An external hard drive is a drive that plugs into one of the USB ports on your Xbox One console. You can use an external hard drive to store and play games, as well as store apps, videos, and other types of content.
For example, you can store Xbox One games on an external hard drive, and then play those games from the hard drive. Or, you can store non-game content on the external hard drive, such as movies and TV shows that you’ve downloaded from Xbox Live, or digital copies of movies and TV shows that you’ve saved to the hard drive.
You can use any external USB 3.0 hard drive with your Xbox One console. The drive must be at least 256 GB in size, and it can be formatted as either NTFS or exFAT. We recommend that you format your external hard drive using NTFS so that you can take advantage of features like streamed media and system backups.
What You Need
To get started, you’ll need an external hard drive that meets the following requirements:
- Must be USB 3.0 compatible
- Must have a storage capacity of at least 256 GB
- Must not be partitioned
- Must not be uses as a ReadyBoost cache device
Once you have your external hard drive, connect it to your Xbox One using a USB cable.
Connecting the Hard Drive
To set up an external hard drive for Xbox One you’ll need the following:
-An external USB 3.0 Hard Drive with a storage capacity of at least 256 GB.
-A Power supply for the external hard drive
-A computer running Windows 10
-An active internet connection
Once you have everything you need, follow these steps:
- Connect your external hard drive to a USB port on your Xbox One console.
- Press the Xbox button on your controller to open the guide, and then go to Settings > All Settings > System > Storage > Hard Drive (external). If you don’t see “Hard Drive (external),” select Internal and then follow the instructions that appear on screen to format your console’s internal hard drive for games and apps.
- Select Configure now, and then follow the instructions that appear on screen.
Formatting the Hard Drive
The Xbox One requires an external hard drive for some features, including game installation and data storage. You can use any USB 3.0 hard drive, but it must be formatted using the Xbox One’s system software.
Here’s how to format an external hard drive for use with your Xbox One:
- Connect the hard drive to one of the USB ports on the back of the console.
- Press the Xbox button on the controller to open the guide.
- Select Settings > System > Storage > Format external storage.
- Select Yes to confirm that you want to format the drive.
Using the External Hard Drive
To use an external hard drive with your Xbox One, you’ll need to format the drive for use with the console. Once the drive is formatted, you can copy and move games and app installations to it.
There are a few things to keep in mind when using an external hard drive with your Xbox One:
- You can only have one external hard drive connected to your console at a time.
- You can’t install games or apps on an external hard drive that are already installed on your console’s internal hard drive.
- You can move games and apps from your console’s internal hard drive to an external hard drive, and vice versa.
- Games and apps that have been installed on an external hard drive will still need to be run from the drive they were installed on—you can’t run them directly from the Xbox One’s Dashboard.
- The Xbox One will automatically detect when an external hard drive is connected, but you’ll need to do a bit of setup before you can start using it.
In conclusion, setting up an external hard drive for your Xbox One is a great way to increase the storage capacity of your console. By following the steps outlined in this article, you should be able to set up your external hard drive and start using it with your Xbox One in no time.