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Install a 7mm hot-swap drive

Follow instructions in this section to install a 7mm hot-swap drive.

About this task

  • Read Installation Guidelines and Safety inspection checklist to ensure that you work safely.

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

  • To make sure that there is adequate system cooling, do not operate the server for more than two minutes without either a drive or a filler installed in each bay.

  • Before you remove or make changes to drives, drive controllers (including controllers that are integrated on the system board), drive backplanes, or drive cables, make sure to back up all important data stored in drives.

  • Before you remove any component of a RAID array (drive, RAID card, etc.), back up all RAID configuration information.

The following notes describe the type of drives that the server supports and other information that you must consider when you install a drive. For a list of supported drives, see Lenovo ServerProven website.
  • Locate the documentation that comes with the drive and follow those instructions in addition to the instructions in this chapter.
  • For a complete list of supported optional devices for the server, see Lenovo ServerProven website.
  • Depending on the models, the server supports up to two 7mm 2.5-inch hot-swap SATA/NVMe drives.
  • The drive bays are numbered to indicate the installation order (starting from number “0”). Follow the installation order when you install a drive.
    • The upper bay: Bay 0
    • The lower bay: Bay 1
Firmware and driver download: You might need to update the firmware or driver after replacing a component.


  1. If a drive filler is installed in the drive bay, remove it first. Keep the drive filler in a safe place for future use.
    1. Slide the release latch to unlock the handle.
    2. The handle opens automatically.
    3. Grasp and pull the handle to remove the drive filler from the drive bay.
    Figure 1. Removing a drive filler
    Removing a drive filler
  2. Install the 7mm drive.
    1. Slide the drive into the drive bay, and push it until it stops.
    2. Rotate the handle back to the locked position.
    Figure 2. Installing a 7mm drive
    Installing a 7mm drive
  3. (Optional) If any of the drive bays is left empty, fill it with a drive filler.
    1. Slide the drive filler into the drive bay, and push it until it stops.
    2. Rotate the handle back to the locked position.
    Figure 3. Installing a drive filler
    Installing a drive filler
  4. Insert the bezel; then, fasten the captive screw to secure the bezel.
    Figure 4. Installing the bezel
    Installing the bezel

After this task is completed

  1. If SED encryption is enabled on the system, reboot the system.

    When SED encryption is enabled, rebooting the system is required after installing a drive; without rebooting, the drive will not be recognized by the host OS.
  2. Check the drive status LED to verify that the drive is operating correctly.
    • If the yellow drive status LED of a drive is lit continuously, the drive is malfunctioning and must be replaced.

    • If the green drive activity LED is flashing, the drive is functioning.

Demo Video

Watch the procedure on YouTube