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Remove a PCIe adapter (Riser)

Use this information to remove a PCIe adapter from the riser.

About this task

  • Replacing the adapter might impact your RAID configurations. Back up your data before the replacement to avoid any data loss due to a RAID configuration change.

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


  1. Make preparations for this task.
    1. Remove the top cover. See Remove the top cover.
    2. Remove the PCIe riser assembly. See Remove the PCIe riser assembly.
  2. Remove the PCIe adapter.
    1. Disengage the adapter by pulling it straight out of the riser cage.
    2. If necessary, install the fillers.
    Figure 1. PCIe adapter removal
    PCIe adapter removal
    Remove one adapter at a time, do not pull out two adapters at the same time.
  3. Record the cable connections on the adapter; then, disconnect all cables from the adapter.

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