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Dell PowerEdge R730xd Owner's Manual

Installing the hard drive backplane

Prerequisites

  1. Follow the safety guidelines listed in the Safety instructions section.
  2. Follow the procedure listed in the Before working inside your system section.
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 control panel flex cable, do not bend the control panel flex cable after it is inserted into the connector.

Steps

  1. Use the hooks on the chassis as guides to align the hard drive backplane.
  2. Lower the hard drive backplane until the release tabs snap into place.
  3. Connect the SAS/SATA SSD data, signal, and power cable(s) to the backplane.
    Figure 1. Installing the 2.5 inch (x24) SAS/SATA backplane
    This figure shows installing the 2.5 inch (x24) SAS/SATA backplane.
    1. release tab (2)
    2. left ear control panel cable
    3. backplane power cable
    4. hard drive backplane expander
    5. backplane signal cable
    6. hard drive backplane assembly
    7. backplane power cable
    8. mini SAS cable connector (2)
    9. SAS cable (3)
    10. control panel cable
    11. USB cable
    12. right ear control panel flex cable
    13. hard drive backplane connectors (24)
    Figure 2. Installing the 1.8 Inch (x18) SAS/SATA backplane
    This figure shows installing the 1.8 Inch (x18) SAS/SATA backplane.
    1. release pin
    2. left ear control panel cable
    3. SAS A2 cable
    4. backplane signal cable
    5. control panel cable
    6. backplane power cable
    7. USB cable
    8. mini SAS connector (2)
    9. SAS cable (2)
    10. right ear control panel flex cable
    11. hard drive backplane assembly
    12. hard drive backplane expander
    13. control panel connector
    14. backplane power connector
    15. SAS A2 connector
    16. hard drive backplane connector (18)

Next steps

  1. Replace the cooling fan assembly.
  2. Replace the cooling shroud.
  3. Install the hard drives in their original locations.
  4. Follow the procedure listed in the After working inside your system section.

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