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So I needed to take the back plate off a machine to access it's HDD and RAM. There was a faulty screw and the treads disintegrated the second I tried to turn it. 4 other screws from the plate came out perfect but the middle one's a gonner.

I'm thinking the right square or torx might get a grip but it's almost like it's turned into an empty bowl, completely rounded out. Suggestions?

    
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Drill it out.
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Drill it out.
This. easy and done.
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Or, if you can find something solid, take a small phillips screwdriver, whack it with a hammer and retry unscrewing.
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Drill it out.
this,
the same way you drill rivets
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post #6 of 6
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She's a small screw. Not sure I'm steady enough for a drill. You can't see it in the pic but the screw is actual almost an inch down in a hole there. A friend suggested I try the torx idea, then maybe get a jewelers file and file small slots to use a regular flat head. I'm gonna try these methods first before I get into any drilling.

Thanks though!
    
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