Installing a hot-swap storage drive

Use these instructions to install a hot-swap storage drive into the blade server.

The blade server has two storage bays for installing hot-swap storage drives. One storage drive might already be installed in the blade server in storage bay 0. If the blade server is equipped with one storage drive, you can install an additional drive in storage bay 1. The blade server supports using RAID 0 or RAID 1 when two storage drives of the same interface type are installed. See Creating a RAID array of hard disk drives for information about SAS RAID configuration.

To install a hot-swap storage drive or drive filler, complete the following steps.

Graphic illustrating the installation of a SAS hot-swap storage drive
  1. Identify the storage bay (storage bay 0 or storage bay 1) in which the hot-swap storage drive will be installed (see Blade server connectors).
  2. If a storage-drive filler is installed, remove it from the blade server by pulling the release lever and sliding the filler away from the blade server (see Removing a hot-swap storage drive).
  3. Touch the static-protective package that contains the hot-swap storage drive to any unpainted metal surface on the BladeCenter unit or any unpainted metal surface on any other grounded rack component; then, remove the hard disk drive from the package.
  4. Open the release lever on the hot-swap storage drive and slide the drive into the storage bay until it is firmly seated in the connector.
  5. Lock the hot-swap storage drive into place by closing the release lever.