5 Best External Hard Drives for Xbox One

Are you struggling to free up enough hard drive space on your Xbox One console to install new games? If so, perhaps it’s time to buy an external hard drive and once and for all say goodbye to your hard drive space woes.

Back in the days of the original Xbox, most games fit on a single CD or DVD. Today, games are much larger. Gears of War 4, for example, has an install size of whopping 116 GB, and Halo 5: Guardians nears 100 GB. With install sizes so massive, it’s no wonder that most Xbox One owners sooner or later buy an external hard drive.

While you can connect just about any standard external hard drive to your Xbox One, your best option are hard drives that support USB 3.0. Such hard drives offer significantly faster read/write speeds than older USB 2.0 hard drives, which means less waiting for your games to load.

To help you make sense of the plethora of external hard drives currently available, we’ve picked top 5 best external hard drives for Xbox One and ranked them according to our preference and user reviews.


1. Seagate Game Drive for Xbox

With its Xbox green and gray color theme, you know the Seagate Game Drive has been designed specifically for the Xbox One—no installation required. The hard drive is so slim and compact that you can fit it in any pocket and take your entire game collection with you when you go visit your friend or travel across the country.

The Seagate Game Drive for Xbox is available in sizes ranging from 2 TB to 8 TB, and we recommend you get the largest one you can afford. Apart from games, you can also use the hard drive to store your music, video, or picture library and conveniently access everything via your Xbox One.


2. WD Black My Passport Portable Hard Drive

Western Digital is one of the largest manufacturers of hard drives in the world, and their top-of-the-line external hard drives are always packed with useful features. The WD Black My Passport portable hard drive is available in four different sizes—1 TB, 2 TB, 3 TB, and 4 TB—and you can get it with a standard or metallic finish.

Pre-installed on the hard drive is WD Backup software, which lets you automatically back up photos, videos, music, and documents according to your schedule. Built-in 256-bit AES hardware encryption with WD Security software helps keep your content private and safe, and it also allows you to display a message with your contact information in case your hard drive ever gets lost.


3. Seagate Expansion Portable Hard Drive

If you expect your external hard drive to mostly stay in one place, you might want to consider something like the Seagate Expansion. Being a larger portable hard drive with a dedicated power supply, the Seagate Expansion is a very reliable hard drive with a long lifespan. It connects via USB 3.0, but it also has a USB 2.0 port for backward compatibility.

Seagate offers the Expansion portable hard drive with a capacity of 2 TB, 3 TB, 4 TB, 5 TB, 6 TB, and 8 TB. To get the best deal, we recommend you calculate how much does a single GB of storage space cost with each model. At the moment, the 5 TB model is more expensive than both the 6 TB and 8 TB models because it’s in short supply.


4. Toshiba Canvio Basics Portable Hard Drive

Are you on a tight budget? If you go with the Toshiba Canvio Basics portable hard drive, you’ll be able to enjoy 1 TB of storage space for just $49.99. The hard drive is also available with a capacity of 500 MB, 2 TB, and 3 TB, and you can choose between a contemporary and classic style. The contemporary style is flat and more angular than the classic style, making it easier to fit inside a pocket or backpack.

Toshiba includes a 1-year warranty with the Canvio Basics portable hard drive, but it’s unlikely that you’ll ever need it because the Canvio Basics is built to Toshiba’s world-class quality standards and customer complains are rare.


5. Samsung T3 Portable SSD

If you’re willing to pay a premium price for superfast read/write speeds of up to 450 MB/s, the Samsung T3 Portable SSD is an easy choice. While you could buy a regular desktop SSD, such as the wildly popular Samsung 860 EVO, and insert it into a USB 3.0 enclosure like this one, we think it’s much more convenient to buy an SSD that has been designed with portability in mind.

Apart from its exceptional performance, the Samsung T3 Portable SSD also features a lightweight design and support for AES encryption, the same encryption standard used by the NSA for top secret information. The Samsung T3 Portable SSD connects via a USB 3.1 Type-C port, but it comes with a USB Type-C to Type-A adapter for compatibility with older devices.