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Install a 2.5-inch hot-swap drive

Follow the 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.

  • Prevent exposure to static electricity, which might lead to system halt and loss of data, by keeping static-sensitive components in their static-protective packages until installation, and handling these devices with an electrostatic-discharge wrist strap or other grounding system.

  • 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.


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

Firmware and driver download: You might need to update the firmware or driver after replacing a component.


  1. Touch the static-protective package that contains the new part to any unpainted surface on the outside of the server; then, take the new part out of the package and place it on a static-protective surface.
  2. If a drive filler has been installed in the drive bay, remove it.
  3. Install the 2.5-inch drive.
    Figure 1. Installing a 2.5-inch drive
    Installing a 2.5-inch drive
    1. Ensure that the tray handle is in the open position. Slide the drive into the drive bay, and push it until it stops.
    2. Rotate the handle back to the locked position.

After you finish

  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.

  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