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What you need to know about upgrading your Xbox Series S internal SSD

Xbox Series S internal SSD upgrade

Getting ready for the latest game releases but frequently running out of space on your Xbox Series S? Upgrading your console's storage might just be the game-changer you need.

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What is an SSD?

Before diving into upgrades, let's cover the basics. SSD stands for Solid State Drive, and it’s the fastest storage solution available for gaming consoles like the Xbox Series S. Unlike traditional hard drives, SSDs have no moving parts, which means faster access to your games and reduced load times.

When is a good idea to expand your Xbox storage?

If you have to delete game installations due to a lack of space or suffer from long load times, it’s a clear sign that you might benefit from a storage upgrade. Expanding your console’s SSD can also prolong its lifespan by optimizing performance and reducing wear on its internal components.

Can I upgrade my Xbox Series S storage myself?

You can—but should you? A hard drive upgrade is one of the more technically complicated upgrades because it’s done in stages (each with its own steps), like opening the casing, removing multiple processing boards, and accessing and removing the power supply and fan. It’s often best left to an Xbox repair expert.

If you’re determined to take this project on yourself, there are some things you should consider.

Things to consider when upgrading an Xbox hard drive

Upgrading your Xbox storage is not just about adding more space. Here are a few key factors to consider to ensure you choose the right SSD for your gaming needs.

Expansion options

Your console comes with an additional expansion card slot that helps keep the manufacturer costs down while allowing you the option to buy an expansion card. Keep in mind that Xbox-certified expansion cards and their storage sizes are limited. The console’s go-to expansion devices are the Seagate drives that come in three sizes (512GB, 1 TB, and 2 TB) at varying costs.

Choosing the right SSD

Not all SSDs are compatible with the Xbox Series S, so it’s crucial to check the specifications recommended by Microsoft to ensure compatibility and optimal performance. Select an SSD that not only fits your storage needs but also matches the speed and durability required for intensive gaming use. Look for drives that are specifically marketed for gaming and have robust read/write speeds.

External storage vs. internal storage

Not all storage is the same. If you choose an external drive, speeds will be much slower than what you would get on internal storage or an expansion card.

The necessary tools

To tackle every step of the upgrade process properly and safely, you’ll need a few items:

  • A grounding bracelet (to avoid unwanted electrical shocks)
  • The new SSD card
  • A T8 Torx screwdriver
  • A T10 Torx screwdriver
  • A pair of tweezers
  • A spudger

A viable back up

Before making any changes, always ensure your data is backed up. You can use Xbox’s cloud gaming services or an external drive to safeguard your game data and profiles.

How to back up your Xbox to the Xbox cloud:

  1. Make sure your console is connected to the internet.
  2. Press the Xbox button on your controller.
  3. Select Profile & system > Settings > System > Back up & transfer > Back up my settings. Then, follow the on-screen instructions.

Your level of experience

Upgrading your Xbox Series S internal hard drive might not be rocket science, but it isn’t for the faint of heart. You’ll be opening up your beloved gaming console and installing a new piece of hardware, making mistakes and even internal damage possible. If you’re uncomfortable working on your Xbox, you can always take it to a nearby Xbox repair expert for help.

If you've tried these steps and still need a little help, we're right around the corner. Schedule a repair at the nearest uBreakiFix® by Asurion store and our certified experts can get your device back up and running as soon as the same day.

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