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Remove a tape drive

Follow instructions in this section to remove a tape 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.
  • S006
    Laser hazard
    When laser products (such as CD-ROMs, DVD drives, fiber optic devices, or transmitters) are installed, note the following:
    • Do not remove the covers. Removing the covers of the laser product could result in exposure to hazardous laser radiation. There are no serviceable parts inside the device.
    • Use of controls or adjustments or performance of procedures other than those specified herein might result in hazardous radiation exposure.
  • 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.

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


  1. Remove the server cover (see Remove the server cover).
  2. Disconnect the cables from the rear of the tape drive.
  3. Gently pull the metal tab on the side of the chassis and push the tape drive outward from the rear; then, draw the tape drive out of the chassis.
    Figure 1. Removing a tape drive

    Removing a tape drive

After this task is completed

  1. Install one of the following:

  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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