Mounting hard drive in MBP without screws?

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  1. paulisme macrumors 6502

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    I just replaced the hard drive in my Macbook Pro, but the bare drive I ordered from Newegg didn't come with screws that fit into the retaining slots in the drive bay like the stock drive has. Does anyone have a DIY solution for keeping the drive in place without these screws?
     
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  3. paulisme thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I can't remove them because they've got an odd-shaped slot, and I don't have the tools for it.
     
  4. pricej636 macrumors 6502

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    Do yourself a favor and go get the tool you need and do it right.
     
  5. BeamWalker macrumors 6502

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    You should just buy a Torx T6 Screwdriver for a couple of bucks at your local hardware store. That's the easiest solution.
     
  6. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Generally it's a bad idea to try and hold something as critical as a hard drive in place without anything but the proper screws.
     
  7. acurafan macrumors 6502a

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    dude, get one of these, http://www.kk.org/cooltools/archives/002703.php

    it's like ~$5 at microcenter or frys or amazon. OR use a mini plier and grab the stubs from the side to loosen. OR if it's a 5400rpm drive, just use some folded post-it to cushion it in place.
     
  8. paulisme thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Sounds like a plan. Thanks.
     
  9. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    Doubt hardware store is going to have a T6. Maybe a T8 as part of a kit but that won't do you any good anyway. An electronics store would be a better bet. If you have a Microcenter or Frys, guaranteed they have it. Radio Shack might, but bet its in an overpriced kit. If all else fails just order online. Don't install the HD w/o the mounting screws.
     
  10. Fry-man22 macrumors 6502

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    Sears and Lowes both had them when I was looking...
     
  11. RobbieTT macrumors member

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    Unless you need a T6 screwdriver for other reasons you could do what I did. The T6 screw is pretty much standard in cellphones, including holding on facias & covers etc. Just take the drives to a cellphone shack in the mall and borrow one from them for 30 seconds!
     
  12. Jason Beck macrumors 68000

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    I used a pair of pliers. Grip and hold the screw firm, don't slip. Turn and unlock it and then unscrew with fingers. Then do the same putting them back in, screw hand tight and then grip tight with pliers and screw them in. If you are careful and do grip it tight you won't slip and it won't ruin the torq screw. I installed my ssd like.. a month ago.
     
  13. pricej636 macrumors 6502

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    6 bucks at Lowes. Driver with multiple T bits.
     
  14. tekmoe macrumors 68000

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    This is exactly what I did. Very easy.
     
  15. paulisme thread starter macrumors 6502

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    This is exactly the one I bought. I went to Lowe's, picked up the $6 Kobalt 8-in-1 Torx screwdriver, moved the screws from the stock drive to the new drive, and everything fit and mounted perfectly. Thanks again for the advice.

    This is the exact item I bought at Lowe's in case anyone's interested:

    http://www.lowes.com/pd_239384-16878-60272_0_?productId=1067905&Ntt=torx%20screwdriver&Ntk=i_products&pl=1&currentURL=/pl__0__s?newSearch=true$Ntt=torx%20screwdriver$y=0$x=0
     
  16. paintballswimgu macrumors 6502

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    I think i spend like 8 bucks on amazon and got the wiha philips #00 and the wiha t6 torx. I didn't want a keep solultion that would break in the middle of me having my computer apart. Wihas are top notch quality
     
  17. Maverick713 macrumors 6502

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    A few years back when I got a job with verizon wireless in there tech department I had to get my own tools, and I was able to get a T6 at sears.
     

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