Install a 2.5-inch hot-swap drive

Use this information to install a 2.5-inch hot-swap drive.

Before you install a 2.5-inch hot-swap drive, complete the following steps:
  1. Read Safety and Installation Guidelines to ensure that you work safely.

The compute node has two 2.5-inch drive bays for installing hot-swap drives. One drive might already be installed in the compute node. If the compute node is equipped with one drive, you can install an additional drive. RAID level-0 (striping) can be configured on a compute node with a single drive installed. A minimum of two disk drives of the same interface type must be installed to implement and manage RAID level-1 (mirroring) arrays. See the Lenovo ThinkSystem SN550 Type 7X16 Setup Guide for more information.

To install a 2.5-inch hot-swap drive, complete the following steps:

Watch the procedure. A video of the installation process is available:
Figure 1. 2.5-inch hot-swap drive installation
Hot-swap drive installation

  1. Identify the drive bay in which you plan to install the hot-swap drive.
  2. If a drive bay filler is installed, remove it from the compute node by pulling the release lever and sliding the filler away from the compute node.
  3. Touch the static-protective package that contains the hot-swap drive to any unpainted metal surface on the Lenovo Flex System chassis or any unpainted metal surface on any other grounded rack component; then, remove the drive from the package.
  4. Open the release lever on the hot-swap drive and slide the drive into the bay until the lever catches on the bezel, then rotate the handle to fully seat the drive.
  5. Lock the drive into place by closing the release lever.
  6. Check the drive status LEDs to make sure that the drive is operating correctly.