Security Torx screws, the six-pointed star-shaped screw heads with the pin in the middle, are used in many digital objects to prevent tampering. Removing a security torx screw can be a hassle for those without the tool. Once, however, I broke (NOT broke into, broke) a safe in a hotel room and, not wanting them to charge me excessive amounts of money for a simple repair, decided to take it apart myself. I discovered that only a small flathead is required. Oddly, this method only works on security torx, not on non-security ones.

Step 1: Aquire your items

To remove a security torx screw, you will need:
1) A small flathead, depending upon the size of the torx head. It will probably be a flathead.
2) The device you are attempting to access.

Thank you so much, your tip was a life saver it worked perfectly for me, 1st try!!
<p>sorry to say this did not work for me...I tried another method of taking a screwdriver that fitted across the star and ground a groove into the center of it to accommodate the little gizmo in the middle...this should have worked but the screws were just way too tight and ended breaking the screwdriver. Anyone know where to buy a TORX key that has a tiny hole in the middle?</p>
<blockquote>Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Torx-Driver-Security-T-10-T-40/dp/B0002SPLQ8</blockquote>
Fantastic thanks ! (Mine was anti clockwise)
<p>Cool tip...never thought of that !</p>
<p>Brilliant tip re using a flat bladed screwdriver instead. Worked perfectly. Job done in blink of eye. Just had to be careful not to shear the head of the screw. </p>
<p>Just what I needed. I kind of wore my good electronics screwdriver <br>because it barely fit, but it worked for all but one tight screw. For that I used a lock-grip needle-nose.</p>
<p>Great tip, Thanks</p>
<p>Just bought a 33 security bit set from Screwfix for &pound;1.69.</p>
<p>My question is, has anyone found a hack for these screws that are used on a vehicle? Mine hold the multifunction switch to the steering column and have a lot of torque applied. Ty</p>
<p>thats how you break outa jail</p>
<p>won't work if screw is too small (torx security 07 for example). I broke my little screwcriver trying that... Maybe you need a VERY solid screwdriver but I guess it's still best to buy the proper screwdriver :)</p>
<p>Worked for me! However, my screws were counter clockwise to remove. Thanks for saving me from having to buy a security torx bit set! </p>
<p>did you mean counter clockwise?</p>
<p>security screws turn right</p>
<p>Hahaha...awesome! Worked like a champ. Thanks!</p>
<p>Is this for any screw? I want to know how to do it for the ps3</p>
<p>Thank you for this idea. It worked so well. Thanks again.</p>
<p>if you do not have small enough flat head. you can use a razor blade from a box cutter. its more tedious. but thats how i take my ps3 apart.</p>
<p>It'is very useful trick. Thanks a lot.</p>
<p>Thanks. Done</p>
<p>Fantastic!Thanx a lot. :)</p>
<p>clockwise is turning it RIGHTY ! (righty thighty ????)</p>
I tried it with the small screwdriver, as I was not able to find the security bit in a small enough size for my laptop back (needed for a memory upgrade.) It was torqued down hard, and the post broke off! Now needed a much larger screwdriver to fit all the way across from edge to edge.
you can also take a punch and a hammer and break the center pin out of the screw , doesn't very much pressure at all!
didn't know that, where would I even run into these screws anyway
Good idea quinxorin. I drilled a hole in my Torx driver big enough to take the pin. It is easier to do this with a drill press, but it can be done with a handheld drill. Cutting a notch out of a flathead screwdriver also works for flathead or combination screws.
If you can acquire an actual Security Torx Allen wrench, congratulations! They are normally sold in anti-theft license plate fastener kits. I recommend turning most screws counter-clockwise to loosen (widdershins).
&nbsp;Clockwise to unscrew?
Its righty tighty, lefty lousy
not always though
That is true. Most left-hand screws are used when there is a torque (twist effort) in a counter clockwise rotation... that will cause a bolt to come loose...
Righty tighty Lefty loosey is true 9/10 times, but some special screws, like security screws, are backwards.
The prison method is to heat up the back end of a plastic toothbrush until it is soft, push it into the screw and wait for it to solidify. Voila! Custom screwdriver.<br />
Tried that already. Unfortunately it was not strong enough to remove screws from a HDD Platter.
i wish i had tryed this when i was takeing that microwave apart
me too<br />
i tried to drill out the center
I just bought some security torx bits from sears<br />
i should do that i need to take apart more mircowaves to make a tig wleder
i for one already know how to do this but i think you can provide quite a few more pics to help other people understand
With the best will in the world - Turn the screw driver anti-clockwise to undo!<br />
LOL - a little editing required there...<br />
That's a useful trick. I'll have to remember that for my next gadget teardown.<br /> <br /> I bet it could work for non-security screws by finding a flathead screwdriver that fits between two notches (the points of the star) opposite from each other, or relatively opposite. Just somewhere to wedge it in there.<br />

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