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Install the hard drive backplane

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

Before installing the 2.5-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 2.5-inch-drive backplane, complete the following steps:

Figure 1. Installing the hard-drive backplane
2.5-inch-drive backplane installation

  1. Align the bottom of the backplane with the slots on the drive cage and push down on the drive backplane.
  2. Connect the three cables to the drive backplane (two data cables and one power cable).
  3. Reinstall all the drives and fillers (if any) into the drive bays. See Install a hot-swap drive.
After installing the 2.5-inch-drive backplane:
  1. Install the top cover. See Install the top cover.

  2. Push up on the latches on the slide rails and push the server back into the rack.

  3. Tighten the two captive screws located on the front of the server to secure the server in the rack.

    Always secure the system in the rack if your are moving the rack.
  4. Connect all cables to the ports on the front of the server, including the management port, if necessary, and all PCIe adapter ports. The management port and PCIe adapter ports are located in the I/O expansion cage.

  5. Make sure that all hard drives are fully installed in the hard drive bays.

  6. Tighten the two captive screws located on the rear of the server using a P2 screwdriver.

  7. Connect power cords to both power supplies, which are located at the rear of the server.

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube