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Remove a simple-swap drive (bay 3)

Follow this procedure to remove a simple-swap drive 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 from the chassis, see Remove the optical drive cage.
  2. Remove the 3.5-inch drive.
    1. Slide the drive retainer out from the drive cage.
    2. Tear both sides of the retainer apart and remove the drive from the retainer.
      Figure 1. Removing the 3.5-inch drive
      Removing the 3.5-inch drive

      Depending on the configuration, the 3.5-inch drive may be the model in the illustration below.