Attention: Read "Safety information" and "Handling electrostatic discharge-sensitive devices" in the Hardware Maintenance Manual. Turn off the computer and wait 3 to 5 minutes to let the computer cool before removing the computer cover.
- Remove any media (diskettes, CDs, or tapes) from the drives, shut down your operating system, and turn off all attached devices.
- Unplug all power cords from electrical outlets.
- Disconnect all cables attached to the computer. This includes power cords, input/output (I/O) cables, and any other cables that are connected to the computer. See "Locating connectors on the computer".
- Remove any locking devices such as a padlock or Kensington lock that secure the computer cover.
- Press the cover-release button on the right side cover, slide the cover to the rear, and remove.
- Some models have an optional hard drive mounting bracket 1 installed. When this bracket is installed, access to some of the CRUs or FRUs inside the chassis is restricted.
Note: There appears to be two drive bays in the bracket. However, due to thermal restrictions, only the bay 2 at the rear of the chassis can be used to install a hard drive. See "Pivoting or removing the optional hard drive mounting bracket".
To replace the computer cover, see "Completing the installation".