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Remove a hot-swap fan

Use this procedure to remove a hot-swap fan.

About this task

moving parts
Hazardous moving fan blades nearby. Keep fingers and other body parts away.
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.

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

  • If foot stands are installed on the server, rotate them inwards and lay the server on its side for easier operation.


  1. Remove the server cover. See Remove the server cover.
  2. Remove the hot-swap fan.
    Figure 1. Hot-swap fan removal

    Hot-swap fan removal
    1. Pinch on the top of the fan, and press on the latch to release the fan from the connector.
    2. Lift the fan out from the fan cage.

After you finish

  1. Install a new fan or install a fan filler to cover the place. See Install a hot-swap fan.

  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