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Install a 2.5-inch drive backplane

Use this information to install a drive backplane option.

Before you install a drive backplane, complete the following steps:
  1. Read Installation Guidelines to ensure that you work safely.

  2. Carefully lay the compute node on a flat, static-protective surface, orienting the compute node with the bezel pointing toward you.
  3. Remove the compute node cover (see Remove the compute node cover for instructions).


Several different types of drive backplanes can be installed in the compute node. All are removed and installed in a similar manner.

  • SATA backplane

  • NVMe/(SATA) backplane

  • SAS/SATA backplane

To install a 2.5-inch drive backplane, complete the following steps:

Figure 1. 2.5-inch drive backplane installation
Graphic illustrating removing a drive backplane.

  1. Align the backplane with the storage cage and the connector on the system board and press the backplane into position until it is fully seated in the connector.
    All drive backplanes use the same connector on the system board; however, there are two alignment slots in the storage cage to accommodate different backplane types. Make sure that you align the backplane and system board connectors when inserting the backplane in the storage cage.
  2. Insert the hot-swap drives and drive bay fillers.
After you install the drive backplane, complete the following steps:
  • Install any removed storage drives and drive bay fillers (see Install a 2.5-inch hot-swap drive).
    Install storage drives in the same bay locations as from which they were removed.

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube