Install the 2.5-inch drive backplane

Use this information to install the 2.5-inch drive backplane.

About this task

  • Several different types of 2.5-inch drive backplanes can be installed in the compute node. For example, some 2.5-inch drive backplanes come with a lever, while others don’t (refer to the illustrations below). All are removed and installed in a similar manner.
  • See the documentation that comes with an optional 2.5-inch drive backplane for device-specific information and information about installing other components that might be included as part of the option or about other components or modules that must be installed to use the option. For example, some optional 2.5-inch drive backplanes might require installation of a second processor.
Watch the procedure. A video of the installation and removal process is available:


Figure 1. 2.5-inch drive backplane installation
2.5-inch drive backplane installation

  1. Adjust the backplane position
    1. Align the slots on backplane with the pins on the sides of the storage cage.
    2. Align the backplane connector with the connector on system board.
  2. Lower the backplane into the compute node and press it until fully seated in the connector on system board.
After you finish
  1. Reinstall the 2.5-inch drives and fillers. See Install a 2.5-inch hot-swap drive.

  2. Reinstall the RAID adapter if needed. See Install the RAID adapter.

  3. Proceed to complete the parts replacement. See Complete the parts replacement.