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What size screw is this and a screw extractor for this size?


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#1 ZeldaYoshi

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Posted 10 April 2016 - 02:53 PM

I don't know if I should post this here but I am trying to put a solid state drive into my laptop but the hard drive bay screws are stripped and I am not familiar with screws and I can't tell what size it is. I need to know what size it is so I can find the right screw extractor for it. I have a picture of it here. The computer is a Dell Inspiron 3531.

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#2 ZeldaYoshi

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Posted 10 April 2016 - 03:01 PM

Actually what I should have asked is what is the safest way to remove a stripped screw from a laptop since I found out that there is no screw extractor for it.


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Posted 10 April 2016 - 04:38 PM

Have you tried grabbing it with a needle nosed plies ?


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Posted 10 April 2016 - 04:57 PM

That looks seriously chewed up.  If it looks like a square,  a file and a junk screwdriver to make a custom bit to fit that screw.



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Posted 10 April 2016 - 05:16 PM

Hi,

 

Strange to see a screw like that on a laptop!

 

Usually the only place I can find screw extractors for things like that is on the Chinese shops!

 

Just one example not sure it includes the bit you need.


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Posted 10 April 2016 - 06:28 PM

Some suggestions: First try to find a small flat bladed screwdriver that just fits in between two opposite slots in the mangled screw head.  This screwdriver should have as large as possible handle because you need to push hard on it as you try to turn it.  A TINY bit of liquid wrench might help also but mop it out of the head with a paper towel so your screwdriver is less liable to slip.  Tapping on the screw head can sometimes help loosen it. 

If this fails, you could try gluing a small screwdriver bit into the screw head with epoxy or cyanoacrylate (crazy) glue. You would need to clean the screw head with alcohol first if you used any lubricant earlier.

Finally, you could drill off the screw head and remove the remaining screw stub with pliers when you get the plastic cover off.

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Posted 10 April 2016 - 06:33 PM

I think it is a phillips  head screw...

 

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Quite common.

 

a really cheap phillips head screwdriver will do the trick.....is there a 'reject shop' or similar cheap retailer near you.....or can you borrow one from a friend.....if you live in an apartment the building maintenance guy may have one....???


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Posted 10 April 2016 - 07:07 PM

By stripped do you mean the screw just spins in the hole, or the top is chewed up?


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Posted 10 April 2016 - 07:26 PM

Looks like one of these screws.

 

http://www.amazon.com/m2-5x6-5-INSPIRON-LATITUDE-PRECISION-SCHRAUBEN/dp/B00BW3Q468



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Posted 10 April 2016 - 08:18 PM

If you look closely at the photo the screw size is printed there: M3x3  (metric 3 millimeter thread by 3 millimeter long)

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