Xbox One hard drive is replaceable, but doing so will void your warranty

New teardown report finds system features standard SATA II hard drive, replaceable by prying open system and thereby voiding warranty.

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The Xbox One's 500GB HDD is a standard SATA II drive and can be replaced by opening the system with a few tools, according to a new teardown analysis from iFixit (via Engadget). Doing so, however, will void your warranty, so be warned.

In addition, it is unclear if the Xbox One will recognize unformatted SATA hard drives. Specifically, the hard drive is a Samsung Spinpoint M8 ST500LM012 with 8MB cache, which sells for around $55. The Xbox One will not support external storage at launch, though this functionality is planned for the future.

The PlayStation 4, on the other hand, freely allows users to replace the system's on-board 500GB hard drive, so long as certain requirements are met.

The Xbox One will be released tomorrow, November 22, for $500. For more on the Xbox One, check out GameSpot's review roundup, featuring games like Ryse: Son of Rome, Dead Rising 3, Crimson Dragon, LocoCycle, Forza 5, and Killer Instinct.

Discussion

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golden1elite
golden1elite

Considering that the Xbox One warranty is a ridiculously short three months.  Voiding an already passed warranty is not on my mind in 6 months when I reach the 500Gig mark on the HDD.

clr84651
clr84651

MS stated that the internal HDD can't be upgraded, because the X1 wont recognize the new HDD. MS doesn't allow for any tinkering of their consoles. 

Tao_and_Zen
Tao_and_Zen

Would be nice to put in as SSD when they become more affordable.

fillup0
fillup0

So they don't even let you buy the ridiculously over priced hard drives any more?

Man this is actually a lose for both the consumer and Microsoft. Also 500gb will NOT be enough for blu ray games.

nedrith
nedrith

Warranty or not, it's not exactly the easiest thing to take apart a XB1 to get to the HDD.  They had to get past a few other pieces of hardware in order to get to the HDD.  After all of that note this statement in the article:"In addition, it is unclear if the Xbox One will recognize unformatted SATA hard drives.".  


The 360 required HDD's to be specially formatted if this isn't supported by the system the system might not format a unformatted HDD.  Also the 360 HDD's were replacable by the end user also however to do so required a bit of work and it only worked using data from the official HDD.  It also only supported the largest Official HDD size, IE until the 500 GB 360 HDDs came out you could not use 500GB HDDs in a 360.  


So this has only shown something that everyone should of known, that the HDD could be removed.  A new one can be connected but that doesn't guarantee it will work nor does it guarantee a 2TB HDD will actually be able to use all 2TBs.

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

Awesome news. Gets rid of one of my few sticking points that has had leaning more towards Sony. The 360 HDDs were so disgustingly overpriced far beyond the industry rates, you were basically paying 2-3x more for a given sized drive just because of that proprietary piece of plastic they stuck it inside of. Still, the PS4 officially supports solid state drives. Hopefully the XBO does too.

grove12345
grove12345

I love my 360. But where are the advantages with the XB1. Seems eveyrything is just better on PS4. As a XBL subscriber im getting free BS games compared to PSN+ members who pay less per year. PS4 has better GPU. XB1 cloud processing power might now be financially feasible for developers to build on. PS4 will support their eye cam. Kinect currently sucks. Will XB1 link into my Win8.1 ecosystem well? Sony has both Western and Eastern support for games.

Im going to wait another year. 

phoenixto
phoenixto

advantage for ps4 or not, this is bull, wont fill up? guess people dont know how big game installs are, on the other hand the free xbox gold games seem to suck... oh i have both no fanboy just calling bs when i see it

chocoflavaa
chocoflavaa

I have the XB1 and will get the PS4 somewhere dwn the line for their exclusives. For all those FANBOYS talking crap about the XB1, YES, it's a huge fan, but the system is RIDICULOUSLY quiet. The WARRANTY is only for ONE YEAR and i doubt that anyone here will fill that up any time soon. After a year there won't be any warranty be voided so I'm pretty sure you'll be able to upgrade to whatever you want. So if you consider that a PS4 advantage over the XB1, you are just plain STUPID!!

enoslives7
enoslives7

If you're dumb enough to buy an xBone, you're gonna need the warranty.

Snakepond1
Snakepond1

That's one massive fan. After playing the x1 for 3 hours straight I have to say it stays cool. Can't say the same for the PS4.

sevuz7
sevuz7

one more reason I stick with a PC and PS4.

nousername66
nousername66

This is a dumb idea, but there's only a one year warranty on the console so unless you fill up the HDD within the first year you will be fine.

SiNoNaX
SiNoNaX

Military grade surveillance brought to you by Kinect 2.0 . C'mon now, seriously? Skeletal tracking up to 6 people at once, Wider field of vision, IR sensor, advanced audio capabilities. Why spend millions on intelligence when you can team up with Microsoft and get the people to bring it into their own home and freewill. 

Brilliant just utter brilliance. 

pogagames
pogagames

Allo people . This its a joke right? Só u have a car and you break youre tyre if you wanna change the tyre your warranty gone ? No! Só why in x1 if i wanna change hardrive my warranty gone? Its a joke , Microsoft you failed this time!

JoInfo
JoInfo

In other words, fuck both systems, buy a Wii U.

D3dr0_0
D3dr0_0

It baffles me why MS would make such a stupid decision when their previous console allowed you to replace your HDD.

devilzzzwin
devilzzzwin

Voice commands not working for what is to be an all in one entertainment system, 720poop COD: Ghosts, and then them saying if we upgrade the hard drive the warranty is voided ...

MS **** your next gen console.

xcollector
xcollector

They put the hard drive right at the edge. All they had to do was cut a hole so you could change it up just like the 360. MS is dumb. But this is probably their plan. They want you to run out of space and then depend on cloud storage to expand your capacity. Once you depend on MS's cloud you're locked in. I can't believe people do not see this. But It doesn't bother me because I won't be getting one.

ohjtbehaaave
ohjtbehaaave

I swapped out the original  PS4 500GB HDD for a 1.5TB HDD in about 2 minutes!  So easy and It's totally awesome. There won't be any HDD space worries for a long time.  NiCE!!!

Sony = Gamer friendly

MS = Fuck the gamer anyway possible

clr84651
clr84651

@fillup0 

And who wants to use an external? They don't work the same as the internal. 

clr84651
clr84651

@crunchb3rry 

You cant' upgrade the internal HDD of an X1, because X1's software wont recognize it and wont reformat it for use with X1. 

megakick
megakick

@phoenixto You acting like both SONY and MS are not going to release a PS4 SLIM or a XBOX ONE SLIM in a couple of years, they will... Sony, "PS3 will be the last console you will every buy." How well did that work out?

DIGN
DIGN

@phoenixto The end of your statement makes no cents... "oh i have both no fanboy "

CPNGamerGhost
CPNGamerGhost

@sevuz7 I Agree completely you can upgrade ur pc and change out the hard drive on the ps4 with out worrying about the warranty .

fillup0
fillup0

@SiNoNaX I'll tell you what, my Xbox One when I eventually get one will never have that creepy ass camera plugged in.

Chrypt22
Chrypt22

@devilzzzwin With all the idiots that buy consoles I would void the warranty too.  People these days have a hard enough time finding the on off switch let alone replacing something as simple as a hdd.  Just because Sony says it won't void the warranty doesn't mean that they won't deny warranty replacements for all the dipshits that screw up a hdd replacement.  Its just semantics.. 

tonganbeast561
tonganbeast561

@devilzzzwin lol sony fanboy i see. cause, you know, anything below 1080p is ABSOLUTE CRAP. It says the functionality will be there in the future, and opening the Xbox 360 before voided your warranty, so why wouldn't it now?

smurfa1
smurfa1

@devilzzzwin Yeah because MS is seriously the only company in the entire world who void the warranty if you open the casing and tamper with the hardware? Ohh wait a minute... Getting upset by that is like getting a phone and throw it in the toilet and then blame the company because it stopped working.

MiltoxBeyond
MiltoxBeyond

@xcollector You can use any external storage.  Just buy a 3TB external drive, connect it, and presto you have more space.  Can't do that with a PS4, although you can replace the drive that came with it.

LickTheEnvelope
LickTheEnvelope

@ohjtbehaaave I swapped out mine for a 1TB SSHD drive.  Really happy with it, quick quick load and install times.  Load times were the bane of my existence for the last couple years on 360/PS3.   Shame there's no way to change that on an Xbox One... even an external for storage does nothing to help load times, actually makes them worse.

phoenixto
phoenixto

@DIGN i have xbox and ps4, it should allow to swap hard drive, im saying its bad xbox will void warranty, the thing is huge im sure they could have made the exchange of hard drive easy

bobbo888
bobbo888

@smurfa1 @devilzzzwin except its only competition, the ps4 has a replaceable hard drive with no void on the warranty. not being able to do whatever you want with something you own and paid 500 dollars for isn't cool. your comparison sucks dog.

LpcWarrior
LpcWarrior

@MiltoxBeyond @xcollectorRead the article first. "The Xbox One will not support external storage at launch, though this functionality is planned for the future."  The xbox360 didn't allow more than a 16 gb external hard drive, what makes you think that that will change for the Xbox One?

ohjtbehaaave
ohjtbehaaave

@xboxoneanddone @ohjtbehaaave   Consider this.  I'm already playing 'Resogun and Trine 2 Complete Story' on PS4 and they look beyond amazing in 1080p.  Also playing AC:Black Flag which Gamespot pointed out looks way better on PS4 than Xbox1… as well as NBA 2K14.  Now let's fast forward only a few months to the spring where PS4 owners will be playing Infamous and MLB: The Show just to name a few Sony exclusives. 

So only a week into owning a PS4… I'm totally pumped I decided to buy it on day one.  It's all about what the future has to bring.  So all the MS fanboys need to pick up there MS pom poms and run along to play killer games like Ryse.  And enjoy that 500GB HDD you can't remove without voiding the system warranty.  

phoenixto
phoenixto

@DIGN @phoenixto im saying i like them both, and this not able to put ur own hard drive is bs, same as the kinect is better than the ps4 camera, they both have ups and downs.

fanboy would just like one of them despite its flaws. 

MiltoxBeyond
MiltoxBeyond

@ohjtbehaaave I bought both systems.  The Xbox One lets me connect my external harddrive and use it AND the 500GB internal.  I like my PS4, but I definitely was having fun with the kinect and my cablebox.