Tools

While the breadth of our knowledge can only lead us so far, many times a technician is only as good as their tools. Here we are going to discuss some of the common tools we will be using on a daily basis, where to obtain these tools (if open source / freeware).  If you have a tool that you recommend please post it in the comments (please no link spamming) and we will review it and add it to the list.  While we have an affinity for open source, we do understand sometimes the “best” tool is a paid one.  If you would like us to add a paid tool you must send it to us via our contact page to be considered.

 

Windows Tools:

CCleaner – Useful for quick cleanup of machine

http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner

EasyCleaner by ToniArts

http://personal.inet.fi/business/toniarts/ecleane.htm

MyDefrag

 

Windows Easy Transfer Latest Versions for Migration:

http://windows.microsoft.com/is-IS/windows7/products/features/windows-easy-transfer

MigRecover – Useful if you forgot or damaged your Windows Easy Transfer File

http://www.visser.com.au/blog/migrecover-for-microsofts-windows-easy-transfer/

Windows Product Key Update Tool

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/help/genuine/product-key

NTBackup Windows XP Backup:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308422

WinDirStat Shows folder usage – http://windirstat.info/

 

Mac Tools

View Folder Sizes – MacOS X it would be Disk Inventory X or GrandPerspective

AppleJack

http://applejack.sourceforge.net/

 

Linux Tools

Bootable Linux Tools

PartedMagic

http://partedmagic.com/

 

KdirStat – apt-get install kdirstat (http://kdirstat.sourceforge.net/)

Hardware Testing Tools:

Video Memory Stress Test:

http://mikelab.kiev.ua/index_en.php?page=PROGRAMS/vmt_en

 

Plop Boot Manager:

http://www.plop.at/en/home.html

 

SARDU

http://www.sarducd.it/

 

YUMI

http://www.pendrivelinux.com/yumi-multiboot-usb-creator/

 

Building PortableApps Thumbdrive for use:

http://portableapps.com/node/13751

 

Windows Error Lookup Tool Portable

QwikMark Portable

 

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