- Xbox Series S owners face storage limitations due to the small internal SSD. Limited space hampers game storage and performance, prompting the need for an upgrade.
- Upgrade the Xbox Series S internal SSD using our step-by-step guide to increase storage capacity and gaming performance.
Sometimes, we need to upgrade the internal SSD of the Xbox Series S for various reasons. The most common cause could be limited storage. For whatever reason, you want to upgrade your SSD, in this article, EaseUS will show the entire process of how to perform an Xbox Series S internal SSD upgrade so that you can easily upgrade your SSD on your own to enjoy the best gaming experience and optimize your console's performance through this comprehensive guide.
Yes, but not necessarily. It is possible to upgrade the Xbox Series S SSD, but there's typically no need since it utilizes a custom NVMe M.2 2230 SSD.
However, upgrading to a larger SSD can be beneficial if your storage capacity is insufficient for larger game installations, game data saves, and media storage. If you decide to upgrade the internal SSD, you must transfer the old data to the new SSD to preserve your data, settings, programs, and games. You must transfer the old data to the new computer if you don't have the proprietary SSD inside the Xbox Series S. Below, we outline the steps to perform the upgrade seamlessly.
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Various stages are involved in upgrading the SSD of the Xbox Series S. Follow this section step-by-step; we split it into three stages.
Stage 1. Prepare for the Xbox Series S Internal SSD Upgrade
Guide 1. Choose a suitable new SSD for the Xbox Series S.
You first need to get a better SSD for the Xbox Series S and make sure the Xbox Series recognizes it. Based on the information provided by Gameradar, we recommend two reliable SSDs:
- If you want to maximize the value and functionality of your games, you can opt for the WD Black C50 Expansion Card for quick game recovery.
- The Seagate Official Storage Expansion Card is a good choice for greater capacity.
Guide 2. Format it to exFAT format.
To ensure compatibility between the SSD and the Xbox Series, you will need to format the Xbox SSD to a suitable format first:
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Guide 3. Remove the old SSD to add a new one to your Xbox.
Step 1. Turn off your Xbox and disconnect all cables. Then, use tweezers to remove the screw covers and unscrew the back panel.
Step 2. Remove the plastic case and detach the power button, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth boards.
Step 3. And continue disconnecting and removing the power supply, fan, motherboard screws, and the motherboard with the SSD card.
Note: After adding a new SSD to your Xbox, follow these steps in the reverse order to reassemble.
Stage 2. Upgrade Xbox Series S Internal SSD without Data Loss
Now, after removing your old SSD, connect the old Xbox hard disk and SSD to a running computer to start the cloning process so that you can save the entire data, your programs, and games to avoid data loss.
You should upgrade your SSD without data loss as your data is crucial. In this regard, EaseUS Partition Master is a handy tool to clone the original SSD. EaseUS Partition Master simplifies the complex process of cloning by providing an intuitive interface. You don't need to be a tech expert to use it effectively.
Follow the steps to clone the original SSD to upgrade the hard disk without losing game data:
Steps to migrate OS to HDD/SSD:
- Run EaseUS Partition Master, and select "Clone" from the left menu.
- Check "Migrate OS" and click "Next".
- Select the SSD or HDD as the destination disk and click "Next".
- Check Warning: the data and partitions on the target disk will be deleted. Make sure that you've backed up important data in advance. If not, do it now.
- Then click "Yes".
- Preview the layout of your target disk. Then click "Start" to start migrating your OS to a new disk.
- After this, click "Reboot Now" or "Done" to determine if you want to reboot the computer from the new disk immediately.
"Reboot Now" means to keep the changes instantly, while "Done" means you need to restart the computer later manually.
Note: The operation of migrating OS to SSD or HDD will delete and remove existing partitions and data on your target disk when there is not enough unallocated space on the target disk. If you saved important data there, back up them to an external hard drive in advance.
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Stage 3. Install the New SSD
Once you complete the process of removing your old internal SSD from your Xbox Series S and then cloning it through EaseUS Partition Master, you need to install a new SSD in your Xbox Series S. To install a new SSD in your Xbox Series S. You can follow steps in the reverse order from stage 1. At the time, you're removing the old SSD. After removing the old one, insert the new one in the same place and follow the entire steps in reverse order from the above stage 1 to reassemble your Xbox Series S.
For more detailed steps, you can check the video from Youtube:
Upgrading your Xbox Series S storage is easier than you might think, and you don't necessarily have to replace the internal SSD. Two main ways to enhance your storage capacity are to expand it with an official Xbox Series S Expansion Card or add external storage. Let's briefly go over these options.
Guide 1: Expand Storage with Xbox Series S Expansion
- The official Xbox Series S Expansion Card is the easiest and most seamless way to increase your storage capacity.
- Simply plug it into the dedicated expansion slot on your Xbox Series S, and you're good to go.
- It provides high-speed storage that matches the internal SSD performance.
Guide 2: Add External Storage to Xbox Series S
- You can add external storage to your Xbox Series S if you want a more cost-effective option.
- You'll need an external USB 3.0 or USB 3.1 storage device with sufficient capacity.
- Format the drive to the appropriate file system and connect it to one of the Xbox's USB ports.
- Your Xbox Series S will recognize it as additional storage, and you can use it for game installations and more.
For a comprehensive and detailed guide, click this link: [How to Upgrade Xbox Series X/S Storage [Ultimate Guideline]
For various reasons, the significance of upgrading the internal SSD of your Xbox Series S arises. Whether you're facing storage limitations or simply looking to optimize your gaming experience, it's possible to upgrade the SSD but not always necessary because you can expand the storage limit without replacing the internal SSD with Xbox Series S Expansion Card and adding External Storage to Xbox Series S. For a smooth and seamless SSD upgrade, give EaseUS Partition Master a try.
FAQs About Xbox Series S Internal SSD Upgrade
If you have any queries or want to learn more about upgrading your Xbox Series S's internal SSD, follow the FAQs below.
1. Is any SSD compatible with the Xbox Series S?
Not all SSDs are compatible with the Xbox Series S. It uses a custom NVMe M.2 2230 SSD. You should choose a compatible SSD for the upgrade.
2. How fast is the Xbox Series S internal SSD?
The Xbox Series S internal SSD is fast and offers high-speed performance to reduce loading times and improve the gaming experience. According to some sources, the ability for the console to access 2.4 GB/s of data per second - or 4.8GB/s uncompressed.
3. How to upgrade the internal SSD on Xbox Series X?
To upgrade the internal SSD on the Xbox Series X, you can follow a procedure like upgrading the Xbox Series S SSD, discussed in detail in this guide. However, remember that the Xbox Series X uses a different form factor for its internal SSD. So first, you should choose the suitable internal SSD for your Xbox Series X.
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