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Install the front 2.5-inch drive backplane

Use this information to install the backplane for ten 2.5 inch hot-swap drives.

About this task

The following describes how to remove the backplane for ten 2.5-inch hot-swap drives. You can remove the backplane for four or eight 2.5-inch hot-swap drives in the same way.

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

  • Power off the server and disconnect all power cords for this task.

  • 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 system.


  1. Touch the static-protective package that contains the backplane to any unpainted surface on the outside of the server. And then, take the backplane out of the package and place it on a static-protective surface.
  2. Connect the cables to the backplane. See Internal cable routing.
  3. Align the two pins on the backplane with the corresponding holes in the chassis.
    Figure 1. Installation of backplane for ten 2.5-inch hot-swap drives
    Installation of backplane for ten 2.5-inch hot-swap drives

  4. Lower the backplane into the chassis. Ensure that the pins pass through the holes and the backplane is fully seated in place.
  5. Connect the cables to the system board or expansion slots. See Internal cable routing.

After you finish

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

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

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube