Install a RAID adapter

Use this information to install a RAID adapter option.

Before you install a RAID adapter, complete the following steps:
  1. Read Installation Guidelines to ensure that you work safely.

  2. Carefully lay the compute node on a flat, static-protective surface, orienting the compute node with the bezel pointing toward you.
  3. Remove the compute node cover (see Remove the compute node cover for instructions).

To install the RAID adapter, complete the following steps:

Watch the procedure. A video of the process is available:

  1. Touch the static-protective package that contains the RAID adapter to an unpainted metal surface on any grounded rack component; then, remove the adapter from the package.
    Note: For the ThinkSystem RAID 930-4i-2GB 4 Drive Adapter Kit, make sure that the flash power module is installed before installing the adapter in the compute node (see Install the flash power module for instructions).
  2. If interposer card is installed in the compute node, remove the cable from the clip on the side of the storage cage. This provides more space for connecting the cable to RAID adapter in the next step.
  3. Carefully turn the RAID adapter over in your hand to access the underside; then, connect the cable from interposer card to RAID adapter. The connector is keyed. Press the cable into the connector until the connector snaps in place.
    Figure 1. Connecting cable to RAID adapter
    Graphic illustrating installation of RAID adapter
  4. Locate the RAID adapter connector on the drive backplane.
  5. Two consecutive sub-steps to orient the RAID adapter with the connector:
    1. Angle RAID adapter as shown and slide flash power module under top side of compute node front panel.
    2. Carefully orient the connector on the underside of the RAID adapter with the connector on the top side of the drive backplane; then, insert the plastic post into the RAID adapter supporter.
    Figure 2. RAID adapter installation
    Graphic illustrating installation of RAID adapter (1)
    Table 1. RAID adapter and related component
    1 RAID adapter 2 RAID adapter supporter
    Note: If the RAID adapter supporter is damaged, you need to order a miscellaneous kit to have a new one.
  6. Firmly press on the foam to seat the RAID adapter into the connector.
    Figure 3. Pressing the foam
    Graphic illustrating installation of RAID adapter (2)
  7. Route cable back into the cable clip if the cable was removed earlier.
    Figure 4. Routing the cable back into clip
    Graphic illustrating installation of interposer card cable
After you install the RAID adapter, complete the following steps:
  1. Install any removed storage drives and hard disk drive bay fillers (see Install a 2.5-inch hot-swap drive).
    Note: Install storage drives in the same bay locations as from which they were removed.
  2. Configure the RAID array after power on the compute node (see RAID configuration).