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Remove the 2.5-inch-drive backplane

Use this information to remove the 2.5-inch-drive backplane.

Before removing the 2.5-inch-drive backplane:
  1. Remove the top cover. See Remove the top cover.

  2. Remove the system fan cage for easier operation. See Remove the system fan cage.

  3. Remove all the installed drives and fillers (if any) from the drive bays. See Remove a hot-swap drive.

To remove the 2.5-inch-drive backplane, complete the following steps:
Depending on the specific type, your backplane might look different from the illustration in this topic.

Watch the procedure

A video of this procedure is available at YouTube.

  1. Lift the release tabs and rotate the backplane backward slightly to release it from the two pins on the chassis.

    2.5-inch-drive backplane removal

  2. Record the cable connections on the backplane and then disconnect all cables from the backplane. For information about the backplane cable routing, see Backplane.
If you are instructed to return the old backplane, follow all packaging instructions and use any packaging materials that are provided.