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#1 tweeetr

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 05:20 PM

hello

I have a 3tb 3003FZEX 'Black' year 2014 , the screws on the PCB are not the standard torx 9 heads

These new ones are designed differently, smoothed out and with absolute minimal head to grip a driver.

I am not sure which type of driver to buy if one is even available yet? WD own brand?

 

these are more cupped than flat. a standard torx driver is flat so does not grip into this 'bowl' type of head.  hope this makes sense.

Does anyone have any ideas on where to buy a driver? what type?

thanks : )

 

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these do not seem to be any of these:

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compare to a standard screw head,here below >

 

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above^ the standard style of head, for comparison.


Edited by tweeetr, 08 June 2014 - 07:12 AM.

#2 Kdawgca

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Posted 09 June 2014 - 02:08 AM

Can a flathead be used to get between the notches to turn the head? I have used it in the past when I didn't have a hex set.

 

Note, if this is for a repair, check to see if there is a warranty.


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#3 Valleyforge

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Posted 09 June 2014 - 02:24 AM

They're security screws, so 'normal' people can't unscrew the PCB.  Unless you're a repair outfit, you don't need to be removing the PCB.  If you are a repair outfit, you shouldn't need to be posting on this forum to find out what a screw is, so therefore you shouldn't be doing repairs on drives.

 

Basically, what I'm saying is, step away from the screwdrivers.


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Posted 09 June 2014 - 03:11 PM

I always love those contributions that imply people lack the right to disassemble things they own.

 

If you have a spare torx of the right size, round the end on a grinder. If you can match the curvature closely, it will work. Alternative: if you have a small needle nose, you may be able to grip the outer edge of the screw well enough to loosen.


#5 Valleyforge

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Posted 10 June 2014 - 02:55 AM

I always love those contributions that imply people lack the right to disassemble things they own.

 

If you have a spare torx of the right size, round the end on a grinder. If you can match the curvature closely, it will work. Alternative: if you have a small needle nose, you may be able to grip the outer edge of the screw well enough to loosen.

 

It makes no sense that anyone would want to disassemble what is obviously a brand new drive.  If you want to see inside a drive, then use an old 80GB PATA thing, not what looks like a 4TB drive.

 

He could also try a hammer, that'll get him inside the drive, and the drive will still be ruined.


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#6 Mkruer

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Posted 10 June 2014 - 10:46 AM

It also could be the Drive is dead and out of warranty and they want to destroy a drive, Personally I find bullets work best for that. :-P


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#7 Kevin OBrien

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Posted 10 June 2014 - 12:12 PM

I'll double check, but I swear standard torx still works with those screws.


#8 tweeetr

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Posted 10 June 2014 - 04:22 PM

I'll double check, but I swear standard torx still works with those screws.

 

thanks kevin.

 

I have a set of torx , but mine do not grip.


 

It makes no sense that anyone would want to disassemble what is obviously a brand new drive.  If you want to see inside a drive, then use an old 80GB PATA thing, not what looks like a 4TB drive.

 

He could also try a hammer, that'll get him inside the drive, and the drive will still be ruined.

 

 my warranty is void.  I need to repair the pcb.  


#9 continuum

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Posted 10 June 2014 - 08:11 PM

Your second photo in the first post makes it clear they're still a torx screw... maybe you need weird half-sizes or something?


#10 Mickey

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Posted 14 June 2014 - 09:26 PM

Torx 8. Most WD 3.5" drives use T8 screws on the PCBA. A small number use T6.


#11 tweeetr

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Posted 15 June 2014 - 07:13 AM

it is a new design , needing a rounded head driver. there is not enough grip with a standard flat torx driver.


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Posted 16 June 2014 - 09:22 AM

Still shouldn't need a special driver. In taking a closer look at your picture of the "new" screw, it's a T6. It's the same screw used on the 2.5" mobile drives, so it's a very shallow recess. Yes, a standard T6 driver will work; it's not something custom. You may need to put a little more axial load on it to make sure it seats properly, as these screws are very easy to strip.

 

What sometimes helps is to add a drop of rubbing alcohol between the screw head and board. Gently loosen each of the screws before removing any of them.


#13 fullermd

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 04:07 PM

What sometimes helps is to add a drop of rubbing alcohol between the screw head and board.


Kroil is a good thing to have around.




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