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Installing a hot-swap hard disk drive

Use this information to install a hot-swap hard disk drive.

Read the safety information in Safety and Installation guidelines.

If you are installing an optional device in the server, turn off the server and peripheral devices, and disconnect the power cords and all external cables.

To install a hot-swap SAS or SATA hard disk drive, complete the following steps:
If you have only one hard disk drive, you must install it in the left drive bay.
To avoid damage to the hard disk drive connectors, make sure that the server cover is in place and fully closed whenever you install or remove a hard disk drive.
  1. Remove the filler panel from the empty drive bay. Keep the filler panel in a safe place.
  2. Touch the static-protective package that contains the drive to any unpainted metal surface on the server; then, remove the drive from the package and place it on a static-protective surface.
  3. Install the hard disk drive in the drive bay:
    1. Make sure that the tray handle is in the open (unlocked) position.
    2. Align the drive with the guide rails in the bay.
      Figure 1. Hot-swap hard disk drive installation
      Hot-swap hard disk drive installation
    3. Gently push the drive into the bay until the drive stops.
    4. Rotate the tray handle to the closed (locked) position.
    5. Check the hard disk drive status LED to verify that the hard disk drive is operating correctly. If the yellow hard disk drive status LED of a drive is lit continuously, that drive is faulty and must be replaced. If the green hard disk drive activity LED is flashing, the drive is being accessed.
      If the server is configured for RAID operation using a ServeRAID adapter, you might have to reconfigure your disk arrays after you install hard disk drives. See the ServeRAID adapter documentation for additional information about RAID operation and complete instructions for using the ServeRAID adapter.
  4. If you are installing additional hot-swap hard disk drives, do so now.

If you have other devices to install, do so now. Otherwise, go to Completing the installation.