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Remove a 7mm drive

Follow the instructions in this section to remove a 7mm drive.

About this task

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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 the 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.


Gently rotate the release latch away to unlock the drive handle; then, grasp and pull the handle to remove the drive from the drive bay.
Figure 1. Removing a 7mm drive
Removing a 7mm drive

After you finish

  1. Install a replacement unit or filler. See Install a 7mm drive.

  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

Watch the procedure on YouTube