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Remove a hot-swap drive

Follow the instructions in this section to remove a hot-swap drive or drive tray from a drive and, if necessary, remove 2.5-inch drive from a 3.5-inch drive tray.

About this task

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 and Safety inspection checklist 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.

  • To make sure that there is adequate system cooling, do not operate the solution for more than two minutes without either a drive or a filler installed in each bay.

  • If one or more NVMe solid-state drives are to be removed, it is recommended to disable them beforehand via the operating system.

  • Before removing or making changes to drives, drive controllers (including controllers that are integrated on the system board), drive backplanes or drive cables, back up all important data that is stored on drives.

  • Before removing any component of a RAID array (drive, RAID card, etc.), back up all RAID configuration information.


Make sure that the drive bay fillers are available in case needed after the removal of drives.


  1. Use the key to unlock the server cover; then, open the security door.
  2. Locate the drive or drive tray to be removed.
  3. Remove the hot-swap drive.
    1. Slide the release latch to open the tray handle.
    2. The tray handle opens automatically.
    3. Pull the tray handle and carefully slide the drive out of the drive bay.
    Figure 1. Opening the tray handle
    Opening the tray handle
  4. (Optional) If necessary, remove a 2.5-inch drive from a 3.5-inch drive tray.
    1. Remove the five screws that secure the 2.5-inch drive and the drive adapter; then, remove the 2.5-inch drive and the drive adapter from the tray.
      Figure 2. Removal of the screws that secure the 2.5-inch drive and the drive adapter
      Removing the screws that secure the 2.5-inch drive and the drive adapter
    2. Remove the two screws that secure the 2.5-inch drive; then, remove the drive from the drive adapter.
      Figure 3. Removal of a 2.5-inch drive from the drive adapter
      2.5-inch drive removal from the drive adapter

After this task is completed

  1. Install a replacement unit or filler, see Install a hot-swap drive.

  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.