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Install a drive cage

Follow instructions in this section to install a drive cage to the node.

About this task

To avoid potential danger, make sure to read and follow the safety information.

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    disconnect all power
    The power-control button on the device and the power switch on the power supply do not turn off the electrical current supplied to the device. The device also might have more than one power cord. To remove all electrical current from the device, ensure that all power cords are disconnected from the power source.
  • Read Installation Guidelines and Safety inspection checklist to make sure that you work safely.

  • Touch the static-protective package that contains the component to any unpainted metal surface on the node; then, remove it from the package and place it on a static-protective surface.


Depending on the specific configuration, the drives, drive bay fillers, or drive cage might look different from the illustrations in this section.


  1. Make preparations for this task.
  2. Align the drive cage with the node; then, lower the drive cage down into place.
    Figure 1. Installation of the drive cage
    Installing a drive cage
  3. Tighten the four screws as illustrated.
    Figure 2. Installation of the drive cage screws
    Installing a drive cage


After this task is completed

  • Connect all necessary cables to the drive backplane(s) (see Cable routing for the hot-swap drives).

    Before connecting the drive-backplane cables, make sure that the power input board module and the power module board are installed in place.

  • Install the top cover to the node (see Install the top cover) or install the node into an enclosure (see Install a node to the rack).
    To avoid damage to the drive connectors when removing or installing a hot-swap drive, make sure that
    • the node is securely placed within an enclosure; or that
    • the top cover is in place and fully closed, when the node is not installed in an enclosure.
  • Reinstall all the required drives and drive bay fillers into the drive cage (see Install a hot-swap drive).
  • Proceed to complete the parts replacement (see Complete the parts replacement).