Price: $129 for 2TB and available only from eBay and Amazon
It can hold about 50 titles and has matching firmware for
Xbox. The firmware helps it to recognise the drive as games storage (not just an
external drive for multi-media storage), and it seems a tad faster in random
read/write than similar drives.
It uses an ST2000LM07 SATA 600, 5400RMP, 2.5” drive. This
has a 128MB cache and withstands 400-1000 Gs of non/operating shock. It is capable
of short burst 6Gbps speeds. It has a design spec of around 55TB use per year
By rights, the SATA 600 interface tops out at 6Gbps or 750MBps. Then you have the USB-A 3.0 interface that limits data transfer to 5Gbps or 625Mbps – but it is half-duplex, so you are never going to get that speed. Seagate claims up to 140Mbps sequential read/write, and our tests confirm that.
Interestingly it has reasonable large file random read/write
speeds (compared to many 2TB external HDD) and again we suspect the firmware is
optimised to load games (6Gbps burst) and then use it for add-ons, achievements
and saving gameplay.
It is compatible with Xbox One, Xbox One S, or Xbox One X
consoles2. It should work on Mac and PC as well (our speed tests were on a Windows
10 Surface Pro).