Best External Hard Drives for Xbox One & Xbox One X

Xbox One External Hard Drive

If you’re an Xbox One or Xbox One X gamer like myself you’ll understand the daily struggle faced with storage. Always making room for new games, updates and downloadable content.

The simple fact of the matter is the Xbox One and the Xbox One X don’t come out of the box with anywhere near enough space, games are simply too big these days, and the continuous updates and downloadable content for games like Battlefield, Destiny, Grand Theft Auto and Call of Duty quickly fill up your internal hard drive leaving you frustrated and in a constant battle.

The solution? It’s quite simple, actually. External hard drives are what you need.

The drives listed below are great because they’re all powered by USB 3.0 meaning no extra power supply is required and data transfer is very fast. They’re small, affordable and from the very respected Seagate brand loved by gamers all across the world. Scroll down for more.

Here are the 4 best Xbox One / Xbox One X external hard drives:

Seagate Expansion 1 TB USB 3.0 Portable 2.5 Inch External Hard Drive for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4
Seagate Expansion 2 TB USB 3.0 Portable 2.5 Inch External Hard Drive for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4
Seagate Expansion 3 TB USB 3.0 Portable 2.5 inch External Hard Drive for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4
Best Value
Seagate STEA4000400 Expansion 4 TB USB 3.0 Portable 2.5 Inch External Hard Drive for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 - Black
Storage Capacity
1TB
2TB
3TB
4TB
Colour
Black
Black
Black
Black
Compatibility
Xbox, Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X
Xbox, Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X
Xbox, Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X
Xbox, Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X
Data Transfer Rate
5GB per second
5GB per second
5GB per second
5GB per second
USB Powered
Prime
Price
£45.00
£64.99
£96.97
£99.99
Seagate Expansion 1 TB USB 3.0 Portable 2.5 Inch External Hard Drive for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4
Storage Capacity
1TB
Colour
Black
Compatibility
Xbox, Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X
Data Transfer Rate
5GB per second
USB Powered
Prime
Price
£45.00
Seagate Expansion 2 TB USB 3.0 Portable 2.5 Inch External Hard Drive for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4
Storage Capacity
2TB
Colour
Black
Compatibility
Xbox, Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X
Data Transfer Rate
5GB per second
USB Powered
Prime
Price
£64.99
Seagate Expansion 3 TB USB 3.0 Portable 2.5 inch External Hard Drive for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4
Storage Capacity
3TB
Colour
Black
Compatibility
Xbox, Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X
Data Transfer Rate
5GB per second
USB Powered
Prime
Price
£96.97
Best Value
Seagate STEA4000400 Expansion 4 TB USB 3.0 Portable 2.5 Inch External Hard Drive for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 - Black
Storage Capacity
4TB
Colour
Black
Compatibility
Xbox, Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X
Data Transfer Rate
5GB per second
USB Powered
Prime
Price
£99.99

Personally, I’m currently using the 4TB external drive shown above by Seagate for my Xbox One X and it is about all I’ll ever need. I’m not a professional gamer, not even close, but I do spend quite a lot of time on my Xbox and I do buy all of the latest games and downloadable content.

The drive is plug-and-play, meaning no set-up is required, data transfer is very fast so very little waiting around and, most importantly, it’s small and powered by USB 3.0. Perfecto!

Which One Should YOU Buy?

That depends on how often you use your Xbox, and how many games you have and buy.

If you’ve filled, or are close to filling, the 1TB internal drive in your console right now then you understand how little 1TB is so the 1TB Seagate external isn’t going to be good enough.

Then you look at the 2TB drive and that looks just as easy to fill, doesn’t it? Not only that, but if you look at the price difference between the 2TB external hard drive and the 4TB external hard drive it’s easy to see the value in grabbing the larger one. Saving money is always a bonus.

Xbox One vs. Xbox One X

Another thing to take into consideration when purchasing an external hard drive is which console version you have. The Xbox One X is obviously a more powerful console with support for 4K gaming, which is going to make games, updates and DLCs even larger in the future.

But even if you have the base Xbox One right now, there’s a very good chance that you’ll upgrade to the X in the not-so-distant future, so take that into consideration when buying, too.

My advice:

If you own the Xbox, Xbox One S or Xbox One, own just a handful of games and only play occasionally then I would say the 2TB Seagate Expansion is exactly what you need.

If you buy all of the latest games, play regularly and download all of the downloadable content offered by games then the 4TB Seagate Expansion is a must-have for you.

If you own the Xbox One X, regardless of activity, you’ll need theย 4TB Seagate Expansion.

Written by Marty Rogers

I'm a UK-based lifestyle blogger writing about life, family, business, making and saving money, tech, and anything else I enjoy. Follow my journey! :)

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