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Install a hot-swap drive

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

About this task

  • Read the Installation guidelines 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.

  • To avoid damage to the drive connectors, make sure that the server top cover is in place and fully closed whenever you install or remove a hot-swap drive.

  • 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 filler installed in each bay.

  • Before you remove or make changes to drives, drive controllers (including controllers that are integrated on the system board), 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.

The following notes describe the type of drives that your server supports and other information that you must consider when you install a drive.

  • Locate the documentation that comes with the drive and follow those instructions in addition to the instructions in this chapter.

  • Depending on your server models, your server supports the following drive types:
    • Up to sixteen 2.5-inch hot-swap SATA/SAS drives

    • Up to eight 3.5-inch hot-swap SATA/SAS drives

    • Up to four 3.5-inch hot-swap SATA/SAS drives and eight 2.5-inch hot-swap SATA/SAS drives

  • For a complete list of supported drives and optional devices for the server, see: Lenovo ServerProven website

  • The drive bays are numbered to indicate the installation order (starting from number “0”). Follow the installation order when you install a drive. See Front view.

  • The drives in a single RAID array must be the same type, same size, and same capacity.


  1. If a drive filler is installed in this drive bay, remove it first. Keep the drive filler in a safe place for future use.
  2. Make sure that the drive tray handle is in the open position. Slide the drive into the drive bay until it clicks in place.
  3. Rotate the drive handle to the fully closed position.
    Figure 1. Installing the hot-swap drive
    Installing the hot-swap drive

After this task is completed

  1. If you have additional drives to install, do so now; if any of the drive bays is left empty, fill it with a drive bay filler.

  2. Complete the parts replacement. See Complete the parts replacement.

  3. Check the drive activity LED to verify that the drive is operating correctly. See Front panel for details.

  4. 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 ThinkSystem RAID adapter documentation for additional information about RAID operation and complete instructions for using ThinkSystem RAID adapter.

Demo video

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