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Remove an optical drive or a tape drive

Use this information to remove an optical drive or a tape drive.

About this task

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.
Laser hazard
When laser products (such as CD-ROMs, DVD drives, fiber optic devices, or transmitters) are installed, note the following:
  • Do not remove the covers. Removing the covers of the laser product could result in exposure to hazardous laser radiation. There are no serviceable parts inside the device.
  • Use of controls or adjustments or performance of procedures other than those specified herein might result in hazardous radiation exposure.
Laser hazard
This product contains a Class 1M laser. Do not view directly with optical instruments.
This section only applies to server models that come with a optical or tape drive. For those that come with a 5.25-inch drive bay adapter, see Remove the 5.25-inch drive bay adapter assembly.
  • Read Installation guidelines to ensure that you work safely.

  • Power off the server and disconnect all power cords for this task.

  • 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.

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

The following illustrations are based on the scenario that you remove an optical drive. The procedure is similar for removing a tape drive.


  1. Make preparations for this task.
    1. Remove the server cover. See Remove the server cover.
    2. Remove the security door. See Remove the security door.
    3. Remove the front bezel. See Remove the front bezel.
  2. Disconnect the cables from the rear of the optical drive or tape drive.
  3. Remove the optical drive or tape drive.
    Figure 1. Optical drive removal
    Optical drive removal
    1. Press and hold the release tab.
    2. Carefully pull the optical drive or tape drive at the same time to remove it from the chassis.

After you finish

  1. Install a new optical drive, tape drive, or filler to cover the drive bay. See Install an optical drive or a tape drive. To install a filler, complete the following steps:
    1. Insert the filler to the vacant drive bay.

      Figure 2. Drive bay filler installation
      Drive bay filler installation
    2. Install the cover of the drive bay filler to the front bezel. Then, install the front bezel to the chassis.

      Figure 3. Drive bay filler cover installation
      Drive bay filler cover installation
  2. Remove the retainer from the removed optical drive or tape drive, and then install the retainer to the chassis.

    Figure 4. Drive retainer installation
    Drive retainer installation
  3. 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