PCIe SSDs support orderly hot swap allowing you to
add or remove a device without halting or rebooting the system in
which the devices are installed. To prevent data loss, it is mandatory
that you use the Prepare to Remove operation before physically removing
Orderly hot swap is only supported when PCIe SSDs
are installed in a supported system running a supported operating
system. To make sure that you have the correct configuration for your
PCIe SSD, see the system-specific Owner's Manual.
The Prepare to Remove task is not supported for PCIe
SSDs on the VMware vSphere (ESXi) systems and HHHL PCIe SSD devices.
NOTE: Prepare to Remove task
is supported on systems with ESXi 6.0 with iDRAC Service Module version
The Prepare to Remove task is a staged operation.
However, the task can be performed in real-time using iDRAC Service
The Prepare to Remove operation stops any background
activity and any ongoing I/O activity so that device can be removed
safely. It causes the status LEDs on the device to blink. You can
safely remove the device from the system under the following conditions
after you initiate the Prepare to Remove operation:
The PCIe SSD is blinking the safe to remove LED pattern.
The PCIe SSD is no longer accessible by the system.
Before preparing the PCIe SSD for removal, make sure