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Remove the 3.5-inch/2.5-inch drive cage

Follow instructions in this section to remove the 3.5-inch/2.5-inch drive cage.

About this task

To avoid potential danger, read and follow the following safety statements.
  • S002
    disconnect all power
    The power-control button on the device and the power switch on the power supply do not turn off the electrical current supplied to the device. The device also might have more than one power cord. To remove all electrical current from the device, ensure that all power cords are disconnected from the power source.
  • Read the Installation guidelines to ensure that you work safely.

  • Turn off the server and peripheral devices, and disconnect the power cords and all external cables (see Power off the server).

  • If the server is in a rack, remove it from the rack.

  • Remove any locking device that secures the server cover, such as a Kensington lock or a pad lock.


  1. Make preparations for this task.
    1. Remove the server cover (see Remove the server cover).
    2. Remove the front door (see Remove the front door).
    3. Remove the front bezel (see Remove the front bezel).
    4. Remove any drives or drive bay fillers and set them aside on a static-protective surface (see Remove a hot-swap drive or Remove a simple-swap drive).
    5. Remove the system fan (see Remove the front system fan).
  2. Disconnect the cables from the backplane or backplate.
    Follow the instructions below to disconnect the cable from the SATA hard disk drive connector (especially SATA hard disk drive 4 and 5 connectors):
    1. Press on the sides of the connector on the cable with your thumb and middle finger.

    2. Release the latch with your index finger as illustrated.

    3. Carefully pull the cable out of the connector on the system board.

    Figure 1. Disconnecting the cable from the SATA hard disk drive connector
    Disconnecting the cable from the SATA hard disk drive connector
  3. Remove the drive cage from the chassis.
    1. Press and hold the drive cage release latch.
    2. Carefully slide the drive cage out of the chassis.
    Figure 2. Removing the drive cage
    Removing the drive cage
  4. Remove the backplane or backplate (see Remove the 3.5-inch/2.5-inch hot-swap drive backplane or Remove the 3.5-inch simple-swap drive backplate).

After this task is completed

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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