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September 30, 2013 10:01:59 AM

Hey mates :) 

I've a had a Sandisk Extreme 32GB USB3.0 flash drive, however, it's done for.
It takes a few tries for the computer to recognize it, it disconnects in the middle of a transfer,
the transfer speed are very very low, yada yada yada..

I am now looking for an affordable HDD (50$-60$), most probably a 500GB one because of the low price range.
The most important thing for me is fast write and read speeds! (write is more important though)
USB 3.0 obviously.

It is intended to connect to an XboX 360 for viewing movies, games etc..

Could you recommend anything?

Thank you,
Omga4000 :) 

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a b G Storage
September 30, 2013 10:09:42 AM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

This is an external 500.00 GB Western Digital USB 3.0, however if you connected your desktop to your xbox 360 via the media center (not player) on your computer this would serve very well for the purpose (this would be my recommendation):

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Plus you would then getter faster read speeds then going thru a USB port. Hope this helps, and also please remember to pick your best solution so other people may learn from your thread. Thank you for your time, and have a good day.
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September 30, 2013 10:31:55 AM

Hey ddbtkd456,
Thank you for your answer!

It is impossible for me to connect my XboX through the Media Center, for reasons I shall not explain here.
Do you happen to know the write/read speed of this HDD?
Also - this is a bit beyond my price range, as I forgot to mention I am not from the USA.
I am able to order through Amazon / eBay.

I found the 1TB version for just 6$ more on Amazon:
WD 1TB WD Elements

I also found this for about the same price:
- WD My Passport 1TB
- Samsung 2.5" M3 500GB

What do you say? Which you you take?
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a c 940 G Storage
September 30, 2013 10:44:05 AM

By the way - the xbox360 does not have a usb3 port and therefor will run the external hdd at usb2 speeds so speed is pretty much irrelevant unless you're planning on loading the drive thrua usb3 port on your pc.
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a b G Storage
September 30, 2013 10:50:34 AM

Omga4000 said:
Hey ddbtkd456,
Thank you for your answer!

It is impossible for me to connect my XboX through the Media Center, for reasons I shall not explain here.
Do you happen to know the write/read speed of this HDD?
Also - this is a bit beyond my price range, as I forgot to mention I am not from the USA.
I am able to order through Amazon / eBay.

I found the 1TB version for just 6$ more on Amazon:
WD 1TB WD Elements

I also found this for about the same price:
- WD My Passport 1TB
- Samsung 2.5" M3 500GB

What do you say? Which you you take?


Either of those will work and I do have to agree with popatim, you really pay for that USB 3.0 and xbox doesn't have a USB 3.0 only a 2.0. Pretty much all USB 3.0 ports have the same speed range - USB 3.0 connection provides data speeds up to 5 Gb/s, meaning at the fastest rate its 5 GB/s, and at the slowest it is O GB/s so it is pretty much irrelevant on the read/write speeds unless you are talking about an internal drive. Hope this helps. Also please remember to pick your best solution so other people may learn from your thread. Thank you for your time, and have a good day.
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September 30, 2013 11:07:26 AM

popatim said:
By the way - the xbox360 does not have a usb3 port and therefor will run the external hdd at usb2 speeds so speed is pretty much irrelevant unless you're planning on loading the drive thrua usb3 port on your pc.

ddbtkd456 said:

Either of those will work and I do have to agree with popatim, you really pay for that USB 3.0 and xbox doesn't have a USB 3.0 only a 2.0. Pretty much all USB 3.0 ports have the same speed range - USB 3.0 connection provides data speeds up to 5 Gb/s, meaning at the fastest rate its 5 GB/s, and at the slowest it is O GB/s so it is pretty much irrelevant on the read/write speeds unless you are talking about an internal drive. Hope this helps. Also please remember to pick your best solution so other people may learn from your thread. Thank you for your time, and have a good day.

It won't be connected to the XboX 24/7, I will use it for file transferring quite often.
I don't feel like waiting ages for an .mkv movie (4-6GB) or a game (up to 30gb!) to be copied..

Thank you fellas! :) 
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a b G Storage
September 30, 2013 11:36:19 AM

Omga4000 said:
popatim said:
By the way - the xbox360 does not have a usb3 port and therefor will run the external hdd at usb2 speeds so speed is pretty much irrelevant unless you're planning on loading the drive thrua usb3 port on your pc.

ddbtkd456 said:

Either of those will work and I do have to agree with popatim, you really pay for that USB 3.0 and xbox doesn't have a USB 3.0 only a 2.0. Pretty much all USB 3.0 ports have the same speed range - USB 3.0 connection provides data speeds up to 5 Gb/s, meaning at the fastest rate its 5 GB/s, and at the slowest it is O GB/s so it is pretty much irrelevant on the read/write speeds unless you are talking about an internal drive. Hope this helps. Also please remember to pick your best solution so other people may learn from your thread. Thank you for your time, and have a good day.

It won't be connected to the XboX 24/7, I will use it for file transferring quite often.
I don't feel like waiting ages for an .mkv movie (4-6GB) or a game (up to 30gb!) to be copied..

Thank you fellas! :) 


Then i would recommend these two externals in that case, btw don't forget to pick your solution.
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September 30, 2013 1:06:43 PM

The Xbox 360 only directly supports USB 2.0, so your USB 3.0 device will only perform at USB 2.0 speeds.

However, if you plan to upgrade to the xBox One, you still should buy a USB 3.0 device, since the xBox One will natively support USB 3.0.

All that said, I'd go with Western Digital 500GB Passport. I've seen it on Amazon for $54.
http://www.amazon.com/Passport-Portable-External-Storag...

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a c 940 G Storage
September 30, 2013 1:16:12 PM

Personally I would go with the larger sized drives that have a cooling fan built in.
I have had very little failures using this enclosure, just add in youf favorite 3.5" harddrive.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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September 30, 2013 1:45:36 PM

David Olson said:
The Xbox 360 only directly supports USB 2.0, so your USB 3.0 device will only perform at USB 2.0 speeds.

However, if you plan to upgrade to the xBox One, you still should buy a USB 3.0 device, since the xBox One will natively support USB 3.0.

All that said, I'd go with Western Digital 500GB Passport. I've seen it on Amazon for $54.
http://www.amazon.com/Passport-Portable-External-Storag...

I don't believe I'm going to upgrade to an XboX One, though you'd never know.
As i mentioned - the transfer from the computer is what matters most so USB 3.0 IS necessary.
popatim said:
Personally I would go with the larger sized drives that have a cooling fan built in.
I have had very little failures using this enclosure, just add in youf favorite 3.5" harddrive.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Oh wow, that's a buttload of money for a fan..
Although it sounds great, as I'd rather have an internal HDD as an external, this is just too much moeny.
That's 35$ WITHOUT the HDD it self, which is another 50$/500GB or 60$/1TB.
Comes to 85$-95$.
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a c 940 G Storage
October 1, 2013 8:04:23 PM

True. :-) I didn't say it was the cheaper option.
Please be sure to have backup copies of any import files no matter what you select.
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a b G Storage
October 1, 2013 8:06:54 PM

True i still say get either 1 TB you would be better off especially if you transfer alot of big files between the two. I hope this helps at least a little bit. Please feel free to contact me about any other questions/concerns you may have in the future. Also please remember to pick your best solution so other people may learn from your thread. Thank you for your time, and have a good day.
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