Question Swollen battery, unable to open case

Oct 5, 2021
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I noticed yesterday that my laptop keyboard was bulging and assumed battery swelling. I immediately shut it down and disconnected it. The laptop is a Lenovo IdeaPad U330p.

I will replace the laptop but I am very eager to salvage the hard drive if possible, a fairly new SSD with precious and irreplaceable data on it. After bringing the laptop to a ventilated location I started removing the case screws around the bottom. Alas, the last one of the twelve does not budge, and also got stripped by my attempt. The case is metal.

If it wasn't for the battery issue, I would think I have to drill out the screw head to remove it, but bringing a drill near a swollen battery seems like a not so great idea.

Any ideas? Give up on the SSD or is there another way?
 

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Welcome to the forums, newcomer!

Mind sharing an image of which screw is stripped? You might want to use some JBWeld and a tooth pick atop of it to fasten the pick to the screws head overnight. once dry you could use it like an allen key to unscrew it, provided the screw you're referring to isn't captive. Sometimes captive screws are used to pop a cover open like that on Dell's newer Inspiron laptops. You will also need a spudger to pry the case parts open to prevent your fingers from being sliced.
 
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Thank you!

It is one of the front center screws, as seen in the picture.

Welcome to the forums, newcomer!

Mind sharing an image of which screw is stripped? You might want to use some JBWeld and a tooth pick atop of it to fasten the pick to the screws head overnight. once dry you could use it like an allen key to unscrew it, provided the screw you're referring to isn't captive. Sometimes captive screws are used to pop a cover open like that on Dell's newer Inspiron laptops. You will also need a spudger to pry the case parts open to prevent your fingers from being sliced.
 

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