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A number months ago I purchased an older HP EliteBook 8770w laptop computer. I would now like to upgrade the hard drive; however, I find that the security screw necessary to remove the back of the laptop is stripped. I am considering two options. I could epoxy or otherwise glue the appropriate small Philip’s screwdriver bit in the stripped screw head or I could attempt to drill out the screw. Drilling runs the risk of damaging something on the other side of the screw while epoxy may not be strong enough to remove the screw.

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Usually you can get the edge of a razor blade under the screw and lift the screw while unscrewing it.


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Chances are it is not a Phillips screw but a small spline drive. Get a set of them to determine which one fits.


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Ranger Smith wrote:

Usually you can get the edge of a razor blade under the screw and lift the screw while unscrewing it.


Sorry, I was not clear. The Philips head is stripped not the threads.

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QCMan wrote:

Chances are it is not a Phillips screw but a small spline drive. Get a set of them to determine which one fits.


I have tried a small spline and a Phillip's. I looked with a magnifier glass and what it once was it is rounded out now.

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Use a small pair of dikes upright and grab the sides of the screw to loosen it.

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If you have a dremel tool you could cut a slot in the head and take it out with a flat blade screwdriver.


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Hi,

Get a reverse thread drill if other methods don't work.


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pianotuna wrote:

Hi,

Get a reverse thread drill if other methods don't work.

This and use a hand driver not a drill.





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pianotuna wrote:

Hi,

Get a reverse thread drill if other methods don't work.


Drilling may really be the only alternative to the problem.

The drillings which are going to be difficult to keep contained.

Don't need to be a reverse bit though, just need a drill bit just large enough to drill the head off. Think of it like drilling out a pop rivet. You can leave the threaded portion of the screw in place as the cover should go right past that. The screw head is countersunk and no way to grab with pliers or cutters.

Laptop manufacturers use Blue Thread locker and removal of the screws requires the use of a good quality precision screw driver set.. Round off the screw and you are now in a bind.

Krazy glue might have worked if there was some portion left of the head that wasn't rounded off but if smooth, nothing there for the glue to really hold on to.

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