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Install the 3.5-inch-drive backplane

Use this information to install the 3.5-inch-drive backplane. This topic applies only to server models that support 3.5-inch-drive backplanes.

The procedure is based on the scenario that you want to install the backplane for up to twelve 3.5-inch drives. The procedure is similar for the backplane for up to eight 3.5-inch drives.

Before installing the 3.5-inch-drive backplane, touch the static-protective package that contains the new backplane to any unpainted surface on the outside of the server. Then, take the new backplane out of the package and place it on a static-protective surface.

To install the 3.5-inch-drive backplane, complete the following steps:

Watch the procedure

A video of this procedure is available at YouTube.

Figure 1. 3.5-inch-drive backplane installation
3.5-inch-drive backplane installation

  1. Connect the cables to the backplane.
  2. Align the backplane with the chassis and lower it into the chassis. Then, put the backplane into place with it leaning backward slightly.
  3. Rotate the backplane to vertical position to ensure that the four hooks on the chassis pass through the corresponding holes in the backplane. Then, slide the new backplane as shown until it is secured into place.
  4. Apply the drive bay label based on the type of the installed backplane. The drive bay label comes with each type of the supported drive backplane:
    • 0–7

      Apply this label to the chassis if an 8-bay backplane is installed.

    • 0–11

      Apply this label to the chassis if a 12-bay backplane is installed.

    The following illustration shows the location for applying the drive bay label to the server models with a 12-bay backplane installed. The location is the same for applying the drive bay label to server models with an 8-bay backplane installed. Ensure that the drive bay label is stuck in the correct location. The label helps you to locate the correct drive during problem determination.
    Figure 2. Drive bay label for server models with a 12-bay backplane installed
    Drive bay label for server models with a 12-bay backplane

After installing the 3.5-inch-drive backplane, connect the cables to the system board. For information about the cable routing, see Internal cable routing.