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. Listed below are pre-built kits and many individual items I use.
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).
PC Repair Kit – Many in one Tool 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.
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.
A Favorite PC Repair Tool:
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. It’s great because it makes your computer tool kit lighter!
Essential in a computer tool kit:
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.
I use these for not only making new network cables but also replacing damaged RJ45 connectors on existing cables.
This basic network cable tester is used to determine if cable is good, bad, or wired incorrectly.
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.
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:
This tool is great for laptop repairs. It is especially useful when trying to pry open a stubborn case or when disconnecting small cables.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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. These days I also have a 4 TB portable external drive because with massive amounts of memory consumed with data files, image and video files even a 2 TB drive can be consumed pretty quickly – but which you buy depends on your needs.
Computer Repair Software Tools:
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.
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.
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.
Windows 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.
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:
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.
- SATA Cable
- Firewire 800 to Firewire 800
- Firewire 400 to Firewire 800
- USB A to Type B
- USB A to Mini B
- USB A to Micro B
I carry a random assortment of screws that can be used for securing drives, cases, and motherboards.
Used with my TRENDnet Crimp Tool to make new cables or repair damaged ones.
I carry one of these around with me just in case I need to quickly make a longer cable.
Some of the best thermal grease on the market in my opinion. Used primarily for dealing with heat issues.
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:
I use this for writing down notes, storing forms, and a place to keep extra business cards.
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.
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.
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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.