Replace a System Drive in a PA-5450 MPC

Learn how to replace an SSD in the PA-5400 Series firewall.
  1. Ensure that you have access to an ESD work surface for placement of the Management Processor Card (MPC).
  2. Put the provided ESD wrist strap on your wrist ensuring that the metal contact is touching your skin. Then attach (snap) one end of the ground cable to the wrist strap and remove the alligator clip from the banana clip on the other end of the ESD grounding cable. Plug the banana clip end into one of the ESD ports located on the back of the appliance before handling ESD sensitive hardware. For details on the ESD port location, see PA-5450 Back Panel.
  3. Remove the MPC from card slot 7 of the appliance. See Replace a PA-5400 Series Management Processor Card (MPC) for details on removing the MPC.
  4. Place the MPC on an ESD work surface. Detach your wrist strap’s ground cable from the ESD port on the appliance and securely attach the alligator clip to the new ESD surface.
  5. Flip the MPC over and locate the two SSDs on the bottom surface of the card. Remove the retention screw for the SSD you intend to replace.
    The plastic standoff becomes loose after the retention screw is removed. Do not lose the standoff as it is needed when installing the new SSD.
  6. Gently pull the SSD away from its mating connector. Place the old SSD to the side.
  7. Slide the new SSD into the vacant mating connector. Ensure that the SSD aligns with the plastic standoff on the MPC.
  8. Fasten the retention screw back into place at a torque of 4 in-lbs.
    Exceeding a torque of 4 in-lbs will damage the equipment.
  9. Before re-installing the MPC, plug the banana clip end of your ESD wrist strap into one of the ESD ports located on the back of the appliance.
  10. Slide the MPC back into slot 7. See Install a PA-5400 Series Firewall Management Processor Card (MPC) for more information.

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