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Install the 7mm drive backplanes

Use this information to install the 7mm drive backplanes.

About this task

  • 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.

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


  1. Touch the static-protective package that contains new backplanes to any unpainted surface on the outside of the server. And then, take new backplanes out of the package and place them on a static-protective surface.
  2. Install the 7mm drive backplane at the bottom.
    Figure 1. 7mm drive backplane installation (bottom)
    7mm drive backplane installation (bottom)

    1. Align the pin on the cage and slightly slide the bottom backplane into the cage until it is fully seated.
    2. Install the screw as shown.
  3. Install the 7mm drive backplane on the top.
    Figure 2. 7mm drive backplane installation (top)
    7mm drive backplane installation (top)

    1. Put the backplane down on the cage as shown.
    2. Install the two screws to secure the top backplane in place.
  4. Connect the cables from the backplanes to the system board and riser slot. See Internal cable routing and 7mm drive backplane.If the cable connectors come with protective dust caps, make sure to remove them before plugging in.

After you finish

  1. Install the 7mm drive cage assembly on the rear chassis. See Install the 2.5-inch rear drive assembly.

  2. Reinstall all the drives and fillers (if any) into the drive bays. See Install a 2.5-inch hot-swap drive.

  3. Complete the parts replacement. See Complete the parts replacement.

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube