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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 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.

Watch the procedure
  • A video of this procedure is available at YouTube.


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