If you have a large digital Xbox game library, you may be wondering what happens when you turn off storage on the 1TB hard drive every layer the Xbox One X is sent with. Deleting your games to create space for other titles is not fun, so I'll go through how you can expand your console storage and thus your gaming library.
While Sony has ensured it is a wind upgrading of PS4 Pro storage, Microsoft makes it quite difficult and dangerous to access and replace the Xbox One X hard drive.
Instead, I'll show you a simple plug-and-play solution to get around this problem.
Why not replace the Xbox One X hard drive
First, it's just an act of removing your Xbox One X void warranty. In addition, you must almost completely disassemble the device, a long process that requires an iFixit tool kit with several screwdrivers from Torx and Phillips. I know ̵1; I went ahead and dismantled our office Xbox One X four times just to get used to it.
Originally, my goal was to replace the hard drive, clone the system software and continue from there. But Microsoft's proprietary drive format and partitioning website makes it impossible to replace the device without using scripts and / or a deep understanding of file formats and partitioning of the hard drive. There is no user-friendly method to get around this.
Afterwards, I put the console together (with its factory HDD) and was able to test it without any problems, but now I had already deleted the warranty (if not already expired).
It is much safer (and much easier) to just 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 Xbox external hard drive with 4TB storage for $ 119.99. It is a simple plug-and-play solution that removes the potential for headaches.
How to extend Xbox One X's game memory with an external device
If you want to use your own hard drive instead of buying one sold specifically for Xbox, I will go through the process of setting up your own external hard drive for game storage.
As a test bed, I used a 2TB FireCuda SATA 6GB / s hard disk drive sold for $ 94.99. Then I bought an enclosure to link the 2.5-inch hard drive to the Xbox One X; I used Sabrent's 2.5-inch SATA to USB 3.0 enclosure selling for $ 8.99.
The installation process is quite simple.
- If you are using a 2.5-inch hard drive and an external enclosure, open the enclosure to reveal the SATA port. Align the hard drive's SATA connectors with the port and press it firmly until it is firmly seated.
- Close the door of the door (or replace the cover), then connect a USB 3.0 cable to the cover. Set the external hard drive on the page.
- Turn on the Xbox One X. When you are on the home screen, connect your external device. The cabinet lights should come on (and you should hear that the disk is rotating).
- At this point, the Xbox interface displays a popup if the device is not formatted. Use your Xbox controller, navigate to the "Format storage device" option and press the "A" button to select. On the next screen you also have the option to name the storage device.
- Follow the installation wizard instructions by confirming that you would like to format the current device. Now, the Xbox interface can introduce you to installing future games and apps on the external hard drive, instead of the console's internal storage.
- Select "Install new things here" in the check box to confirm. Now you should be ready to download and install more games on your Xbox One X console.
If you want to transfer games from the internal memory to the device, here is another tip that you might find useful:
- Navigate to each game in your library (either on the home screen or on the screen). Press the menu button on your controller and select "Manage games".
- You will be taken to a new screen where you can see a box describing how much storage the game uses and where the files are located. Select the info box with the Xbox controller's D-pad or joystick, and then press the Menu button.
- In the menu that pops up, you have the option to "Move" or "Copy" game data from the internal to the external device. To free some space on the internal drive, select the "Move" option. Then confirm your file's destination by selecting the external storage option (provided your external device is plugged in and formatted).
- At this time, your files are transferred to the external device connected to the console. It may take a while – do not disconnect it for any reason. Just wait for the process to finish.
Congratulations! You've expanded your Xbox games room and, if you've followed this guide, you also created your own Xbox external storage device.
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