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Remove a 2.5-inch hot-swap drive (SXM GPU Model)

Follow instructions in this section to remove a 2.5-inch 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 NVMe solid-state 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.


Remove a 2.5-inch hot-swap drive.
  1. Slide the release latch to open the drive tray handle.
  2. Rotate the drive handle to the open position.
  3. Grasp the handle and the slide the drive out of the drive bay.
Install a drive bay filler or replacement drive as soon as possible. See Install a 2.5-inch hot-swap drive.
Figure 1. Removing a 2.5-inch drive in the SXM GPU Model
Removing a 2.5-inch drive in the SXM GPU Model