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Install the front 3.5-inch drive backplane

Follow instructions in this section to install the front 3.5-inch drive backplane.

About this task

The server supports one of the following backplanes. The installation procedure for the backplanes is the same.
  • 8 x 3.5-inch SAS/SATA backplane

  • 12 x 3.5-inch SAS/SATA backplane

  • 12 x 3.5-inch AnyBay backplane

  • 12 x 3.5-inch SAS/SATA expander backplane

  • 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.


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 3.5-inch drive backplane.
    Figure 1. Installing the 3.5-inch drive backplane
    Depending on the specific type, your backplane might look different from the illustration.

    Installing the 3.5-inch-drive backplane
    1. Align the backplane with the chassis and lower it into the chassis. Then, put the backplane into place with it leaning backward slightly.
    2. Rotate the backplane to vertical position to ensure that the four hooks on the chassis pass through the corresponding holes in the backplane. Then, slide the new backplane as shown until it is secured into 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.

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube