Guys, Asus has started using Blue Loctite on their HDD screws, which make it really tough to remove - make sure you have a good fitting screwdriver with a hefty handle that gives you good grip and plenty of leverage - and if it doesn't budge at first - don't strip the head - you are going to need to apply heat to the screw to loosen up the Blue Loctite before you can remove the screw.
G751JY, tried upgrading HDD to SSD, screws so tight, got worn out, what to do?
Rounded off screws when trying to install an ssd, and advice to remove them?
Remember, don't use a heat gun / hair dryer to heat up the screw, you will overheat your HDD/SSD as well!
Heat from a small soldering iron should be enough, applied directly to the screw for a minute or until the Blue Loctite releases.
Are you for real..? Why? They've always put loctite on their screws through some bits on the laptop. But why the HDD's? That's just stupid! Are they TRYING to force us into RMA'ing things just so they have more work?
Thanks for the reply. At least now I have an idea what to do.
I have multiple screws that just won't come off - like the one on the SSD, and multiple screws that keeps the cooling system in place. I have been trying to take it off and do some dust cleaning and thermal paste applying, but is annoyingly immobile.
So basically soldering iron should get the job done, right?
By the way, is there any possibility of the screw head getting screwed over even more rendering it impossible to be screwed back in?
Or maybe just a little nail polish remover, if you are working with unpainted metals, Compaq did this many years ago, and with star ended screws it was a pain then, and a pain now I bet