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Remove a 3.5-inch drive backplane

Follow the instructions in this section to remove a 3.5-inch drive backplane.

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 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.

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

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


  1. Make preparations for this task.
    1. Remove all installed drives and drive bay fillers (if any) from the drive bays. See Remove a hot-swap drive.
    2. Remove the server cover. See Remove the server cover.
  2. Disconnect all cables from the backplane.
  3. Remove the backplane.
    1. Pull out the blue plunger that secures the backplane.
    2. Adjust the backplane to disengage it from the drive cage; then, remove the backplane from the drive cage.
    Figure 1. Removal of a 3.5-inch drive backplane
    Removal of the 3.5-inch drive backplane

After this task is completed

  1. Install the replacement unit(s), if necessary. See Install a 3.5-inch drive backplane.

  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.