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Most of us "superusers" are regularly asked to fix computers for friends or family. To improve my chances of repairing a PC (or at least recovering important data) on the spot, I would like to assemble a portable kit of hardware and software tools that I can keep in my car.

What would you put in your "computer repair toolkit"?

One tool per answer please, so that the best tools can be voted to the top.

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A bag of known working cables of several types. Network, usb, etc.

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for a list of useful software tools to have (usb key/boot cd), look at my answer to a similar question

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Well, I just found this... but you might be interested to review my web page on the topic - www.lwcomputing.com/tips/static/techtoolkit.asp

(I'll definitely review the items here to see if anything posted is missing...)

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  • BartPE / VistaPE (A windows live cd, which is nice for the NTFS write support)
  • Ultimate Boot CD
  • Laptop
  • Working network cable
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  • Telephone (knowledge everywhere!)
  • Laptop with Working network cable
  • Linux live CD
  • screwdrivers and
  • UMTS card
  • multimeter (for wirechecking)
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