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Remove the hot-swap rear drive assembly

Use this information to remove the hot-swap rear drive assembly.

About this task

The following illustrates how to remove the 2.5-inch rear drive assembly. You can remove the 7mm rear drive assembly in the same way.

  • Read Installation guidelines 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 hot-swap rear drive cage. See Remove a hot-swap drive.
  3. Disconnect the hot-swap rear drive cage cables from the system board or the PCIe adapter.
  4. Hold the two blue touch points and directly 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 2.5-inch rear drive backplane.

After you finish

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

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube