Removing a drive drawer

After removing the right and left cable chains, you can remove the drive drawer from the drive shelf. Removing a drive drawer entails sliding the drawer part of the way out, recording the locations of the drives, removing the drives, and removing the drive drawer.

Before you begin


  1. Remove the bezel from the front of the drive shelf.
  2. Unlatch the drive drawer by pulling out on both levers.
  3. Using the extended levers, carefully pull the drive drawer out until it stops. Do not completely remove the drive drawer from the drive shelf.
  4. If logical unit numbers (LUNs) have already been created and assigned, use a permanent marker to note the exact location of each drive. For example, using the following drawing as a reference, write the appropriate slot number on the top of each drive.
    Attention: Possible loss of data access – Make sure to record the exact location of each drive before removing it.
  5. Remove the drives from the drive drawer:
    1. Gently pull back the orange release latch that is visible on the center front of each drive. The following image shows the orange release latch for each of the drives.
    2. Raise the drive handle to vertical.
    3. Use the handle to lift the drive from the drive drawer.
    4. Place the drive on a flat, static-free surface and away from magnetic devices.
      Attention: Possible loss of data access – Magnetic fields can destroy all data on the drive and cause irreparable damage to the drive circuitry. To avoid loss of data access and damage to the drives, always keep drives away from magnetic devices.
  6. Follow these steps to remove the drive drawer:
    1. Locate the plastic release lever on each side of the drive drawer.
      1 Drive drawer release lever
    2. Open both release levers by pulling the latches toward you.
    3. While holding both release levers, pull the drive drawer toward you.
    4. Remove the drive drawer from the drive shelf.