Removing Security Torx (Star) Screw With a Flathead Screwdriver

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Intro: Removing Security Torx (Star) Screw With a Flathead Screwdriver


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.

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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    63 Discussions

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    auto13142828

    3 months 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

    8 months 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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    al.catraz.106

    8 months ago

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

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    gemcaster0gemcaster0

    Reply 1 year ago

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

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    al.catraz.106WilliamC279

    Reply 8 months 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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    RickC156

    8 months 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

    9 months 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

    1 year ago

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

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    OmarJ3

    1 year 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

    1 year 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

    1 year ago

    Im about give it a go

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    PhreakOneTwo

    1 year 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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    DavidB941

    2 years ago

    Worked a treat. Thank you. (My screw turned anti-clockwise to remove).

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    CGDaveMac

    2 years ago

    Yep! Here is my video that shows the same thing, especially for those commenting that it doesn't work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=doHYppOBbf4

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    Ty516

    2 years ago

    Used this method on a PS3. It did the trick with a 1mm flathead and some visegrips. Good tip. Thanks!

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    AngieD32

    2 years ago

    Thank you so much, your tip was a life saver it worked perfectly for me, 1st try!!

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    Jack-meoff

    2 years ago

    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?