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Remove a hot-swap drive

Use this information to remove a hot-swap drive.

Before removing a hot-swap drive:
  1. Ensure that you have back up data on your drive, especially if it is part of a RAID array.
    • Before you make changes to drives, RAID adapters, drive backplanes, or drive cables, back up all important data that is stored on the drives.

    • Before you remove any component of a RAID array, back up all RAID configuration information.

  2. If the server is installed in a rack, extend the server from the rack.

  3. If the server has the front door installed, open it.

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

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

  1. Slide the release latch to open the tray handle.
    Figure 1. Opening the tray handle
    Opening the tray handle

  2. Grasp the tray handle and carefully slide the drive out of the drive bay.
    Figure 2. Hot-swap drive removal
    Hot-swap drive removal

After removing a hot-swap drive:
  1. Install a new drive or install the drive filler to cover the drive bay. See Install a hot-swap drive.

    To ensure that there is adequate system cooling, do not operate the server for more than two minutes without either a drive or a drive filler installed in each bay.
  2. If you are instructed to return the old hot-swap drive, follow all packaging instructions and use any packaging materials that are provided.