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Remove a drive cage assembly

Use this information to remove a drive cage assembly.

About this task

Required tools

Make sure you have the following kits at hand to properly replace the component:
  • SD650 V3 Gap pad kit

  • U.2 drive Conduction Plate Parts with gap pad

  • Read Installation Guidelines and Safety inspection checklist to ensure that you work safely.

  • Turn off the corresponding DWC tray that you are going to perform the task on.

  • Disconnect all external cables from the enclosure.

  • Use extra force to disconnect QSFP cables if they are connected to the solution.


  1. Make preparations for this task.
    1. Remove the tray from the enclosure. See Remove a DWC tray from the enclosure.
    2. Remove the tray cover. See Remove the tray cover.
    3. Remove the cross braces. See Remove the cross braces.
  2. Disconnect the cables from the system board.
    Figure 1. Drive assembly cable routing
    Drive assembly cable installation
    1 SATA 0-1 connector
    2 NVMe 0-1 connector
    3 Drive power 2 connector
    4 SATA 2-3 connector
    5 NVMe 2-3 connector
    6 Drive power 1 connector
  3. Remove the drive cage assembly.
    1. Remove the 3 screws.
    2. Remove the drive assembly out of the node.
    Figure 2. One 15 mm drive cage assembly removal
    One 15 mm drive cage assembly removal
    Figure 3. One 7 mm drive cage assembly removal
    One 7 mm drive cage assembly removal
    Figure 4. Two 7 mm drive cage assembly removal
    Two 7 mm drive cage assembly removal
  4. If necessary, remove the blank bezel fillers.
    Figure 5. Blank bezel filler removal
    Blank bezel filler removal

If you are instructed to return the component or optional device, follow all packaging instructions, and use any packaging materials for shipping that are supplied to you.

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube