The best external hard drives for your Xbox One

There is a promotion running on eBay at present whereby you get a $100 voucher on a $200 purchase; definitely a good time to upgrade your Xbox One’s storage.

Modern day console gamers don’t get to simply push in a cartridge or slip in a disc to play the latest blockbuster games; on Xbox One, every game must be installed. With less than 400GB of available space on the internal hard drive and some games weighing in at over 40GB to install, that hard drive doesn’t stretch too far. Thankfully, you can plug an external hard drive into an Xbox One, and use it to bolster your available space – it’s something of a necessity for active gamers.

We recently detailed the install size of every Xbox One game, a fantastic resource you can find here, and even just grabbing the seven biggest games of this year required 240GB of hard drive space to be installed at the same time. So what is the best external hard drive to buy if you need to upgrade.

There has never been a better time to get a new hard drive for your Xbox. If you buy a product over $200 on eBay while the current promotion lasts, and then choose to collect that product from a Big W or Woolworths store, you will be rewarded with a $100 eBay voucher valid till the end of November. That’s enough to buy a couple of games!

Here are a few HDs we like the look of that cross a couple of different needs; just be quick, as the promotion ends on October 26.


Function over Fashion

With $200, you can get 4TB of external hard drive space, more than enough to cover your gaming needs well into the future and potentially for the whole generation. These two are similarly priced, reputable brands.

Seagate Expansion 4 TB USB 3.0
Western Digital WD Element 4TB USB 3.0
Seagate Backup Plus 4TB


If you feel like 4TB simply isn’t going to cut it then a.) you need to play less games, and b.) there are options all the way up to 8TB on the market. However, the cost increases dramatically the bigger you go. Here are a couple of super-sized external HDs worth a look.

Seagate 5TB Expansion USB 3.0
Western Digital Elements 5TB USB 3.0
Western Digital My Book Duo 6TB

Space Savers

If space is an issue for you, you may want a less bulky external hard drive option. These are handy if you’re operating with an entertainment unit that has very little give around your console for extra storage. The smaller a hard drive, however, the more you pay per gigabyte, so be warned.

Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB
Samsung M3 4TB
Samsung 1500GB 1.5TB Full HD


Solid State Hard Drives are far faster than your standard HDs, but as a result you pay more per gigabyte. Thankfully there are a few options available in the external SSD space, and these devices do provide a much faster install and boot time for games than the standard HD option. It’s a good choice if you’re unlikely to want lots of games ready to roll in your future catalogue, and thus not as much extra space.

Samsung MU-PS500B Portable T1 SSD External 500GB
BlueEye ThunderDisk Pro 256GB
MyDigitalSSD OTG 512GB


Believe it or not, but hard drives can be more than just a nondescript rectangular box with a hole out the back. You can get shock and weatherproof ones, sexy fashion-conscious options, and even entire homes where multiple external hard drives can live and link them together into powerhouses of backup security and performance. If that is more your thing, we suggest these options:

LaCie Rugged Mini 2TB
Netgear RN10400
LaCie Porsche 5TB

Chris Stead

Chris Stead is an award winning content creation and design specialist that dabbles in all subjects, but is best known for his work in technology, entertainment and gaming. When not writing, he can be found among the waves of the Northern Beaches.

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