The Xbox One has been on the shelves and in our homes for over two years now. So that probably means you’ve gotten pretty darned close to filling up your machine’s hard drive with a whole bunch of great Xbox One games. In fact, you’ve probably had to uninstall some by now just to make space for Dark Souls III or Dirt Rally.
Unlike the PS4 though, the Xbox One can’t be easily gutted for the sake of hard drive swapping. Instead, Microsoft lets you jack in external drives to store the overflow of games and gaming goodies.
That original 500GB only goes so far. And with all of the free Games with Gold titles coming every month, plus the ability to download full size games on your hard drive, even the beefier 1TB Xbox One is going to start running out of space pretty quickly.
Choosing a hard drive can be a tough task, however. The Xbox One’s USB 3.0 ports though mean you can plug in some pretty fast-moving drives, and you can always buy an enclosure and fill it with a loose drive. If you’re looking for more space, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s check out some of the best options…
The best Xbox One external hard drive
Toshiba 1TB Canvio Basics
This slimline external drive is both a bit of a bargain and big enough to either double or triple your Xbox One’s storage capacity, depending on your console’s starting point. It will sit unobtrusively next to your Xbox One and deliver a full 1TB of extra game storage across the speedy USB 3.0 interface for a great price.
The best high-capacity Xbox One external hard drive
Western Digital 2TB My Passport Ultra
Western Digital is probably the biggest name in traditional spinning platter hard drive storage, and its My Passport Ultra is a massive external drive in capacity only. Despite the fact you can get up to 3TB of storage the device itself is pleasingly diminutive and comes in a range of shades. Pro-tip: berry is the cheapest option. The 2TB drive though is probably the best-value version for Xbox One gamers.
The best high-speed Xbox One external drive
Samsung SSD T3 500GB
So, money’s no object for you, eh? Well, if you want the speediest external storage drive for your shiny Xbox One then Samsung has got the tiny box for you. Because it’s using solid state storage this is the smallest option on the list and also the fastest. It’s been designed so the footprint is about that of a credit card, though obviously a little thicker. And boy is it quick… You can grab the 500GB version for a reasonable price (for an SSD), but if you crave more storage there are seriously expensive 1TB and 2TB versions available.
The best DIY external hard drive
Seagate 1TB SSHD
There are a couple of options if you’re going for a do-it-yourself drive – this Seagate SSHD is a hybrid of traditional spinning platters and solid state storage giving you a large amount of space for a good price with a bit of a speed boost thanks to a small cache of SSD-like storage. You will though need either a USB 3.0 caddy to house it, if you want a neat finish, or a simple USB 3.0 to SATA adapter if you don’t mind the bare hardware aesthetic.
The best DIY external SSD
Samsung 500GB 850 EVO
The other option is to go for performance and use an SSD for your external storage. Samsung is the current king of the SSD world and its 850 EVO drive is a great example of the company’s ability to balance performance and price. You are sacrificing capacity for speed – though you can spend more on 1TB or 2TB options – but if game load times are currently getting you down an SSD will help.
Want some games to fill up that new hard drive? Check out the Xbox One’s must-play titles.
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