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Install the front 3.5-inch-drive backplane

Use this information to install the front 3.5-inch-drive backplane.

The procedure is based on the scenario that you want to install the backplane for up to twelve 3.5-inch drives. The procedure is similar for the backplane for up to eight 3.5-inch drives.

Before installing the 3.5-inch-drive backplane, touch the static-protective package that contains the new backplane to any unpainted surface on the outside of the server. Then, take the new backplane out of the package and place it on a static-protective surface.

To install the 3.5-inch-drive backplane, complete the following steps:

Watch the procedure. A video of the installation and removal process is available at YouTube

Figure 1. 3.5-inch-drive backplane installation
3.5-inch-drive backplane installation

  1. Connect the cables to the backplane. See Backplanes.
  2. Align the backplane with the chassis and lower it into the chassis. Then, put the backplane into place with it leaning backward slightly.
  3. 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 installing the 3.5-inch-drive backplane:
  1. Reinstall all the drives and fillers (if any) into the drive bays. See Install a hot-swap drive.

  2. Complete the parts replacement. See Complete the parts replacement.