This disclosure describes automation of commissioning/decommissioning of data storage racks and HDDs in data centers. During commissioning, a multi-robot workcell is utilized to populate a data storage rack with HDD storage devices from a HDD storage container. During decommissioning, the operation is performed in reverse, and the multi-robot workcell is utilized to remove HDD devices from the data storage rack and store them in a HDD storage container. The robots can be equipped with one or more high speed robotic arms, machine vision capabilities, and a human-machine interface for control and access. Identifiers such as bar codes associated with each individual HDD and data storage rack are obtained and recorded at selected points in the workflow.

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