I've had the use of quite a few different external drives over the years and while I'm certainly please with some systems such as the old 2.5" Icybox enclosure, some systems are a bit of a failure, for example a particular Seagate drive that I have is very picky about which systems it will attach to and hates Linux. This Adata drive, however, is very good in that the connector can be bundled with the drive without the need for a fancy case and the connector itself is pretty sturdy unlike one "gimp" drive where the connector, which was little more than a mini-USB soldered onto a PCB, snapped off after some use. This one also has a useful cover which means that it is pretty useful where you can't be too sure of conditions. It works well with Linux (tested with openSUSE 11.3 and 11.4) and with Windows (tested with Windows XP and Windows 7). I currently use this as a carry around photo archive as well as a useful repository for system recovery tools - it does exactly what it says on the pack!