While the Xbox Series S/X offers you the chance to expand your storage via the lightning fast SSD slot at the back, the cost of that card is prohibitive. For those of us on a budget, Seagate has a solution. A solution that has limitations, though.
Seagate’s external hard drive is a good solution if you like to switch between different games often. Expanding your storage vis the USB 3.0 port on your console, you get an extra 4TB of space that is as simple to use as unboxing the drive, plugging it in and voila, you have a ton of extra space to play with. It really is that simple.
The other problem with this drive is down to Microsoft's odd OS formatting choices. Plugging the drive into your Windows 10 PC, an MS owned and created OS, will give you the odd problem of the drive not showing up in Explorer, but it will in Disk Management. In other words, the drive cannot be accessed via Explorer for you to back up files, so the idea of transferring your game files to PC in case you are paranoid about the Xbox mysteriously deleting game files goes out the window. Having said that, you can download an unofficial program that will allow you to change the drive from Xbox Mode to Windows Mode, allowing you to access the drive on a PC. But even then, you have the problem that the files aren’t in folders or named with easily identifiable names so deciding which file to backup becomes a lottery.
Like the expansion card the use case for this drive is really for people who have slow or capped internet access. If you have a friend like that, they can simply come to your house, plug in the external drive to your Xbox and download the games they want to the external HDD.
Plugging the drive into your Windows 10 PC, an MS owned and created OS, will give you the odd problem of the drive not showing up in Explorer, but it will in Disk Management.
...games that are playable on the Series S/X via backwards compatibility (original Xbox, 360 and Xbox One games) are playable when installed to this hard drive.
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