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Xbox One Internal HDD Vs Internal SSD

June 3, 2018 Jon 28 Comments

I took a Samsung 850 Evo and replaced the hard drive in my xbox one with it and got close to a 50% performance boost!

An unfunny guy playing with his Xbox.
You can thank the titwanks at YouTube for removing annotations. Skip to 7:25 if impatient.
Tool used: http://www.disk-partition.com/free-partition-manager.html

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  1. JR Jazz
    June 3, 2018 - 9:54 am

    Test pubg

  2. FarEastTech
    June 3, 2018 - 10:52 am

    How did you format the ssd to work on the Xbox?

  3. Phil nelson
    June 3, 2018 - 11:46 am

    Can you test pubg on internal ssd

  4. Kuroi Ryuu
    June 3, 2018 - 12:07 pm

    TechX, have you purchased the Xbox One X and if so have you added an SSD internally and compared to stock? Would love to see some comparisons. XFix has done some upgrades but doesn’t appear to have done the SSD addition yet. Thank you!

  5. Nate Balls
    June 3, 2018 - 1:01 pm

    Same hard drive i have its great, stock hard drive is crap, highly recommended doing this

  6. Kleines Böhnchen
    June 3, 2018 - 1:51 pm

    Woah that spots on your screen and milky colors. Throw it through your window and buy another. What the fuck is SEIKI? xD

  7. Alex Landeros
    June 3, 2018 - 2:22 pm

    But this drive is expensive as fuck 299 for 1tb booty I would justify 150 to 200 but 299 d**n

  8. Youuu Boiii
    June 3, 2018 - 3:11 pm

    Yeah bro, i changed it to a Triton Toshiba SSD 1TB! Its alot faster than the stock hdd on my OneS

  9. Darcy O'Q***f
    June 3, 2018 - 3:44 pm

    There's a lot pros to voiding your warranty to replace that s**tty HDD to SSD.
    – Video Capture requires a lot of IO writes while capturing, running the game and OS at the same time. This is why your audio gets cut out and recorded videos don't get encoded properly. (This is a weird design flaw by Microsoft which could easily to remedied by allowing us to record through an external drive, but they chose not to give you this feature.).
    – Likewise with a desktop pc, SSDs have a significant advantage with pagefile/virtual mem. Faster web surfing, etc and less prone to system crashing. (Should be applicable to the Xbox also)

    * Even if your Xbox One fails, components are easily accessible online and they're pretty cheap to fix on your own.

  10. Eric Loll
    June 3, 2018 - 4:18 pm

    Wheres the install vid? Not sure what all needs done when using the cloner you listed. Info would be much appreciated. I put the 850 evo in my ps4 pro. But im not good with pc files ect. Lol. Thanks.

  11. Ruben Pimenta
    June 3, 2018 - 4:38 pm

    Hi..in order to work.. the new ssd must have the same size as the original hdd? 500gb?
    i can't have a ssd120gb and clone an empty (no games or apps) Xbox one hdd? it must be always 500gb beside the used/free space on the original one hdd?? thank you and nice vid 😉

    PS: i have a 120gb SSD on a 3.0 usb case….but..i wish to have it as internal so the Xbox SO could work faster.

  12. Austin Lunbeck
    June 3, 2018 - 4:52 pm

    Is it common to fully shut it down?

  13. TheCrazybeautiful92
    June 3, 2018 - 5:39 pm

    I'm seeing a ton of misinformation here so it's time to clear something up. 5400RPM HDDs do NOT max out Sata 2.0. Not even close. You will not see faster 5400RPM drive speeds on Sata 3 over Sata 2, it will be the same. Same goes for 5400RPM drives in a USB 3.0 enclosure. Same speed all around. The decrease in speed on the internal drive is caused by the OS running off of it at the same time, nothing will change that. On to the topic of SSDs, the fastest 2.5" SSD on the market has read/write speeds of about 550MB/s read and 520MB/s write. These will max out the speed of Sata 2 which is 3024Mb/s or 378MB/s. Your average 5400RPM HDD has a read/write speed of 100MB/s and the average 7200RPM does about 120MB/s so clearly they are not even close to maxing out Sata 2 (they can't even max out Sata 1 (1.5Mb/s or 192MB/s). One more thing of note is that the fastest Sata 3 SSDs do not max out Sata 3 either (Sata 3 has a speed limit of 768MB/s). The best place for an SSD to run the fastest on an Xbox One is in a USB enclosure where it will hit it's max speed (USB 3.0 max speed is 640MB/s) of usually around 500MB/s. This changes to the internal Sata 3 port on an Xbox One S where it can also be run at max speed for both the OS and any games you download. This is not to say you should install one internally on an original Xbox One, it will drastically reduce OS load times, seek times and all the other fun stuff the internal hard drive does, it's just faster for loading games on the outside. Now another important thing to note is that Hybrid HDD/SSDs work in a bit of a weird way. They dynamically analyze what you do the most often and then they store that activity on the SSD portion of the drive. Generally that means your OS boot files will hide on that segment and the speed will go up slightly but your games will load at normal 5400/7200RPM drive speeds (unless you play one game more than you boot the console). They generally are a bit of a waste of money unless you get a good deal on one and were planning on buying an HDD over an SSD anyways.

  14. Doug DeShazer
    June 3, 2018 - 5:58 pm

    Looking forward to your video tutorial on the installation!

  15. Mizan Choudhury
    June 3, 2018 - 5:59 pm

    nice video bro but could you make a tutorial on how you replaced the internal hard drive?

  16. Sam Fisher
    June 3, 2018 - 6:11 pm

    37 seconds is still slow for 21st century, hoping Xbox one x will fix that

  17. KinkyKinga1
    June 3, 2018 - 6:16 pm

    what I'm curious to know, is if you've noticed an improvement with running stuff off the external external drive whilst the SSD is handling everything else?

    I mean, I've always run PCs with dual drives (games and OS on separate drives) even before solid state drives to try and reduce the effects of one on the other. then came the glory that is the solid state drive, and boom! gaming on the mechanical drive became so much smoother! I'm thinking it's to do with wait times, in situations where the application makes a call to the OS for whatever reason. I can only imagine that a modern console would be no different.
    oh, it should definitely make them achievement pop ups smoother too!

  18. Tek Zilla
    June 3, 2018 - 7:13 pm

    To all the "experts" who say the USB 3.0 is faster, be reminded that always a direct connection to the motherboard is always faster no matter if it's SATA 2 or SATA 3. USB 3.0 IS NOT A DIRECT CONNECTION! Also, Tech X is correct about running the OS, and it does provide a more seamless experience. One thing to realize also is the full potential of the throughput speed or the max connection speed is realized with an internal ssd upgrade. You'll never see the max or full potential throughput speed on a USB connection. Otherwise copying a file from our PC's to a USB stick wouldn't take as long no matter the USB standard. If Microsoft wants to survive, they'll relinquish control to the user as far as hdd upgrades just like Sony has. I have a 4tb SSD in my PS4 Pro and I don't have the need for an external. I load faster than any of my friends in all the games.

  19. Hostile
    June 3, 2018 - 7:40 pm

    7:25 if you're impatient

    You're welcome.

  20. dadnbud
    June 3, 2018 - 7:42 pm

    Picked 1st video that popped up with hdd info. I can't find any info on this. Easy question but no answers…I have 2 xbox x's. 1tb hdd on both. One hdd got corrupted, long story short. Can I put the 1tb hdd from my 2nd x into the one that's corrupted? Not looking for upgrades or cloning etc..just if I can do an hdd swap from one x to another? Or are they code locked or encoded into each console?

  21. Matt Burke
    June 3, 2018 - 8:04 pm

    this process worked which was fucking awesome! the only problem was that it gave the 4 hour 28 minute estimated time, came out to 7 hours. just as a heads up

  22. You
    June 3, 2018 - 8:40 pm

    No, over & out means you are finished with your comment & you are leaving so, you’re wrong. To simply say your comment on a cb & then say over and leave would be kind of rude because you did not inform the person you were talking to that you would be leaving.

  23. You
    June 3, 2018 - 9:04 pm

    I hate fucking hate Comcast! Just look at how fast this is downloading!

  24. egames6803
    June 3, 2018 - 9:46 pm

    What if you buy a 1tb Xbox one and clone it to a ssd would it still have the problem or not

  25. Melvin Abner
    June 3, 2018 - 10:29 pm

    "Over and out" is standard procedure for military radio comms lol

  26. Citroen Games
    June 3, 2018 - 11:23 pm

    You knpw that if you show your sirial number that is not a big problem becuse there is no chip that run with or power from xbox one the serial number is to make sure if it is a real microsoft hdd

  27. Music Man
    June 4, 2018 - 12:23 am

    Ur not right in the head

  28. Antwan
    June 4, 2018 - 1:19 am

    My old xbox one s broke can i put my hdd in my new and save my dlc and content so i don't have to re download everything

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