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Remove a simple-swap drive

Use this information to remove a simple-swap drive.

About this task

  • Read the following section(s) to ensure that you work safely.
  • Turn off the server. Disconnect the power cords and all external cables. See Power off the server.

  • To avoid damage to the drive connectors, make sure that the server top cover is in place and fully closed whenever you install or remove a simple-swap drive.

  • For proper system cooling, do not operate the server for more than 2 minutes without either a drive or a filler panel installed in each bay.

  • 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.

  • If an NVMe drive is to be removed, it is recommended to disable it beforehand via the operating system.

  • Before you remove any component of a RAID array, back up all RAID configuration information.

Make sure you have the drive bay fillers available if some drive bays will be left empty after the removal.


Remove the simple-swap drive.
Figure 1. Simple-swap drive removal
Simple-swap drive removal
  1. Use a flat-blade screwdriver to rotate the drive lock clockwise.
  2. Make sure the drive handle is released after unlocking.
  3. Carefully grab the handle and slide the drive out of the drive bay.

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