Removable Storage For GNU/Linux

Hardware That Actually Works
RiDATA 700MB 52X CD-R White Thermal 50 Discs
If you are looking for high quality CD-R discs that are compatible with your CD, DVD or Blu-ray writer look no further. After substantial testing we've selected some of he best discs on the market with low failure rates (assuming appropriate burn settings) for inclusion in our catalog.

Note: This item is only available for shipping within the United States.

Spin-X 4.7GB 16X DVD-R White Thermal 50 Spindle (TPE-47GB16XDVDR50)
If you are looking for high quality DVD-R discs that are compatible with your DVD or Blu-ray writer look no further. After substantial testing we've selected some of he best discs on the market with low failure rates (assuming appropriate burn settings) for inclusion in our catalog.

Note: This item is only available for shipping within the United States.

Verbatim 100GB 4x BD-R XL Blu-ray 10 Pack Spindle ( TPE-100GB4XBDR10)
If you are looking for high quality Blu-ray discs that are compatible with your Blu-ray writer look no further. After substantial testing we've selected some of he best discs on the market with low failure rates (assuming appropriate burn settings) for inclusion in our catalog.

Note: This item is only available for shipping within the United States.

Verbatim 50GB 6x BD-R DL Blu-ray 25 Pack Spindle (TPE-50GB6XBDR50)
If you are looking for high quality Blu-ray discs that are compatible with your Blu-ray writer look no further. After substantial testing we've selected some of he best discs on the market with low failure rates (assuming appropriate burn settings) for inclusion in our catalog.

Note: This item is only available for shipping within the United States.

Verbatim 25GB 16X BD-R SL Blu-ray 50-Disc Spindle (TPE-25GB16XBDR50)
If you are looking for high quality Blu-ray discs that are compatible with your Blu-ray writer look no further. After substantial testing we've selected some of he best discs on the market with low failure rates (assuming appropriate burn settings) for inclusion in our catalog.

Note: This item is only available for shipping within the United States.

8GB MicroSDHC Class 10 Flash Memory Card​ (TPE-8GBMICSDHC, 8GB)
Our 8GB MicroSDHC Class 10 Flash Memory Card​ offers moderate performance for cameras, phones, computers, and other devices. Featuring Class 10 technology with read speeds of up to 18MB/s and write speeds of up to 13MB/s, users can easily shoot, store, and share high resolution digital content.

  • Class 10 rating: Up to 18MB/s read and 13MB/s write

  • Reliable & Durable: Magnet, Shock, Temperature, & Waterproof​

  • Included in package: microSDHC card and free case

USB 3.1 Type-C M.2 2230/2242/2260/2280 Portable SATA & NVME Hard Drive Enclosure
Are you looking for an easy solution to copy over data from an old computers SATA M.2 drive? Or maybe you'd like to repurpose a newer NVME drive and utilize it as a fast external drive?

In either case our USB M.2 enclosure should work perfectly out of the box on any recent GNU/Linux system as well as across systems and distributions!

Need help achieving maximum OS compatibility? Checkout our guide on formatting your drive for a variety of use cases: Including EXT4, FAT32, and NTFS.

Note: This includes a USB Type-C cable only. Your system must have a USB-C port for this adapter to work.

  • Supports both SATA & NVME M.2 cards (both M-key and B-key)

  • Supports UASP transport protocol for faster performance

  • Supports USB 2.0 for backward compatibility (at slower speeds)

  • M-key interface: Supports the more modern NVME protocol

  • Backward compatible: B-key interface supports NGFF (SATA III) protocol

  • Supports TRIM directives: Works with active garbage collection to clean up drive

  • No dependencies on NDISWrapper, binary blobs, or proprietary drivers-firmware

  • Supports all Linux and Linux-Libre (free) distributions with USB mass storage support

  • Great documentation & easy to follow video demonstrations: Haven't formatted a disk before? Want to learn how? Check out our video demonstration on managing removable disks with GNOME disks (ships with many popular desktop distributions). Learn to format, properly utilize, dismount, backup, and repair damaged disks.

  • Format a drive with ext4 and acl configured properly and use the enclosure/drive for easily performing offline backups of your data: Need a tutorial check the demonstration on how to securely perform a backup up & restore of your entire home folder using Déjà Dup even between different distributions and releases (included with many popular distributions)

Note: This item is only available for shipping within the United States or when purchased with a computer.

USB 3.1 Type-C M.2 Portable NVME Hard Drive (250GB-4TB, TPE-USB31CNVME)
Looking for a high end super fast USB drive that works out of the box on GNU/Linux and across systems (no more permission issues)? Look no further than our Penguin Mini NVME USB 3.1 SSD Drive. Now with support for multiple file systems, out of the box support on GNU/Linux (cross-system), and maximum OS compatibility: select from EXT4, FAT32, or NTFS.

Containing a high quality NVMe PCIe M.2 2280 NVME SSD drive inside (the same as you would find in a modern computer) you won't be disappointed. Enclosed is a standard 2280 M.2 NVME drive like that utilized in our desktop and laptop products. We offer sizes up to 4TB and with premium NVME drives from major manufacturers these drives are significantly faster than most on the market. It's faster than a USB flash drive, traditional USB-style external hard drive, or traditional SATA-style SSD.

Users can expect to see speeds that are as much as 15x faster than a high quality USB flash drive (and 100 times faster than some cheaper drives) and 2.5x times faster than a traditional USB SATA based SSD drive. Not sure what to get? See an up close comparison and benchmarks of various USB storage options in our catalog.

Note: This includes a USB Type-C cable only. Don't have a USB-C port? Check out our other USB 3.1 NVME Drive.
  • 250GB-2TB drives: Up to 2,400 MB/s & 1,900 MB/s write speeds (USB 3.1 Gen 2 limits this to ~1,250 MB/s)

  • 4tb supports up to 3,500 MB/s read & 3,000 MB/s write (USB 3.1 Gen 2 limits this to ~1,250 MB/s)

  • USB Standards Complaint: Supports up to USB 3.1 Type-C ports

  • No dependencies on proprietary drivers, NDISWrapper, or other OS-loaded binary blobs

  • Supports all Linux and Linux-Libre (free) distributions with USB mass storage support

  • Great documentation & easy to follow video demonstrations: Haven't formatted a disk before? Want to learn how? Check out our video demonstration on managing removable disks with GNOME disks (ships with many popular desktop distributions). Learn to format, properly utilize, dismount, backup, and repair damaged disks.

  • When you select our ext4 w/ acl configuration under the file system option below our drives work great for performing offline backups of your data: Check out this video tutorial on how to securely perform a backup up & restore of your entire home folder using Déjà Dup even between different distributions and releases (included with many popular distributions)

Note: This item is only available for shipping within the United States or when purchased with a computer.

5.25-inch Ultra-Fast 16X SATA Blu-ray Writer For GNU/Linux (TPE-BLUDVSATA)
Careful what you buy- Not all Blu-ray drives are the same! Many can't burn Blu-ray discs and others that can have sketchy support for playing Blu-ray media, but not our Ultra-Fast 16X Blu-ray / DVD Writer. This Blu-ray Writer can both play Blu-ray media and features support for burning Blu-ray discs, DVDs, and CDs.

If you are looking for a solid optical drive look no further as this drive is one of the best. The drive works great for anyone looking to add an inexpensive easy-to-use backup solution to their computer or for playing Blu-ray media via third party firmwares and software.

For those interested in Blu-ray for entertainment our Blu-ray writer also supports flashing of third party firmwares. This can enable playback and ripping of most Blu-ray media on the market today. The flashing of third party firmware is both possible and easier than ever thanks to the drive shipping with unencrypted stock firmware.

Looking for a low cost backup solution? With Blu-ray write speeds of up to 16x and discs capable of storing 100GB it's hard to go wrong. Discs are available in 25GB, 50GB, and 100GB capacities. The drive is also compatible with many popular burning applications for GNU / Linux such as K3B and media / video players such as VLC.

  • Excellent Results: This 5.25" Blu-ray drive is designed for a traditional desktop system and offers faster speeds and superior results compared to other optical drivers on the market

  • Burn Discs Fast: Supports burning Blu-ray discs at up to 16x, DVD±R discs at up to 16x, & CD-Rs at up to 48x

  • Firmware Flashable: With third party firmware our drives can play most Blu-ray discs including 4k UltraHD

  • Plug & Record: Up to 100GB of files, photos, & documents can be recorded onto a BD-XL disc

  • With Third Party Firmware & Appropriate GNU/Linux Software: Play & Even Rip 4K Ultra HD Video

  • Best Supported Blu-ray Drive For GNU/Linux & Free Software: In-house & third party documentation

  • Includes drive, but requires SATA & power cable (Need these? Let us know in comments at checkout!)


Fast shipping:

Most customers will receive this item within 1-5 business days when selecting our "Standard Shipping" option or our USPS shipping option if within the US. Most others in populated regions will generally get it within 6-10 business days.

Category Specification
Face-plate Color Black
Read Speed (max) BD-ROM : 12X
BD-R(SL, M-DISC) : 12X
BD-RE : 10X
DVD-ROM : 16X
DVD+R : 16X
DVD-R : 16X
DVD+R(SL, M-DISC) : 12X
DVD+RW : 12X
DVD-RW : 12X
DVD+R(DL) : 12X
DVD-R(DL) : 12X
DVD-RAM : 5X
CD-ROM : 48X
CD-R : 48X
Write Speed (max) BD-R : 16X
BD-R(SL, M-DISC) : 4X
BD-R(DL) : 12X
BD-R(TL) : 8X
BD-R(QL) : 6X
BD-RE : 2X
DVD+R : 16X
DVD-R : 16X
DVD+R(SL, M-DISC) : 4X
DVD+RW : 8X
DVD-RW : 6X
DVD+R(DL) : 8X
DVD-R(DL) : 8X
DVD-RAM : 5X
CD-R : 48X
CD-RW : 24X
Interface SATA
M-DISC Yes, designed for archival-quality storage for up to 1,000 years
O/S Compatibility Linux
MS Windows® 11
MS Windows® 10
MS Windows® 8 / 8.1 (Note: ThinkPenguin, Inc does not offer end-user support for MS Windows)
System Requirements CPU: Intel® Pentium® D 945(3.4 GHz) or higher
RAM: 1 GB or more is recommended
HDD: 10 GB or more
HDCP compatible screen for some high definition digital content
Power Requirement (internal drive) DC+5V ±2.5%, DC+12V ±3%
Bundled Software NA (see documenation for info on apps and burning tips)
Dimensions 170 x 146 x 41 mm (L/W/H)
Drive Weight 650 ± 50 g
Includes Drive (request SATA & power cables in comment section at check out if you need them)


Have questions?
E-mail support or call us at: 1-888-39-THINK (84465)


The drive is supported across all recent distributions and releases. If you have any questions feel free to contact sales.

Please note: We only provide direct support for select functionality and documenation as is posted to our web site. We do not support third party documention nor functionality pertaining to: Third party firmwares, flashing of third party firmwares, ripping of audio/video discs, or playback of commercially produced video discs.
USB 3.0 Ultra Slim Blu-ray / DVD Writer For GNU / Linux (TPE-BLUDVUSB)
Careful what you buy- Not all Blu-ray drives are the same! Many can't burn Blu-ray discs and others that can have sketchy support for playing Blu-ray media, but not the Penguin USB 3.0 Ultra Slim Blu-ray / DVD Writer. Our portable USB 3.0 Blu-ray Writer can both play Blu-ray media and features support for burning Blu-ray discs, DVDs, and CDs.

Unlike many "new" optical drives on the market we utilize premium components to ensure reliable performance and longevity. This drive works great for anyone looking to add an inexpensive easy-to-use backup solution to their computer or for playing Blu-ray video discs.

For those interested in Blu-ray for entertainment our USB Blu-ray writer also utilizes the coveted LG BU40N SATA drive and a SATA to USB chip that ensures maximum compatibility with the flashing of third party firmwares. This when combined with third party firmware ensures it's possible to playback most Blu-ray media on the market today. The flashing of third party firmware is both possible, but also easier than with a handful of other drives on the market where this is also possible. This is because there is no locking or encrypted firmware.

Looking for a low cost backup solution? With Blu-ray write speeds of up to 6x and discs capable of storing 100GB it's hard to go wrong. Discs are available in 25GB, 50GB, and 100GB capacities. The drive is also compatible with many popular burning applications for GNU / Linux such as K3B and media / video players such as VLC.

  • A Perfect Companion For Thin & Light Laptops : At 14mm in height the drive fits in any bag seamlessly

  • Burn Discs Fast: Supports Blu-ray speeds up to 6x, DVD+R discs at up to 8x, & CD-Rs at up to 24x

  • Firmware Updates Compatible: With third party firmwares our drives can play most Blu-ray discs

  • Plug & Record: Up to 100GB of files, photos, & documents can be recorded onto a BD-XL disc

  • With Third Party Firmware & Supported GNU/Linux Software: Play & Even Rip 4K Ultra HD Video

  • Best Supported Blu-ray Drive For GNU/Linux & Freedom: In-house & third party documentation

  • Includes USB 3.0 Type-A Cable for maximum compatibility with newer and older laptop models


Fast shipping:

Most customers will receive this item within 1-5 business days when selecting our "Standard Shipping" option or our USPS shipping option if within the US. Most others in populated regions will generally get it within 6-10 business days.

Category Specification
BD-R (SL) (Max Write Speed) 2x CLV, 4x PCAV, 6x CAV
M-DISC BD (BD-R) (Max Write Speed) 2x CLV, 4x PCAV
BD-R (DL) (Max Write Speed) 2x CLV, 4x PCAV, 6x CAV
BD-R (TL) (Max Write Speed) 2x CLV, 4x PCAV
BD-R (QL) (Max Write Speed) 2x CLV, 4x PCAV
BD-R (LTH) (Max Write Speed) 2x CLV, 4x PCAV, 6x CAV
BD-RE (SL/DL/TL) (Max Write Speed) 2x CLV
DVD-R (SL) (Max Write Speed) 2x CLV, 4x PCAV, 8x CAV
DVD-R (DL) (Max Write Speed) 2x CLV, 4x, 6x ZCLV
DVD+R (SL) (Max Write Speed) 2.4x CLV, 4x PCAV, 8x CAV
M-DISC DVD (DVD+R) (Max Write Speed) 4x PCAV
DVD+R (DL) (Max Write Speed) 2.4x CLV, 6x ZCLV
DVD+RW (Max Write Speed) 2.4x, 3.3x CLV, 4x, 6x, 8x ZCLV
DVD-RW (Max Write Speed) 2x, 3x CLV, 4x, 6x ZCLV
DVD-RAM (Max Write Speed) 2x, 3x CLV, 5x PCAV
CD-R (Max Write Speed) 10x CLV, 16x PCAV, 24x CAV
CD-RW (Max Write Speed) 4x, 10x CLV, 16x ZCLV
BD-ROM SL/DL (Max Read Speed) 6x CAV
BD-R SL/DL (Max Read Speed) 6x CAV
BD-R TL/QL 6x CAV
BD-R SL LTH (Max Read Speed) 6x CAV
BD-R SL LTH (Max Read Speed) 6x CAV
BD-RE SL/DL (Max Read Speed) 6x CAV
BD-RE TL (Max Read Speed) 4x PCAV
BDMV (AACS Compliant Disc)(SL/DL) (Max Read Speed) 6x CAV
DVD-ROM SL/DL (Max Read Speed) 8x CAV
DVD-R SL/DL (Max Read Speed) 8x CAV
DVD+R SL/DL (Max Read Speed) 8x CAV
DVD-RW (Max Read Speed) 8x CAV
DVD+RW (Max Read Speed) 8x CAV
DVD-RAM (Max Read Speed) 2x, 3x CLV, 5x PCAV
DVD-Video (CSS Compliant Disc)(SL/DL) (Max Read Speed) 8x CAV
CD-R/RW/ROM (Max Read Speed) 24x / 24x / 24x CAV
CD-DA (Max Read Speed) 24x CAV
BD-ROM ACCESS TIME (1/3 STROKE) 250ms typ.
DVD-ROM ACCESS TIME (1/3 STROKE) 200ms typ.
CD-ROM ACCESS TIME (1/3 STROKE) 200ms typ.
BD-ROM SUSTAINED TRANSFER RATE 26.97 MB/s (6x) max.
DVD-ROM SUSTAINED TRANSFER RATE 11.08 MB/s (6x) max.
CD-ROM SUSTAINED TRANSFER RATE 3.6 MB/s (24x) max.
BUFFER SIZE 4MB Buffer Under-run prevention function embedded
HOST INTERFACE USB 3.0
OPERATING SYSTEMS (supported) GNU/Linux
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS (Minimium) CPU Intel Pentium D 3.2GHz or Higher (with USB 2.0)
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS (Reccomended) CPU Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 2.4GHz or higher
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS HDD 30GB or more of available space
(60GB for Blu-ray Disc authoring)
RAM 1GB or Higher
BD Video Playback CPU Following CPU recommended - Intel:E6400 or higher


Have questions?
E-mail support or call us at: 1-888-39-THINK (84465)


The drive is supported across all recent distributions and releases. If you have any questions feel free to contact sales.

Please note: We only provide direct support for select functionality and documenation as is posted to our web site. We are unable to provide end-user support for third party documention or functionality enabled by third party firmwares. This includes third party firmwares, flashing of third party firmwares, ripping of audio/video discs, and playback of any commercially produced content not under permissive licensing.