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Remove a 2.5-inch hot-swap drive

Follow the 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.


Remove the 2.5-inch drive.
Figure 1. Removing a 2.5-inch drive
Removing a 2.5-inch drive
  1. Slide the release latch to open the tray handle.
  2. The tray handle opens automatically.
  3. Grasp and pull the handle to remove the drive from the drive bay.

After you finish

  1. Install a replacement unit or filler. See Install a 2.5-inch hot-swap 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