In Pictures: MacGyver IT - 21 tools for IT heroes

On the road, under duress, or out in the boonies -- save the day with these essential IT troubleshooting and repair tools

Tableau T35u Forensic Bridge I originally purchased these for computer forensics work, but write blockers are a great for working with irreplaceable data. It’s all too easy to get blurry-eyed late at night and mix up the model number of the drives you’re formatting, cloning, etc. To prevent goofs, I’ve spent the bucks on a Tableau T35u SATA write blocker. This can double as a writable USB 3.0-to-SATA/IDE interface if you’re willing to snap off a plastic access port and flip a switch. Run the Tableau query software when you need to make a forensic copy to verify and prove to the courts that you haven’t modified the original drive. The world has changed, and forensic disk copies have become an all-too-common task.

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