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PC diagnostic and repair tools
    #3398087 - 11/23/04 01:54 PM (11 years, 11 months ago)

I'm getting asked more and more often to help out with PC problems for friends & family and I was wondering if anyone here has any recommendations for any software you use as part of your 'toolkit'.

At the moment I have a Knoppix live CD which I generally use to make sure that a system will boot and that the hardware seems to be ok. What I could really do with is a bootable HDD scanning utility, scandisk just doesn't really do much for me. I've had great results with Maxtor's maxblast software, but that's only really good for their own drives.

Feel free to post any programs that you find useful for this kind of thing (doesn't have to be just HDD related).

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Re: PC diagnostic and repair tools [Re: Edame]
    #3398356 - 11/23/04 02:48 PM (11 years, 11 months ago)

spyware removal and antivirus, of course
spare hardware is probably a good idea too.
So for more serious problems you can try replacing ram, video card, etc... to see if that's where the problem is.

um.... screwdriver?

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Re: PC diagnostic and repair tools [Re: Edame]
    #3398711 - 11/23/04 03:57 PM (11 years, 11 months ago)

its nice to carry around an external hdd with all the shit u need on it, but not everyone's mobo supports booting from usb drives. i use a bunch of differnt stuff for every scenario, but the one that i find myself using most is stellar phoenix fat and ntfs hdd recovery... it scans dead drives for remnants of old files... most problems i need software to fix are software problems. hardware just gets salvaged/replaced.

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