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Install a hot-swap drive

Use this information to install a hot-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.

  • Depending on your server models, your server supports the following drive types:
    • NVMe SSD



    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: NVMe SSD, SAS SSD, SATA SSD, SAS HDD, SATA HDD

    • Drive size priority: 2.5 inch, 3.5 inch

    • 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 hot-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. Drive filler removal
    Drive filler removal

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

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

Watch the procedure
  • A video of this procedure is available at YouTube
Figure 2. Hot-swap drive installation
Hot-swap drive installation

  1. Slide the release latch to open the tray handle. Then, slide the drive into the drive bay until it snaps into position.
  2. Close the tray handle to lock the drive in place.