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Remove the air baffle

Follow instructions in this section to remove the air baffle.

About this task

240VA shock hazard

Hazardous energy present. Voltages with hazardous energy might cause heating when shorted with metal, which might result in spattered metal, burns, or both.

moving parts
Hazardous moving fan blades nearby. Keep fingers and other body parts away.


The illustrated air baffle is the standard air baffle. The removal procedure is the same for the GPU air baffle.

  1. Make preparation for the task.
    1. If the server is installed in a rack, slide the server out on its rack slide rails to gain access to the top cover, or remove the server from the rack. See Remove the server from rack.
    2. Remove the top cover. See Remove the top cover.
    3. If there is a RAID flash power module installed on the air baffle, disconnect the cable of the RAID flash power module first.
    4. If there is an M.2 drive installed on the air baffler, disconnect M.2 backplane cables from the system board assembly.
    5. If there is a GPU installed on the air baffle, remove the GPU first. See Remove a GPU adapter.
  2. Grasp the air baffle and carefully lift it out of the chassis.
    Figure 1. Removing the air baffle
    For proper cooling and airflow, reinstall the air baffle before you turn on the server. Operating the server with the air baffle removed might damage server components.

    Removing the air baffle
  3. (Optional) Remove the fillers from the air baffle if you are using 1U standard heat sinks or performance heat sinks and need to change to 2U standard heat sinks.
    Figure 2. Air baffle filler removal
    Removal of the standard air baffle filler

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