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Remove a 2.5-inch drive backplane

Follow the instructions in this section to remove a 2.5-inch drive backplane.

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.

  • 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.

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


  1. Make preparation for the task.
    1. Remove the front top cover. See Remove the front top cover.
    2. Remove the front air baffle. See Remove the front air baffle.
    3. Remove all fan modules. See Remove a fan module.
    4. Remove the fan cage. See Remove the fan cage.
    5. Remove all the 2.5-inch hot-swap drives and drive fillers. See Remove a 2.5-inch hot-swap drive.
    6. Record the cable connections first; then, disconnect the power and signal cables from all the backplanes. See 2.5-inch drive backplane cable routing for more information on the internal cable routing.
    7. Remove the drive backplane carrier. See Remove the drive backplane carrier assembly.
  2. Remove the two screws that secure the backplane; then, remove the backplane from the drive backplane carrier.
    Figure 1. Removing backplane from carrier
    Removing backplane from carrier
  3. If necessary, store the two screws back in the backplane carrier.
    Figure 2. Spare screws on backplane carrier
    Spare screws on backplane carrier

After you finish

  1. Install a replacement unit or fill the corresponding drive bays with drive fillers. See Install a 2.5-inch drive backplane.

  2. 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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