ever find those 5-point torx drivers?
Hi, in searching around for an answer to my problem (opening a Seagate external drive) - I came across a thread you started about the same problem. I've also got one of those dang Seagate drives with the 5-point star screws inside. I've been searching around for a tool but can't find one.
I don't know if you saw this thread, but it'll help:
Thanks for the help. I did see those on Amazon, but for $85 I think I'll just drill the dang things out. Also I've got a different model drive than the one in the thread - the screws are recessed inside deep holes which are too narrow for my regular Torx bits to fit in, so likely either have to widen those or else get ones that are more like regular screwdrivers (or Allen wrenches) than bits.
The screws on my Seagate external drive also has deep recessed holes. When I first got the set of TORX Plus bits, I thought I might had and oversight on the deep recess. But it turned out that the TORX Plus bit are just long enough to reach the screws.
The proprietary screws are definitely a pain in the butt. If I knew, I'd probably not buy this drive either. I've just review the "AcomData E5 HybridDrive External Hard Drive". It came with standard philips screws. The case is fairly easy to take apart. I will post an disassembly article on it in the future. You might consider this drive if you like something easier to disassemble.
I'll definitely consider that Acom drive if I need one in the future. Right now I'm building a new PC in a huge case, which is why I wanted to open the Seagate externals - I want to use them as internal drives, and I also need to see if they're SATA or IDE internally so I can plan what I need to buy in a motherboard and extra interface cards.
Well, it's useless to take apart the AcomData drive. Because it uses an proprietary partition format. I wrote up an disassembly article, but can find no way to replace a different drive in the enclosure. See "AcomData E5 HybridDrive External Hard Drive Disassembly".
If you like the AcomData enclosure, consider looking at the Fantom Drives 500 GB Titanium II External USB 2.0 Hard Disk Drive (my review article), which is the same enclosure. Except that the interface is standard and you can replace the drive with any other SATA drive.
The only thing I could think off why Seagate used such screws is not just the warranty but if we run out of choice on opening this case we would end up shipping the unit to them and have them recover the files for us for the price of $200 to $1700.
I'd rather destroy the case than to pay that much. currently working on opening my 300G Seagate External drive.
I just bought a set of two 5-point Torx Plus drivers from Ebay for $8 (including shipping). Worked like a charm on the nonsensical screws in the Seagate.
Search under: "5 point torx plus leatherman wave" and you'll see them. The company apparently has many.
I know the last post in this was a year ago, but I bought my Torx screwdriver set from sears (actually a big screwdriver set that has torx screwdrivers), and they work great. You can't beat the lifetime warranty,either. http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00941404000P?keywor . . . They have sets with different size screwdrivers, as well.
Re: Brian Portelli and the Sears Torx Set. That is not neither a Security set nor a 5 Point Torx set. It is a STANDARD Torx 6 Point set.
While you could break the pin and jam one of these or a screw driver and force the Seagate screw out, if you want to take it out and attempt to preserve the warranty you need a Torx security 5 Point head with the hole for the missing pin.
RE: Alex Pascual I saw one seller with those on Ebay, but he didnt' list the size 5 Pt Torx that they are (believe it's TS 20 that's needed). I REALLY hope that you are telling the truth and not that seller just trying to get people to buy their item...
Oops didn't mean the DBL negative ....I meant "That is neither a Security set, nor is it a 5 Point Torx set."
Sears does have a 5Pt Security set but it's over $125 + dollars.
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