Xbox One External/Internal Hard Drive Format Tool Free Download

This paper tells you how to format internal or external hard drive for Xbox One or Xbox 360 simply and quickly with the help of AOMEI Partition Assistant.


By Dervish / Updated on May 12, 2023

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Xbox One Hard Drive Overview

For game fans, Xbox One is not a strange concept. What is the Xbox One? Xbox One is a home video game console developed by Microsoft in May 2013. Generally, Xbox One has a built-in either a 500GB or 1TB internal hard drive. You can install games, applications, and other system functions on this space. Thus, you can play games on Xbox One.

After a long period of time, you will find the capacity is not enough for daily use. In most cases, you may add an external hard drive for your Xbox One to gain more free space, install games and load programs quicker. You should know the external hard drive is larger than 256GB and supports USB3.0. Xbox One is the successor to Xbox 360. You might use the Xbox One X or Xbox One S game console.

What format does a hard drive need to be for Xbox one?

Before using external hard drive in your Xbox One or Xbox 360, you should know the right Xbox one hard drive format type. FAT32 is the file system for most game controller, not NTFS. But the external hard drive is typically formatted to NTFS, if you’re planning to add an external hard drive for your Xbox One/360, you have to format Xbox One/360 external hard drive from NTFS to FAT32. Otherwise, Xbox One or Xbox 360 won't recongnize external hard drive or meet other problems.

How to Do Xbox One Hard Drive Format in Windows 10/11PC?

How to change the file system of Xbox One internal or external hard drive from NTFS to FAT32? The most effective way is to use a professional Xbox one hard drive format tool like AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard. It provides you with two ways for Xbox one hard drive formatting;

  • Format NTFS to FAT32 (data loss);

  • Convert NTFS to FAT32 without losing data.

This free partition manager can make up the limitation of Disk Management: cannot format over 32GB hard drive to FAT32. It’s more flexible and reliable to use in Windows 7, 8, 10, 11. Now, you can free download the AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard and try the two different methods to perform Xbox one hard drive format task.

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Way 1: Format NTFS to FAT32 Directly (data loss)

1. Install and open the program; make sure the external hard drive is connected with your computer correctly.

2. Pitch on the Xbox One/360 external hard drive, select Format Partition at the dropdown menu. 

Format Partition

3. Select FAT32 as the external hard drive File System, then hit OK.

Choose FAT32

4. Click Apply to format NTFS to FAT32 for Xbox One/360.


Notice: All data will be wiped with that method. Please backup to cloud or other safe places beforehand when necessary.

Way 2: Convert NTFS to FAT32 without Losing Data

If your external hard drive has some content on it, and you want to keep it. Converting NTFS to FAT32 is the ideal way to do Xbox One/360 hard drive format.

As we all know, you can run command “convert drive: /fs:ntfs” in Command Prompt window to convert FAT32 to NTFS file system without data loss. But there is no command available to convert NTFS back to FAT32. Now relax, you can upgrade to AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional to finish this conversion with ease.

1. Install and run AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. Select Convert and Convert to NTFS/Fat32 on top side.

NTFS To Fat32 Converter

2. Tick NTFS to FAT32, then press Next.

Converter Wizard

3. Choose the Xbox One/360 external hard drive, click Nextto go on.

Select NTFS Partition

4. Preview the result of the conversion, Click Proceed to Convert NTFS to FAT32 for Xbox One/360.


Tip: Make sure you have ticked the Check and repair the partition before converting it option.

Final Words

So, with the help of AOMEI Partition Assistant, you can easily accomplish Xbox One internal hard drive format in Windows 11/10/8/7. In addition, AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard allows you to remove write protection for USB drive, SD card, etc. Partition hard drive for Xbox One, recovery deleted partition for Xbox One hard drive, extend partition, etc.

For advanced users, AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional has the ability to allocate free space from one partition to another, convert dynamic disk to basic, and more.

Dervish · Staff Editor
Dervish is an English editor of AOMEI Technology; He is delicated to offering users easy and effecitve solutions for issuses related to disks and partitoins. In his spare time, he enjoy wathcning films, playing footable, traveling and so on.