Build a Solid Computer Repair Tool Kit with These Tools

Computer Technician’s Toolkit

As a computer technician you need to have the right tools in your computer repair tool kit with you at all times in order to perform your job effectively.  Showing up for a job only to have to leave right away because you don’t have the correct tool may not leave a good impression with a client. So make sure you read through this article, check against your own PC repair kit and buy anything missing you need.

So what do I carry in my computer repair tool kit?

In the following article I would like to share with you the tools I carry with me in my PC repair kit so I am always ready to tackle any job.  Use this list to build your own toolkit so that you will always be prepared. Click on the titles or links below to go through to see more information, product reviews (by others), to buy and more (most will open in a new tab).

A Favorite PC Repair Tool:

6-in-1 Auto-Loading Classic and Precision Screwdriver Set

Computer Technicians Toolkit - Repair computers with These Tools - Auto-loader Screwdriver set I love this screwdriver set.  All of the bits are contained within the screwdriver itself and can be easily changed by simply twisting the shaft.  I no longer have to worry about carrying around separate bits and finding the right one before attempting a repair.  This set also includes a precision screwdriver that works great on laptops.Build A computer Repair Tool kit with these Tools It’s great because it makes your computer tool kit lighter!

PC Repair Kit – Many in one Tool Kit:

Build a Computer/ PC Repair Toolkit with these Tools -Laptop repair kit iFixit 54 Bit Driver Kit

This set has everything else you will need when working on laptops including MacBooks.  It comes with Pentalobe, Slot, Phillips, JIS, Torx, Torx Security, Hex, Square, Triangle, Tri-Wing, and Nut driver bits.

 

PC repair kit -Many in one Computer tool kitiFixit Pro Tech Toolkit

This PC Repair kit is a new addition. By buying all these items in one kit you will likely save money. It makes a very handy all in one (or rather many in one) repair tool kit. It actually includes the iFixit 64 bit toolkit (the big brother to the one above) along with many PC repair tools.

Essential in a computer tool kit:

Build a Computer Repair Kit with these Tools - this Pen Flashlight is a handy PC repair Toolkit itemLED Pen Flashlight

A flashlight can be very handy when trying to look into a dark computer case, behind a rack, or when tracking down rogue screws.  I like this one because it’s bright, small, lightweight, and easy to use.

 

Computer Tools-Crimp Tool TRENDnet RJ11/RJ45 Crimp/Cut/Strip Tool

I use these for not only making new network cables but also replacing damaged RJ45 connectors on existing cables.

 

Computer Technician Tool Kit built with these Tools -Network Cable Tester Network Cable Tester

This basic network cable tester is used to determine if cable is good, bad, or wired incorrectly.

 

Computer Repair Tools list - Fluke network Probe (Click for more) Fluke Network Pro3000 Toner and Probe Kit

I use the Pro3000 for toning and tracing out ethernet wires.  It’s especially handy when the cable installers don’t label any of the ports.

 

 

How to Build a Solid Computer Repair Tool Kit with These Tools -Swiss Army knife Victorinox Swiss Army Classic Pocket Knife

These little pocket knives are very useful not only for the knife itself but also for the small scissors that make cutting wire ties and other things very easy. This one is basic but has the essential functions. If you want you can buy a bigger one with more blades and functions for your PC repair kit. It is an all-in-one but I think it is essential, hence I’ve included it under the ‘Essential in a Computer Tool Kit’ section.

Laptop Repair Tools:

Build a Solid Computer Repair Tool Kit with These Tools - iFixit Spudger Spudger Tool

This tool is great for laptop repairs.  It is especially useful when trying to pry open a stubborn case or when disconnecting small cables.

 

Build a Solid Computer Repair Kit with These Tools - Stanley Needle Nose Pliers Stanley 8-Inch Needle Nose Pliers with Cutter

I’ve used my needle nose pliers from everything to pulling out a stuck molex connector, removing motherboard standoffs, to reaching into a tight space to remove a screw.

 

Computer Hardware tools -LG portable External DVD re-writer LG Electronics 8X USB 2.0 Ultra Slim Portable DVD Rewriter, External Drive

Fewer computers are shipping with optical drives so it’s nice to have an external one with your laptop repair tools in case you need to access bootable media like a Windows install disc or repair tool.

 

Hard Drive Recovery is assisted by this USB to IDE-SATA HDD connector tool

Sabrent USB 3.0 SATA/IDE 2.5″/3.5″/5.25″ Hard Drive Adapter

These are a must have for any tech computer repair tool kit. I primarily use mine for data recovery when the OS is irreparable and won’t boot or when the machine itself has a hardware failure and I need to recover something quickly. It can also be handy when transferring data from an old PC to a new one.

 

Build a Solid Computer Repair Tool Kit with These Tools - Thermaltake power supply tester Thermaltake Power Supply Tester

Used to quickly check a power supply for problems and will sound an alarm if any abnormalities are discovered. It can also check your Molex, PCI-E, and SATA power connections as well. This one is very popular!

Portable memory that doesn’t overload your computer repair tool kit:

Build a Solid Computer Repair Tool Kit with These Tools - Adata USB Flash Drive ADATA Superior Series S102 Pro 16GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive

Every tech needs a flash drive. I use mine to carry all of my portable apps and software updates as well as a place to store temporary files. The ADATA Superior Series is neither the best flash drive on the market nor is it the worst. It’s a good flash drive for a good price and it’s USB 3.0, which is great as a professional because it is faster.

 

Computer tool kit hardware - WD Western Digital External USB 3.0 Hard Drive WD 2TB My Passport Ultra Portable External Hard Drive

Having a portable hard drive can be handy when your flash drive isn’t enough.  I mainly use mine for large file transfers and storage. As a professional, it is important to have large storage without the bulk as I’m always carrying it.

Computer Repair Software Tools:

Computer Sofware Tools Hiren's BootCD full of IT Tools Hiren’s BootCD

The Hiren’s BootCD is a computer technician’s best friend.  It’s a bootable CD that contains a huge set of tools to help you troubleshoot and repair even the most corrupt machines.

 

Computer Software Tools for IT Techs -PC repair kit -Ultimate Boot CDUltimate Boot CD for Windows

If Hiren’s can’t do the job then the Ultimate Boot CD for Windows is another great option.  It also contains a  huge set of tools for troubleshooting various issues.

 

Mac Computer repair software tools-Techtool Pro with suite of IT ToolsTechtool Pro DVD

Techtool Pro is a suite of tools used to troubleshoot and repair problems on Macs.  Like Hiren’s and Ultimate Boot CD for Windows, Techtool Pro can be booted from a DVD when the computer will not boot.

 

PC repair kit -Computer Repair Software Tools - Windows 7 DVDWindows 10 DVD, Windows 8DVD, Windows 7 DVD, Windows Vista DVD, and Windows XP CD

I keep Windows installation media with me also for the purpose of repairing corrupt windows installations.

 

Computer Repair Hardware Tools-DVDs, CD-RsBlank CD-R, DVD-R, Dual Layer DVD-R

I never know when I might need to burn something while on-site with a client so I keep a few blank CD-Rs, DVD-Rs, and DVD-R DLs with me just in case.

More for the Network and IT Tool Kit:

Computer Repair Hardware Tools25ft CAT6 Patch Cable

I carry a patch cable for obvious reasons. The longer the better especially when trying to plug in to a distant wall port or switch.

 

Additional Cables

 

Hardware Tools - computer screws
Miscellaneous Screws – Computer Screws Kit

I carry a random assortment of screws that can be used for securing drives, cases, and motherboards.

 

Computer Repair Tools list-RJ45 ConnectorsRJ45 Connectors

Used with my TRENDnet Crimp Tool to make new cables or repair damaged ones.

 

Computer Repair Hardware Tools- RJ45 CouplerRJ45 Female to Female Straight Coupler

I carry one of these around with me just in case I need to quickly make a longer cable.

 

Computer Tools - Arctic Silver Thermal GreaseArctic Silver 5 Polysynthetic Thermal Paste

Some of the best thermal grease on the market in my opinion. Used primarily for dealing with heat issues.

 

 

General computer repair handy tools- GermX sanitizer2.5 Oz. Germ-x Original Hand Sanitizer

It’s no joke that this is in the list of computer tools. I use this stuff to stay healthy especially after touching all those mice and keyboards.

 

The Mobile Office:

General IT Technician Tools - Samsonite writing padSamsonite Vinyl Bifold Writing Pad

I use this for writing down notes, storing forms, and a place to keep extra business cards.

 

Apple MacBook Air Laptop-repair tool kitApple MacBook Air Laptop

Since I need to have both a Mac and PC repair kit, this is my machine of choice. If I need to boot into Windows, I use VMWare Fusion.  For techs that don’t want to buy a MacBook but would still like to have the ability to troubleshoot OS X issues, you can run OS X inside of Windows using VirtualBox.

 

Computer Laptop Tool kit -Quality Laptop Bag for use as a PC Repair Tool KitThe Computer tool kit:

Kenneth Cole Reaction Show Business Laptop Bag

And this is where I keep my laptop and immediate tools.  The Kenneth Cole Reaction Laptop Bag looks professional, makes a great computer repair tool kit and comes in three different colors.  It has just enough pockets and space for my tools and also fits my 15 inch MacBook Pro perfectly.  The rest of my tools are stored in a toolbox that stays in the trunk of my car.

 

Interested in starting an IT consulting business?  Check out my free guide on How to Make Your First $1000 as an IT Consultant. Also, if you have a particular interest in Mac’s, check out my article which lists the Top 10 Mac Repair Tools.

Computer Technician’s Toolkit Summary

So there you go, those are what I have in my computer repair tool kit. I know it is a long list so well done for working right through it. Is there anything missing do you think, or what other tools do you keep in your computer tool kit? Does your tool kit have a slant towards being a PC repair kit, Mac Repair kit, for networks, software fixes, or everything you need for consulting? Did you decide to buy more tools, if so which ones? Please leave your comments below for feedback and to help others like you.


25 Comments

  • Holly

    Reply Reply September 18, 2010

    I love this post – most of these tools are with me 24 hours a day and I often feel like a doctor carrying around my version of a stethoscope and thermometer!

    The best tool I now have (not technically a tool I know) was attending the CCNA courses through Cisco as I found that as a self employed computer technician I completely opened up a whole new world of job opportunities once I got these qualifications…

  • Dave

    Reply Reply October 4, 2010

    I’d like to suggest an alternative to the Classic Swiss Army Knife. While it is quite useful, I have found the Swiss Army Cyber Tool 29 to be very versatile. http://www.swissarmy.com/MultiTools/Pages/Product.aspx?category=doityourself&product=54919

  • EelynnLee

    Reply Reply November 21, 2010

    I carry most of the tools listed here except the hand sanitizer. I wash my hand with water after the job is done.

  • Barry Burkowski

    Reply Reply December 12, 2010

    This is one of the pleasant surprises of browsing/surfing or whatever you want to call it. You are able to easily discover something that matters or at least entertains. I like you to know that I enjoyed this.

  • Rohin Kallat

    Reply Reply January 19, 2011

    I wish I had a toolkit. 🙁 But, I think this is an excellent guide, and furthermore, you seem to have done an excellent job of keeping the toolkit multipurpose and multi-functional, perhaps even allowing for minor fixes outside of anything “tech” related. Going to share this article for sure, and I can’t wait to read the second part of the article. Thank you for this information.

  • Glen Logan

    Reply Reply September 11, 2011

    you might think about adding one of these items to your kit.

    sata/ide to usb converter http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/accessories/dd1a/

    universal network cable http://www.thinkgeek.com/computing/accessories/c890/

  • Jeff

    Reply Reply January 25, 2012

    A little something I carry for those times you need to migrate data from a computer that will not boot to a new computer.
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2329300&SRCCODE=WEBGOOPA&cm_mmc_o=mH4CjC7BBTkwCjCV1-CjCE&gclid=CN27rsfE660CFSleTAodNHlJ7g

    This little gem has been a life saver more than once.

  • Leo Uy

    Reply Reply December 17, 2012

    I wish I could have that tools even if it is already used, cause I cannot afford to buy. Please give me your used tools so that I can start a small business. for donations please call me at (+63)9472138511. Thank you

  • read more

    Reply Reply January 18, 2013

    Aw, this was a really good post. Taking the time and actual effort to generate a very good article… but
    what can I say… I hesitate a lot and never manage to get
    nearly anything done.

  • R. Heidrich

    Reply Reply February 24, 2013

    Love the post. I have always been a puter geek and passionate about working on systems. In fact that’s what I do with too much of my time when I’m not doing psychology. I would love to do IT full time but it seems that I would be starting at the bottom and would likely take some years to catch up. Think? I have worked for Northrup Grummand in IT hardware but only for a year while I was in school. Anyway, love the post and I enjoy all the tools as well!

  • E Roberts

    Reply Reply March 13, 2013

    Good choices of tools, but I would still add a multi meter as well.

    • Adam

      Reply Reply May 8, 2013

      Agreed, and if you can afford them, Fluke NetTools are awesome for tracing cable and identifying network devices without having to “get your hands dirty”.

  • Gary

    Reply Reply May 18, 2013

    Yes! Finally something about how to build your
    own computer cheap.

    • ROFLLOLSTER

      Reply Reply July 17, 2014

      This isn’t for building you’re own computer…

      • Casey

        Reply Reply July 17, 2014

        You are correct. This is for building a computer repair tool kit.

  • Edmund Gyan

    Reply Reply September 2, 2013

    Thanks! I am grateful for the lecturing.

  • Lance Cuijpers

    Reply Reply November 6, 2013

    Hey guys,

    I am just starting my own small business right now. My focus is small and medium sized clients in Perth – Australia. http://www.refinedit.com.au

    This is my list which is a little more comprehensive and I wouldn’t use a MAC book, not because they’re not good.. Just as most computers you will be servicing would be Windows. Well the vast majority anyway?

    I would also suggest being very well prepared. If a client calls you out to fix something, make sure you can actually fix it. Remember a combination of experience, your tools and supplies will help you excel in the field above other IT service companies. I have about 12 years exp fixing IT problems.

    Lances Parts List (v.1337)
    1x Small lightweight notebook with USB3.0 – WINDOWS
    1x Smart Phone Net Access -if you have no other way to get the net
    1x IFixIt Pro Tech Toolkit (maybe 2 for a spare)
    1x Electric Screwdriver + LED Light
    1x Metal / Nylon Brush (Caked On Dust)
    1x Anti-Static Brush (Light Dusting)
    1x Power Supply Tester
    2x 400-500w Power Supplys
    3x 4GB DDR3
    3x 4GB DDR2
    2x Standard Power Cord
    2x USB3.0 Extension Cable
    1x Thermal Paste
    1x Mixed Cable Tie Pack
    1x 10M Velcro Roll
    1x RJ45 Pin Tester
    2x 8 Port Gigabit Switch
    2x ADSL2+ Router + Wifi
    1x PS2 Keyboard and Mouse (Testing)
    2x USB Keyboard and Mouse Combo
    2x VGA Cables
    2x DVI Cables
    5x .5m Cat6 Cable
    5x 1m Cat6 Cable
    5x 3m Cat6 Cable
    2x 10m Cat6 Cable
    2x 120GB SSD
    2x 300GB SATA
    2x 1Gbit NIC
    2x 4 Port Power Board
    2x Single Port Surge Protector
    1x 100m Roll of Cat6 Cable
    20x RJ45 Terminations
    4x RJ45 Wall Plate Jacks
    1x RJ45 Crimp Krone Tool
    1x Communications Jack Punch Down Tool
    2x USB2.0 A to B Cable (2 Meters)
    2x USB2.0 Micro USB Cable
    1x USB DVR ROM (Portable)
    2x USB Sound Card
    2x SATA CDROM
    2x PCIE Video Card
    2x PCIE Wi-Fi Card
    2x Wireless Access Points
    1x Head Light / Hand LED Light
    1x Compressed Air Can (maybe?)
    2x 60mm Generic Case Fan
    2x 80mm Generic Case Fan
    2x 120mm Generic Case Fan
    2x ADSL Phone Filters
    1x Box of various case and motherboard screws
    2x 1 Meter Phone Cables
    2x 2 Meter Phone Cables
    2x SATA Power Splitter
    2x ATA Power Splitter
    2x Lithium Motherboard Batteries CR2032
    2x Lithium Motherboard Batteries CR2325
    2x Lithium Motherboard Batteries CR2016
    1x POE Injector (Multi voltage for VOIP Phone testing)
    10x 8-16GB USB Drives (Backups)

    + Software… which all can be downloaded.

    You cannot download a power supply or stick of RAM.

    Hope this helps all you fellow Geeks out there 🙂

  • steve

    Reply Reply February 1, 2014

    Very Pro ??? Not near enough !!! This should know everybody with high tech school degree ! This is only where the real job begins and one must be ”pro” technician actually do something both hard/soft skilled and tech high education here is not enough not near it ! This is common knowledge what described here !

    • Jeb Bush

      Reply Reply June 19, 2014

      Please find a different translator program before you reply to a forum in english again.

  • Frances Exum

    Reply Reply October 30, 2014

    It’s great to be familiar with these tools, to keep yourself up-to-date with the latest in computer technology. Nice article, must say! Read a similar article for aspiring Computer Technicians. http://realitysandwich.com/223735/whats-in-a-computer-technicians-toolkit/

  • Ralph P

    Reply Reply November 19, 2014

    One other thing I find vital (working as an infrastructure engineer) is a USB to serial adapter. The best one I’ve found is the Startech FTDI adapter cable: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Startech-com-Serial-RS232-Adapter-Retention/dp/B004ZMYTYC

    I also carry a null modem adapter, a Cisco RS232 to RJ45 console cable and a Dell Sonicwall RS232 to RJ45 cable. Those get me into most, if not all, network devices that still use serial (which is a surprisingly large percentage).

  • Floris T

    Reply Reply November 26, 2014

    Thanks for all the post. Steve you should try using the google translation App to help with your post. It detects the language you type to the language you want to translate to. Next you copy the translated text and just paste it where you are posting. Good day.

  • jevan

    Reply Reply January 6, 2015

    Great! Anyone who can assist me in getting this? the access is quite limited here in Kenya. i don’t mind even if the tools are already used. jevianmeech@gmail.com thanks

  • Mark

    Reply Reply January 28, 2015

    Hi guys, have you tried IT kits from Jensen tools?

  • Michael J Nicholls

    Reply Reply June 5, 2015

    My toolkit consists of an assortment of screwdrivers and bits, an LED flashlight, an anti static wrist strap, thermal grease, CMOS batteries, a small multitool, a USB drive, a DVD/DC cleaning disc, and a couple of Linux Distro’s. Have to say…most PC problems I deal with are due to the fact that Windows is utter CRAP.

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