Prepare for installation

To install your EF300 or EF600 series storage system, you need to create an account and register your hardware. You also need to inventory the appropriate number and type of cables for your storage system and provide some key items required for the hardware installation process.

Before you begin

If you are cabling your EF300 for SAS expansion see the Maintaining EF300 and EF600 Hardware Guide for SAS expansion card installation and the Cabling E-Series Hardware Guide for SAS expansion cabling.


  1. Create an account and register your hardware at
  2. Ensure that the following items are in the box that you received.
    Shelf with drives installed

    (bezel and end caps packaged separately)

    Rack-mount hardware

    The following table identifies the types of cables you might receive. If you receive a cable not listed in the table, see Hardware Universe to locate the cable and identify its use.

    Connector type Cable type Use

    RJ-45 Ethernet cables

    (if ordered)

    Management connection

    I/O cables

    (if ordered)

    Cabling the data hosts
    Power cables

    (if ordered)

    Powering up the storage system
  3. Ensure that you provide the following items.
    Phillips #2 screwdriver
    ESD strap

    2U rack space: A standard 19 in. (48.30 cm) rack to fit 2U shelves of the following dimensions.

    Depth: 19.0 in. (48.3 cm)

    Width: 17.6 in. (44.7 cm)

    Height: 3.34 in. (8.48 cm)

    Shelf: 24-drive

    Max Weight: 60.5 lb (27.4 kg)

    Note: Using third-party cabinets might cause the power cables to restrict access to the controller.

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