Xbox One hard drive filled up at 362 gb used — report

Tuesday, 10th December 2013 15:41 GMT By Phil Owen

The Xbox One contains a 500gb hard drive, but of course that doesn’t mean you have full run of the entire capacity. Though the console doesn’t tell you how much space you’re using at any given time or what its limit is, IGN has done the math and concluded that you have access to 362-365 gb of space.

That would make for a significant cutoff — A Windows 7 PC with a 1tb HDD, for example, will let you use 931gb of its capacity, but the Xbox One interface and native apps apparently use much more than that. The reason for the range of sizes above, by the way, is the aforementioned lack of data management tools on Xbox One combined with how the thing they attempted to install that trigger the “you’re out of space” message was the 3gb Zoo Tycoon, and they didn’t have anything smaller left to try to install. Which means the true limit could be anywhere in there. And, yes, these are estimates based on listed file sizes, but it’s likely pretty close.



  1. Rikki

    Man, that’s pretty lame. Shades of the 360 though, 20GB HDD only get 11GB…

    #1 1 year ago
  2. CycloneFox

    The whole video streaming stuff costs alot of space. The Vita for example will let you use up all of the space on the memory card, but as soon as you want to stream a youtube video with less than 40MB left, you want be able to watch it in HD.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. mistermogul

    MS’s software seems to be come in very large sizes.

    If I remember rightly their Surface tablet only gives you 23Gb out of 64Gb! lol

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Ilovesony

    Score one for sony!! I have a 1 TB Hard drive in my PS4 and I have 968GB free… That sucks that you Sockbox One Users out there are getting shafted… you paid 100 more than I did.. You cant swap out your harddrive.. and your system is already inferior… I dare anyone of you Sockbox fanboys to respond….

    #4 1 year ago
  5. DrDamn

    Pretty sure the 500GB drive on my PS4 had 409GB to start with. Not sure how you managed 968GB with a 1TB drive – was that before the OS was installed?

    #5 1 year ago
  6. monkeygourmet

    Sorry, but the X1 seems a bit of a shambles. I know you can add hard drives etc.. Wii U blah blah… But people have waited many years yet this machine seems poorly designed and at odds with itself…

    Even more of a problem considering it’s the ‘luxury’ choice at the moment. I hope STEAM machines bring it and show up ‘next gen’ for what it really is.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Fin

    Yeah you guys don’t really know what yer talking about.

    HD manufacturers equate 1TB as 1,000,000,000 bytes. A megabytes is actually >1000 bytes (and a gigabyte > 1000 megabytes), so usable space on a 1TB HD is around 931GB. This isn’t to do with OS taking up space, it’s differing definitions of the size of a TB.

    #7 1 year ago
  8. monkeygourmet


    I felt the problem was more that it didn’t tell you how much space you were using?

    #8 1 year ago
  9. Rocketbilly

    @7 But the PS4 also has a 500GB HDD and it gives users 409GB of space. So clearly there is an issue of the OS or some other software taking up a lot more space on the XB1.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. DrDamn

    Nah we are talking about usable space. Formatting mechanism will use space and OS will use space. This is about how much you as a user can use for Games and stuff.

    #10 1 year ago
  11. Dragon

    I haven’t seen the video, but I doubt that is the case. Almost every manufacturer uses 1000mb=1gb and so on ratio, essentially creating an industry norm. Nothing to do regarding this topic.

    But you are right, 1tb = 2^10gb or 1024gb, not 1000gb.

    #11 1 year ago
  12. MFBB

    #6 Steam box is a normal PC with a Linux operating system…there is nothing to “bring” :)

    If you put 1500€ in your Steam box its gonne max out all games for a while, if you put 600€ in your Steam box, it wont max out anything…

    As Valve said you can configure them yourself or buy pre configured once at selected retailers.

    To turn your current PC into a Steam box, get the free Steam OS when its released and buy a Steam controller.

    The big picture mode is great for TVs and the controller could be good if it works well, but anything else is just blaaaaah

    #12 1 year ago
  13. Dave Cook

    Yep the console doesn’t tell you how much hard drive space you have left. Total error in UI, systemic reporting basics.

    Yet, I can tell you it fills up so fast based on the mandatory installs I’ve had to do.

    PS4 is the same, but at least it tells you how much you have left to play with.

    Suddenly 500GB isn’t a whole lot. Roll on the 1TB consoles.

    #13 1 year ago
  14. Lloytron

    @7 Yep, a megabyte is definitely > 1000 bytes. Its 1048576 bytes, that’s way bigger! :D

    #14 1 year ago
  15. AmiralPatate

    Don’t confuse bits (b) with Bytes (B) which are almost like octets (o) (which are exactly 8 bits) but not really. Don’t confuse k/M/G/T/etc. which are SI prefixes for powers of 1000 and Ki/Mi/Gi/Ti which are SI prefixes for powers of 1024.
    If you take a 1TB hard drive (exactly as advertised by the way), it actually translates into roughly 951GiB (which is the same thing as 500GB for those not following). Your system will display it as “951GB” which is utterly false, hence the confusion.

    #15 1 year ago
  16. monkeygourmet

    @Dave or anyone really

    Can you see any reason from a technical standpoint why games can’t be run straight from the drive?

    The Bluray drives in both machines are faster than previous gen, I don’t understand why it’s not an option at all. Especially considering the 40 / 50 gig installs (more than a PC game in a lot of cases!) it’s not like anything has been so mind blowing graphically it couldn’t have been streamed or am I missing something?

    It all seems more to do with anti piracy measures? Although I’m prob wrong on this…

    #16 1 year ago
  17. pukem0n

    it seems more and more obvious that a new revision of the X1 is in the making and will come out sooner then we all think with swappable hard drives and all that

    #17 1 year ago
  18. DrDamn

    Even a 6x Bluray drive only has a max read speed of 27MB/s. A SATA II drive – even 2.5″ 5400RPM one will read at 300MB/s. Ten times quick, and that’s before you factor in seek speeds. When you have to fill up to 5GB of memory this really matters. Optical tech like BR just doesn’t cut it for anything but delivery mechanism.

    #18 1 year ago
  19. Erthazus

    Just like windows Vista.

    I remember when there was the latest Service pack it could be 200 GB with all updates.

    #19 1 year ago
  20. Ireland Michael

    This wouldn’t be half the problem it is if you could just replace the HDD.

    But you can’t. Because that would be sensible, and Microsoft has been full of baffling decisions lately. Whoever is at the wheel needs to get off.

    #20 1 year ago
  21. lookingglass

    500GB is too small for either console. Period.

    Luckily, you can switch out the PS4′s drive and in the near future XBO will support external drives via USB 3.0.

    It’s still insanely lame that they’ve cut costs on such a critical component. More convenient than critical though, so if they have to cut something…

    #21 1 year ago
  22. Johnnymaxx

    @21 is right, 500 is to small for these days. Specially when you consider buying only digital instead of discs as I am. Just Killzone alone took me more than 10% of the full storage space with his 50 GB or something like that.

    #22 1 year ago
  23. xxxGamesMasterxxx

    wow that’s messed up. It should be 470GB for real. Glad I never purchsed the Xbox One, Microsoft are such scamming bastards that only want you to spend more money on there peripherals.

    #23 1 year ago
  24. Moonwalker1982

    These guys already broke it down and came up with 391.9….I think they did it a better way. One Teardown/19718

    #24 1 year ago
  25. Maguire82

    O wait I’ve solved it every one! Try un-installing one of the 20 other games to fit another one on. No need to buy a new HDD.

    There’s my money saving tip this Christmas!

    #25 1 year ago
  26. sebastien rivas

    Poorly designed, too many crap app?
    Hope x1 user have patience for updates

    #26 1 year ago
  27. Cobra951

    It doesn’t tell you how much free room you have? Seriously? When they upgrade the system software to be as good as the 360′s, let me know.

    Edit: Hard drive manufacturers routinely lie about capacity. A true 1-TB drive would hold 2^40 bytes. The calculator tells me that’s 1,099,511,627,776 bytes. But manufacturers will instead give you around 1 trillion bytes of capacity and call it 1 TB. So they’re shortchanging you about 98 GB. That’s quite a lot, but not nearly the percentage deficit with this XB1 drive.

    #27 1 year ago
  28. TheShoe

    hard drive manufacturers have used that measure for a long time now; it’s not much of a surprise to me – kind of like what manufacturers of monitors used to do by inaccurately reporting screen size by measuring corner to corner of the entire monitor instead of the actual viewable screen. i received a few shekels as part of a class action lawsuit way back when about monitor screen measurement (i recall playing the original Unreal at the time on my 3DFX card… good times)

    anyway – cool that the PS4 allows you to upgrade the hard drive. not sure why MS doesn’t do this as well.

    #28 1 year ago
  29. nollie4545

    No hard drive will ever give you the exact capacity of the drive as stated. Some is reserved and inaccessible in normal use. I don’t think owners of large hard drives will feel short changed if 30MB was missing they are cheap as chips.

    Also, many thanks for the laughs all the fan boys have given me, your back and forth comments about hard drive size or usable space amuse me greatly, given that both console sports a cheapshit mechanical drive which PC boys have a hard time getting excited about.

    #29 1 year ago
  30. manamana

    @20 agreed, Ballmer’s gone, nothing changed. Xbox brand costs a fortune and a half. Keen where it is heading.

    #30 1 year ago

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