XBOX One X - How to Remove & Replace Your Hard Drive


Article by Bill D

Difficulty Level - Medium

Estimated repair time  45 mins

Estimated cost              £0-60 ($80)

This video will show you how to get inside your XBOX One X console to remove the hard drive.

It's easier than you may think. Getting the shell back on afterwards is the hardest part, and I recommend watching the video I made showing you How To Get Your XBOX One X Shell On and Off at some point, and become familiar with it.

But before you go to the trouble of removing your hard drive, you first need to establish whether you need to replace or remove it at all. With many hard drive / software issues, you can repair the drive without having to take it out.

First, troubleshoot your hard drive to see whether you can fix it. To do this, visit our XBOX One Software Page.

If you have established that your hard drive is faulty, or you want to upgrade to a larger hard drive, then come back to this page, and this video shows you how to get inside, remove your old drive, and put your new one in.

If you need a new hard drive, I've got links to Amazon below. If they are out of stock, search for "2.5" SATA Hard Drive 1TB or 2TB", and you will find a selection of blank drives that you can buy that will do the job.


If you're upgrading or replacing your hard drive, it's worth considering a 2TB hard drive while you're at it, for the extra couple of quid.

Don't forget however, that this is not the full story.

If you are replacing with a new hard drive, it will need to be pre-partitioned, and also have the Operating System put on to it.

To partition your new hard drive yourself, follow the instructions on our XBOX One Hard Drive Partitioning Page.

If you are in the early stages of troubleshooting your hard drive, and suspect it maybe faulty, or you have software issues of any sort, then go to the XBOX One Software Troubleshooting page first. Follow the guide there, and if you conclude that the drive is faulty, you will need to come back to this page.

(Bear in mind the XBOX One software page talks about an XBOX One Original console, but the troubleshooting process is exactly the same.)

Tools Needed

Complete Tool Kit
32GB USB Stick
XBOX One X 2TB Hard Drive
How To Remove Your XBOX One X Hard Drive