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Installing a hot-swap storage drive

Use these instructions to install hot-swap storage devices, such as SAS storage drives, in the blade server.

  1. The following illustration shows how to install a hot-swap storage drive in a blade server.
  2. The illustrations in this document might differ slightly from your hardware.
  3. You must have a SAS interface card installed to control the storage drives. This interface card comes preinstalled in the blade server.

The blade server (machine type 8028) has two storage bays for installing hot-swap storage devices, such as SAS storage drives. One storage drive might already be installed in the blade server in storage bay 0. If the blade server is equipped with one storage drive, you can install an additional drive in storage bay 1. These two SAS hard disk drives support RAID 0 and RAID 1 (use to implement and manage a redundant array of independent disks (RAID) level-1 array). See Configuring a SAS RAID array for information about SAS RAID configuration.

To install a hot-swap hard disk drive, complete the following steps.

Graphic illustrating the installation of a hot-swap hard disk drive
  1. Before you begin, read Safety and Installation guidelines.
  2. Identify the blade server storage bay (hot-swap storage bay 0 or hot-swap storage bay 1) in which the hard disk drive will be installed.
  3. If a storage-bay filler is installed, remove it from the blade server by lifting the release levers and pulling it away from the blade server.
  4. Touch the static-protective package that contains the hard disk drive to any unpainted metal surface on the BladeCenterĀ® unit or any unpainted metal surface on any other grounded rack component; then, remove the hard disk drive from the package.
  5. Open the release lever on the hot-swap hard disk drive and slide the drive into the storage bay until it is firmly seated in the connector.
  6. Lock the hard disk drive into place by closing the release lever.

If you have other devices to install or remove, do so now; otherwise, go to Completing the installation.