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Install a 3.5-inch simple-swap drive backplate

Use this information to install a 3.5-inch simple-swap drive backplate.

About this task

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.
  • Read Installation guidelines to ensure that you work safely.

  • Power off the server and disconnect all power cords for this task.

  • 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.


  1. Position the backplate on the drive cage so that the tabs on the drive cage are inserted into the corresponding holes in the backplate.
  2. Slide the backplate as shown until it is seated into position in the drive cage.
    Figure 1. Installation of the 3.5-inch hot-swap drive backplate
    Installation of the 3.5-inch hot-swap drive backplate
  3. Connect the power cable and the signal cable to the system board. See 3.5-inch simple-swap drive backplate cable routing.

After you finish

  1. Reinstall all the simple-swap drives and drive bay fillers (if any) into the drive cage. See Install a simple-swap drive.

  2. Reinstall the fan cage. See Install the fan cage assembly.

  3. Reinstall all the fans. See Install a hot-swap fan.

  4. Reinstall all the full-length GPU adapters. See Install a full-length GPU adapter.

  5. Reinstall the air baffle. See Install the air baffle.

  6. Reinstall all the flash power modules. See Install a flash power module.

  7. Reinstall the server cover. See Install the server cover.

  8. Complete the parts replacement. See Complete the parts replacement.

Demo video

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