[OT] Removing stuck screw in hard drive case

James Knott james.knott-bJEeYj9oJeDQT0dZR+AlfA at public.gmane.org
Mon Jul 21 16:37:29 UTC 2008

Stephen wrote:
> So I was all set to put a larger hard drive into my PS3 and install 
> Linux, when I ran into a problem.
> The existing drive is screwed into a casing. And the screws are frozen 
> and made of metal that seems a touch soft.
> I searched the net and found that this is a common problem.
> I called SONY's support, endured the 20 minute wait, and was pleased 
> that they are sending a new case and screws to me.
> But I have to wait ... oh well.
> And I want to get the existing hard drive out of the case to use as a 
> backup drive for my laptop.
> So, any suggestions on how to free the drive from the case are welcome. 
> I want to save the drive, but the case and screws are expendable.

One trick I've often used is "Freeze Mist", which is a spray used to 
chill electronic circuits, while trouble shooting.  It will cause the 
screw to contract, often enough to free it.  You can get it at places 
that sell electronic supplies, such as Electrosonic or Active Electronics.

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