Internal Drives Installation (Netfinity 7000-M10 - Type 8680)

Internal Drives Installation

Different types of drives allow the system to read multiple types of media and store more data.
Several types of drives are available, such as:

Internal Drive Bays: Internal drives are installed in bays.
The server comes with one 3.5-inch, 1.44 MB diskette drive and one CD-ROM drive.


The server contains hardware that lets you replace a failed hard disk drive without turning off the server.
Therefore, you have the advantage of continuing to operate the system while a hard disk drive is removed or installed. These drives are known as hot-swappable  drives. They are also referred to as hot-swap  drives.

Each hot-swap drive bay has two indicator lights on the front of the server (see 'Controls and Indicators'). If the amber Hard Disk Status light for a drive is lit continuously, that individual drive is defective and needs to be replaced. When the Hard Disk Status light indicates a faulty drive, you can replace a hot-swap drive without turning off the server.

Each hot-swap drive that you plan to install must have a hot-swap-drive tray attached. The drive must have a single connector attachment (SCA) connector.
Hot-swap-drive trays come with the hot-swap drives.

SCSI Drives: Some drives have a special design called small computer system interface, or SCSI. This design allows you to attach multiple drives to a single SCSI connector.


  1.  Any information about SCSI drives also applies to other SCSI devices, such as tape drives.
  2.  If you plan to install both internal and external SCSI devices, you must follow the instructions in 'Connecting External Options', in addition to the instructions in this section.

A 16-bit (wide) SCSI cable connects the hot-swap backplane to one channel of the integrated SCSI controller on the I/O function card.

SCSI IDs: Each SCSI device that is connected to an individual integrated SCSI controller needs a unique identification (ID) so that the controller can identify the devices and ensure that different devices do not attempt to transfer data at the same time. (The integrated SCSI controllers operate independently.) If you need to set IDs for SCSI devices, refer to the instructions that come with those devices.

The server automatically sets SCSI IDs for hot-swap hard disk drives, according to the jumper settings on the SCSI backplane. The server uses the hard disk drive SCSI IDs to send status information to the indicator lights above each hot-swap bay.

Note: Do not set the SCSI ID jumpers on hard disk drives.

The SCSI backplane in the server supports up to four hot-swap drives.
Table 9 (below), shows the default SCSI IDs that the backplane assigns for hot-swap hard disk drives.

Table 9. Automatically Assigned SCSI Ds 

Bay 1 2 3 4
ID 0 1 2 3

Note: The default SCSI ID for the SCSI backplane is 14. The default SCSI ID for each controller is 7.

The processing sequence for SCSI devices is set through the SCSISelect Utility program. The default sequence proceeds from the lowest SCSI ID to the highest (0 to 6, then 8 to 15).

Termination: The devices at both ends of the SCSI bus must be terminated. If you attach SCSI devices (internal or external), you must terminate the last device in the chain. The SCSI cable that comes in the server (connected to the SCSI backplane) is terminated.

All the hot-swap drives in the server have automatic termination.

Refer to the information that comes with the SCSI device for instructions about setting device jumpers or switches that control termination.

Preinstallation Steps: Before you install drives in the server, verify that you have all the cables and any other equipment specified in the documentation that comes with the internal drive. You might also need to perform certain preinstallation activities. Some of the steps are required only during the initial installation of an option.

  1.  Choose the bay in which you want to install the drive.
  2.  Check the instructions that come with the drive to see if you need to set any switches  or jumpers on the drive. Remove any SCSI ID jumpers from the drive.
  3.  To install the drive, go to 'Installing a Drive in a Hot-Swap Bay.'

Installing a Drive in a Hot-Swap Bay: The bays on the right front of the server support hot-swap drives only.

Note: You do not have to turn off the server to install hot-swap drives in these bays. However, you must turn off the server when performing any steps that involve installing or removing cables.

Before you begin:

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

1 - Filler panel
2 - Hot-swap hard disk drive
3 - Drive tray handle (open position)

To install a drive in a hot-swap bay:

  1.  Determine the bay in which you want to install the drive.
  2.  Remove the filler panel -1- from the empty hot-swap bay by inserting the  finger into the depression at the left side of the filler panel and pulling it away from the server.
  3.  Install the hard disk drive -2- in the hot-swap bay:

    1.  Ensure the tray handle -3- 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.  Gently 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.

  4.  Check the hard disk drive status indicators to verify that the hard disk drives are  operating properly. See 'Identifying Problems through Status Indicators' for details.

  5.  Note: If the server has a RAID adapter installed, refer to the RAID adapter  documentation for details about configuration requirements.

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