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Install the front 3.5-inch-drive backplane

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

About this task

Your server supports one SAS/SATA 12-bay backplane.

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

    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.
  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).