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Install the 2.5-inch drive backplane

Follow instructions in this section to install the 2.5-inch drive backplane.

About this task

  • Read Installation Guidelines and Safety inspection checklist to ensure that you work safely.
  • Touch the static-protective package that contains the component to any unpainted metal surface on the server; then, remove it from the package and place it on a static-protective surface.
Firmware and driver download: You might need to update the firmware or driver after replacing a component.


  1. Align the tabs on the bottom of the 2.5-inch drive backplane with the slots on the drive cage, and insert the tabs into the slots.
  2. Push the top of the backplane toward the drive cage until it clicks into place.
    Figure 1. 2.5-inch drive backplane installation
    2.5-inch drive backplane installation

After you finish

  1. Reinstall the 2.5-inch drive cage assembly. See Install the 2.5-inch drive cage assembly.
  2. Reconnect the power and signal cables to the 2.5-inch drive backplane. See 2.5-inch drive backplane cable routing for more information.
  3. Reinstall the 2.5-inch hot-swap drives or drive bay fillers (if any) into the drive bays. See Install a 2.5-inch hot-swap drive.
  4. Complete the parts replacement. See Complete the parts replacement.
  5. If you have installed 2.5-inch drive 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 NVMe drive can be detected in NVMe connection, but cannot be detected in Tri-mode.

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube