So, my desktop computer died, again. I think it was the mobo again, which means my drives still have all their data on them. So I'm on an old laptop now and thinking about getting a new laptop to replace the desktop until Haswell comes out. Problem: This new laptop would likely run Windows on an internal drive, as does my old laptop, but one or both needs to access files from Linux partitions on an external drive (or drives). Solution: I'd like to use an external enclosure. But what enclosure will work with an EXT2/3 filesystem? (I don't think I used EXT4 anywhere that mattered, but I could be wrong.) Will any generic USB-connected enclosure work? Do I have to mess with eSATA and somehow get an eSATA card into my new laptop? I'd probably use ext2read or ext2fsd to read the data, but feel free to suggest specific software that works for specific external enclosures.