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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

The server supports up to six drive backplanes with the following corresponding drive bay numbers.
Figure 1. Drive backplane numbering

Table 1. Drive backplanes and corresponding drive bays
 Drive backplaneDrive bay Supported drive backplaneSupported drive
110 to 7
  • 2.5-inch SAS/SATA 8-bay drive backplane
  • 2.5-inch AnyBay/NVMe 8-bay drive backplane
  • 2.5-inch SAS/SATA drives
  • 2.5-inch NVMe drives
228 to 15
3316 to 23
4424 to 31
  • 2.5-inch SAS/SATA 8-bay drive backplane
  • 2.5-inch SAS/SATA drives
5532 to 39
6640 to 47
When the following components are installed in the system, bay 24 to 47 are disabled, and the maximal supported drive quantity is 24.
  • PMEMs
  • DRAM DIMMs with 64 GB or larger capacity
  • Processors with 250 or more watts

For a complete list of supported optional device for this server, see Lenovo ServerProven website.


  1. If a drive filler has been installed in the drive bay, remove it.
  2. Gently rotate the release latch away to unlock the drive handle.
  3. Slide the drive into the drive bay, and push it until it stops.
    Figure 2. Installing a 2.5-inch drive

  4. Rotate the handle back to the locked position.

After this task is completed

  1. 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.
  2. If any of the drive bays are left empty, fill them with drive bay fillers.

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube