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I'm trying to remove rivets from the hard drive cage, because my new MSI GTX 580 Lightning won't fit in my case (it's about 1/4 inch off probably). Anyways, since I've never done this before I started by taking out the middle of each rivet with a small screw + hammer . Obviously that didn't work. It seems that the right way to do it is by using an electric drill on the top parts of each rivet.

Is there any way to do it without an electric drill? I mean I have one, but there are 2 rivets that are by the CD drive in an awkward spot and there's no way I'm fitting an electric drill in there. The other 10 rivets I should be able to do with the drill.

Any suggestions? Otherwise I have to buy a new case .

I'm kind of angry at MSI for making such a ridiculous cooler for the video card that takes up 11 1/2 inches...
    
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The only other option as far as i can see is if you have a dremel then you could use a small grinsdign disk to grind the head off the rivet and it will slide out.
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dremel would get that out of there. Not cleanly though
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post #5 of 10
Rivet gun! Also a tiny screw driver bent out and squish the rivets with a needle nose come out. Second suggestions results in cosmetic damage guaranteed, works though lol
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small hand drill to drill out the rivets. Best way and wont scratch the rest of your case like the dremil will
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post #7 of 10
It is possible to drill out from the back side of a rivet.
It may be a little harder to get started but it can be done easy enough.

Can you get to the back side of the rivet with the drill?

Also I have used a Flat file to take down a rivet. you can avoid unwanted scuffs by taping off the surrounding area.
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I actually had that exact same problem - there were some rivets I couldn't get to with a drill without dismantling the entire case. Hammer, chisel, pliers, and a bit of brute force later, I managed to get it done.
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small hand drill to drill out the rivets. Best way and wont scratch the rest of your case like the dremil will
Thanks, I looked in a few stores but hand drills seem to be hard to come by. I ended up just buying a small electric drill since my old one seems to have died anyways.

Now with the hard drive cage removed, there's enough space for the video card (just barely). Hopefully nothing short circuits from the mess I made . I got most of the metal cleaned up but I'm sure I missed a few little particles.
    
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post #10 of 10
You can hammer the little ball inside the rivet untill it comes out. Then take the rest of the rivet's head out.
If you could heat the rivet first that would help.
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