Computer Hand Tools

By Kristian Smith

When performing computer upgrades, maintenance or troubleshooting, you will often need to remove or replace hardware. You should have a number of key tools in your possession to make this process easy and safe. Though your first thought might be to buy a prepackaged computer toolkit, these types of kits are often cheap or flimsy. Instead, you'll find it worth the cost to assemble your own computer tool-kit, composed of quality, branded tools.


While screwdrivers may seem a basic type of tool to include, you need a screwdriver to at least open up the computer case. Internal components such as CD/DVD drives and hard drives are also often screwed in place. Avoid magnetic screwdrivers, as these can damage computer components. Ideally, keep a variety of different-sized screwdrivers.

Long-Nosed Pliers

Long-nosed pliers provide an ideal solution for removing screws and bolts you've dropped inside the computer case. They also make for a useful tool in cable management.


Alcohol is useful for cleaning components that quickly become greasy. For example, always use cotton swabs dipped in alcohol to clean the surface of the processor before applying thermal paste.

Compressed Air

Compressed air (or canned air) allows you to blow dust out of small areas inside the computer. As a cloth produces static electricity, which can fry components, compressed air is the best tool to remove dust.

Anti-Static Wristband

When you work with computer components, an anti-static wristband plays a crucial role in preventing static electricity damage. Attach the wristband to something metal, such as the computer case.