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Install a simple-swap drive (bay 3)

Follow this procedure to install a simple-swap drive to bay 3.

disconnect all power
The power-control button on the device and the power switch on the power supply do not turn off the electrical current supplied to the device. The device also might have more than one power cord. To remove all electrical current from the device, ensure that all power cords are disconnected from the power source.
About this task
  • Read Safety inspection checklist and 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.

  • Make sure the type of drives to be installed is supported. Following are the types supported:

    • 3.5-inch simple-swap hard-disk drive or solid-state drive in drive bay 1 and drive bay 3
    • 2.5-inch simple-swap solid-state drive in drive bay 2

    For a complete list of supported optional devices for the server, see Lenovo ServerProven website.

  • If there are more than one drives to be installed, determine installation order based on the following rules:

    • Start with solid-state drives, and proceed with hard-disk drives.

    • When installing one 3.5-inch solid-state drive and one 3.5-inch hard-disk drive, install the solid-state drive in bay 1 and the hard-disk drive in bay 3.

    • Start with the drive with the lowest capacity.

    • Start with bay 1, proceed to bay 2, and bay 3.

    Drives of different types and different capacities are allowed to be installed in one server, but not in the same RAID array. The drives in a single RAID array must be the same type and the same capacity. See RAID Setup for more details.
Watch the procedure
  • A video of this procedure is available at YouTube.


To prevent from damaging the drive with static discharge, do not touch the circuit board on the bottom of the drive.
Figure 1. Circuit board on the drive
Circuit board on the drive

Install the 3.5-inch drive to the drive cage.
  1. Slightly tear both sides of the retainer apart.
    Position the drive connectors on the opposite side of the retainer handles.
  2. Align the four holes on the drive with the corresponding pins on the retainer; then, fit the drive into the retainer.
  3. Slide the drive into the drive cage.
    Figure 2. Installing a 3.5-inch drive to the drive cage
    Installing a 3.5-inch drive to the drive cage

    If you are installing a 3.5-inch drive as the model in the illustration below:

    Make sure the screw holes that are nearest to the drive connector are outside of the drive retainer.
    Figure 3. Drive screw hole placement on retainer
    Drive screw hole placement on retainer
    1 Screw holes nearest to the drive connector
After you finish
  1. Install the optical drive cage, see Install the optical drive cage.

  2. Connect the signal and power cable to the system board, see Internal cable routing.

  3. Complete the parts replacement, see Complete the parts replacement.

  4. Check the drive activity LED on the front panel to verify if the drives are operating correctly.

    Table 1. Drive activity LED behavior
    Solid onWhiteThe drives are active.
    OffNoneThe drives are not active.
  5. Use the Lenovo XClarity Provisioning Manager Lite to configure the RAID if necessary. For more information, see RAID Setup.