The best $50 ever spent on work
The best $50 I ever spent for work. Beginning July of last year, I began working two months during the summers on the merchant mariner Training Ship Golden Bear for California Maritime Academy. Working on a ship produces numerous complications, not the least of which is lack of access to all the equipment you may need and no Google to turn to for answers.
The Sabrent SATA or IDE 2.5-/3.5-Inch to USB 2.0 Adapter has been a lifesaver. There have been dozens of situations where users have needed to rescue files from a hard drive in a broken laptop, transfer large amount of files with no network connection, or even take apart a broken external drive (looking at you Western Digitals) and hooking them up with this so I could copy the data over or burn it on a DVD. It's just a great tool that I wish had been available back in the 90s. Or if it was available wish I had known about it.
Also quite useful has been the Belkin 36-Piece Demagnatized Computer Tool Kit. Though in addition to it, I would recommend also having a set of super small screwdrivers, a soldering iron, and a good utility knife; for anytime you will be running a one-man computer repair show.
Sure, tools don't make the man, experience does, and I have a lot of experience now in dealing with computer troubleshooting. However, having the right tools makes life a whole lot easier!
Of course, you don't have to take my word for it. Just look at the reviews.