Completely Stripped out HD Bracket Screws. Please help... Should I drill them?

yerbluez

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Nov 25, 2009
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Hi All,

well while attempting to replace my hard drive I like many other people I completely stripped out the two screws on the hard drive bracket on my 15" PowerBook G4. They are very small screws, and I thought I had the correct size philips but apparently not.

I tried to cut a slot in one of them with a Dremel but that only destroyed the entire head of the screw and sent bits of shavings everywhere.

What can I do to get these screws out? Should I drill them out? I just can't think of any other way to get them out when one's stripped and one is worse than stripped. Is it possible to get replacements?

Thanks,

Sean
 

macbook yes

macrumors 6502
Jun 1, 2009
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put a little drop of super glue on the head of a metal pin. stick it to the screw until it dries. use that to turn it once solid.
 

Fuchal

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Sep 30, 2003
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Just use some pliers. Easy.

They strip so easily I use pliers all the time, even if they're new.
 

rgarjr

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Apr 2, 2009
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well sometimes pliers won't work if you can't get a good grib on it. Your best bet is to just drill it out or use a Dremel with a small grinding tool to destroy the head off. Make sure you mask to prevent shavings getting all over.
 

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