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Adding an Internal SATA Drive

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This document applies to HP MediaSmart Server EX485 and EX487.

Adding an Internal SATA Drive

How to place a hard drive into an expansion bay in the HP MediaSmart Server.
CAUTION:Do not remove the bottom drive. This drive contains the Windows Home Server operating system.
NOTE:There are two parts to adding an internal drive: add the drive to an expansion bay and then initialize the drive so it becomes part of the total server storage.

To add a SATA drive to an expansion bay

  1. Determine which expansion bay to use:
    • The light-bar for an empty expansion bay is off.
    • Add the new hard drive to the lowest available expansion bay.
  2. Open the door on the front of the server.
    Figure 1: Door
  3. On the lowest empty hard-drive tray, press down the lever to unlock the handle.
    Figure 2: Lever
  4. Lift the handle all the way up.
    Figure 3: Handle
  5. Gently pull the hard-drive tray from the expansion bay.
    Figure 4: Hard-Drive Tray
  6. Fold down the flap near the back of the hard-drive tray.
    Figure 5: Flap
    NOTE:This flap improves air flow through the server. If you remove a drive, be sure to fold this flap back up.
  7. Insert the new drive into the left side of the hard-drive tray, making sure that the pins go into the hard drive’s mounting holes.
    Figure 6: Hard-Drive Tray
  8. Flex the right side-rail, and then insert the pins into the hard drive’s mounting holes.
    Figure 7: Right Side-Rail
  9. With the handle up, slide the hard-drive tray and drive into the expansion bay.
    Figure 8: Hard-Drive Tray
  10. Press down on the handle on the hard-drive tray until it locks.
    Figure 9: Handle
  11. Close the door on the front of the server.
    Figure 10: Door
  12. Notice that within a few seconds the light-bar for the new hard drive pulsates aqua white . This indicates that the hard drive has been installed, but has not been initialized.

Adding and Removing Drives from Server Storage

Drives added or removed from an expansion bay must be added or removed from total server storage.
CAUTION:When adding a hard drive to server storage, the hard drive is formatted. Make sure to back up any important files that are on the hard drive before adding it to server storage.

To add a drive to the server’s total storage

  1. At the computer, double-click the Windows Home Server icon in the system tray.
  2. Log on to the Windows Home Server Console.
  3. Click the Server Storage tab.
  4. Follow the instructions in Adding a hard drive in the Windows Home Server Console Help.

To remove a drive from the server’s storage

  1. At the computer, double-click the Windows Home Server icon in the system tray.
  2. Log on to the Windows Home Server Console.
  3. Click the Server Storage tab.
  4. Follow the instructions in Removing a hard drive in the Windows Home Server Console Help.

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