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Installing a hot-swap hard disk drive

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

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

  • Locate the documentation that comes with the hard disk drive and follow those instructions in addition to the instructions in this chapter.
  • Make sure that you have all the cables and other equipment that are specified in the documentation that comes with the drive.
  • Select the bay in which you want to install the drive.
  • Check the instructions that come with the drive to determine whether you have to set any switches or jumpers on the drive. If you are installing a SAS or SATA device, be sure to set the SAS or SATA ID for that device.
  • The server supports up to eight 2.5-inch hot-swap SAS or hot-swap SATA hard disk drives.
  • The electromagnetic interference (EMI) integrity and cooling of the server are protected by having all bays and PCI and PCI Express slots covered or occupied. When you install a drive, PCI, or PCI Express adapter, save the EMC shield and filler panel from the bay or PCI or PCI Express adapter slot cover in the event that you later remove the device.
  • For a complete list of supported optional devices for the server, see Lenovo ServerProven website.

To install a 2.5-inch hot-swap SAS or SATA hard disk drive, complete the following steps:

  1. Read the safety information that begins on Safety and Installation guidelines.
  2. Remove the filler panel from the empty drive bay.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 assembly 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 assembly 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 amber hard disk drive status LED for 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.
  5. If you are installing additional hot-swap hard disk drives, do so now.
  6. Turn on the peripheral devices and the server.