Replacing a Drive in a Hot-Swap Bay

Replacing a Drive in a Hot-Swap Bay

Note: You do not have to turn off the server to remove a drive from the hot-swap bays.

  Before you remove from a hot-swap bay a hard disk drive that is not defective, back up all important data.
Before you attempt to remove a defective drive, thoroughly review the information that appears on the server screen to determine the location of the failed drive. 'ServeRAID Menus, Screens, and Drive States' explains the status codes that the server uses to indicate a defective drive.
Also, if the amber Hard Disk Status light for a drive is lit continuously, that individual drive is faulty and needs to be replaced.
If you remove a hard disk drive that is not defective from an array that already has a defective hard disk drive, all data in the array will be lost. This situation is especially relevant if you assigned RAID level 1 or 5 to the logical drives in the disk array. However, the RAID controller can rebuild the data that you need, provided that certain conditions are met. See 'Replacing a Faulty Drive' for further details.

Before you begin:

Refer to the following illustrations while you perform the steps in this procedure.


1 Hard disk drive
2 Drive tray handle (open position)

3 Screws for half-high drive
4 Screw holes for slim-high drive
5 Drive tray
6 Drive
7 Connector for half-high drive
8 Screws for half-high drive connector

To replace a drive in a hot-swap bay:

  1.  Unlock and open the server door (see 'Preparing to Install Options').

       To maintain proper system cooling, do not operate  the server for more than two minutes without either a  drive or a filler panel installed for each bay.

  2.  Remove the defective hard disk drive -1- by placing  the handle -2- on the drive to the open position  (perpendicular to the drive) and pulling the hot-swap  tray from the bay.
  3.  Remove the hard disk drive from the tray:

    1.  If the drive is a half-high drive, remove the two  screws -8- that hold the connector -7- to the  hot-swap tray-5-, then, remove the connector  from the back of the drive.
    2.  Remove the four screws -3- (for a half-high  drive) or -4- (for a slim-high drive) that attach  the drive -6- to the hot-swap tray, and remove  the drive from the tray.

  4.  Place the new hard disk drive on the hot-swap tray  and attach the drive to the tray using four screws, as  follows:

    1.  If the drive is a half-high drive, use screws -3- to  attach the drive to the tray. If the drive is a  slim-high drive, use screws in holes -4- to attach  the drive to the tray.
    2.  As you tighten each screw, press on the metal  spring nearest the screw at the point indicated  by the arrow on the illustration.
    3.  If the drive is a half-high drive, plug the  connector -7- to the back of the drive and  secure the connector to the drive with screws  -8-. (Slim-high drives do not need the  connector.)

  5.  Install the hard disk drive in the hot-swap bay:

    1.  Ensure the tray handle is open (that is,  perpendicular to the drive).
    2.  Align the drive/tray assembly so that it engages  the guide rails in the bay.
    3.  Push the drive assembly into the bay until the  drive connects to the backplane.
    4.  Push the tray handle to the right until it locks.

  6.  Check the hard disk drive status indicators to verify  that the hard disk drive is installed properly.
  7.  Close and lock the server door.

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