Remove failed drive drawer (60-drive)

You remove a failed drive drawer to replace it with a new one. Removing a drive drawer entails sliding the drawer partially out, recording the locations of the drives, removing the drives, and removing the drive drawer.

Before you begin

About this task

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.


  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 volumes 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.
    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.
  6. Remove the drive drawer:
    1. Locate the plastic release lever on each side of the drive drawer.

      Drive drawer release lever

    2. Disengage 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.

After you finish

Go to Install new drive drawer (60-drive).