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Install a simple-swap drive

Use this information install a simple-swap drive.

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

  • For a complete list of supported 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.

  • You can mix drives of different types, different sizes, and different capacities in one system, but not in one RAID array. The following order is recommended when installing the drives:
    • Drive type priority: SSD, SATA HDD

    • Drive capacity priority: the lowest capacity first

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

Before installing a simple-swap drive:
  1. If the drive bay has a drive filler installed, remove it. Keep the drive filler in a safe place for future use.
    Figure 1. 3.5-inch drive filler removal
    3.5-inch drive filler removal

  2. Touch the static-protective package that contains the new simple-drive to any unpainted surface on the outside of the server. Then, take the new simple-swap drive out of the package and place it on a static-protective surface.

To install a simple-swap drive, complete the following steps:

Figure 2. 3.5-inch simple-swap drive installation
3.5-inch simple-swap drive installation

  1. Ensure that the tray handle is in the open position. Align the drive with the guide rails in the bay. Then, gently push the drive into the bay until the drive stops.
  2. Close the tray handle to lock the drive in place.

After installing a simple-swap drive:

  1. Continue to install additional simple-swap drives if necessary.

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

  3. Check the simple-swap-drive activity LED on the front panel to verify that the drive is operating correctly.

    Simple-swap-drive activity LEDColorDescription
    Solid onGreenThe simple-swap drive is active.
    OffNoneThe simple-swap drive is not active.
  4. If the server has the front door installed, close it.

  5. Use the Lenovo XClarity Provisioning Manager to configure the RAID if necessary. For more information, see: