thank you usasma - been meaning to get those...
ok - i work in a pc shop in bris, aust...so ill do my best
firstly: GET YOURSELF A EXTERNAL 2.5" HDD CADDIE, AND PACK IT WITH NE UTILITIES YOU CAN FIND ANYWHERE
literally - 80gb of misc utilities is so handy its not funny
here is what is roughly in my cd wallet
nortons ghost w/usb drivers - cd ---or equivelant, is a absolute must
nortons ghost w/usb drivers - 2 floppies
911 rescue cd
ubcd4win (build one every month or so, so a few get round)
windows memory test
realistically, you will use memtest,ghost,ubcd,hirens(has all manufacture HDD testing software on it) the most. ubcd pretty much has everythihng else you want on it...
xp pro sp1a
xp pro sp2
xp pro sp2c
xp pro vlk
xp pro vlk sp2
win 2k adv. server
xp pro sp2 wga-kit
office 03 "full"
office 03 corp.
ubuntu fiesty x86&x64
ubuntu gutsy x86%x64
all office 07 pre-install cd's
then yeah you get the idea.
hardware that i have:
this electronic psu tester thing, tells u all voltages and beeps n shiz when they arent good(extremely handy)
2.5" -> 3.5inch hdd converter
ide/sata -> usb converter
obviously screwdriver set etc, lotsa zippy ties, a flashlight, keep any anti-static bags you come across and yeah?
if you are going to stay in the industrie a while, get your hands on as many copies of OS's as possible....you wouldnt beelive how much you will use them, oddly enough. and just search the net and keep adding stuff to your caddy - esp. things that are office related (pst recovery for eg.),pwd related(ubcd is good for resetting misc. users, then things such as mailpassview etc.) and yeah? have fun and learn lots in the process, and dont rush things! thats how you get jobs back with the same problem...
ne ways, hav fun n goodluck =)