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SANOXY A12940 SATA/PATA/IDE Drive to USB 2.0 Adapter Converter Cable


Use your 2.5″ / 3.5″ IDE hard drive or SATA hard disk as an additional external hard drive. Connect your SATA / IDE device to your computer through a USB port. Compliant with USB 1.1 and 2.0 standards. USB 2.0 interface for 480 Mbps high speed data transfer. Supports SATA Hard drive, 2.5″ laptop hard drives, 3.5″ desktop hard drives, CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, CD-RW, DVD-RW Combo devices. Plug-n-play. AC power can be used world widely with input voltage AC 100v-240v. Supports Windows ME/2000/XP/Vista a…

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So… I’m opening a shop(r/computertechs)

First, go to the biggest computer repair chain and get their prices. Slash them all by a random percent and make those your prices.

Second, almost all of your profit will be labor, not parts. Make sure you add a decent markup on your parts. These people want to pay you money – the hardest time a tech has is determining what value his time/services have in the eyes of the customer.

Power Supply’s: Bread and butter. These go out often (about 8% of our customers are in because of power supply’s); you can get them for $10-$20 (with a several year warranty), sell them for $50-$60. Plus a standard hardware install ($25-$35). When replacing them under warranty, replace the part for free but charge labor again.

Surge Protectors: Ask every customer “When is the last time you replaced your surge protector?”. If it’s been more than 2 years, the surge protector is probably acting as a power strip only (they do wear down).

Hard drives: Every time you check out a computer, test the hard drive. Otherwise, they might come back a few months later and expect a free one. Plus, a replacement hard drive (which is usually $50-$100) needs to either be cloned from the old to the new ($50), or have the OS reinstalled ($120). Keep a few of each type – laptop SATA/IDE, desktop SATA/IDE. Don’t bother with higher capacities, just get them cheap.

General notes

Offer free recycling if it’s something you can use – did that laptop have a bad hard drive, but they would rather replace it? You can throw a hard drive in there at cost and resell it to someone that needs a cheap system.

Get the right tools. Screwdrivers from small to large, torx, hex, security bits, and magnetic (don’t worry, never seen a magnetic screw driver mess up a computer). Alot of shops don’t deal with anything anti-static (the electronics seem to be better protected these days). Cordless drill, scotch tape, tweezers, flashlights (LED), pliers, scissors, cable cutters, digital camera.

When you take a laptop apart, collect the money up front, tell them they need to pay whether it’s repairable or not, and tape every screw next to its hole with scotch tape.

Burn a copy of every XP/Vista/7/32-bit/64-bit/Retail/OEM/VLK disk you can find. Buy a subscription to Microsoft Technet (it’s like $200/$250 first year, gives you 3 licenses to everything and fast ISO downloads).

Build a server. Install Untangle on it (in a VM) to manage your network; in the host OS (should be Windows), host any files/programs you need in the whole shop; for example: WSUSOffline, Driver Packs, etc.

Keep a room for your spare/used parts. Make sure everything is labelled. There is a limit to what you should keep – don’t keep DDR sticks less than 256MB, DDR2 less than 512MB, or DDR3 less than 1GB; don’t keep processors before P4; don’t keep heatsinks unless they have special fans; don’t keep more than a few used power supplies.

Buy a few of these.

Buy microfiber cleaning cloths.

Buy a small compressor and keep it where you can take the hose out back and blow out a computer (oilless compressor, less than 35 PSI or you blow parts off the motherboard).

You should build workbenches (U shaped) with built in power/network/USB/PS2 switches. Connect them to these KVM’s (they have USB and PS/2 connectors so they work with pretty much anything).

Have a solid disclaimer.

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