Best Prime Day Hard Drive and SSD Deals for Xbox One, Xbox Series X

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Xbox One Hard Drive (Image credit: Matt Brown | Windows Central)

With Xbox games now bigger than ever, it can be a battle to keep your favorites installed on the hard drive. Current Prime Day deals present an unmatched opportunity to expand your storage capacity, with external drives discounted to record low prices. These drives work great on Xbox One consoles, as well as the upcoming Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. We've rounded up the best external USB drive deals for Xbox, with some pointers on which deal is best for you.

Today's Best Hard Drive and SSD Deals

Finding the best Prime Day deal for you

When expanding storage on Xbox One, Xbox Series S, and Xbox Series X, supported drives must be USB 3.1 or USB 3.2 compliant, with at least 256GB available.

Compatible external USB drives can store and play games on any Xbox One console. HDD drives are ideal for high-capacity mass storage, while SSDs can even improve loading times on Xbox One.

The same USB drives work on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, but speed requirements mean that while next-generation games can be stored on USB drives, they're only playable if moved to the internal SSD. However, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and original Xbox drives all play straight from external USB drives, via Xbox Series X and Xbox Series X backward compatibility.

It's also best to consider whether to buy a hard-disk drive (HDD) or solid-state drive (SSD) for your storage expansion. HDDs provide higher capacities for less, but notoriously slow storage will increase load times. SSDs come at a premium, but with much faster load and transfer times, ideal for Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S storage expansions.

Best Prime Day Deals on Xbox Hard Drives

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Seagate 2TB Game Drive for Xbox | $65 at Amazon (usually $90) (opens in new tab)

This Seagate hard drive adds 2TB to your Xbox One console, with around four times the capacity of most entry-level consoles. It provides an affordable storage expansion without breaking the bank, with its 140 MB/s read speeds more than enough to run Xbox One games. While it's far from a performance king, you're getting a sweet Xbox-branded drive at a $25 discount.

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Seagate 4TB Game Drive For Xbox | $88 at Amazon (usually $119) (opens in new tab)

While alternatives to this sleek, all-white Xbox drive often provide more bytes for your buck, its current discount makes this a contender for your Prime Day allowance. 140MB/s speeds offer what you'd expect from other Seagate drives, with a two-month Xbox Game Pass code included for access to a few hundred games.

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WD_Black 5TB P10 Game Drive | $95 at Amazon (usually $124) (opens in new tab)

The "Black" series represents Western Digital's gaming-focused storage, with this 5TB P10 drive another budget-smart upgrade, boasting a high capacity for less cash. While its 140 MB/s read speeds come out rather average, you're looking at a serious upgrade to the number of games you can install. It's well suited to those with slower connections or data caps, preventing needless downloads when struggling for space.

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WD 12TB Elements Desktop Hard Drive | $175 at Amazon (usually $218) (opens in new tab)

This 12TB monstrosity is mostly for the digital hoarders, nearing the maximum capacity for Xbox One drives, with room for hundreds of locally stored games. In reality, it's overkill for most, and opting for an SSD will present more long-term rewards in this price range. But if you never want to run out of storage, this won't fail you.

Best Prime Day Deals on Xbox SSDs

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SanDisk 1TB SSD PLUS Internal SSD | $88 at Amazon (usually $109) (opens in new tab)

When expanding your Xbox with SSD storage, using an internal SSD is often one of the easiest ways to cut back on the initial cost. This high-performance drive delivers up to 535 MB/s, cutting load and transfer times across Xbox One, with similar benefits over an external hard drive on Xbox Series X. You'll need to pick up a 2.5-inch enclosure or SATA to USB cable, adapting this drive for USB 3.0 connectivity, though.

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Seagate 1TB Barracuda Fast SSD | $150 at Amazon (usually $180) (opens in new tab)

For an all-inclusive SSD expansion, the Seagate Barracuda line drive packs top-tier speed in an ultra-thin casing. It's the same as Seagate's officially licensed Xbox SSD at 540MB/s, but dropping the Xbox logo. The ideal speed boost for Xbox One, with a simple plug-and-play design ready for use.

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Samsung 2TB T5 Portable SSD | $237 at Amazon (usually $278) (opens in new tab)

The Samsung T5 remains one of our favorite SSDs lines out there, and its 2TB model has dropped $40 with Prime Day. While opting for speed and high capacity costs some change, it allows you to reap the benefits of its 540MB/s speeds across even more Xbox games.

Matt Brown is Windows Central's Senior Editor, Xbox & PC, at Future. Following over seven years of professional consumer technology and gaming coverage, he’s focused on the world of Microsoft's gaming efforts. You can follow him on Twitter @mattjbrown.