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Remove a hot-swap drive

Use this information to remove a hot-swap drive.

About this task

240VA shock hazard

Hazardous energy present. Voltages with hazardous energy might cause heating when shorted with metal, which might result in spattered metal, burns, or both.

  • Read Installation guidelines to ensure that you work safely.

  • Prevent exposure to static electricity, which might lead to system halt and loss of data, by keeping static-sensitive components in their static-protective packages until installation, and handling these devices with an electrostatic-discharge wrist strap or other grounding system.

Before removing a hot-swap drive:
  • 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.


  1. Use the key to unlock the server cover; then, open the security door.
  2. Locate the drive you want to remove.
  3. Remove the hot-swap drive.
    Figure 1. Opening the tray handle
    Opening the tray handle
    1. Slide the release latch to open the tray handle.
    2. The tray handle opens automatically.
    3. Pull the tray handle and carefully slide the drive out of the drive bay.

After you finish

  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 component or optional device, follow all packaging instructions, and use any packaging materials for shipping that are supplied to you.

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube