Solved WD hard drive cover removing screws Help!

November 9, 2012 at 04:13:56
Specs: Windows 7, 4GB RAM
I have a few old western digital hard drives that I want to physically destroy but I am unable to take the screws off the cover. They are star shaped and I have tried many different screwdrivers to no avail. Which screwdriver or tool does anyone recommend to remove these stubborn wd hard drive covers? Many thanks.

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November 9, 2012 at 05:10:25
You will need a Torx 9 driver to open the drive. there is a screw under one of the labels too so make sure you remove that too. From there you can smash away at the platter and render the drive useless.


#1
November 9, 2012 at 04:26:54
Why do you want to take them apart ? They make star shaped screwdriver bits and screwdrivers. Check your local hardware or auto parts store. If all else fails, try a hammer.

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#2
November 9, 2012 at 04:37:55
They are old hard drives that do not work anymore. I want to destroy them as they contain personal data so I want to render them useless. I need the correct screwdriver and wasnt sure which one will fit the western digital hard drive. It is a WD Caviar 307AA manufactured on 9th July 2000. If anyone has tried to open wd hard drives you will probably know they are a pain.

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#3
November 9, 2012 at 05:06:37
I believe they are called torx screws, I have ordered a torx screwdriver set so hopefully that should work.

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#4
November 9, 2012 at 05:10:25
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You will need a Torx 9 driver to open the drive. there is a screw under one of the labels too so make sure you remove that too. From there you can smash away at the platter and render the drive useless.

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#5
November 9, 2012 at 09:16:26
Just smash the heck out of it with a hammer, no need to split the case to do it.

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#6
November 9, 2012 at 09:41:35
I agree with riider and it's more fun that way too.

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#7
November 9, 2012 at 10:55:12
That is what I was going to suggest also. A few licks with a hammer and you should damage it beyond repair. Place on concrete and swat away.

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#8
November 9, 2012 at 11:48:08
Yes, a 14 lbs sledge hammer solves most problems, or at least renders then irrelevant.

Stuart


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#9
November 9, 2012 at 19:52:28
I believe they're T8 screws. I've taken apart several of those type drives and I know I didn't have a T9 bit. I do have T6 and T7 bits but I'm pretty sure they're T8. Also most torx bit or driver sets start at T10 so a standard set may not have what you need.

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#10
November 16, 2012 at 06:44:18
Just for the record, can you tell us please if it was a Torx 8 or 9?

Thanks,


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#11
November 16, 2012 at 07:04:34
Always, I just fitted a torx bit into a screw on a WD IDE 40GB. It is a #8.

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#12
November 17, 2012 at 14:49:49
A concrete solution Stuart, works everytime.

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#13
November 18, 2012 at 03:58:00
Bought a torx screwdriver set on ebay for less than £2 including postage, includes all 8 sizes of torx and worked like a charm. I used the screwdriver to scratch the disc platters and sandpaper too. Not going to go to extreme lengths with a hammer not necessary. Now I can throw these drives out!

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#14
November 18, 2012 at 06:05:38
Not going to go to extreme lengths with a hammer not necessary.

Going to extreme lengths by buy buying some screwdrivers is unnecessary when any old hammer would have done the job just as well.

Stuart


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