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Remove the 2.5-inch hot-swap drive backplane

Use this information to remove the 2.5-inch hot-swap drive backplane.

About this task

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

  • Before you make changes to the drives, drive controllers, drive backplanes, or drive cables, make sure to back up all important data stored in drives.

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

Several different types of 2.5-inch drive backplanes can be installed in the compute node. For example, some 2.5-inch drive backplanes come with a lever, while others don’t (refer to the illustrations below). All are removed and installed in a similar manner.


  1. Pull the drives and fillers out slightly from the drive bays to disengage them from the backplane.
  2. Lift up the backplane.
    Figure 1. 2.5-inch drive backplane removal
    2.5-inch drive backplane removal
After you finish

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