As I’m not as much as an avid gamer as I would like to think I am, I roped in a buddy of mine to help review the Seagate 2TB Hard Drive for Xbox from Maplin.
I have been looking at getting external storage for my Xbox One for some time now as I want to be able to easily transport my games when I play somewhere other than my own house. I have several friends that own an Xbox One and I travel home to NZ to visit family. My younger brother is also an avid gamer so I am pleased that I will be able to take my games home for us to play without having to download them onto his Xbox One (which can be rather time-consuming) and, more importantly, also have all of my saved game data with me. Being so compact I will be able to take the hard drive in my hand luggage as well, so there is no risk of it being damaged. I am also starting to reach the limit of my Xbox One storage (I only have 500MB) so I now have enough room for many, many more games.
This Seagate hard drive was very easy to install and start using. It came without any instructions apart from a diagram showing you where it needed to be plugged in, but once it was plugged in you were prompted on what you were required to do next. Before it can hold games and apps it needs to be formatted (it can only hold games and apps OR other media like photos and videos) and anything other than that will be deleted. I formatted it, which took no time at all, and then transferred over some of my games straight away. The hard drive was a bit slower to transfer than I thought it would be. It took maybe eight minutes for a 20+ GB game but was very fast for some of my smaller games. For me this was no major issue but it may be a bit too slow for some people. You can choose to have new games download straight onto the external storage or continue to download them onto your Xbox One and then transfer over whichever ones you want.
With regards to cost, I think it is well priced at £75 for 2TB. Originally, I was going to purchase a 1TB Xbox One but it works out much better value to buy a 500MB one like I have and then purchase the extra storage if and when you need it. I have another Seagate hard drive, which I have had for several years, that I use for photos, videos and documents and I have found the brand to be very reliable (and sturdy, having been dropped once or twice). The main thing I don’t particularly like about this hard drive is the green and black colour. I own a black console and black and white controllers so I would much prefer to be able to have either black or white to match!
Overall, I am very happy with this product and I would definitely recommend it to other people who are looking for external game storage for their Xbox One.