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Oracle® Exadata Storage Server X5-2 Extreme Flash Service Manual

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Updated: January 2018

Remove a Storage Drive


Caution  -  NVMe storage drives are PCIe devices. A PCIe hot-remove operation must be performed prior to storage drive removal or a system reset might occur. Refer to your Oracle Exadata documentation for information on required procedures that must be completed prior to removing an NVMe storage drive.

  1. Prepare the system for the drive removal.

    Refer to Take Antistatic Measures.

  2. Type the operating system commands required to stop the storage server from using the drive.

    The exact commands required depend on the configuration of your drives. Unmount file systems, or issue RAID commands as needed.

    Note -  The blue OK to Remove status indicator LED on the drive will light once a PCIe hot-remove operation has completed. Do not remove the drive until this LED indicator is lit, otherwise a system reset could occur.
  3. Identify the location of the drive that you want to remove.

    The following illustration shows the location of the drives and the internal system software designations for the drives. For information on storage drive status indicators (LEDs), refer to Storage and Boot Drive Indicators.

    image:Figure showing the location and numbering of drives on the storage                         server.
    NVMe Storage drives 0 through 5
    NVMe Storage drives 6 through 11
  4. On the drive you plan to remove, push the latch release button to open the drive latch [1, 2].
    image:Figure showing the location of the storage drive release button and                         latch.
    Pressing the latch release button.
    Opening the latch.


    Caution  -  The latch is not an ejector. Do not open the latch too far to the right. Doing so can damage the latch.

  5. Grasp the latch and pull the drive out of the drive slot.
    image:Figure showing a storage drive being removed from the storage                         server.
  6. Consider your next steps:
    • If you are replacing the drive, continue to Install a Storage Drive.


      Caution  -  Whenever you remove a storage drive, you should replace it with another storage drive; otherwise, the storage server might overheat due to improper airflow.

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