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Install an optical drive or a tape drive

Follow the instructions in this section 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.
  • Read Installation Guidelines and Safety inspection checklist to ensure that you work safely.

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

  • 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.
    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.
      Figure 1. Removal of a drive bay filler cover
      Drive bay filler cover installation
  2. If necessary, remove the drive bay filler out of the chassis.
    Figure 2. Removal of a drive bay filler
    Drive bay filler installation
  3. Remove the retainer from the chassis.
    Figure 3. Removal of a drive retainer
    Drive retainer removal
  4. Install the retainer only to the left side of the optical drive or tape drive.
    Figure 4. Installation of an optical drive retainer
    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. Installation of an optical drive
    Optical drive installation
  6. Connect the power cable and signal cable to the rear of the optical drive or tape drive assembly. See Optical/tape drives.

After you finish

  1. Reinstall the front bezel. See Install a front bezel.

  2. Reinstall the security door. See Install the security door.

  3. Reinstall the server cover. See Install a server cover.

  4. Complete the parts replacement. See Complete the parts replacement.