Installing a hot-swap hard disk drive

Use this information to install a hot-swap hard disk drive.

The following notes describe the type of hard disk drives that the server supports and other information that you must consider when you install a hard disk drive.

To install a 2.5-inch hot-swap SAS or SATA hard disk drive, complete the following steps:

  1. Read the safety information that begins on Safety and Installation guidelines.
  2. Remove the filler panel from the empty drive bay.
  3. Touch the static-protective package that contains the drive to any unpainted metal surface on the server; then, remove the drive from the package and place it on a static-protective surface.
  4. Install the hard disk drive in the drive bay:
    1. Make sure that the tray handle is in the open (unlocked) position.
    2. Align the drive assembly with the guide rails in the bay.
      Figure 1. Hot-swap hard disk drive installation
      Hot-swap hard disk drive installation
    3. Gently push the drive assembly into the bay until the drive stops.
    4. Rotate the tray handle to the closed (locked) position.
    5. Check the hard disk drive status LED to verify that the hard disk drive is operating correctly. If the amber hard disk drive status LED for a drive is lit continuously, that drive is faulty and must be replaced. If the green hard disk drive activity LED is flashing, the drive is being accessed.
      Note: If the server is configured for RAID operation using a ServeRAID adapter, you might have to reconfigure your disk arrays after you install hard disk drives. See the ServeRAID adapter documentation for additional information about RAID operation and complete instructions for using the ServeRAID adapter.
  5. If you are installing additional hot-swap hard disk drives, do so now.
  6. Turn on the peripheral devices and the server.