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Install a 7mm drive

Follow the instructions in this section to install a 7mm drive.

About this task

  • Go over Installation Guidelines to ensure that you work safely.

  • Turn off the server and peripheral devices and disconnect the power cords and all external cables (see Power off the server).

  • If the server is installed in a rack, slide the server out on its rack slide rails to gain access to the top cover, or remove the server from the rack.


  1. If a drive filler has been installed in the drive bay, remove it.
    Figure 1. Removing 7mm drive fillers

  2. Gently rotate the release latch away to unlock the drive handle.
    Figure 2. Installing 7mm drives

  3. Slide the drive into the drive bay, and push it until it stops.
  4. Rotate the handle back to the locked position.

After this task is completed

Check the drive status LED to verify if the drive is operating correctly:
  • If the yellow LED is lit continuously, it is malfunctioning and must be replaced.
  • If the green LED is flashing, the drive is functioning.
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.

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube