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Remove the expansion drive cage

Follow the instructions in this section to remove an expansion drive cage.

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.


  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.
    4. Remove all installed drives and drive bay fillers (if any) from the drive bays. See Remove a hot-swap drive.
  2. Disconnect all cables from the backplane.
  3. Remove the expansion drive cage.
    1. Lift and hold the blue retention tab.
    2. Meanwhile, carefully pull the expansion drive cage until it is completely out of the bay.
    Figure 1. Removal of an expansion drive cage
    Expansion drive cage removal

After this task is completed

  1. Install the replacement unit(s), if necessary. See Install an expansion drive cage or Install an optical drive cage.

  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.