I took an unformatted internal disk drive for my laptop and plugged it in to my linux machine with this cable. The system recognized it immediately. So easy! Then I used some linux tools (gparted, dd) to make a mirror of my current laptop drive onto this one. Perfect! I really like the product because it does only one thing and it does it very well. When it plugs in to the mini-SATA connector, it feels like a strong connection and not fragile. The cable is pretty short (6"), so you have to have a place to sit your SATA disk while in use. I just put mine on top of the tower computer that I plugged it in to.