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Does anyone know where to find a 5 point screwdriver for 2010 MBP battery removal? The older unibodys used tri-wing screws but this 2010 that just came in does not have the tri-wing configuration. It really looks like a torx but none of my torx drivers fit. After further inspection, there are only 5 sides. I got the screws out with a little creativity but for the future, I would like the correct tool.

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You have to look for something like a "five-pointed star", "tamper Resistant star bit set", "star driver set", "five-pointer" or as it's known in the Goth PC repair realm: "His Unholy Darkness Pentagram Driver Tool"

But seriously, the 5 pointer is available but its the size that matters.
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Hmmm....TORX = 6 point star. Do you own this set?. Just want to be sure its really 5-point.

PS- Nevermind. I see this site is focused on MAC stuff, so its got to be 5-point.
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Yes I did buy this one a while back. This one does work to remove the battery screws. It is torx 6 size but 5 points.
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This place called harborfreight.com has tons of tools for all kinds of things.

This security bit set for $7.99 is a steal. The bits are good steel, I bought this, and the bits have not broken, twisted, or even had the points marred up yet. I use it for gunsmithing and the occasional security console entry. Anyway. I was thought it might be so cheap as to be worthless, but this is one of those rare products that is made well at low cost.

http://www.harborfreight.com/100-pie...set-91310.html

I know this is not Snap On, Blue Point, Mac, Bonny, Sioux, Proto, Westward, Craftsman, or Gray. But I use them all the time, and never broke a bit yet.

Further more, I never could find a 100 bit security set made by the big guys.

Look at the bright side if you ever do break one, it was $7.99 for the whole kit. Quite frankly I have broken tools made by the big guys, so to me it's silly to argue the whole "it's to cheap for me to use" vector.

* on good tools, everybody puts special hardeners in their steel, chrome is used to make the steel hard. To much, and it's brittle, to little and it's soft. So either way you look at it, any steel manufacturer can have a good or bad batch of tools. Although brand names do have generally better quality control, technology in the steel industry regarding technique and production manufacturing are ever increasingly shared across the board through industry medium.

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This place called harborfreight.com has tons of tools for all kinds of things.

This security bit set for $7.99 is a steal. The bits are good steel, I bought this, and the bits have not broken, twisted, or even had the points marred up yet. I use it for gunsmithing and the occasional security console entry. Anyway. I was thought it might be so cheap as to be worthless, but this is one of those rare products that is made well at low cost.

http://www.harborfreight.com/100-pie...set-91310.html

I know this is not Snap On, Blue Point, Mac, Bonny, Sioux, Proto, Westward, Craftsman, or Gray. But I use them all the time, and never broke a bit yet.

Further more, I never could find a 100 bit security set made by the big guys.
Yeah unfortunately a standard security set does not have the right size bit for this.
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it's known in the Goth PC repair realm: "His Unholy Darkness Pentagram Driver Tool"
I looked for his unholy tool but apparently he doesn't want me to find it lol

I also see a few 5 pointers but didn't want to start ordering random drivers that will not fit.

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Yes I did buy this one a while back. This one does work to remove the battery screws. It is torx 6 size but 5 points.
Thanks dracken, I will have to get this one.
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I had to buy 3 of them from Apple at $25 a pop when the unibody MBPs came out. Its nice to see a 3rd party is supplying them now. You can get a torx T6 to work in a pinch but it scratches off the black paint on the screws.
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I had to buy 3 of them from Apple at $25 a pop when the unibody MBPs came out. Its nice to see a 3rd party is supplying them now. You can get a torx T6 to work in a pinch but it scratches off the black paint on the screws.
We bought one at the Apple price as well before finding these. I just hope Apple doesn't switch to a different type again, gets expensive to buy specialty tools.
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