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Remove the 3.5-inch drive rear backplane

Use this information to remove the 3.5-inch 2-bay or 4-bay rear drive backplane.

About this task

  • 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.

  • Before you remove or make changes to drives, drive controllers (including controllers that are integrated on the system board), drive backplanes or drive cables, back up all important data that is stored on drives.

  • Before you remove any component of a RAID array (drive, RAID card, etc.), back up all RAID configuration information.

  • If one or more NVMe solid-state drives are to be removed, it is recommended to disable them beforehand via the operating system.


Figure 1. Removing the 2 x 3.5-inch rear drive backplane
Removing the 2 x 3.5-inch rear drive backplane

Figure 2. Removing the 4 x 3.5-inch rear drive backplane
Removing the 4 x 3.5-inch rear drive backplane

  1. Open the release latches in the direction as shown.
  2. Rotate the backplane from the top to disengage it from the pins on the drive cage.
  3. Carefully lift the backplane out of the drive cage.

After you finish

  1. Do one of the following:
    • If you are replacing the backplane, install a new backplane to the drive cage.

    • If you are replacing the drive cage, install the backplane to a new drive cage.

  2. If you are instructed to return the defective component, follow all packaging instructions and use any packaging materials that are provided.

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube