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Remove an EDSFF hot-swap drive

Follow instructions in this section to remove an EDSFF hot-swap drive.

About this task

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

  • To make sure that there is adequate system cooling, do not operate the solution for more than two minutes without either a drive or a filler installed in each bay.

  • If one or more EDSFF drives are to be removed, it is recommended to disable them beforehand via the operating system.

  • Before you remove or make changes to drives, drive controllers (including controllers that are integrated on the system board), 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.


Make sure you have the drive bay fillers available if some drive bays will be left empty after the removal.


  1. Hold the handle of the EDSFF drive cage cover and pull it out of the server.
    Figure 1. Removing the EDSFF drive cage cover
    Removing the EDSFF drive cage cover
  2. Remove the EDSFF hot-swap drive.
    1. Slide the release latch to unlock the drive handle.
    2. Rotate the drive handle to the open position.
    3. Grasp the handle and slide the drive out of the drive bay.
      Figure 2. Removing an EDSFF hot-swap drive
      Removing an EDSFF hot-swap drive
  3. Install a drive bay filler or replacement drive as soon as possible. See Install an EDSFF hot-swap drive.
  4. Reinstall the EDSFF drive cage cover back to the server.
    Figure 3. Reinstalling EDSFF drive cage cover
    Reinstalling the EDSFF drive cage cover
After you finish

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