress of running out of storage fast—it just doesn’t get any better than that.
Premium Pick: Seagate Game Drive Hub for Xbox 8TB
Pros & Cons
- 8TB of capacity with enough room for hundreds of games
- Front-facing dual USB 3.0 ports
- Easy plug-and-play setup
- Expensive choice
- Capacity: 8TB
- Connectivity: 2 x USB 3.0
- Max Speed: 160 MB/s
- Size: 4.65 x 1.61 x 7.8 inches
- Weight: 1.96 lbs
Seagate Game Drive Hub for Xbox 8TB Review
Our premium pick external hard drive for the Xbox One is a drive that’ll compliment any white Xbox One console. Made specifically with the Xbox One in mind, the Seagate Game Drive Hub is an external hard drive that comes armed with a whopping 8TB storage capacity.
As our premium pick is such a large capacity hard drive, you’ll be able to store hundreds of games and expansion packs with ease. What’s more, is that the dual front-facing USB 3.0 ports can be used to charge your Xbox One controllers and other Xbox accessories—how handy is that?
Tip: If you also love gaming on a laptop/desktop, you can easily connect your Xbox One controller to your PC.
In order to use the external hard drive, all you need to do is plug the game drive hub into your Xbox One (USB 3.0) and then follow the Xbox guided instructions—it’s really that easy! Albeit, $160 it’s a pretty price to pay for an external hard drive. Though with a colossal 8TB storage, you really can’t go wrong with our premium pick external hard drive for Xbox One.
Best Value: Western Digital 4TB Elements Portable
Pros & Cons
- Lightweight, compact design
- Fast data transfers
- 2-year manufacturer’s warranty
- Plastic shell isn’t very durable
- Capacity: 4TB
- Connectivity: USB 3.0 + USB 2.0
- Max Speed: 5 GB/s
- Size: 4.4 x 3.2 x 0.82 inches
- Weight: 0.52 lbs
Western Digital 4TB Elements Portable Review
If you’ve recently purchased a tonne of new Xbox One games, chances are your budget is low. If that’s the case, don’t worry too much, as the next external hard drive on our list is a budget-friendly option.
At $90, the Western Digital elements portable drive is one that boasts 4TB of storage, enough for around 80 games depending on the file size. If you’re a casual gamer who don’t spend much time gaming, 4TB is plenty.
Contrasting the previous two external hard drives on our list, at 4.4 x 3.2 x 0.82 inches, the 4TB Western Digital Elements Portable HDD is one that traveling gamers can take anywhere.
Now we’ve listed the 4TB version on our list, and unfortunately, a higher option isn’t available. Therefore, if you own hundreds of games and downloads, aim for our premium pick or best choice options.
Best Travel-Friendly: Silicon Power 2TB Rugged Portable Armor A60
Pros & Cons
- Comes with a rubber casing to prevent scratches
- Shockproof/water-resistant hard drive
- Handy cable storage case design
- Needs reformatting to exFAT for single files larger than 4GB
- Capacity: 2TB
- Connectivity: USB 3.0
- Max Speed: 110 MB/s
- Size: 5.5 x 0.9 x 3.4 inches
- Weight: 0.65 lbs
Silicon Power 2TB Rugged Portable Armor A60 Review
Traveling gamers will love the fourth external hard drive on our list, the Silicon Power Armor 60. What makes this drive so travel-friendly is the handy anti-slip rubber casing it comes with to prevent scratches and accidental drops.
What’s more, is the Armor A60 is water-resistant so that you don’t go ruining the hard drive over a spilled can of Monster. Not only is the case useful for storing the hard drive, but the cable-carry design also ensures that you don’t lose cables ever again—because let’s be real here, we’ve all been there.
Sadly, this hard drive isn’t properly formatted for gaming usage. We recommending learning how to reformat HDDs if you’re planning to store files larger than 4GB. However, the process is quite simple and nothing to worry about.
At $65, this Silicon Power Armor 60 HDD comes in two storage capacity options: our listed 2TB version and a smaller 500GB version. So, although our listed 2TB version is only suitable for around 30-40 games and downloads, it’s the perfect external hard drive for traveling Xbox One gamers.
Best Low Profile: Toshiba Canvio Basics 4TB Portable
Pros & Cons
- Sleek, portable design
- Easy to use—no software required
- Max capacity 4TB
- Capacity: 4TB
- Connectivity: USB 3.0 and USB 2.0
- Max Speed: 130 MB/s
- Size: 4.3 x 3.1 x 0.77 inches
- Weight: 0.48 lbs
Toshiba Canvio Basics 4TB Portable Review
If you’re after another travel-friendly external hard drive with larger storage capacity, the Toshiba Canvio Basics is the way to go. With 2TB more storage than the Silicon Power external HDD, you’ll be able to store more Xbox One games and plenty of DLC without fuss.
Now, casuals gamers don’t necessarily require 4TB storage, which is why the 1TB version of the Toshiba Canvio Basics HDD is a great option for a meer $49.95—about the cost of a new game. When it comes to using this Toshiba HDD, it’s pretty simple; all you have to do is plug it into your Xbox One console and it’s ready to use in no time.
Like most of the other HDDs on our list, the Toshiba Canvio fittingly features a basic, curved-edge design that will pair nicely with a black Xbox One. That, alongside the fact that it’s 0.48 lbs, makes the 4TB Toshiba Canvio Basics our best low profile external hard drive for Xbox One.
External Hard Drives for Xbox One: Buying Guide
When on the look for an external hard drive for an Xbox One, there are several things to consider. These factors are all essential, as they will determine how your hard drive will perform.
Connectivity (USB 3.0)
As the Xbox One has three USB 3.0 ports—two on the rear and one on the front or left side depending on the model (Xbox One S or X)—you must ensure that the drive is USB 3.0-compatible.
The storage capacity of an external hard drive is a crucial factor that shouldn’t be overlooked. Say you play a variety of different video games that are around 30GB in size; a 1TB drive will only fit around 30 full-size game downloads onto it. Truthfully, 30 games isn’t a lot, especially if you’re a mid to hard-core gamer who likes to purchase the latest and greatest AAA titles.
However, this number will shrink significantly once you start downloading 4K-ready games onto your Xbox One X console, so consider a 4- to 8TB storage capacity. Just make sure that whatever external hard drive you choose, it has a capacity of 256 GB or higher.
SSD vs. HDD
For Xbox One users, an HDD is preferable as they offer the best value-for-money. You’ll miss out on the benefits of a fast gaming SSD—such as reduced load times across games. Albeit, you’ll still get the reliable performance and have more room for games and downloads with an HDD, which is why we recommend them. Either way, check out our guide on the best external hard drives.
Portable vs. Desktop Drives
If you’re a traveling gamer who takes an Xbox One with you on-the-go, portable external hard drives are preferable. However, desktop drives tend to come armed with a larger storage capacity suitable for hard-core gamers with a tonne of games.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use just any external hard drive for Xbox One?
As long as the external hard drive supports USB 3.0 and has a minimum capacity of 256 GB, you can use any external hard drive for Xbox One. Of course, we advise that you don’t pick up an HDD with a capacity of less than 1 TB—though, that depends on how many games and DLC you own.
Is 1 TB enough for Xbox one?
Honestly, it depends. 1TB is enough for gamers who don’t buy all the latest titles. Albeit, if you’re a hard-core gamer who buys the latest games and DLC, you’ll require a lot more storage.
Do all hard drives work with Xbox One?
As long as the external hard drive has a USB 3.0 connector, rather than a SATA connector, it’ll work just fine with an Xbox One.
If you already have a hard drive that doesn’t work with your Xbox One, maybe you can make it work. How? Read our guide on how to partition an external hard drive (and format it).
Additionally, you can plug other peripherals into your new console. For example, it’s possible to make a keyboard and mouse work with the Xbox One.
Can I put an SSD in my Xbox one?
Yes, you can upgrade the internal HDD in an Xbox One to a faster SSD. Though for Xbox One, we suggest that you use an external hard drive. This way, you can take your games and downloads with you wherever you go. Unless, of course, you own a desktop HDD.
Can I replace the hard drive in my Xbox one?
As mentioned in the previous question, replacing the hard drive in your Xbox One is a simple process. Upgrading from an HDD to an SSD will improve boot times significantly.
Well, there you have it, some of the best external hard drives for Xbox One. Considering E3 2020 is over, I’m sure there is a tonne of upcoming games for 2020 and 2021 that you can’t wait to play and store on an external HDD, right? We can’t wait either, which is why we had to make sure we have enough storage space for upcoming games and DLC.
Prefer Sony over Microsoft? Then why not take a look at the best external hard drives for PS4?