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Remove the 4 x 3.5-inch rear drive cage

Use this information to remove the 4 x 3.5-inch rear drive cage.

About this task

  1. Read Installation Guidelines to ensure that you work safely.

  2. Power off the server and disconnect all power cords for this task.

  3. 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.

A video for this task is available at YouTube


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

    2. Disconnect the cables from the rear drive backplane. See Internal cable routing.

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

  2. Remove the 4 x 3.5-inch rear drive cage.
    Figure 1. Removing the 4 x 3.5-inch reard rive cage
    Removing the 4 x 3.5-inch rear drive cage
    1. Twist and pull out the blue plungers.

    2. Slide the drive cage towards the rear of the chassis to release it.

  3. If needed, remove the backplane from the drive cage. See Remove the middle or rear 3.5-inch-drive backplane.

After you finish

If you are instructed to return the old drive cage, follow all packaging instructions and use any packaging materials that are provided.