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Install a 2.5-inch hot-swap drive

Follow instructions in this section to install a 2.5-inch hot-swap drive.

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.
  • Make sure you save the data on your drive, especially if it is part of a RAID array, before you remove it from the server.
  • To make sure that there is adequate system cooling, do not operate the server for more than two minutes without either a drive or a drive bay filler installed in each bay.
  • Before you make changes to drives, drive controllers (including controllers that are integrated on the system board assembly), drive backplanes, or drive cables, back up all important data that is stored on drives.
  • Before you remove any component of a RAID array (drive, RAID card, etc.), back up all RAID configuration information.
Firmware and driver download: You might need to update the firmware or driver after replacing a component.


  1. If the drive bay contains a filler, pull the release lever on the filler and slide it out of the bay.
  2. Install the 2.5-inch hot-swap drive.
    1. Make sure that the drive handle is in the open position. Then, align the drive with the guide rails in the bay, and gently slide the drive into the bay until it stops.
    2. Rotate the drive handle to the fully closed position until the handle latch clicks.
      Figure 1. 2.5-inch hot-swap drive installation
      2.5-inch hot-swap drive installation

After you finish

  1. Check the drive status LED to verify that the drive is operating correctly.
    • If the yellow drive status LED of a drive is lit continuously, that drive is faulty and must be replaced.
    • If the green drive activity LED is flashing, the drive is being accessed.
  2. If the server is configured for RAID operation through a ThinkSystem RAID adapter, you might have to reconfigure your disk arrays after you install drives. See the ThinkSystem RAID adapter documentation for additional information about RAID operation and complete instructions for using ThinkSystem RAID adapter.
  3. 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