If you have a large digital Xbox game library, you may be wondering what happens when the memory on the 1TB hard drive that ships each Xbox One X is used up. Deleting your games to make room for other titles is not fun. Therefore, I will guide you through the expansion of your console store and thus your game library.
Sony has ensured a simple upgrade of its PS4 Pro's memory, but Microsoft makes it rather difficult and dangerous to access and replace the Xbox One X's hard drive.
Instead, I'll show you a simple plug-and-play solution to work around this problem.
Why should not you replace the Xbox One X hard drive?
First of all, the mere act of disassembling the Xbox One X void the warranty. You'll also almost completely disassemble the device, a lengthy process that requires an iFixit toolkit with multiple Torx and Phillips screwdrivers. I know ̵
Originally, my goal was to replace the standard hard drive, clone the system software, and continue from there. Due to Microsoft's proprietary disk formats and partitioning, however, it is not possible to replace the drive without scripts and / or a deep understanding of disk file formats and partitioning. There is no user-friendly method to work around this problem.
After that, I reassembled the console (with the factory hard drive) and was able to turn it on smoothly, but at this point I would have already deleted it warranty (if not expired).
It's much safer (and much easier) to buy an external hard drive for your Xbox One X and connect it to the console via a USB cable. For example, Seagate sells a licensed 4GB external Xbox hard drive for $ 119.99. It's a simple plug-and-play solution that eliminates the potential for headaches.
How to Extend Your Xbox One X Game Memory to an External Drive
However, if you want to use your own hard drive instead of buying a hard drive sold specifically for the Xbox, I will guide you through the process as you would your own set up external hard drive for storing games.
As a test environment I used a 2 TB FireCuda SATA hard drive with 6 GB / s, which is available for $ 94.99. Next, I bought a case to connect the 2.5-inch hard drive to the Xbox One X. I used Sabrent's 2.5-inch SATA to USB 3.0 enclosure, which is available for $ 8.99.
The setup process is pretty simple.
- If you are using a 2.5-inch hard drive and an external chassis, open the chassis to release the SATA connector. Align the SATA connectors on your hard drive with the connector and press firmly until it is firmly seated.
- Close the enclosure door (or replace the cover) and connect a USB 3.0 cable to the chassis. Put the external hard drive aside.
- Turn on your Xbox One X. When you are on the home screen, connect your external drive. The case LEDs should light up (and you should hear the drive plate rotate).
- At this point, the Xbox UI displays a pop-up window if the drive is not formatted. Use your Xbox controller to navigate to the option "Format storage device" and press the "A" button to select. On the next screen, you also have the option to name the storage device.
- Follow the instructions in the Setup Wizard to confirm that you want to format the drive in question. At this point, the Xbox UI gives you the option to install future games and apps on the external hard drive, not on the console's internal memory.
- Select the "Install new items here" check box to confirm your selection. Now you should be ready to download and install more games on your Xbox One X console.
If you want to transfer games from internal storage to the drive, you can find another tip:
- Navigate to any game in your library (on the Home screen or on the Storage screen). Press the Menu button on your controller and select "Manage Game".
- You are redirected to a new screen that displays a box with information about the location of the game and the location of the files. Highlight the data information box with the directional pad or joystick on your Xbox controller and press the Menu key.
- In the menu that opens, you have the option of "moving" or "copying" the game data from the internal to the external drive. If you want to free up some space on the internal drive, select the option "Move". Next, confirm the destination of your file by selecting the external storage option (if your external drive is attached and formatted).
- At this point, your files are being transferred to the external drive attached to the console. It may take a while – do not pull out the plug for any reason. Just wait for the process to complete.
Congratulations! You've expanded your Xbox game store and, if you've followed this guide, also created your own Xbox external storage drive.
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