Replacing software RAID simple-swap hard disk drive backplate with hardware RAID simple-swap hard disk drive backplate

Use this information to replace software RAID simple-swap hard disk drive backplate with hardware RAID simple-swap hard disk drive backplate.

Read the safety information in Safety and Installation guidelines.

If you are replacing a server component in the server, you need to slide the server out from the rack enclosure, turn off the server and peripheral devices, and disconnect the power cords and all external cables.

To replace the software RAID simple-swap hard disk drive backplate with hardware RAID simple-swap hard disk drive backplate, complete the following steps:

  1. Remove the cover (see Removing the cover).
  2. Remove the hard disk drives out of the server (see Removing a hot-swap hard disk drive or Removing a simple-swap hard disk drive).
  3. Disconnect the cable connections between the backplate and both the system board and power supply (fixed or redundant).
    Figure 1. Software RAID signal cable routing for fixed power supply
    Software RAID signal cable routing for fixed power supply
    Figure 2. Software RAID signal cable routing for redundant power supply
    Software RAID signal cable routing for redundant power supply
  4. Lift the backplate out of the server.
  5. Slide the replacement backplate into the guide channels, making sure that any nearby wires or cables are not trapped or pinched.
  6. Replace the backplate assembly (see Replacing the 2.5-inch simple-swap hard disk drive backplate assembly or Replacing the 3.5-inch simple-swap hard disk drive backplate assembly).
  7. Connect the respective signal and power cables of the replacement backplate to the hardware RAID card and power supply (fixed or redundant).
    Note: Make sure the relevant cables pass through the cable clips.
    Figure 3. Hardware RAID signal cable routing for fixed power supply (Hardware RAID card inserted on the right side)
    Hardware RAID signal cable routing for fixed power supply (Hardware RAID card inserted on the right side)
    Figure 4. Hardware RAID signal cable routing for fixed power supply (Hardware RAID card inserted on the left side)
    Hardware RAID signal cable routing for fixed power supply (Hardware RAID card inserted on the left side)
    Figure 5. Hardware RAID signal cable routing for redundant power supply (Hardware RAID card inserted on the right side)
    Hardware RAID signal cable routing for redundant power supply (Hardware RAID card inserted on the right side)
    Figure 6. Hardware RAID signal cable routing for redundant power supply (Hardware RAID card inserted on the left side)
    Hardware RAID signal cable routing for redundant power supply (Hardware RAID card inserted on the left side)
  8. Reinstall the cover (see Replacing the cover).
  9. Reinstall the hard disk drives and filler panels (see Replacing a hot-swap hard disk drive and Replacing a simple-swap hard disk drive).

What to do next

  1. Install the server into the rack enclosure and push the server into the rack until it clicks into place.
  2. Reconnect the power cords and any cables that you removed.
  3. Turn on the peripheral devices and the server.