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Remove the air baffle

Follow instructions in this section 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 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 and Safety inspection checklist 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.

  • Prevent exposure to static electricity, which might lead to system halt and loss of data, by keeping static-sensitive components in their static-protective packages until installation, and handling these devices with an electrostatic-discharge wrist strap or other grounding systems.

  • If you intend to install memory modules in the server, you must first remove the air baffle from the server.


  1. Remove the top cover. See Remove the top cover.
  2. If there is a RAID flash power module installed on the back side of the air baffle, disconnect the RAID flash power module cable first.
  3. Grasp the air baffle and carefully lift it out of the server.
    Figure 1. 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 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.