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Remove the EDSFF drive cage assembly

Follow instructions in this section to remove the EDSFF drive cage assembly.

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.

  • If the server is installed in a rack, slide the server out on its rack slide rails to gain access to the top cover, or remove the server from the rack. See Remove the server from rack.

  • 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.


  1. Prepare your server.
    1. Remove the top cover. See Remove the top cover.
    2. Remove all EDSFF hot-swap drives and drive bay fillers (if any) from the chassis. See Remove an EDSFF hot-swap drive. Place the drives on a static protective surface.
  2. Disconnect the power and signal cables from the EDSFF drive backplane.
  3. Remove the EDSFF drive cage assembly.
    1. Pull out the plunger on the drive cage assembly.
    2. Slide the drive cage assembly out of the chassis.
      Figure 1. Removing the EDSFF drive cage assembly
      Removing the EDSFF drive cage assembly
After you finish
  • Install a replacement unit. See Install the EDSFF drive cage assembly.

  • 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

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