Skip to main content

Remove a simple-swap drive

Follow instructions in this section to remove a simple-swap drive.

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 installed in a rack, extend the server from the rack.

  • Use the front door key to unlock the front door, and then open the front door.

  • 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 drives.

  • If an NVMe drive is to be removed, it is recommended to disable it beforehand via the operating system.

  • Before you remove any component of a RAID array (drive, RAID card, etc.), back up all RAID configuration information.


  1. Locate the simple-swap drive to be removed.
  2. Use a screwdriver to turn the tray handle lock 1 to the unlocked position. The tray handle opens automatically.
    Figure 1. Unlocking the drive tray handle
    Unlocking the drive tray handle
  3. Pull the handle and carefully slide the simple-swap drive out of the chassis.
    Install a drive bay filler or replacement drive as soon as possible. See Install a simple-swap drive.
    Figure 2. Removing the simple-swap drive
    Removing the simple-swap drive

After this task is completed

  1. Install a new drive or drive filler into the vacant drive bay (see Install a simple-swap drive).

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