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Install an optical drive or a tape drive

Use this information to install 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.
  • 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.

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


  1. If necessary, remove the cover of the drive bay filler from the front bezel.
    Figure 1. Drive bay filler cover installation
    Drive bay filler cover installation
    1. Push the tab on the front bezel to release the cover of the drive bay filler.
    2. Remove the cover of the drive bay filler as shown.
  2. If necessary, remove the drive bay filler out of the chassis.
    Figure 2. Drive bay filler installation
    Drive bay filler installation
  3. Remove the retainer from the chassis.
    Figure 3. Drive retainer removal
    Drive retainer removal
  4. Install the retainer to only the left side of the optical drive or tape drive.
    Figure 4. Optical drive retainer installation
    Optical drive retainer installation
  5. Hold the optical drive or tape drive in the correct orientation; then, slide it into the drive bay until it snaps into position.
    Figure 5. Optical drive installation
    Optical drive installation
  6. Connect the power cable and the signal cable to the rear of the optical drive or tape drive. See Optical drive cable routing or Tape drive cable routing.