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Removing Security Torx (Star) Screw with a Flathead Screwdriver

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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.

 
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Step 1: Aquire your items

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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.

Step 2: Remove the screw

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Insert your small flathead into the space within the screwdriver head as shown here, and simply turn clockwise. The screw will easily come loose. Congradulations!
ErkanT22 days ago

It'is very useful trick. Thanks a lot.

ikm3 months ago

Thanks. Done

FerroSwine5 months ago

Fantastic!Thanx a lot. :)

georion6 months ago

clockwise is turning it RIGHTY ! (righty thighty ????)

krishnamurphy11 months ago
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.
bighead511 year ago
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!
nerd7473 bighead5111 months ago
didn't know that, where would I even run into these screws anyway
finton1 year ago
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.
streetrod51 year ago
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).
bertus52x114 years ago
 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...
Paki74913 years ago
Righty tighty Lefty loosey is true 9/10 times, but some special screws, like security screws, are backwards.
aeray4 years ago
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.
Tried that already. Unfortunately it was not strong enough to remove screws from a HDD Platter.
hg3414 years ago
i wish i had tryed this when i was takeing that microwave apart
DIY Dave hg3414 years ago
me too
hg341 DIY Dave4 years ago
i tried to drill out the center
DIY Dave hg3414 years ago
I just bought some security torx bits from sears
hg341 DIY Dave4 years ago
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
rickharris4 years ago
With the best will in the world - Turn the screw driver anti-clockwise to undo!
LOL - a little editing required there...
berky934 years ago
That's a useful trick. I'll have to remember that for my next gadget teardown.

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.