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Windows 7: Torx screw size in 2.5" drive coverplate?

15 Jun 2018   #1

Torx screw size in 2.5" drive coverplate?

I believe that the star-head screws that fasten down the lid of a 2.5" HDD are Torx, size T7.

Is anyone able to confirm this?

(And yes, I'm aware that removing the top cover will render the drive useless).


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15 Jun 2018   #2

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit 7601

I have had drive's that use not only torx but also hex and Phillips, So it's hard to say.

What are ya after the magnet's, I have quite a few of them they are really really strong for their size.
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15 Jun 2018   #3
Paul Black

7 HP SP1 64-bit Vista HB SP2 32-bit Linux Mint 18.3

Hi teckneeculler,

I think they probably are without seeing a picture of them.
You can get a pack of 6 [T5 T6 T7 T8 T9 T10] precision Torx screwdrivers from Amazon for about 2.75 [sorry, I don't know where you are!] with FREE postage.

I hope this helps!
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15 Jun 2018   #4

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)

+1 on the assorted pack of Torx screwdrivers. If you are going to disassemble a hard drive, you will need a lot more than just one size of Torx bit.

This one goes all the way down to T2, and includes a lot more than just Torx bits.

Here's another nice toolkit.
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15 Jun 2018   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium bit

Just checked, WD 2" hdd plate screws are T-7. But like others said, you need a few more sizes for 'complete destruction'!
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15 Jun 2018   #6


Thanks for your helpful inputs, everyone.

Yeah, looks like a very small investment in Chinese technology might be in order

Shucks, I have no idea what a T2 must look like. As far as I could tell (without an electron microscope) my T8 is around 2.2mm point to point. While my guestimate of the case screws is around 1.2mm. Which I'm guessing is the T7.
T2 must be miniscule!
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18 Jun 2018   #7

Linux Mint 18.2 xfce 64-bit (VMWare host) / Windows 8.1 Pro 32-bit (VMWare guest)

T4 is the smallest I have ever needed, and that was to completely dismantle a hard drive (just for the fun of it). But it has been several years since I did that; and I'm sure the Ifixit folks do a lot more hardware dismantling than I do.
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 Torx screw size in 2.5" drive coverplate?

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