Do you want to know how to move Xbox One games to an external hard drive?
If you’re like me, you’ve probably run out of space on your Xbox One’s built-in hard drive. And if you’re like me, you don’t want to delete any of your games or apps to make room for new ones.
Luckily, there is a solution – you can move your Xbox One games to an external hard drive! This way, you’ll have plenty of space to install new games and apps, while still being able to play your old ones.
What you need:
An Xbox One console, any version (the system does not have to be modified)
An external hard drive compatible with USB 3.0
A game disc for one of your Xbox One games (a game will only be counted once if it has multiple discs)
The external hard drive must be formatted as NTFS
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Steps To move Xbox One games to the external hard drive
Follow these simple steps to move your Xbox One games to the external hard drive.
1. Turn on your Xbox One console and sign in to your profile
2. Insert the game disc you want to move into the console
3. Go to Settings
4. Select All Settings
5. Select System
6. Select Storage
7. Under Manage Storage, select the game you want to move and press the Y button on your controller
8. Select Move and confirm by pressing A on your controller
9. The game will begin transferring to the external hard drive, wait until it has finished (you will see a green checkmark when it is done)
10. Once the game has been transferred, safely remove the external hard drive and take it to your second console
11. Turn on your second Xbox One console and sign in to your profile
12. Insert the external hard drive into your second console
13. Go to Settings
14. Select All Settings
15. Select System
16. Select Storage
17. Under Manage Storage, select the game you want to transfer from the list of games on the left side of the screen and press A on your controller
18. If a pop-up window asks you if you want to move or copy this item, select Move
19. The game will begin transferring from the external hard drive, wait until it has finished (you will see a green checkmark when it is done)
20. Once the game has been transferred, you can safely remove the external hard drive from your second console
21. That’s it! You have successfully moved your Xbox One games to an external hard drive. Enjoy playing them on whichever console you want!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q. If I transfer the game to my friend’s console, will it count towards my game total?
A. No, transferring games to a friend’s console does not count towards your game total. However, if you share the same external hard drive between two or more Xbox One consoles and move one of your games to that shared hard drive, then all accounts on that console will be able to play the game without having it inserted into their console.
Q. How do I get an external hard drive for my Xbox One?
A. You can purchase an external hard drive. Keep in mind that you must format the external hard drive using NTFS if you want to successfully transfer games onto it (formatted drives are identified by exFAT).
Q. What types of external hard drives are compatible with the Xbox One?
A. Virtually any USB 3.0 external hard drive is compatible with your Xbox One. However, keep in mind that Xbox One games can range anywhere between 35 GB to 50 GB, so I recommend purchasing at least a 500 GB external hard drive for maximum storage space (and optimum performance).
If you’re looking for something smaller or larger than 500 GB, you can search Amazon’s website here.
Q. Can I transfer digitally downloaded games onto an external hard drive?
A. Yes! You must purchase the game first on your account before transferring it to an external hard drive (you cannot transfer a game without buying it). Once you have successfully transferred the game onto an external hard drive, you can proceed to download it on your other Xbox One console by inserting the disc.
Q. Can I back up my saved games onto the external hard drive?
A. This is not possible at this time, but rest assured that it will be supported in the future with a possible system update. Until then, all saved games are stored locally on each console.
Q. Will moving game(s) off my internal hard drive free up space for me?
A. As long as you’re still within your 500 GB limit (or whatever storage size you select), no additional space will be freed up; however, if you exceed your storage allowance (for example, if you purchase more games and your internal hard drive is full), then you will need to delete games in order to make room for the new ones.
Q. If I format my external hard drive, will my games be deleted from it?
A. No, formatting your external hard drive will not delete any of your games. All of your games will remain intact on the external hard drive after it has been formatted.
Q. My Xbox One is saying that there isn’t enough storage available to install the game, what do I do?
A. This means that either your internal hard drive is full or you have reached your storage limit (500 GB). You can solve this issue by deleting some of your old games or purchasing an external hard drive bigger than 500 GB.
Q. Why doesn’t my game show up in the Ready to Install section?
A. You will only be able to install games onto your external hard drive if you have bought them before transferring them. If it has been less than 48 hours since you purchased the game, then it still hasn’t shown up on your console yet (this is because Xbox Live requires at least 48 hours to process your purchase).
If it has been more than 48 hours but less than 2 weeks, then try restarting your console and waiting for another few hours before checking again; if there’s still no sign of it, contact Xbox Support.