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Install a 2.5-inch drive backplane

Follow instructions in this section to install a 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.
  • The server supports up to three 2.5-inch drive backplanes with the following corresponding drive backplane numbers.
    Figure 1. 2.5-inch drive backplane numbering
    2.5-inch drive backplane numbering


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

After you finish

  1. Reconnect the power and signal cables to the 2.5-inch drive backplane.
  2. Reinstall the fan cage. See Install the fan cage.
  3. Reinstall the fans. See Install a fan.
  4. 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.
  5. Complete the parts replacement. See Complete the parts replacement.
  6. 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