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Install the front 3.5-inch drive backplane

Use this information to install the front 3.5-inch drive backplane.

About this task

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

  • Power off the server and peripheral devices and disconnect the power cords and all external cables. See Power off the server.

  • Prevent exposure to static electricity, which might lead to system halt and loss of data, by keeping static-sensitive components in their static-protective packages until installation, and handling these devices with an electrostatic-discharge wrist strap or other grounding systems.

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


  1. Touch the static-protective package that contains the backplane to any unpainted surface on the outside of the server. Then, take the backplane out of the package and place it on a static-protective surface.
  2. Put the backplane down into place.
    Figure 1. Installation of backplane for four 3.5-inch hot-swap drives
    Installation of backplane for four 3.5-inch hot-swap drives

    1. Put the backplane under the front I/O assembly cables, align it with the chassis, and lower it into the chassis. Put the backplane into place with it leaning backward slightly so that the three pins 1 on the chassis pass through the three holes 2 in the backplane.
    2. Close the release latches to secure the backplane in place.
  3. Connect the cables to the system board assembly and the backplane. See Internal cable routing. If the cable connectors come with protective dust caps, make sure to remove them before plugging in.

After you finish

  1. Reinstall all the drives and drive fillers into the drive bays. See Install a 2.5/3.5-inch hot-swap drive.

  2. Complete the parts replacement. See Complete the parts replacement.