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Install the 2.5-inch rear drive backplane

Use this information to install the rear backplane.

About this task

  • Read Installation guidelines 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 rear backplane to any unpainted surface on the outside of the server. Then, take the rear backplane out of the package and place it on a static-protective surface.
  2. Align the rear backplane with the rear hot-swap drive cage and lower it into the rear hot-swap drive cage.
    Figure 1. Rear backplane installation
    Rear backplane installation

  3. Connect the signal cable and the power cable on the rear backplane. You can refer to the Internal cable routing and locate the cable routing information for your configuration options.
  4. Install the air baffle into the rear hot-swap drive cage as shown.
    Figure 2. Air baffle installation
    Air baffle installation

After you finish

  1. Reinstall the drives or drive fillers into the rear hot-swap drive cage. See Install a hot-swap drive.

  2. Reinstall the drive assembly to the server. See Install the hot-swap rear drive assembly.

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

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube