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Remove a hot-swap drive

Use this information to remove a hot-swap drive.

About this task

The following describes the information that you must consider for this task:
  • Ensure that you have backed up data on your drive, especially if it is part of a RAID array.
    • 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.

  • Read Installation Guidelines to ensure that you work safely.

  • 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.

  • To ensure that there is adequate system cooling, do not operate the server for more than two minutes without either a drive or a drive filler installed in each bay.


  1. If the security bezel is installed, remove it first. See Remove the security bezel.
  2. Slide the release latch to the left to open the drive tray handle.
    Figure 1. 2.5-inch hot-swap drive
    Opening the drive tray handle

    Figure 2. 3.5-inch hot-swap drive
    Opening the drive tray handle

  3. Grasp the handle and slide the drive out of the drive bay.
    Figure 3. 2.5-inch hot-swap drive
    Opening the drive tray handle

    Figure 4. 3.5-inch hot-swap drive
    Hot-swap drive removal

After you finish

  1. Install a new drive or drive filler to cover the drive bay. See Install a hot-swap drive.

  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