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Install an internal RAID/HBA/expander adapter

Use this information to install an internal customer form factor (CFF) RAID adapter, internal CFF HBA adapter, or internal CFF RAID expander adapter.

About this task

The server supports RAID/HBA adapters in two form factors:

  • Customer form factor (CFF): RAID/HBA adapters in this form factor are supported only when two processors are installed. CFF RAID/HBA adapters are installed between the front backplane and fan cage.

  • Standard form factor (SFF): RAID/HBA adapters in this form factor are installed in the PCIe expansion slots, see Install a PCIe adapter and riser assembly.

  • 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 adapter to any unpainted surface on the outside of the server. Then, take the adapter out of the package and place it on a static-protective surface.
    The adapter is shipped with and preinstalled on a mounting bracket, check and ensure that the adapter is fixed in place. If there are any loosen screws, tighten the screws using a No.1 Phillips torque screwdriver. The maximum torque value is 4.8 ± 0.5 inch-pounds.
  2. Align the notches on the mounting bracket with the pins on the chassis, place down the adapter, and slightly slide it as shown to secure it on the chassis.
    Figure 1. Internal CFF adapter installation
    Internal CFF adapter installation

  3. Connect cables to the adapter. See Internal cable routing.

After you finish

If you have installed a RAID adapter: