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 the safety information and 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 top cover).

To install a RAID adapter, complete the following steps:

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

  1. If a drive backplane is installed in the compute note that is not compatible with the RAID adapter, remove it (see Remove the 2.5-inch drive backplane ).
    Note: All drive backplanes use the same connector on the system board; however, there are two alignment slots in the drive cage to accommodate different backplane types. Make sure that you align the backplane and system board connectors when inserting the backplane in the drive cage.
  2. If you are installing both the RAID adapter and drive backplane, first install the backplane in the system-board assembly (see Install a 2.5-inch drive backplane ). The drive backplane goes in the rear alignment slots on the drive cage.
    Figure 1. Drive backplane installation
    Drive backplane installation
  3. Touch the static-protective package that contains the RAID adapter to an unpainted metal surface on any grounded rack component; then, remove the controller from the package.
    Note: For the Lenovo ThinkSystem RAID 930-4i-2GB 2 Drive Adapter Kit, make sure that the flash power module is installed before installing the controller in the compute node (see Install the flash power module ).
  4. Locate the RAID adapter connector on the drive backplane.
  5. Orient the connector on the RAID adapter with the connector on the drive backplane.
    Figure 2. RAID adapter installation
    RAID adapter installation
  6. Firmly press on the foam to seat the RAID adapter into the connector.
    Figure 3. RAID adapter installation
    RAID adapter installation
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. Install the compute node cover (see Install the compute node cover ).

  3. Install the compute node into the chassis (see Install the compute node in the chassis ).

  4. Power on the compute node.

  5. Configure the RAID array (see RAID configuration ).