Black Friday is definitely the best time to pick up an Xbox One external hard drive, with prices at record lows. For those looking to double - or quadruple - their storage space at a fabulous price, US Xbox owners won't find a better deal than the WD 2TB My Passport X for $73.30 (was $119.99), and UK Xbox owners could snap up a WD My Passport 1TB Hard Drive for £39.99 (was £65). Act fast, since those prices are likely to rise in a few days.
A standard Xbox One comes with a 500GB hard drive, and an Xbox One X with 1TB, which isn't as much space as you'd think. A game like Red Dead Redemption 2 takes up to 100GB storage, so you'll only be able to fit another five or six games of similar size on your drive before you're forced to delete things. As Microsoft offer more great ways to access games - like Games with Gold and Game Pass - your need to find the best Xbox One external hard drive to store them grows.
The good news, is that there isn't too much technical jargon to consider. All you need is an external hard drive that's reliable, portable, large enough and - most critically - with a USB 3.0 port. We've made the decision even easier with our pick of the best options below, hand-picked from the most reliable manufacturers.
We'll be updating this article with the best Black Friday deals as they break, and since our prices below are automatically updated, you can be confident of finding the cheapest price. And if you're looking for great value games, here are the best deals on Xbox Game Pass right now.
What do you need to consider when choosing an Xbox One S or Xbox One X external hard drive?
You can use your Xbox One external hard drive (HDD) for storing digital games, plus media, like films and game capture. Regular Xbox One games take up around 40-50GB of data and enhanced 4K Xbox One X games average nearly 100GB. You can only fit around eight on your Xbox One X's 1TB internal drive before having to remove titles from your library which you'll need to re-install to play again. It's worth noting that your Xbox will reformat any external HDD you plug into the console, deleting anything else you'd stored on the drive.
The Xbox One is only compatible with external hard drives that use USB 3.0 ports. This is standard for all newer hard drives, but take care when considering an older, possibly cheaper, hard drive. The universal USB 3.0 format means that you don't necessarily need to stick to established brands when choosing an external hard drive which can help to save you money.
Best Xbox One external hard drives
1. WD 4TB My Passport Portable
The best Xbox One external hard drive hits the sweet spot of space and affordability
Capacity: 4TB | Storage Type: HDD
Our top pick for best Xbox One external hard drive belongs to the Western Digital 4TB My Passport series. We used to recommend a 2TB drive (which is still more than large enough for most people), but with Xbox One X ownership rising and the increased size of 4K games, this is the best way to future proof yourself. In terms of features, this USB 3.0 (and USB 2.0) compatible hard drive offers 256-AES encryption and cloud storage, along with WD's own backup software. In reality, all you really need to know is that this hits the sweet spot of size, speed and affordability. This 4TB external hard drive will store up to 40 Xbox One X games (or more), and up to 100 or so regular Xbox One games. Basically, it's a monster, and with a three-year limited warranty, there's every reason to buy with utmost confidence. It's available in a 2TB option, too, but 4TB feels like maximum value.
2. Toshiba 1TB Canvio Basics
Our recommended low-cost option to double your original Xbox One hard drive
Capacity: 1TB | Storage Type: HDD
If you're primarily looking to store in-game video capture or maybe the odd Xbox One or Xbox One X game then the Canvio Basics is a great external hard drive on Xbox One. We've listed the 1TB option but a 500GB option is also available. It's cheap and features a speedy USB 3.0 connection. As long as you're not expecting to store a huge amount, it will boost your storage at a great price. It's worth remembering that you still have your internal hard drive, so adding a 1TB external hard drive to a 500GB Xbox One S gives you an overall capacity of 1.5GB.
3. Seagate 2TB/4TB Xbox One Game Drive
The best hard drive if you want lots of space and value the official branding
Capacity: 2TB/4TB | Storage Type: HDD
This officially branded external hard drive on Xbox One comes in 2 or 4GB options giving you a choice depending on if you want to go for media storage, or games. It's basically a regular Seagate drive in a flashier case, and you're paying about $15-20 extra for having the (admittedly quite nice) embossed Xbox logo and official green case colour. If your budget allows, and aesthetics are important to you, it's functionally still a great choice. The Seagate 2TB Game Drive in official Xbox green often drops in price around big retail events like Black Friday, so expect a bargain in November if you fancy this one.
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4. Seagate Expansion 8TB
Our pick of the biggest hard drives if you never want to run out of space
Capacity: 8TB | Storage Type: HDD
The Seagate Expansion 8TB is USB 3.0 compatible and offers more storage than you'll likely ever need. It's the ideal choice for the prolific Xbox One user who wants to buy one hard drive and never have to think about storage again. The huge storage capacity raises the price, obviously, and the 8TB drive requires an external power adapter (supplied in the box), but is surprisingly elegant for such a large device. At 2.09 lbs with dimensions of 4.75 x 6.93 x 1.44 in, the Seagate Expansion 8TB is also considerably lighter than rival large capacity external hard drives, such as the WD 8TB My Book drive at 3.0 lbs with dimensions of 1.9 x 5.5 x 6.7 in.
5. Samsung 850 EVO 500GB SSD
Our pick of the fastest hard drives provided you're willing to do a little DIY
Capacity: 500GB | Storage Type: SSD
You will need to buy a separate USB 3.0 caddy to use this, since the connector is Serial ATA-600 not USB 3.0, but they're circa $10 and easy to install. At 500GB you're not getting the best price-to-storage ratio, but what you are getting is the speed of an SSD external hard drive on Xbox One. That means it's solid state memory, rather than an actual spinning disk. You won't immediately feel the difference when accessing media files and in-game video, but the speedier loading times can make a noticeable improvement in games like, say, Far Cry 5 where warping across the map causes the game to reload. If you want a great 500GB SSD drive, but don't want to buy an external USB 3.0 caddy, we recommend the Samsung T3 Portable 500GB USB 3.1 SSD. It's about $60 more expensive than buying a Serial ATA-600 (SATA) SSD drive and a USB 3.0 caddy - but that's the premium for having USB 3.1 (which is USB 3.0 compatible) built in.
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