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Remove the 7mm drive cage(3–slot)

Use this information to remove the 7mm drive cage(two full-height slots + one 7mm cage).

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.


Depending on the specific type, your backplane might look different from the illustration in this topic.

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

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

    3. Record the cable connections for 7mm drives and then disconnect all cables from the backplanes. See 7mm drives.

  2. Remove the riser 1 or riser 2 assembly from the system board.
    Figure 1. Riser assembly removal
    Riser assembly removal

  3. Remove the 7mm drive cage from the riser assembly
    Figure 2. 7mm drive cage removal
    7mm drive cage removal

    1. Remove the two screws as shown.

    2. Slightly and horizontally slide the cage out of the riser 2 cage.

  4. Remove the two 7mm backplanes from the 7mm drive cage. See Remove the 7mm drive backplanes.
  5. Remove the 7mm drive cage securing clip as shown.
    Figure 3. 7mm drive cage securing clip removal
    7mm drive cage securing clip removal

After you finish

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

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube