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Default Screwed. - 08-08-2009, 02:34 AM

I know this has been covered in other threads, but I'm really at a loss here.
I cannot get one of the screws out of the SSD for anything. I've tried needle nose pliers, screwdrviers, and allen keys. I just bought a dremel, but I am weary to actually use it after practicing. Should I try the super glue way? Is there a way I don't know about?

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Default 08-08-2009, 02:39 AM

If you stripped the screw head, your best bet is to get a screw extractor from the hardware store.
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Default 08-08-2009, 03:23 AM

file or dremel a slot. Glue wont be nearly enough. I have never seen a screw extractor that small.
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Default 08-08-2009, 06:10 AM

Thanks. Finally just used the dremel. Typing this from my OSX mini9!
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Default 08-10-2009, 09:47 AM

Had some trouble with mine too as they're (green) thread locked. Tried the screwdriver that came with my runcore and it was totally useless... almost stripped both. A smaller head screwdriver did the trick.

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Default 08-10-2009, 09:07 PM

The Runcore screwdriver worked fine for me.
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Default 08-10-2009, 09:31 PM

Originally Posted by MikePA View Post
The Runcore screwdriver worked fine for me.
Mine too. Though a better screwdriver wouldn't hurt, the supplied one is perfectly serviceable as long as you apply pressure as you turn. But once the screws have been damaged, you'll want a better quality tool to salvage the situation.

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Default 08-10-2009, 11:09 PM

I'm pretty sure it depends on the actual screws. I know how to use screwdrivers properly, and I used the Runcore-supplied screwdriver with a correct amount of pressure, and it was no go.

I have removed SSDs from two seprate minis, and it seems that some screws are just fixed tighter than others.

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