USB Flash & Storage Devices for GNU/Linux

Type-C & A USB 3.0 Ultra Slim DVD±RW Writer (TPE-CDVDRW2)
With the Penguin USB 3.0 (backward compatible with USB 2.0) Type-C & USB 3.0 Ultra Slim DVD±RW Writer (TPE-CDVDRW2) you'll be getting the ultimate in modern DVD writing technology. Connect your USB DVD-RW drive to computers with either an older Type A USB port or newer faster USB 3.0 or Type-C port. Unlike many 'new' cheap USB DVD-RW drives on the market today that utilize defective components pulled from broken systems we utilize new premium quality components found in laptops from leading manufacturers to ensure the same high quality reliability so you don't run into problems reading or writing media.

As optical drives have become devices for accessing legacy media formats rather than standard components on modern PCs some distributions have stopped including CD/DVD writing and playback applications. Core out of the box support for accessing data discs remains, but for writing discs we recommend searching for and installing a CD/DVD writing app from your distributions software center. One popular application is Brasero. Another feature you may find that you want support for is playback of commercial video DVDs. For that see our support documentation.
  • High speed USB DVD Drive 3 0 Type A & newer C USB ports supported

  • Media types: CD-ROM CD-R CD-RW DVD-ROM DVD-R DVD-RW DVD+RW DVD+R DVD+R DL DVD-R DL

  • Super Multi Compatibility: Can read and write different types of disc formats such as DVD+R/RW, and DVD-R/RW

  • Support for all popular and libre (free) distributions


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
DIMENSIONS 6.5 x 6.5 x 1.2 inches
Compatible With Linux, OpenBSD, FreeBSD, Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP


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


Supported across all recent distribution and releases.
Tails Flash Drive: Access The "Dark Web" Securely

Tails is a live system that aims to preserve user privacy and anonymity. It enables anonymous access to the Internet via a set of applications and by passing of ones internet connection through a serious of decentralized independently operated servers. By using onion-like encryption mechanisms no individual server knows both where you are and what your passing. By this mechanism Tails can ensure your anonymity when accessing traditional websites and/or the "dark web".

It is a complete operating system designed to be used from a USB stick independently of the computer's original operating system. It is Free Software and based on Debian GNU/Linux.

Tails comes with several built-in applications pre-configured with security in mind: web browser, instant messaging client, email client, office suite, image and sound editor, etc.

Like other important projects that we support, ThinkPenguin, Inc has operated Tor servers for over a decade, and regularly makes financial contributions to both the Tor Project and Tails.

  • Reduces risk from malicious adversaries: Governments have used zero day exploits and malware to perform mass deanonymization attacks

  • Forensics resistant: Unless a user specifies it the distribution will not leave unintentional traces behind

  • Circumvent censorship: If you live in a freedom hostile country or are otherwise being oppressed Tails is an excellent tool to bypass censorship



Support is available for 6 months from the date of purchase.

USB 3.0 Slim Portable Hard Drive (500GB-2TB, TPE-USB3SLHDD)
Looking for more storage? Add up to 2TB of additional space to your computer with an external USB hard drive that works "out of the box" with your favorite GNU/Linux distribution. This drive offers users a reliable high-capacity storage option and formatting options that will work with any computer.

No more worrying about whether or not your external storage system will work between systems. With multiple formatting options available you can overcome filesystem permission issues between GNU/Linux systems or get achieve wider compatibility among different operating systems.

  • Built off high quality SSD or traditional platter disk components: Uses a reliable traditional 2.5" laptop disk drive

  • USB 3.0 compliant: Works with USB 2.0 and 3.0 standard type-A ports (2.0 @ reduced speeds)

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

  • Supports all Linux and Linux-Libre (free) distributions via compliance with USB mass storage standards

  • 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.

USB 3.0 SuperSpeed SSD Drive (250GB-2TB, USBSSDXXXGB)
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 USB 3.0 SuperSpeed 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 M.2 SSD drive inside you won't be disappointed. Smaller than a traditional USB hard drive and significantly faster than either a USB flash drive or traditional USB-style external hard drive. Users can expect to see speeds that are as much as 5x faster than an ordinary USB hard drive and as much as 50x times faster than many USB flash drives.
  • Sequential read speeds of up to 540 MB/s and sequential write speeds of up to 500 MB/s.

  • USB Standards Complaint: Works with USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports (2.0 @ reduces speeds)

  • 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.

  • 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.

Linux Mint DVD / Flash Drive W Installation Support
Linux Mint is a modern, elegant operating system which is both powerful and easy to use while maintaining a more traditional user interface design. Started in 2006, Linux Mint has become one of the most widely used desktop operating systems in the world. This distribution competes with Ubuntu for the #1 spot among GNU/Linux users.
  • Based on the best commercially supported desktop distribution, Ubuntu

  • Ships with a traditional user interface

  • Support is available for 6 months from the date of purchase

  • Ships on DVD unless the option for a Flash Drive /w OS Boot Image On It is selected
* Please note that while GNU/Linux has support for a lot of hardware not all hardware is created equal and the user experience may suffer on systems that aren't fully supported or designed for GNU/Linux. If you need advice on the best hardware to get feel free to contact our support team.
Ubuntu DVD / Flash Drive /W Installation Support
Ubuntu is a commercially developed, easy-to-use, debian-derived version of GNU/Linux that focuses on usability, a regular 6-month release cycle, and a commitment to support for at least 36 months for long term releases.

  • Includes the Ubuntu Software Center

  • The leading commercial desktop GNU/Linux distribution

  • Support is available for 6 months from the date of purchase

  • Ships on DVD unless the option for a Flash Drive /w OS Boot Image On It is selected

* Please note that while GNU/Linux has support for a lot of hardware not all hardware is created equal and the user experience may suffer on systems that aren't fully supported or designed for GNU/Linux. If you need advice on the best hardware to get feel free to contact our support team.
Trisquel DVD / Flash Drive W Installation Support
Trisquel is a free software community built, easy-to-use, Ubuntu-derived distribution that aims to remove problematic non-free components that wreck havoc on a users freedom and control of their own PC. The distribution focuses on usability and is committed to long term support for about 36 months, possibly longer.

  • 100% free software

  • Based on the leading commercial desktop distribution

  • Ships on DVD unless the option for a Flash Drive /w OS Boot Image On It is selected

  • Installation support available for 6 months from date of order

* Please note that while GNU/Linux has support for a lot of hardware not all hardware is created equal and the user experience may suffer on systems that aren't fully supported or designed for GNU/Linux. If you need advice on the best hardware to get feel free to contact our support team.

Our high quality standards compliant USB flash drives can be safely and easily used on any modern computer without the need to follow a complicated set of directions to format the drives, install additional drivers (like with many exfat formatted USB flash drives shipping today), or otherwise setup the product. For maximum compatibility just select the fat32 (maximum compatibility, limited to drives under 2TB) option under the File System option below and we'll pre-format the drive with the filesystem of your preference.

USB Flash Drives are USB 3.0 or 3.1 compliant depending on the capacity selected (models over 64GB are 3.1). Drives are also backward compatible albeit will max out at the speeds of the USB ports they are connected to.

When you select the ext4 /w acl option under file systems 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).

Check out our extensive documentation & easy to follow video tutorials: Haven't formatted a disk before? Want to learn how? Check out a video demonstration on managing removable disks with GNOME disks. Learn to format, properly utilize, dismount, backup, and repair damaged disks using a graphical desktop application that ships with many major desktop distributions by default.

Please note this item is only available for shipping within the United States or with the purchased of a computer if shipping overseas.


Category Specification
Capacity 16GB by default, or more with upgrade options
Warranty 90 days
Interface USB
Supported Systems Linux / Linux-libre 2.6+ (all recent distributions supported)
Compatible Systems Microsoft Windows XP / Vista / 2000 (sp4), Mac OS X v.10.3.x and above

If you are looking to transfer your photos or files from a digital camera card or other devices this compact high speed memory card reader will do the trick. Just plug it in and start transferring your photos. Without any additional drivers required installation is a breeze.

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
Supported Cards SD, SDHC, SDXC, Micro SD / T-Flash, CF (UDMA) (no "MiniSD", just Micro SD)
Supported Systems Linux 2.4 and above
Compatible Systems Microsoft Windows XP / Vista / Mac OS X 10.4 and above