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Remove the 7mm rear drive assembly

Use this information to remove the 7mm rear drive assembly.

About this task

The following illustrates how to remove the 7mm rear drive assembly.

  • 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.


  1. Remove the top cover. See Remove the top cover.
  2. Remove the drives or drive fillers installed in the 7mm rear drive cage. See Remove a 2.5/3.5-inch hot-swap drive.
  3. Disconnect the 7mm rear drive cage cables from the processor board or the PCIe adapter.
  4. Lift the 7mm rear drive cage out of the chassis.
    Figure 1. 7mm rear drive cage removal
    7mm rear drive cage removal

  5. If the rear backplane is reused, remove the rear backplane. See Remove the 7mm drive backplanes.

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

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