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Remove the 7mm rear drive assembly

Use this information to remove the 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 disconnect all power cords for this task.

  • 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 system.


  1. Remove the top cover. See Remove the top cover.
  2. Remove the drives or drive fillers installed in the rear drive cage. See Remove a 2.5-inch hot-swap drive.
  3. Disconnect the rear drive cage cables from the system board or the PCIe adapter. See Internal cable routing.
    • If you need to disconnect cables from the system board assembly, disengage all latches or release tabs on cable connectors first. Failing to release the tab before removing the cables will damage the cable sockets on the system board assembly. Any damage to the cable sockets might require replacing the system board assembly.

    • The connectors on your system board assembly might look different from those in the illustration, but the removal procedure is the same.

      1. Press the release tab to release the connector.

      2. Disengage the connector from the cable socket.

    Figure 1. Disconnecting cables from the system board assembly
    Disconnecting leak detection cable

  4. Lift the rear drive cage out of the chassis.
    Figure 2. Hot-swap rear drive cage removal
    Hot-swap 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 old rear drive cage, follow all packaging instructions and use any packaging materials provided.

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube