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Remove the front 2.5'' drive backplane

Use this information to remove the backplane for four, eight, or ten 2.5'' hot-swap drives.

About this task

The following describes how to remove the backplane for ten 2.5'' hot-swap drives. You can remove the backplane for four or eight 2.5'' hot-swap drives in the same way.

  • 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 system.


  1. Remove the top cover. See Remove the top cover.
  2. Remove all the installed drives and drive fillers from the drive bays. See Remove a 2.5''/3.5'' hot-swap drive.
  3. Disconnect the cables from the backplane. See Internal cable routing. If the cable connectors come with protective dust caps, make sure to put them back on.
  4. Grasp the backplane and carefully lift it out of the chassis.
    Figure 1. Removal of backplane for ten 2.5'' hot-swap drives
    Removal of backplane for ten 2.5'' hot-swap drives
  5. Remove the backplane from its bracket.
    Figure 2. Removing a backplane

    1. Loosen two screws that lock the bracket.
    2. Slide the backplane down and remove it as illustrated above.
    The removal of 4 x 2.5-inch drive backplane with a short bracket is the same.

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