Dell PowerEdge R330 Owner's Manual

Removing the hard drive backplane

Prerequisites

CAUTION: Many repairs may only be done by a certified service technician. You should only perform troubleshooting and simple repairs as authorized in your product documentation, or as directed by the online or telephone service and support team. Damage due to servicing that is not authorized by Dell is not covered by your warranty. Read and follow the safety instructions that are shipped with your product.

CAUTION: To prevent damage to the drives and backplane, you must remove the hard drives from the system before removing the backplane.

CAUTION: You must note the number of each hard drive and temporarily label them before removal so that you can insert them in the same locations.

  1. Follow the safety guidelines listed in Safety instructions section.
  2. Follow the procedure listed in the Before working inside your system section.
  3. Remove all hard drives.
  4. Disconnect the SAS/SATA data, signal, and power cables from the backplane.

Steps

Press the release tabs and lift the backplane upward and slide it toward the back of the chassis.
Figure 1. Removing the four 3.5-inch or four 2.5-inch hard drive SAS/SATA backplane
This figure shows removing the four 3.5-inch or four 2.5-inch hard drive SAS/SATA backplane.
  1. guide pin (2)

  2. hard drive or SSD backplane

  3. release tab (2)

  4. backplane power cable

  5. backplane signal cable

  6. SAS A connector on the backplane

  7. hard drive or SSD connector (4)

Figure 2. Cabling diagram—Four 3.5-inch or four 2.5-inch hard drive SAS/SATA backplane
This figure shows cabling for the 3.5-inch or four 2.5-inch SAS/SATA backplane
  1. power interposer board (PIB)
  2. signal cable connector on the system board
  3. optical drive power cable connector on the system board
  4. system board
  5. optical drive SATA connector on the system board
  6. SAS connector on the system board
  7. cable routing clip
  8. backplane
  9. optical drive
  10. SAS connector on the backplane
  11. signal cable connector on the backplane
  12. power cable connector on the backplane
Figure 3. Removing the eight 2.5-inch SAS/SATA backplane
This figure shows removing the eight 2.5-inch SAS/SATA backplane.
  1. hard drive/SSD backplane
  2. backplane power cable
  3. backplane signal cable
  4. SAS A cable connector
  5. release tab (2)
  6. SAS B cable connector
  7. hard drive or SSD connector (8)
Figure 4. Cabling diagram—Eight 2.5-inch SAS/SATA backplane with PERC card
This figure shows cabling hard drive backplane 2.5-inch (x8) SAS/SATA backplane with PERC card.
  1. power interposer board (PIB)
  2. Connector A on the PERC card
  3. Connector B on the PERC card
  4. PERC card
  5. signal cable connector on the system board
  6. optical drive power cable connector on the system board
  7. system board
  8. optical drive SATA connector on the system board
  9. backplane
  10. SAS B connector on the backplane
  11. SAS A connector on the backplane
  12. optical drive
  13. power cable connector on the backplane
  14. signal cable connector on the backplane
Figure 5. Cabling diagram—Four 3.5-inch cabled hard drives
This figure shows cabling for a system with four cabled hard drives.
  1. system board
  2. optical drive SATA connector on the system board
  3. SAS connector on the system board
  4. cable routing clip
  5. optical drive
  6. cabled hard drive (4)
  7. hard drive and optical drive power connector on the system board
Figure 6. Cabling diagram—Four 3.5-inch cabled hard drives and PERC card
This figure shows cabling for a system with four cabled hard drives and PERC card.
  1. hard drive and optical drive power connector on the system board
  2. Connector A on the PERC card
  3. PERC card
  4. system board
  5. optical drive SATA connector on the system board
  6. cable routing clip
  7. optical drive
  8. cabled hard drive (4)
Figure 7. Cabling diagram—Four 3.5-inch cabled hard drives and two 1.8-inch SSDs
This figure shows cabling for a system with four cabled hard drives and two 1.8-inch SSDs.
  1. hard drive/SSD power cable connector on the system board
  2. system board
  3. optical drive/solid state drive (SSD) SATA connector on the system board
  4. SATA0-3 connector on the system board
  5. SATA SSD connector on the system board
  6. cable routing clip
  7. 1.8-inch SSD (2)
  8. cabled hard drive (4)
Figure 8. Cabling diagram—Four 3.5-inch cabled hard drives, two 1.8-inch SSDs, and PERC card
This figure shows cabling for a system with four cabled hard drives, two 1.8-inch SSDs, and PERC card.
  1. hard drive/SSD power cable connector on the system board
  2. Connector A on the PERC card
  3. PERC card
  4. system board
  5. optical drive/solid state drive SATA connector on the system board
  6. SATA SSD connector on the system board
  7. cable routing latch
  8. 1.8-inch SSD (2)
  9. cabled hard drive (4)

Next steps

  1. Install the hard drive backplane.
  2. Follow the procedure listed in the After working inside your system section.

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