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Remove an optical or tape drive

Follow this procedure to remove an optical or RDX/LTO tape drive.

This section only applies to server models that come with an optical or tape drive. For those that come with a 5.25-inch drive adapter, see Remove a 5.25-inch drive bay adapter assembly.
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.
Before removing an optical or tape drive:
  1. Read the safety information and installation guidelines (see Safety and Installation guidelines).

  2. Turn off the server and peripheral devices, and disconnect the power cords and all external cables (see Power off the server).

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

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

  5. Remove the server cover (see Remove the server cover).
    The heat sinks and processor could be very hot. To avoid from burning yourself, wait for a few minutes after turning off the server before you remove the server cover.
  6. Remove the front bezel (see Remove the front bezel).

To remove an optical or tape drive, complete the following steps:

  1. Disconnect every cable from the drive assembly.

    Follow the instructions in Internal cable routing and handle the release tab on the connector carefully.

  2. Press the release tab on the side of the chassis, and slide the drive assembly out from the drive bay.
    Figure 1. Removing the optical drive assembly
    Removing the optical drive assembly

After removing an optical or tape drive:

  1. Install one of the following:

    • A optical or tape drive (see Install an optical or tape drive).

    • A 5.25-inch drive bay adapter (see Install a 5.25-inch drive bay adapter assembly).

    • Otherwise:

      1. Store the drive retainer into the gap on the side of the chassis for future use.

        Figure 2. Storing the drive retainer
        Storing the drive retainer
      2. Install the shield into the drive bay.

        Figure 3. Installing the drive bay shield
        Installing the drive bay shield
      3. Press the filler into the slot on the front bezel until it snaps in place.

        Figure 4. Installing the drive filler
        Installing the drive filler
      4. Install the front bezel (see Install the front bezel).

  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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