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Tool kit for Macintosh se

Hello to everyone.

I need help because I've buyed a Macintosh Se 1/20 and probably the HD it's not in good condition in fact the system was loaded only one time, and after the only thing I can do it's a Macintosh icon with a "?" Inside.

If I try to install the system,the mac don't see the HD.

My question is: if I want to open the Macintosh, what is the tool kit that I have to buy here?

Is there anyone who know where I can find online an HD if I have to replace it?

Thank you very much.


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You'll need a long Extra Long Torx T15 screwdriver to reach the two screws located in the handle well. Otherwise a standard computer tool kit will work.

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Wow, I've never even used a T15, how times change. Now, it's all about the T4-T8 :)


@danj true that it takes a T15 to get those screws out. But that puny drivers not going to do the job! That's a very deep hole! My drivers are over a foot long. I had one custom made back then. One end was the T15, the other end I had a spreader put on with about 2 1/2 " long blades. It inserted into the sides and you squeezed it to spread the case apart. I';; see if I can locate it and post a photo.


Thank you!!! I'll try to open it and See if the problem is the hd.

Thank you again.


@reecee - Yes, they where big screws! I was told they needed to be this size as they feared the plastic would give.

I still have my Apple tool kit when I was working on them (original Mac 128) after coming back from my trip to Apple in California for training ;-}

We also had a spreader to help in separating the back. Often it's not needed if you use the shock method. With the display down on a soft surface slap the sides with an up stroke most of the time the back will pop off after a few attempts. Otherwise, a set of plastic spunger tools should do in a pinch if you don't have the custom tool.


@mayer - It was what IFIXIT has listed in the 128 model I was hoping it was long enough ;-{

Most likely they would need a wrench to grab it to twist it.


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@danj Here's my driver sitting on a 15" MacBook Pro for getting into the original Macs.

One end is the torx driver, the other is a case spreader.

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@mayer - Well Done!


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Any idea where to get just the T15? (And less than $35 for a tool you'll use once..) Or should I just get a dremel and cut it apart? I want to take the hard drive *out*, for "digital archeology" purposes (probably nothing there, but would be interesting). I have a SCSI HDD from an old external drive I had too - I can find a standard 5/12V power board easy enough. Then get another SE on the cheap and get data off via HD floppy and a USB Superdrive. (Along with a iLamp that will still run the OSX version that still has a Superdrive drive included!)

Ah, the joys of trying to get really old data off things. Did people ever have this problem with *really* ancient 8-inch (??) floppies? Or cassette based Apple 1/2?

The screen on my *very* old SE/30 ("well, of *course* it's old!") doesn't work (horizontal hold coils failed), and my external color monitor broke too (*vertical* hold coils failed). I think I had an XCeed 8-bit color board, and I can't get the Mac->VGA adapter I bought to work. I either can't find the right switch settings, or the monitor doesn't want to accept them, or "re-set" to try a new combination without cycling the power. I don't particularly want to have to turn the thing on and off (with what seems a 3-5 second warm-up time).

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