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Remove the 2.5-inch drive cage assembly

Follow instructions in this section to remove the 2.5-inch 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.
  • When removing drives, record the drive bay the drive is removed from, and use the record as a checklist when installing the drives.


  1. Make preparation for this task.
    1. Remove the top cover. See Remove the top cover.
    2. Remove all of the 2.5-inch hot-swap drives and the drive bay fillers (if any) from the drive bays. See Remove a 2.5-inch hot-swap drive. Place the drives on a static protective surface.
    3. Disconnect the power and signal cables from the 2.5-inch drive backplane.
  2. Remove the 2.5-inch drive cage assembly.
    1. Loosen the two thumbscrews that secure the drive cage assembly to the chassis.
    2. Slide the drive cage assembly out of the chassis.
      Figure 1. 2.5-inch drive cage assembly removal
      2.5-inch drive cage assembly removal

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

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