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Remove the 3.5-inch simple-swap drive backplate

Use this information to remove the 3.5-inch simple-swap drive backplate.

Before removing the simple-swap drive backplate:

  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 simple-swap drive backplate, 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 the front system fan. (see Remove the front system fan).
  4. Remove all the installed simple-swap drives and drive bay fillers (if any) from the drive cage, then disconnect all the cables from the backplate. See Remove a simple-swap drive or Removing a 2.5-inch SSD from a 3.5-inch drive bay.
  5. Lift the release latch and slide the drive cage out of the chassis.
    Depending on the model, your drive cage might look slightly different from the illustration.
    Figure 1. Drive cage removal
    Drive cage removal
  6. Open the plunger that secures the backplate
  7. Slightly lift the backplate to disengage it from the drive cage; then, remove the backplate from the drive cage.
    Figure 2. Simple-swap drive backplate removal
    Simple-swap drive backplate removal

After removing the simple-swap drive backplate:

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