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Remove the drive cage (bay 3)

Follow this procedure to remove a simple-swap drive cage from bay 3.

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.
About this task
Watch the procedure
  • A video of this procedure is available at YouTube.


  1. Make preparation for this task.
    1. Remove the server cover, see Remove the server cover.

      The heat sink and processor could be very hot. To avoid burning yourself, wait for a few minutes after turning off the server before you remove the server cover.

    2. If applicable, remove the optical drive, see Remove an optical drive.
    3. Remove the optical drive cage, see Remove the optical drive cage.
    4. If applicable, remove the 3.5-inch drive from the 3.5-inch drive cage, see Remove a simple-swap drive (bay 3).
  2. Remove the 3.5-inch drive cage from the optical drive cage.
    1. Remove the screw that secures the 3.5-inch drive cage to the optical drive cage. Reserve the screw to be used for reinstalling the 3.5-inch drive cage..
    2. Slide the optical drive cage to separate it from the 3.5-inch drive cage.
      Figure 1. Removing the 3.5-inch drive cage from the optical drive cage
      Removing the 3.5-inch drive cage from the optical drive cage
After you finish
  1. Install a new 3.5-inch drive cage, see Install the drive cage (bay 3).

  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.