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

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

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!

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    PhreakOneTwo

    2 years ago

    Just to note : This will only work if your screws a lightly torqued. Otherwise, you will probably bend the sh*t out of your small flathead. So bye bye flathead, and still no torx screw removed.

    You can purchase an "8 in 1 Torx Screwdriver Set - T4 T5 T6 T7 T8 T9 T10 T15" for $3.08 CAN from Amazon. This is the smarter choice.

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    Juan CarlosG2PhreakOneTwo

    Reply 6 weeks ago

    That is true. I ended up breaking three of my flathead tips, it's just best to use the right tool for the job

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    blamaster27

    6 months ago on Step 2

    wow thanks. im repurposing an extra x box 360 controller

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    gemcaster0gemcaster0

    Reply 2 years ago

    So can any help me because I still need to get the srew off

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    al.catraz.106WilliamC279

    Reply 1 year ago

    Yes, it's only $10 --- but the time is 3AM, and I am in Death Valley, and I need to get my car going.... GOT IT?

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    Bannefal.catraz.106

    Reply 6 months ago

    I know this is much too late to help you (and that sounds like a real frustrating experience, I hope you got out safe!), but for anyone reading without much experience - if you have a many-in-one screwdriver (mine is a Lutz 15-in-one) you might have a regular Torx head already. It doesn't have a Torx security head (mine doesn't at least), but once you've broken the middle pin, the normal one will work.

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    al.catraz.106

    1 year ago

    As I was trying to use the flat-screwdriver... it actually broke the pin... used regular torx.. :-)

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    soura1

    10 months ago

    You have to use a small themostat flat head. I did it and it worked. The only issue i had was the last one that was bent and didnt wanna turn. I was able to get in the air machine.

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    auto13142828

    1 year ago on Step 2

    First screwdriver tip bent. Next one slipped. The screw is froze and I
    can't get enough torque to turn it. This trick may end up stripping it
    out.

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    MichaelS918

    1 year ago

    Actually, a flat blade screw drive WILL work for taking non tamper proof torx screws out. I know. I did it during my 10+ years as an auto repair tech.

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    RickC156

    1 year ago

    Learned jury-rig'n from my dad while grow'n up! Excellent article people! ( I been drilling out the centers on S-Torix screws! "Duh"?) I will definitely post when finished. Les doy las gracias!!

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    MitchellS51

    1 year ago

    Worked like a charm; as a matter of fact the first one came out with a small flathead and the second one I broke the pin and was able to use my torx bit! Thanks for the great idea, never would have thought about it!

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    Assassin456

    2 years ago

    Hello. Which size screwdriver do u need for this to work on a PS4 security screw? plz help

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    OmarJ3

    2 years ago

    Re the diagram, to summarize, if possible, chip the center stud out and insert a flat blade across 6 to 12 o'clock. Otherwise, try for 6 to 2 o'clock. On most cheap assemblies, the screw will loosen anti-clockwise. Step #2, replace with equal size Allen socket head, Hex or Phillips head screw.

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    MarkE162

    2 years ago

    I just tried your suggestion. the small flat-head broke off the security "post" and i was able to use an ordinary Torx.

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    jeremyC134

    2 years ago

    Im about give it a go