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Install the 7mm drive backplanes

Use this information to install the 7mm drive backplanes.

About this task

  • 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. Take the new part out of the package and place it on a static-protective surface.
  2. 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).

  3. Connect the cables to the backplanes. See 7mm drives.
  4. Install the 7mm drive backplane at the bottom.
    Figure 1. 7mm drive backplane installation (bottom)

    1. Align the pin on the cage and slightly slide the backplane into the cage until it is fully seated.
    2. Install the screw as shown.
  5. Install the 7mm drive backplane on the top.
    Figure 2. 7mm drive backplane installation (top)

    1. Put the backplane down on the cage as shown.
    2. Install the two screws to secure the backplane in place
  6. Connect the cables to the system board. See 7mm drives.

After you finish

Reinstall all the drives and fillers (if any) into the drive bays.

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube