Remove stripped HD retaining screws in laptop

November 16, 2011 at 15:15:48
Specs: Windows 7
I'm installing a new hard drive in my laptop. The screws are stripped. Can I tap a nail in the screw to get them out? I don't have a drill

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#1
November 16, 2011 at 15:22:05
I would try tapping anything near a hard disk.

If you get a small thin bladed screwdriver and insert it under the head of the screw while turning the screw with another screwdriver you can usual wheedle the screw out.

The problem is it is usually the hole that is stripped not the screw thread as the hole is usually made of aluminium and the crew of steel. If you want to put a screw back into the whole you will probably need a slightly larger self tapping screw.

Stuart


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#2
November 16, 2011 at 17:40:18
I tried what you suggested but the screw won't budge.

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#3
November 16, 2011 at 18:30:19
I think he means he WOULD NOT try any harsh motion to that area.

Try a few tools that might grab on the side instead of trying to screw it out. Small vise grip or maybe side cutters could catch it. A good soldering iron (not gun) might heat it enough to help remove. Might have locking compound on it.

How can one strip such a small screw?

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#4
November 16, 2011 at 18:36:47
sounds like the WRONG screwdriver is being used eg: there is hex key hole and then there is a hex key hole that looks like it also has a star in it...

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#5
November 16, 2011 at 19:18:11
Is it the head of the screw that's shredded from attempts to remove it or are the threads stripped?

If it's the head, a small screw extractor might work. Check at a hardware store. Usually you need to drill a little into the top of the screw but it's possible you may get enough friction by just pushing the extractor into the top of the screw and then twisting it out.


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#6
November 16, 2011 at 19:35:41
If the thread is stripped then the screw goes round and round with coming out. If the screw wont budge then it is not a stripped thread that is the problem.

If the head of the screw is shredded then a screw extractor is the answer although sometimes a flat bladed screwdriver can work where a cross tip screw driver fails.

Stuart


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#7
November 16, 2011 at 22:58:05
Another thing you can try if the screw head is shredded--get a small pair of wirecutters. That will often allow you to get a good grip on it.

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