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

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by yerbluez, Dec 3, 2009.

  1. yerbluez macrumors newbie

    Nov 25, 2009
    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?


  2. macbook yes macrumors 6502

    Jun 1, 2009
    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.
  3. Fuchal macrumors 68020

    Sep 30, 2003
    Just use some pliers. Easy.

    They strip so easily I use pliers all the time, even if they're new.
  4. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    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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