You know the old saying; if it isn’t broke don’t fix it? This is certainly true with the PowerEdge 2950 server. However, if you are one of those that has the 4 bay backplane installed you would probably enjoy more storage space. Fear not, there is a 6 bay backplane that is fairly easy to swap into your server and give you that expandability you want. So in light of that, I will be showing you a step by step on how to do this.
|Things you will need.|
Things you will need for the conversion:
- 6 bay backplane
- Flat-head screwdriver
- Second cable for raid controller
First, shut down your server and remove your hard drives from the server, careful to note the order and placement of them for when you go to re-install them. You do not necessarily have to remove them completely from the server; you can just back them out to release them from the backplane.
|Lightly pry the blue release lever |
away from the riser card
|Unhook the display cable from |
the side riser by pressing the
metal tabs on each side.
Next, unhook the display cable from the side riser by pressing the metal tabs on each side, shown to the right. This connector can be stubborn as well and may require our trusty flat-head to lightly pry up one side to break it free.
|Unhook the 2 power connectors..|
|Take out the 4 cooling fans by |
lifting up on the orange
Take out the 4 cooling fans by lifting up on the orange release bar.
Now, take out the black plastic piece that the fans were sitting on by pressing down on the blue lever, shown in the picture below, and by lifting up and out on the black plastic piece.
|Take out the black plastic piece... |
by pressing down on the blue lever.
Line up the mount fins on the chassis to the backplane, and simply slide the unit down. It will lock in place. Install your riser card and plastic fan mount assembly next, then your raid controller, fans and power cables. Then, re-connect your CD/DVD ROM drive and place the plastic fan shroud in place and put the cover for the server back on.
We can now do the reverse of the removal for installing the 6 bay backplane. Install it facing in the direction, show in the bottom left picture.
|Pull back on the blue release |
tab and lift up on the backplane.
|Ensure controller 1 cable is |
You are DONE! Now, you can re-install your drive and add another 2 hard drives for storage or whatever your heart desires.
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