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Install the front 2.5-inch-drive backplane

About this task

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

  • 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 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. Connect the cables to the backplane. See 2.5-inch/3.5-inch drive backplane cable routing (power) and 2.5-inch/3.5-inch drive backplane cable routing (signal).
  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.

After you finish

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

  2. Use the Lenovo XClarity Provisioning Manager to configure the RAID if necessary. For more information, see the RAID Setup section in the LXPM documentation compatible with your server at Lenovo XClarity Provisioning Manager portal page.
  3. If you have installed a 2.5-inch AnyBay 10-bay backplane with U.3 NVMe drives for Trimode, enable U.3 x1 mode for the selected drive slots on the backplane through the XCC Web GUI.

    1. Log into the XCC Web GUI, and choose Storage > Detail from the navigation tree on the left.

    2. In the window that is displayed, click the icon next to Backplane.

    3. In the dialog box that is displayed, select the target drive slots and click Apply.

    4. Do a DC power cycle to make the setting take effect.

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube