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Remove the air baffle

Use this information to remove the air baffle.

About this task

Depending on the model, your server might not have an air baffle installed. The air baffle you want to remove might be different from the following illustrations, but the removal method is the same.

240VA shock hazard

Hazardous energy present. Voltages with hazardous energy might cause heating when shorted with metal, which might result in spattered metal, burns, or both.

moving parts
Hazardous moving fan blades nearby. Keep fingers and other body parts away.
  • Read Installation guidelines to ensure that you work safely.

  • Power off the server and disconnect all power cords for this task.


  1. Remove the top cover. See Remove the top cover.
  2. If there is a RAID flash power module installed on the bottom of the air baffle, disconnect the RAID flash power module cable first.
    1. Press the release tab to release the connector.
    2. Disengage the connector from the cable socket.
      Failing to release the tab before removing the cables will damage the cable sockets on the system board. Any damage to the cable sockets might require replacing the system board.
      Figure 1. Disconnecting RAID flash power module cables

  3. Grasp the air baffle and carefully lift it out of the server.
    Figure 2. Air baffle removal
    Air baffle removal

    Operating the server with the air baffle removed might damage server components. For proper cooling and airflow, install the air baffle before you power on the server.

After you finish

If you would like to reuse the RAID flash power module installed on the bottom of the air baffle, remove it from the air baffle. See Remove the RAID flash power module on the air baffle.

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube