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removing hard drive from decoder
« on: October 18, 2019, 10:51:16 AM »
lots of guys have removed the hard drive from their old DSTV decoders - i have the Pace 4 tuner model but it needs a special spline to open it - where did everyone who removed their drives get this from and how much does it cost

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Re: removing hard drive from decoder
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2019, 10:56:49 AM »
R50-R100 for a multi screw/socket set from your closest china mart...

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Re: removing hard drive from decoder
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2019, 11:29:45 AM »
R50-R100 for a multi screw/socket set from your closest china mart...

i have an expensive set (actually more than one in my tool cupboard)  - but the spline screws have a strange bump in the middle of the screw head - so there's only a very specific tool that can fit it - no universal tool will be able to open it as far as i know  :nfi:

or do the Chinese sets contain that specific spline?

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Re: removing hard drive from decoder
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2019, 11:40:32 AM »


the standard ones may open the one on the right of the two in the picture above but the one on the left has a definite bump in the middle of the screw head - so you need a spline with a "hole" at the end

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Re: removing hard drive from decoder
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2019, 11:49:22 AM »
It's called a safety torx. I usually use a flat screwdriver to snap off the pin, then use a normal torx driver.

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Re: removing hard drive from decoder
« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2019, 11:53:05 AM »
I think Cash Crusaders also sell a flexible long screwdriver set with lots of various bits incl. this one .

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Re: removing hard drive from decoder
« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2019, 12:01:50 PM »
If you don't care about the decoder just drill it out.
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Re: removing hard drive from decoder
« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2019, 12:03:38 PM »
If you don't care about the decoder just drill it out.

definitely gonna be my last resort but i may just have to do this - cos i dont need the rest of it and its too much of a pain to even give it away - may as well just drill these things out and remove the drive and use that for some extra music files and throw away the rest of the decoder

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Re: removing hard drive from decoder
« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2019, 12:10:40 PM »


the standard ones may open the one on the right of the two in the picture above but the one on the left has a definite bump in the middle of the screw head - so you need a spline with a "hole" at the end

Wont a flat screwdriver the exact right width work?

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Re: removing hard drive from decoder
« Reply #9 on: October 18, 2019, 12:27:55 PM »
It's called a safety torx. I usually use a flat screwdriver to snap off the pin, then use a normal torx driver.

+1... just break the pin

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Re: removing hard drive from decoder
« Reply #10 on: October 18, 2019, 12:49:02 PM »
Did the same, bought a set of the SafetyTorx Allen Keys (with centre hole) at Adendorffs for a measly R75 for the set. Good purchase, contains a variety of sizes.


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Re: removing hard drive from decoder
« Reply #11 on: October 18, 2019, 01:05:23 PM »
or do the Chinese sets contain that specific spline?

some actually do..

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Re: removing hard drive from decoder
« Reply #12 on: October 18, 2019, 01:08:43 PM »
I just drilled out the screw. Cost nothing.  The steel is very soft.   

You can also use a small side-cutter to loosen the screw.  Once it is loose, needle-nosed pliers will take out.   Done this several times. 

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Re: removing hard drive from decoder
« Reply #13 on: October 18, 2019, 01:42:27 PM »
btw, Torx and spline are not exactly the same.  Although spline is a somewhat generic term.  Torx is 6-pointed and spline...i think is more than 6.  Actual splines do not have "points" as such, it has "square points", like you see on driveshafts and so on. (External splines, like cylinder head bolts.)
The centre pin thing is Security Torx, generally labelled as tamper-proof.
Allen is something else.

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Re: removing hard drive from decoder
« Reply #14 on: October 18, 2019, 02:39:29 PM »
btw, Torx and spline are not exactly the same.  Although spline is a somewhat generic term.  Torx is 6-pointed and spline...i think is more than 6.  Actual splines do not have "points" as such, it has "square points", like you see on driveshafts and so on. (External splines, like cylinder head bolts.)
The centre pin thing is Security Torx, generally labelled as tamper-proof.
Allen is something else.

And then you get different spline offsets as well ... tripple square, multi spline, round spline etc. Good reason to buy more tools ...  :thumbs: :winkwink:
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