Upgrade MBP to SSD, where to find the screw driver?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by montblanc1, Oct 30, 2010.

  1. montblanc1 macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2009
    Hi, I am considering upgrading my traditional HD drive to SSD recently, and from relevant thread, the process seems to be simple. The only problem is how to find the screw driver which fits the screws exactly?

    Will the computer store lend me the screw driver for free?
  2. snouter macrumors 6502a

    May 26, 2009
    You should get these tools anyhow.

    A decent hardware store or even sears will have "Jeweler's screwdrivers." You may need to go to a Radio Shack or Fry's to get small Torx screwdrivers.

    They are cheap and you will want to own them going forward in life.
  3. snouter macrumors 6502a

    May 26, 2009
  4. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
  5. montblanc1 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2009
  6. snouter macrumors 6502a

    May 26, 2009
    The Jewelers screw drivers remove the cover on the MBP.

    The Torx holds the hard drive in the case.

    You'll need both.
  7. sbddude macrumors 6502a

    Sep 27, 2010
    Nor Cal, USA
    I have a similar (if not the same) jeweler's set. One of the flat-blade screwdrivers was exactly the same size as the torx, and I was able to use that instead.

    I also own this set, which includes the torx. Might want to consider it instead.
  8. BigCanoe macrumors 6502

    Jan 13, 2003
    I bought two nice sets from Lowes yesterday. One was small torx and the other was small slotted/phillips. They were only about $6 each and made upgrading my mbp hard drive go smoothly!
  9. Jaro65 macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2009
    Seattle, WA
  10. christophermdia macrumors 6502a


    Sep 28, 2008
  11. crh3ff macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2010
    I got the OWC Data Doubler kit that came with about 4-5 screwdrivers; I used exactly one of them for the whole process (the small Philips head; I have the same one in a jeweler's/eyeglass kit)

    Edit: I did this to remove the optical and replace with an SSD; didn't do anything to the HDD...so nevermind, if that doesn't apply.
  12. SpudGT macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2008
    +1 on the Home Depot. They had some really handy screwdriver and torx sets for 6 bucks each.

    - Husky 6-Piece Phillips and Slotted Screwdriver Set (Model # 74501)
    - Husky 6-Piece Hex Screwdriver Set (Model # 74502)
  13. Reelknead1 macrumors 6502

    Sep 21, 2009
    These are great screw drivers and for the money you can't beat it. I would recommend these over any.
  14. DannySmurf macrumors 6502a

    Jul 7, 2005
    I'd also recommend a good set of adjustable pliers, for those times when a screwdriver just won't cut it (as happened to me when I tried to get the bolts off of my MBP's hard drive).
  15. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    I would use them only for my MBP. I've gone through 3 sets of various husky tools. The metal used is incredibly soft.

    For anyone doing serious workbench type tinkering, Wiha tools are well regarded.

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