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Installing a storage controller on the R710

The steps below will guide you through the process of installing a storage controller on a Dell PowerEdge R710 server. Still trying to decide on a RAID card? We recommend picking up the H700 controller below.

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1. Turn off the system, including any attached peripherals, and disconnect the system from the electrical outlet.

Dell PowerEdge R710 Server

2. Open the system.

3. Install the controller card in the storage expansion slot on the riser farthest from the power supplies.

Dell PowerEdge R710 open chassis and motherboard

Holding the card by its edges, with the card-edge facing the riser, insert one side of the card into the black card-edge guide. Bend outward on the blue card-edge guide, lower the card onto the blue card-edge guide, and release the guide.

Dell PowerEdge R710 open chassis and motherboard

Insert the card-edge connector firmly into the expansion-card connector until the card is fully seated and the plastic card guides fit over the edges of the card.

Dell PowerEdge R710 open chassis and motherboard

4. Connect the card to the SAS backplane.

Connect the SAS data cable connector labelled "SAS_0" to the white SAS_0 connector on the card, and the connector labelled "SAS_1" to the black SAS_1 connector on the card.

Dell PowerEdge R710 open chassis and motherboard
Dell PowerEdge R710 open chassis and motherboard

Unlatch the fan assembly and lift it out of the chassis. Remove the cable retention bracket on the right to expose a channel for the cables.

Installing server fans for the Dell PowerEdge R710 server
Installing a RAID controller in the Dell PowerEdge R710 server

Route the SAS cable along the channel underneath the plastic cable retention bracket.

Rerouting a cable in the Dell PowerEdge R710 server

Attach the connector labeled "SAS A" to connector SAS A on the backplane, and attach the connector labeled "SAS B" to connector SAS B on the backplane.


For PERC H700 / H200 the cables are interchangeable, however the “A” connector on the controller must be connected to a matching “A” connector on the backplane.

Plugging in the breaker cable for the Dell PowerEdge R710 server
Plugging in the breaker cable for the Dell PowerEdge R710 server

5. If this is a battery backed storage controller, install the battery if available. Connect the battery cable to the connector on the battery.

Connecting the battery cable to the connector on the RAID controller
Connecting the battery cable to the connector on the RAID controller

Locate the plastic battery holder on the inner wall of the chassis next to the control panel board.

Dell PowerEdge R710 chassis interior

Insert the battery into the battery holder.

Installing the RAID battery in the Dell PowerEdge R710 server
Installing the RAID battery in the Dell PowerEdge R710 server

Route the cable through the left side of the chassis, underneath the plastic retention clip.

Rerouting a cable in the Dell PowerEdge R710 server

Connect the battery cable to the battery connector on the RAID controller.

Connecting the cable in the RAID controller

6. Replace the plastic cable retention bracket, fan assembly and close the latches.

Rerouting a cable in the Dell PowerEdge R710 server
Installing a RAID controller in the Dell PowerEdge R710 server

7. Close the system.