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Install a hot-swap fan

Use this procedure to install a hot-swap fan.

About this task

moving parts
Hazardous moving fan blades nearby. Keep fingers and other body parts away.
240VA shock hazard

Hazardous energy present. Voltages with hazardous energy might cause heating when shorted with metal, which might result in spattered metal, burns, or both.

  • Read Installation guidelines to ensure that you work safely.

  • 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. Locate the required fan slot in the fan cage.

    Ensure that you observe the installation rules and sequence in Technical rules for system fans.

  2. Align the fan over the fan slot in the fan cage assembly.
  3. Insert the fan into the fan cage assembly until it clicks into place.
    Figure 1. Hot-swap fan installation
    Hot-swap fan installation