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Remove the middle or rear 3.5-inch-drive backplane

Use this information to remove the middle or rear 3.5-inch-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.

The illustration shows removing the backplane from the rear drive cage. The procedure is the same for removing the backplane from the middle drive cage.

  1. Prepare your server.
    1. Remove the top cover. See Remove the top cover.

    2. If you are removing the middle backplane, 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.

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

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

    1. Slightly pivot the release latches outwards in the direction as shown.

    2. Pivot the backplane to release it from the two pins on the drive cage.

    3. Carefully lift the backplane out of the drive cage.

  3. Record the cable connections on the backplane and then disconnect all cables from the backplane. See 2.5-inch/3.5-inch drive backplane (power) and 2.5-inch/3.5-inch drive backplane (signal).