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Remove the 2.5-inch rear drive backplane

Use this information to remove the 2.5-inch rear drive backplane.

About this task

  • 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. Prepare your server.
    1. Remove the top cover. See Remove the top cover.
    2. Remove all installed drives and fillers (if any) from the drive bays. See Remove a 2.5/3.5-inch hot-swap drive.
  2. Gently press and hold the tab on the rear hot-swap drive cage as shown and remove the air baffle from the rear hot-swap drive cage.
    Figure 1. Air baffle removal
    Air baffle removal

    1. Press the tab on one side to disengage the air baffle.
    2. Lift the air baffle to remove it from drive cage.
  3. Record the cable connections for 2.5–inch rear drive and then disconnect all cables from the backplanes. For information about the backplane cable routing, see Internal cable routing.
  4. Carefully lift the 2.5-inch rear drive backplane out of the rear hot-swap drive cage.
    Figure 2. 2.5-inch rear drive backplane removal
    2.5-inch rear drive backplane removal

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