I just bought an ASUS Z97M Plus motherboard.
It has an M.2 socket. Here's a pic of the socket:
I want to install this M.2 SATA drive:
The drive is held in the socket by a screw in a standoff, circled below:
The problem is, the screw & standoff arrived fused together. I stripped the screw trying to get them apart.
So I need to replace this:
I called ASUS support twice, but it was simply impossible to explain what I wanted. They kept asking if I needed standoffs to attach the motherboard to the case. It was ABSOLUTELY clear that they were NOT willing or able to help me with this. They advised me to return the mobo to Amazon.
I showed the part to the staff at a proper, local, full-service hardware store. They said they definitely didn't have it.
I also took it to an electronics specialty store. The guy said they don't have it. It's a special kind of standoff made of aluminum.
Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.