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Remove the middle drive cage

Use this information to remove the middle drive cage.

Before removing the middle drive cage:
  1. Remove the top cover. See Remove the top cover.

  2. Disconnect the cables from the backplane.

To remove the middle drive cage, complete the following steps:

Watch the procedure. A video of the installation and removal process is available at YouTube.

  1. Remove all the installed drives from the drive bays in the middle cage. To remove the drives, do the following:
    1. Hold and lift the two blue handles.
    2. Pull the hot-swap drives from the internal drive cage. See Remove a hot-swap drive.
    Figure 1. Internal drive removal-1
    middle drive cage installation

    Figure 2. Internal drive removal-2
    Hot-swap drive installation

  2. Loosen the thumbscrews that secure the middle drive cage.
    Figure 3. Middle drive cage removal-1
    middle drive cage removal-1

  3. Hold and lift the middle drive cage from the chassis as shown.
    Figure 4. Middle drive cage removal-2
    middle drive cage removal-1

  4. Remove the internal backplane from the middle drive cage.
    1. Remove the screws that secure the internal backplane in the middle drive cage.
    2. Lift the internal backplane out of the middle drive cage.
    Figure 5. Internal backplane removal
    Internal backplane removal

If you are instructed to return the old middle drive cage, follow all packaging instructions and use any packaging materials that are provided.