Installing a 2.5-inch hard disk drive backplane

This topic provides instructions for how to install a 2.5-inch hard disk drive backplane.

About this task

To confirm that the server supports the hard disk drive backplane that you are installing, see http://www.ibm.com/systems/info/x86servers/serverproven/compat/us/.

To install a 2.5-inch hard disk drive backplane, complete the following steps:

Procedure

  1. Read Safety and Installation guidelines.
  2. Turn off the server and peripheral devices, and disconnect the power cord and all external cables.
  3. Remove the server cover (see Removing the top cover).
  4. Remove the top cover bracket (see Removing the top-cover bracket).
  5. Pull out the hard disk drives and hard disk drive fillers just enough to disconnect them from the backplane.
  6. Remove the ServeRAID adapter from behind the hard disk drive backplane.
  7. Disconnect the SAS signal cables from the ServeRAID adapter.
  8. Lift the SAS power and configuration cable handle up to disconnect the cables from the microprocessor board.
  9. Slide the backplane carrier release tab forward and slightly lift the carrier.
  10. Remove the backplane carrier and SAS power cable handle from the server together.
    Graphic illustrating how to remove the backplane carrier and SAS power cable handle
  11. Remove the backplane filler from the backplane carrier.
    Graphic illustrating how to remove the backplane filler from the backplane carrier
    1. Push the tabs on the backplane outward.
    2. Pull the filler out of the backplane carrier.
  12. Orient and install the new backplane into the backplane carrier.
    Graphic illustrating how to install the new backplane into the backplane carrier
    1. Position the notch in the backplane over the bottom right of the carrier.
    2. Position the holes in the backplane over the pins in the carrier.
    3. Push the backplane into the carrier.
  13. Connect the new SAS signal cable that came with the backplane to the new backplane.
  14. Connect the two unconnected power cables from the SAS power cable handle to the new backplane. (Look at the cabling of the first backplane to make sure that you cable the new backplane correctly.)
  15. Slide the backplane carrier into place until it latches while you hold the SAS power cable handle out of the way.
  16. Install the SAS power cable handle into place straight down onto the microprocessor board.
  17. Connect the two SAS signal cables to the ServeRAID adapter. Connect the cable from the bottom backplane to port 0 and the cable from the new top backplane to port 1. The following graphics show the port numbers on the ServeRAID adapters.
    Graphic illustrating port numbers on ServeRAID M5015 controller
    Graphic illustrating port numbers on ServeRAID BR10i controller
  18. Install the ServeRAID adapter onto the RAID adapter carrier, and then install the carrier into the server.
    Graphic illustrating how to install the carrier into the server
  19. Install the top cover bracket (see Installing the top-cover bracket).
  20. Push the hard disk drives and hard disk drive fillers back into place so that they connect to the backplane.
  21. Install the top cover.
  22. Connect the cables and power cords (see Connecting the cables).
  23. Turn on all attached devices and the server.
  24. (IBM Business Partners only) Complete the additional steps in Instructions for IBM Business Partners.