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Best External Hard Drives for Xbox One

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Sooner or later, serious Xbox One gamers will need an external hard drive to manage their game collection. The usual 500GB can quickly fill with just a handful of games. Adding storage to the Xbox One is as simple as connecting to the right external hard drive. You can eliminate memory limitations with our list of the best available options.

Best Overall

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Western Digital 6 TB My Book Desktop External Hard Drive

Large storage for the price

The My Book by Western Digital doesn't have fancy LED lighting that isn't necessary; it just gives you a large storage capacity and delivers at your command. You get auto backup with the included WD Backup software and Time Machine compatibility. The hard drive has a USB 2.0 port and a USB 3.0 port, which is three times faster. It also comes with password protection and hardware encryption to give you ultimate privacy.

Runner Up

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Seagate STGG8000400 Game Drive Hub

Large storage capacity for long-term use

A single drive offering a considerable capacity of 8 TB, the Seagate hub is designed to fit right in the Xbox console. You'll enjoy a seamless, no-lag performance. Dual front-facing USB 3.0 ports offer plug and play connectivity and can charge mobile devices, controllers, and gaming accessories. It will be a long time before you need any more memory capacity.

Solid State

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Samsung T5 Portable SSD

SSD portable and fast

The fast read and write speed of up to 540 MB/s make the Samsung T5 Portable SSD an excellent choice. The reliability of this solid-state drive exceeds other mechanical drives. Take it along with you as there are no moving parts to get damaged, and it's small enough to carry in your pocket. The drive comes with two USB cables, A to C and C to C.

V-NAND Technology

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Samsung 860 PRO SSD V-NAND Technology

Enhanced speed

Powered by innovative V-NAND technology, the Samsung 860 PRO SSD offers optimized performance for everyday computing as well as rendering large-sized video and data. Sequential read and write performance levels of up to 560 MB/s provide virtually no lag in play. You may never need to replace this drive with 1.5 million hours MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures).

Maximum Portability

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SanDisk 500GB Extreme Portable External SSD

Take this ruggedized drive anywhere

The SanDisk 500GB Extreme Portable External SSD is ready to travel. It's slim, water and dust resistant, and has a shock-resistant solid-state core. This compact and pocket-sized drive is rated to operate at temperatures from 32 to 113 degrees Fahrenheit (0 to 45 degrees Celcius) and has a convenient notch to hook onto your backpack. Take it with you anywhere, but make sure it's dry before use. 

Don't delete your old Xbox One games, connect to an external hard drive

You can't go wrong with an external hard drive for your Xbox One because you won't need to delete anything. Even though hard drive technology is improving all the time, the current capacities in the TeraByte ranges will satisfy your gaming needs.

We believe the best option is the  WD 6 TB My Book Desktop External Hard Drive, which gives you 6 TB of storage. It's also portable, reliable, and great value for the price.

Another excellent choice is the  Seagate STGG8000400 Game Drive Hub;  you can conveniently fit it right in the Xbox console. It also offers a colossal 8 TB of storage.