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Install the front 2.5-inch drive backplane

Follow instructions in this section to install the front 2.5-inch drive backplane.

About this task

The server supports up to three 2.5-inch drive backplanes of below types. Depending on the backplane type and quantity, the installation location of the backplanes varies.
  • 2.5-inch SAS/SATA 8-bay backplane

  • 2.5-inch AnyBay 8-bay backplane

The following table lists the supported backplane combinations. Install the backplane according to your server configuration.

Figure 1. Drive backplane numbering
Drive backplane numbering

Backplane quantityBackplane 1Backplane 2Backplane 3
  • SAS/SATA 8-bay

  • AnyBay 8-bay


SAS/SATA 8-bay

  • SAS/SATA 8-bay

  • AnyBay 8-bay

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

  • To avoid damage to the drive connectors, make sure that the server top cover is in place and fully closed whenever you install or remove a drive.

  • To make sure that there is adequate system cooling, do not operate the server for more than two minutes without either a drive or a drive bay filler installed in each bay.

  • Before you make changes to drives, drive controllers (including controllers that are integrated on the system board assembly), drive backplanes, or drive cables, back up all important data that is stored on drives.

Firmware and driver download: You might need to update the firmware or driver after replacing a component.
Watch the procedure
  • A video of this procedure is available at YouTube.


If the cables are easy to connect to the backplane, you can perform step 3 before step 2.

  1. Touch the static-protective package that contains the new part to any unpainted surface on the outside of the server. Then, take the new part out of the package and place it on a static-protective surface.
  2. Connect the cables to the backplane. See Internal cable routing.
  3. Install the 2.5-inch drive front backplane.
    Depending on the specific type, your backplane might look different from the illustration.
    Figure 2. Installing the 2.5-inch drive backplane
    Installing the 2.5-inch drive backplane
    1. Align the bottom of the backplane with the slots on of the chassis, and lower the backplane into the chassis.
    2. Rotate the backplane to the vertical position. Align the holes in the backplane with the pins on the chassis, and press the backplane into position. The release tabs will secure the backplane in place.

After you finish

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

  2. Reinstall the fan cage. See Install the system fan cage.

  3. Reinstall the air baffle if you have removed it. See Install the air baffle.

  4. Complete the parts replacement. See Complete the parts replacement.