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Install a simple-swap drive

Use this information to install a simple-swap drive.

About this task

  • Read the following section(s) to ensure that you work safely.
  • Touch the static-protective package that contains the drive to any unpainted metal surface on the server; then, remove the drive from the package and place it on a static-protective surface.

  • To avoid damage to the drive connectors, make sure that the server top cover is in place and fully closed whenever you install or remove a simple-swap drive.

  • For proper system cooling, do not operate the server for more than 2 minutes without either a drive or a filler panel 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, back up all important data that is stored on drives.

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

  • Locate the documentation that comes with the drive and follow those instructions in addition to the instructions in this chapter.

  • Depending on your server models, your server supports the following drive types:
    • Four 3.5-inch simple-swap SATA drives

    • Three 3.5-inch simple-swap SATA drives and one NVMe drive

  • The drive bays are numbered to indicate the installation order (starting from number “0”). Follow the installation order when you install a drive. See Front view.

  • The drives in a single RAID array must be the same type, same size, and same capacity.

  • For a complete list of supported optional devices for the server, see Lenovo ServerProven website.

Watch the procedure
  • A video of this procedure is available at YouTube.


  1. If the drive bay has a drive filler installed, remove it.
  2. Install the simple-swap drive.
    Figure 1. Simple-swap drive installation
    Simple-swap drive installation
    1. Make sure the drive handle is in the open position. Slide the drive into the drive bay, and push it until it stops.
    2. Rotate the drive handle inwards until it clicks and lock the drive in place.