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Remove an internal drive

Follow instructions in this section to remove an internal drive.

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.

About this task

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

  • If applicable, remove the security bezel. See Remove the security bezel.

  • Power off the server and peripheral devices and disconnect the power cords and all external cables. See Power off the server.

  • If the server is installed in a rack, remove the server from the rack. See Remove the server from the rack.

  • If one or more NVMe solid-state drives are to be removed, it is recommended to disable them beforehand via the operating system.

  • Before you remove or make changes to drives, drive controllers (including controllers that are integrated on the system board), drive backplanes or drive cables, back up all important data that is stored on drives.

  • Before you remove any component of a RAID array (drive, RAID card, etc.), back up all RAID configuration information.


  1. Make preparation for this task.
    1. Remove the top cover. See Remove the top cover.
  2. Pinch and lift the handles to pivot the internal drive cage up.
    Figure 1. Pivoting the internal drive cage

  3. Locate the internal drive to be removed.
    Table 1. Internal drive bay numbering (viewed from the front of the internal drive cage)
    Bay 4Bay 6
    Bay 5Bay 7
  4. Remove the internal drive.
    1. Slide the release latch to unlock the drive handle.
    2. Rotate the drive handle to the open position.
    3. Grasp the handle and slide the drive out of the drive bay.
      Figure 2. Removing an internal drive

After you finish

  • Install a replacement unit. See Install an internal drive.

  • If there is no replacement internal drive to be installed, pinch the handles and press the internal drive cage down; then, complete the parts replacement. See Complete the parts replacement.

  • 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