Hardware : Observer Platform appliance installation (G3-GS models) : Installing the drives in your Observer Platform appliance
Installing the drives in your Observer Platform appliance
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How to handle hard drives properly
Failure to install the drives in the proper location will result in poor read and write performance until the RAID array volume is rebuilt.
Follow these instructions to install the drives correctly before starting the appliance.
1. Make sure that the appliance is turned off.
2. Locate the drives that comprise the array. The drives are labeled to show you where they should be installed in the drive cage. (Image may not exactly match your product.)
Figure 78: Appliance front (product may vary)
3. Gently insert each drive by squeezing the tabs and sliding the drive into place until the tabs can engage the slots on both sides of the drive. Do not use force!
Slightly lift the drive tabs to ease insertion.
Figure 79: Drive
4. Repeat until all of the drives are installed as labeled.
You should push each drive slightly to ensure that it is fully seated. Additionally, you may want to visually inspect all of the drives from the side to verify that they are all sitting at the same approximate depth. Check any that are protruding while the system is turned off.
5. Turn on the system, and check that every activity LED light is lit. If not, turn off the system, reinsert the corresponding drive into its cage, and confirm that it clicks into place.
The RAID drives are now in place and you can turn on the appliance.
How to handle hard drives properly
Be especially careful when handling and installing the hard drives. Proper handling is paramount to the longevity of the drive. The internal mechanism of the hard drive can be seriously damaged if the hard drive is subjected to forces outside its environmental specifications.
Caution: When transporting the hard drive, always use an anti-static bag and the shock-absorbing packaging in which the hard drive was delivered to you.
Always handle only one drive at a time.
Always have one hand under the tray to support the weight of the drive when removing or inserting it.
Always hold the hard drive by grasping the long sides that have mounting holes.
Always use an anti-static mat and wrist strap when handling the hard drive.
Never stack hard drives on top of each other.
Never hit the hard drives in any way.
Never touch the components on the circuit board assembly.
Never cover the small hole on top of the hard drive.
Never place the hard drive near equipment that produces strong magnetic fields.
Avoid moving any hard drive that is turned on and operating.
Avoid exposing the hard drive to extreme changes in temperature to minimize the risk of condensation.
If the temperature difference between the storage location and installation location exceeds 50°F/10°C, for temperature acclimation purposes, leave the hard drive in the new location overnight (or at least two hours) before turning it on.