HOW TO: Copy Xbox One External Hard Drives

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So you have that fancy 500GB Xbox One and are running out of room. You bought a 1TB hard drive thinking it’d be plenty… except now almost two years in, you’re out of space again. So you run out again and pick up the new 2TB Xbox One Seagate (or other USB 3.0) external hard drive. But what to do with your old 1TB drive?

You have two options here. You can plug the 2TB into your Xbox One as well for a total of 3TB of extra space for your apps and games. Or you can transfer the games from your old 1TB drive to your new 2TB drive. Most would think that the latter would be such a pain, considering the obvious way to do it would be to fire up the Xbox One with both drives plugged in, manually go into the manage settings for every game, and then transfer it from the smaller drive to the bigger one.

Fortunately for you, there’s a Windows app for that. The Xbox One External USB Storage Device Converter will allow you to plug in your Xbox One external drives and copy or move files from one to the other.

As the developer notes:

This application scans and makes modifications to the MBR of the drive. I take no responsibility for any damage done to the device or loss of data caused by utilizing this application.

This has been tested on only a handful of drives; so there could be issues. Use at your own risk.

Now that we have that out of the way, the process really is simple and will save you a lot of time if you want to consolidate all your Xbox One games to one external hard drive.

Step 1: Plug your external drive into your Xbox One and format it for use.

Step 2: Plug in your Xbox One external storage device into your PC.

Step 3: Open the application and choose “SCAN”.


Step 4: Your device should be listed. Right click and choose “Enable PC Mode”.


Step 5: Choose scan again; and you should see that your device is now in PC Mode.


Step 6: Disconnect/Reconnect your drive and Windows should now mount the drive allowing you to read/write the files stored by the console.


Step 7: Copy or move the files you want from one drive to the other.


Once you have finished copying or moving the files over to your new drive, simple re-enable Xbox mode by following the steps below.

Step 1: Open the application and do a scan.

Step 2: Choose your device, right click and “Enable XBOX Mode”.


**This needs to be done before your console will recognize the drive. If you forget to do this; your console will ask to reformat it (losing all of your data).

And there you have it. Again, you are doing this at your own risk but we’ve tested it out and it worked great for us and was way less painful than the alternative of having to manage and move each game individually through the Xbox One interface. You can download the Xbox One External USB Storage Device Converter at the link below.

  Source: Digiex
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