There are three things I always take with me when I do some work on a computer, except for when I’m working with ResCom (damn you overly restrictive policies!). Specifically, three cases, each containing a different set of tools.
Data Recovery: USB to SATA/IDE 5.25/3.5/2.5 converter
Hardware: COMTOP repair kit, modified thusly:
- Soldering, cutting and crimping tools removed
- Small MagLite
- Power Supply tester
- Patch and crossover network cables (3 feet)
- A LOT of screws
Software: CD case with a CD of every OS I’ve ever worked on, plus the ResCom CD, and GPartEd live CD.
These three cases, which easily fit into a small sack and made the trip into New York City with me every day this summer, have saved countless computers, seen the building of 6 computers from the ground up, and figured out (and usually fixed) every problem I’ve come across, cost me just about $200, but has made me hundreds of times that amount since then.Â I thought I’d just share what my toolkit consists of so anyone out there wondering what combination works best can see what worked for me.
Now back to CNN’s Super Tuesday coverage. Clinton’s still pontificating, but hopefully she’ll stop soon.