Help! Cannot remove MB HDD bracket screw!

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  1. ndprunner22 macrumors member

    ndprunner22

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    I am trying to remove the HDD on my new alu macbook but The bracket screw will not budge. I will upload a picture, I tried not to turn too hard and strip it. Any Ideas? Thanks

    I am using a 1.4 mm screwdriver.. Do i need a 1mm?
     
  2. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020

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    OWC says that you need a #00 Phillips screwdriver to remove that bracket screw and I am not sure how metric sizes translate to the # sizes- unless you are trying to remove it with a flat blade screwdriver (which I hope is not the case!). I am assuming you are talking about the single initial bracket screw that needs to be removed before the drive can be lifted out, rather than the four Torx T-6 screws holding the drive to the bracket itself.

    To see their videos of the process, check Late 2008 Hard Drive Swap at the OWC site for reference.
     
  3. StuBeck macrumors 6502

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    You definitely need the right screw driver for it, using one which is a wrong size isn't going to work well, especially with the weird angle you need to go with.
     
  4. ndprunner22 thread starter macrumors member

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    ok cool looks like i just need to get the#00 screwdriver thanks for your help :D
     
  5. CarlsonCustoms macrumors 6502

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    Use the right size screwdriver and put even steady hard pressure on while turning and you should be fine.

    Zack
     
  6. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020

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    That was certainly the case with the pre-aluminum bodied MacBooks, but just for reference the hard drive in the aluminums is mounted totally differently. There is only one fully exposed phillips screw to remove the drive from the computer which is great- even simpler than before!:) Removing it from the carrier bracket does still require a Torx screwdriver though- in this case a T6 size.
     
  7. StuBeck macrumors 6502

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    Ahh, good to know. I haven't been able to mess much with the new macbooks yet. Thanks :)
     
  8. skorpien macrumors 68020

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    Just to clarify, it's not actually a carrier bracket that the HDD sits in. It's just four mounting screws that screw into the HDD itself and hold it in place inside the MB. There are two holes towards the edge of the MB that the mounting screws need to slide into, and two notches at the other edge that the remaining screws rest in. Then the bracket closes down on the exposed mounting screws securing the HDD in place.
     
  9. ndprunner22 thread starter macrumors member

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    I got it thanks guys! Just an FYI eye glass repair kits work great if you can find a phillips head one! Then I just got a T-6 bit and swaped the mounts on the side of the hard drive. I am installing my ssd as we speak and I am recording it all. Video will be up later. Thanks Again for the help. :apple:
     

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