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Remove the expansion drive cage

Use this information to remove the expansion drive cage.

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.
  • 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.


  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.
    4. Remove all installed hot-swap drives and drive bay fillers (if any) from the drive bays. See Remove a hot-swap drive.
  2. Disconnect all the cables from the backplane.
  3. Remove the expansion drive cage.
    Figure 1. Expansion drive cage removal
    Expansion drive cage removal
    1. Lift and hold the blue retention tab.
    2. Carefully pull the expansion drive cage at the same time to slide it out of the opening in the chassis.

After you finish

Demo video

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