Xbox One: External HDD Load Times Comparison Show Close To 50% Improvement

Xbox One’s latest firmware update allows us to use an external storage device with the console and its storage needs. This opens potential for higher speed drives and the improvements that they can bring to the table. So what happens if we use a higher speed external drive for our gaming needs instead of the internal one?

Thanks to reddit user brain_chaos, we have a much better idea of what to expect from the move to a better speed external drive. Check out the comparison between new and old load times below.

Game Internal HDD External HDD
Watch Dogs 84 secs 63 secs
Ryse 47 secs 24 secs
Forza 5 51 secs 22 secs

The above table shows noticeable improvement in load times. In case you are curious on what hard disk was used for this speed test, it was Touro Mobile Pro 1TB 7,200 RPM SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive, which is obviously faster than the internal hard disk.


External Hard Disk load times were already proven to be better but with this new comparison, the difference can be clearly noticed, and in more games as well. If you are still on the fence, this new comparison might make you take the plunge.

Have you noticed any improved load times by using external hard disk? Let us know in the comments below.

Danial Arshad Khan

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