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Remove the 3.5-inch/2.5-inch hot-swap drive backplane

Use this information to remove the 3.5-inch/2.5-inch hot-swap drive backplane.

Before removing the hot-swap drive backplane:

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

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

  3. Remove the server cover (see Remove the server cover).

To remove the hot-swap drive backplane, complete the following steps:

  1. Remove the front door (see Remove the front door).
  2. Remove the front bezel (see Remove the front bezel).
  3. Remove all installed drives and drive bay fillers (if any) from the drive cage. See Remove a hot-swap drive or Removing a 2.5-inch SSD from a 3.5-inch drive bay.
  4. Remove the system fan. (see Remove the front system fan).
  5. Disconnect all the cables from the backplane.
  6. Lift the release latch and slide the drive cage out of the chassis.
    Figure 1. Drive cage removal
    Drive cage removal
  7. Open the plunger that secures the backplane
  8. Slightly lift the backplane to disengage it from the drive cage; then, remove the backplane from the drive cage.
    Figure 2. Hot-swap drive backplane removal
    Hot-swap drive backplane removal

After removing the hot-swap drive backplane:

If you are instructed to return the defective component, please package the part to prevent any shipping damage. Reuse the packaging the new part arrived in and follow all packaging instructions.

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube