Question Can Xbox One external hard drive play over 4Gb files?

When playing back downloaded tv shows and movies which do you prefer?

  • Plex?

    Votes: 2 100.0%
  • External hard drive with Xbox Media Player?

    Votes: 0 0.0%

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Established Member
If so, what format does the hard drive need to be?


Outstanding Member
If so, what format does the hard drive need to be?

Sorry you can not stream media files from a HD connected to your XB1. Only reserved for gaming. The xbox will format the drive itself. So make sure it's empty. If your tight on space on your xbox you can move/install games on the external

As for playing media files there are a few options

0, You can play some media files bought through the xbox/video stores through Media or Plex app

1, For external files, copy the media files to a USB stick and plug straight in the xbox one port (can only copy 4Gb or less per media file to the stick, I think)

2, No file size limit. You network your computer to your xbox (wireless or cabled).

Run some sort of DLNA server software on your computer which you point to your video etc files folder

Media player on xbox will find your choosen folder

Media player works fine for me, but very basic

Plex is now free so why not test it
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you can play media on an external harddrive via the media player app you just have to say no when it first asks you to format it the first time you connect it. as for files larger than 4gb yes as long as the harddrive is in exfat rather than the usual fat32.

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