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Remove an optical drive or a tape drive

Follow the instructions in this section to remove 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.
This section only applies to server models that come with an optical or tape drive. For those that come with a 5.25-inch drive bay adapter, see Remove a 5.25-inch drive bay adapter assembly.
  • 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.

The following illustrations are based on the scenario of removing an optical drive. The procedure is similar to that of removing a tape drive.


  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.
  2. Disconnect every cable from the rear of the optical drive or tape drive assembly.
  3. Remove the optical drive or tape drive.
    1. Press and hold the release tab.
    2. At the same time, carefully pull the optical drive or tape drive assembly to remove it out of the chassis.
      Figure 1. Removal of an optical drive
      Optical drive removal

After this task is completed

  1. Install a replacement unit. See Install an optical drive or a tape drive. To install a filler, follow the steps below:
    1. Insert the filler to the vacant drive bay.

      Figure 2. Installation of a drive bay filler
      Drive bay filler installation
    2. Install the cover of the drive bay filler to the front bezel; then, install the front bezel to the chassis. See Install a front bezel.

      Figure 3. Installation of a drive bay filler cover and then a front bezel
      Drive bay filler cover installation
  2. Remove the retainer from the removed optical drive or tape drive; then, install this retainer to the chassis.

    Figure 4. Installation of a drive retainer
    Drive retainer installation
  3. 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.