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Install the front 2.5-inch-drive backplane

Use this information to install the front 2.5-inch-drive backplane.

About this task

Your server supports two SATA/SAS 8-bay backplanes and one Anybay 8-bay backplane. The two SATA/SAS 8-bay backplanes should be installed to drive bays 0–7 and drive bays 8–15, and the Anybay 8-bay backplane should be installed to drive bays 16–23.

  • 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 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.
  2. Connect the cables to the backplane. See 2.5-inch/3.5-inch drive backplane (power) and 2.5-inch/3.5-inch drive backplane (signal).
  3. Install the 2.5-inch-drive front backplane.
    Figure 1. 2.5-inch-drive backplane installation
    2.5-inch-drive backplane installation

    1. Align the bottom of the backplane in the slots on the bottom of the chassis.
    2. Rotate the backplane to the vertical position and 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.
  4. Connect the cables to the system board. See 2.5-inch/3.5-inch drive backplane (power) and 2.5-inch/3.5-inch drive backplane (signal).

After you finish

  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.

  3. If you have installed an Anybay 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. See U.3 NMVe drive can be detected in NVMe connection, but cannot be detected in Tri-mode.

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube