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Need to open Seagate External plastic case to remove drive.

I need to open a Seagate external drive case in order to remove the drive. The case is plastic and appears to be attached at the base by four screws. They appear to be Torx with a security pin. The problem is that the T15 is to small and the T20 is to big. Intermediate sizes seem to be unavailable. Is Seagate using a propietary size to prevent tampering? How do I open this case?
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ozgary
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purplepomegraniteCommented:
It is a security screw, but not proprietary.  You can buy security bit sets to open them, e.g. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Draper-38716-Piece-Security-Bit/dp/B0001K9U46
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ozgaryAuthor Commented:
I have a similar kit but your suggestion may have the correct bit. Which is the precise bit to be used. ie it is not the T15 or T20. Looking at it more closely it appears to look most like a T15 but has 5 slots not 6 as on T15.
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purplepomegraniteCommented:
I haven't actually seen that Seagate drive, so couldn't say exactly.  However, the security bit set I link above doesn't have the five star bits.

I can find them on Ebay: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Trident-5-five-Point-Security-Star-Bit-Set-Not-Torx_W0QQitemZ190134991637QQcmdZViewItem

Can't seem to easily find them elsewhere though.  I have found them in local tool shops which is where I picked up a set... because manufacturers are now using all sorts of screws, I like to pick up new bit sets every time I see one I haven't got!
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pcgandalfCommented:
ozgary

I am having the same problem here in australia and cannot find the right tool to open that seagate case for the external 3.5" drive. Did you find the tools? Appreciate if you could let me know.
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ozgaryAuthor Commented:
hi pcgandalf
I am also in australia. I did actually purchase items in above link but they turned out to be too wide to fit into the narrow tunnels on the drive case. Apparently these things are only meant to be sold to authorised persons for security reasons!? perhaps you should open a new thread and we should both pursue it from there. Let this thread know if you do this and keep in touch. maybe we can do a bulk order and save freight.
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pcgandalfCommented:
I found a tool set. At Dick Smith. Has no brand names or descriptions on it. However, on that seagate drive there is a shaft which at the bottom sits the security screw. We ended up breaking the case open and the tool i have fits perfectly, but there is no extension (like you see in a socket set) for that set to go down into the shaft. I have the drive out now and need to find the exact model to replace if anyone has one give a shout.
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