Xbox Series X Expandable Storage

Indiana Jones

Moderator
Hope someone can put me right, I connected my new SSD drive to my XB1X via the USB port on the front of the console, then it asked my to format it if I wasn’t using it for media etc.
But when I came to look at the storage devices in settings it only showed my external HD (I got a standard 5TB drive).

The SSD drive only shows up if I put it in the USB port at the back, thus having to unplug my standard HDD.

Not sure why it won’t show when the SSD is plugged into the front port....maybe not USB 3.0?
Mine disappeared once I formatted it so disconnected it and plugged it back in and it showed up.

FYI there are two USB ports on the back, are both being used?
 

SourKraut

Well-known Member
Mine disappeared once I formatted it so disconnected it and plugged it back in and it showed up.

FYI there are two USB ports on the back, are both being used?
Ah yup, thank you....its now showing up after plugging it back in:rolleyes::facepalm:

EDIT: only one USB port at the back on mine though
 

daymouse

Distinguished Member
My new SSD did the same after formatting it. Wasn’t showing and, no formatting status or no notification it had done the format. Gave up in the end unplugged and plugged it back in and popped up saying ready.
 

Nukleuz

Well-known Member
Yeah, needs to be USB3 and > 128gb to be recognised for games.
 

Indiana Jones

Moderator
Ah yup, thank you....its now showing up after plugging it back in:rolleyes::facepalm:

EDIT: only one USB port at the back on mine though
Ah sorry thought you had the One X.

Yeah, needs to be USB3 and > 128gb to be recognised for games.
Oh my WD Blue 1Tb definitely meets the requirements but for some reason it disappeared when first formatted and sounds like this is a common thing.
 
Mine did the exact same thing - side USB didnt like it, back did - I have two USBs attached maybe its a voltage thing. Also once formatted it didnt appear until it was removed and reconnected (waited 30mins before I did that) Works fine now.
 

sajin

Active Member
I pre-ordered the Seagate card yesterday, but now I'm considering cancelling my order and just buying an external ssd after having a quick read through of this thread.
This will be my first console purchase since the ps2 nearly 20 years ago, so I'm a bit out of the loop. Just wondering approx how many next gen games can be stored on the internal harddrive?
 

dUnKle

Member
I pre-ordered the Seagate card yesterday, but now I'm considering cancelling my order and just buying an external ssd after having a quick read through of this thread.
This will be my first console purchase since the ps2 nearly 20 years ago, so I'm a bit out of the loop. Just wondering approx how many next gen games can be stored on the internal harddrive?
thats going to depend on how big the games are. Different games. Different sizes

if guess you gonna be fine for a good 7 to 10 (true series x games) with no worries

some suggestion that due to how the drive and tech works comparable games may actually be smaller due to how quick the info can be accessed and less need for duplication

I certainly think you be good for at least 12 months or more with internal and the external for non series x games
 

sajin

Active Member
thats going to depend on how big the games are. Different games. Different sizes

if guess you gonna be fine for a good 7 to 10 (true series x games) with no worries

some suggestion that due to how the drive and tech works comparable games may actually be smaller due to how quick the info can be accessed and less need for duplication

I certainly think you be good for at least 12 months or more with internal and the external for non series x games
Much appreciated for your reply!
That's great; a lot more than I expected. With the lack of next gen title releases in the coming months, I doubt I'll need an expansion card anytime soon. Don't want to buy one unnecessarily now incase prices drop in a year's time.
 

Miss Mandy

Moderator
Personally I think prices will drop especially when we get more choice on the market. There's talk of other brands and sizes being possible in the future.
I'm happy to stick with the internal drive for Series X games and the external SSD drive I've been using for my One X to start with.
 

Deeez Nuuutz

Distinguished Member
So can we still use a WD passport HDD with the new Series X to play our Xbox One X games?
Are there any implications or are you all moving to a SSD just for faster load times?
 

reecie

Well-known Member
So can we still use a WD passport HDD with the new Series X to play our Xbox One X games?
Are there any implications or are you all moving to a SSD just for faster load times?
Correct. You just can’t play Series X or S games directly from it. Though you can use it as cold storage for them. For the older back compat games they will just load a bit slower but quick resume works either way.
 

Indiana Jones

Moderator
So can we still use a WD passport HDD with the new Series X to play our Xbox One X games?
Are there any implications or are you all moving to a SSD just for faster load times?
Faster load and transfer times are why I upgraded to a 1Tb SSD.
 

Miss Mandy

Moderator
I upgraded my xbox one's external drive to an SSD a last year which I'm going to use for the time being. It's only 512gb though so I'm going to keep an eye out for a 1tb in the black Friday deals.
SSD is definitely worth getting over HDD.
 

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