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Install the 2 x 3.5-inch rear drive cage

Use this information to install the 2 x 3.5-inch rear drive cage.

About this task

The rear drive cage is supported on some server models at certain conditions. For detailed information, see Technical rules.

  • Read Installation Guidelines to ensure that you work safely.

  • 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. Prepare your server.
    1. Power off the server.

    2. Remove the top cover. See Remove the top cover.

    3. Record and disconnect any cables. See Internal cable routing.

    4. Remove any components that are impeding the procedure.

    5. Install any components that are required before installing or removing the component(s).

  2. Install the 2 x 3.5-inch rear drive cage.
    Figure 1. Installing the 2 x 3.5-inch rear drive cage

    1. Align the rear drive cage with the chassis, and lower the drive cage into the chassis. Move the rear drive cage forward until it clicks into position.

    2. Twist and release the blue plunger to secure the drive cage

  3. Check and ensure that the blue plungers are latched into place to secure the rear drive cage.

After you finish

  1. Install the drives or drive fillers into the rear drive cage. See Install a hot-swap drive.

  2. Connect cables to the rear drive backplane. See Internal cable routing.