Dell PowerEdge R330 Owner's Manual

Removing the optional optical drive

The procedure for removing an optical drive and optical drive blank is the same.


CAUTION: Many repairs may only be done by a certified service technician. You should only perform troubleshooting and simple repairs as authorized in your product documentation, or as directed by the online or telephone service and support team. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell is not covered by your warranty. Read and follow the safety instructions that are shipped with your product.

  1. Follow the safety guidelines listed in the Safety instructions section.
  2. Follow the procedure listed in the Before working inside your system section.

NOTE: Observe the routing of the power and data cables inside the chassis as you remove them from the system board and the optical drive. Route these cables in the same way when you replace them to prevent them from being pinched or crimped.


  1. Disconnect the power and data cables from the back of the optical drive.
  2. If required, disconnect the power and data cables from the system board.
  3. To release the optical drive, press and push the release tab toward the front of the system.
  4. Slide the optical drive out of the system.
    Figure 1. Removing the optical drive
    This figure shows removing an optical drive.
    1. optical drive
    2. data cable
    3. power cable
    4. release tab

Next steps

  1. Depending on your system configuration, install an optical drive or two 1.8-inch solid state drives (SSDs).
  2. If you are not immediately installing an optical drive or 1.8-inch SSDs, install an optical drive blank.

    NOTE: Blanks must be installed on empty optical drive or tape drive slots to maintain FCC certification of the system. The brackets also keep dust and dirt out of the system and aid in proper cooling and airflow inside the system.

  3. Follow the procedure listed in the After working inside your system section.

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