I'm looking for a 5-point star shaped screwdriver. I bought a Seagate
80GB external hard drive. Its case uses these special screws. I shot a
picture of a screw here:
Does anyone know where I can find a screwdriver for these screws?
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At any decent hardware or home supply store. It's called a Torx screw.
Typically an allen wrench will work just fine in the absence of a Torx
The Torx drivers sold in hardware have six points, and this monstrosity has
five. Of course, it is designed to be a bastard conifguration, and you can't
get the driver for it.
As the other fellow suggested, try slotted jewlers screw drivers, sometimes
you can get one to wedge in just right.
Christopher A. Young
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Getting closer! Many in the Torx Plus line still are six-pointed drivers. The
5-pointed ones are known as "Torx-Plus TR" (Tamper resistant).
Torx-Plus TR sizes:
Thank you for identifing this screw as the Security Torx Plus. It does
have a pin in the middle to warrant "Security". Now I just need to
figure out where to get one.
I want to thank everyone for responding. In one day, there are 50
messages to help me identify a strange screw, offer help tips to
unscrew it, and an explanation of clean room. Newsgroup and all you
helpful people are awesome!
I also read a lot of questions on what I am planning on doing, and lots
of warnings on taking hard disc apart and killing it. I would like to
answer these questions and clarify my position. First, you can read
about what I am planning on doing here:
As you can see, I am not talking about taking the internal hard drive
apart (although I have done that in the past). But rather, I want to
take the external case apart.
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Perhaps the drive already *is* dead.
Don't overestimate clean rooms - they contain 100 particles per cubic
meter as opposed to an "average" room containing 600 particles. A
"clean" "average" room will contain far less than the 600 particles.
For what it's worth, I've had a drive running non-stop for over a week
without its cover (platters exposed) and haven't had any hiccups. This
hype about "clean rooms" is a load of drivel.
There are those who will say "if you get one single particle of dust on
your platters, your drive will be irretrievably damaged."
Bollox. And bollox to FR, who will no doubt disagree.
Cough! I said class 1 not class 100!
Sure a drive will function for a while with the case off, but it will die
soonish (maybe a few days or weeks, but it will die).
If OTOH all you are doing is extracting the magnets from old drives - then
go right on ..
I'd have to side with Odie here. About 15 'years' ago I pulled apart an (now)
old 85meg RLL hard drive because the auto park wouldn't release. This was on
the kitchen table & that drive is still working today .... you'd think it would
have just plain worn out by now.
I noticed it had filters inside it to clean the air moving inside it so I expect
it was all clean again within seconds if not minutes of firing up again.
The 'new' drives I've pulled apart for the magnets seem to have the air filters
as well although I'd expect today's technology to be less tolerant to dirty air
what with the amount of data that they pack into the smaller space but I still
wouldn't expect it to die in "a few days or weeks".
On Mon, 16 Jan 2006 13:48:28 -0000, "David C. Partridge"
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