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Remove a hot-swap drive

Use this information to remove a hot-swap drive.

About this task

  • Read the following section(s) to ensure that you work safely.
  • 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.

  • 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 hot-swap drive.
Install a drive bay filler or replacement drive as soon as possible. See Install a hot-swap drive.
Figure 1. 2.5-inch hot-swap drive removal
2.5-inch hot-swap drive removal
Figure 2. 3.5-inch hot-swap drive removal
3.5-inch hot-swap drive removal
  1. Slide the release latch to unlock the drive handle.
  2. Make sure the drive handle is released after unlocking.
  3. Carefully grasp 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