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Remove the drive cage

Follow instructions in this section to remove the drive cage from the node.

About this task

To avoid potential danger, make sure to read and follow the safety information.

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    disconnect all power
    The power-control button on the device and the power switch on the power supply do not turn off the electrical current supplied to the device. The device also might have more than one power cord. To remove all electrical current from the device, ensure that all power cords are disconnected from the power source.

Depending on the specific configuration, the drives, drive bay fillers, or drive cage might look different from the illustrations in this section.


  1. Make preparations for this task.
    1. Remove all drives and drive bay fillers (see Remove a hot-swap drive) and disconnect all cables.
    2. If applicable, unlock or remove any locking device that secures the top cover, such as a Kensington lock; then, remove the top cover (see Remove the top cover).
    3. Disconnect all the cables from the drive backplane(s) (see Cable routing for the hot-swap drives).
  2. Disengage and remove the drive cage.
    1. Remove the four screws as shown to disengage the drive cage.
      Figure 1. Removal of the drive cage screws
      Removing the drive cage screws
    2. Lift up the drive cage to remove it from the node.
      Figure 2. Removal of the drive cage
      Removing the drive cage


After this task is completed

  • Lay the drive cage on a flat, static-protective surface.
  • Install a replacement unit (see Install a drive cage).
  • If you are instructed to return the component, follow all of the packaging instructions and use any packaging materials for shipping that are supplied to you.