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Remove the 7mm drive backplanes

Follow instructions in this section to remove the 7mm drive backplanes.

About this task

  • Read Installation Guidelines and Safety inspection checklist to ensure that you work safely.

  • Power off the server and peripheral devices and disconnect the power cords and all external cables. See Power off the server.

  • 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 assembly), 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.


  1. Remove the 7mm drive backplane on the top.
    Figure 1. Removing the 7mm drive backplane (top)
    7mm drive backplane removal (top)
    1. Remove the two screws.
    2. Vertically lift the backplane up and put it aside.
  2. Remove the 7mm drive backplane at the bottom.
    Figure 2. Removing the 7mm drive backplane (bottom)
    7mm drive backplane removal (bottom)
    1. Remove the screw.
    2. Remove the backplane horizontally from the cage as shown.

After you finish

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

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

  2. 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