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RDX USB Internal Dock (1103, 1123, EU03, and EU23) and RDX Removable Disk Drives (1106, 1107, EU01, EU08 and EU15)

Learn about the features of this drive.

Description

The feature code (FC) 1123 and FC EU23 information applies only to an 8231-E2B, 8231-E1C, 8231-E1D, 8231-E2C, 8231-E2D, or 8268-E1D system.

The FC 1103 and FC EU03 information applies only to an 8202-E4B, 8202-E4C, 8202-E4D, 8205-E6B, 8205-E6C, or 8205-E6D system.

The USB Removable Disk Drive consists of a docking station, which holds a removable disk drive. The docking station is available as an internal or external device. The disk drive is a backup and restore device that can be used as an alternative to tape drives. The removable disk drive is not a replacement for regular disk drives and cannot be used as part of a disk array. The following illustrations show the internal drives.

Figure 1. Internal drive, front view
Front view of the internal drive
A
Emergency eject hole
B
Cartridge indicator light
C
Eject button and power indicator light
Figure 2. Rear view and connectors on the internal drive
Internal drive, rear view, and connectors
E
Power connector
F
USB connector

Feature codes and part numbers

Learn about the feature codes (FCs) and part numbers for the USB Removable Disk Drive.

FC 1103 - USB Internal Docking Station for Removable Disk Drive
FC 1103 uses an internal USB cable to connect to the internal USB media device connector on the system backplane of a system that supports this feature. The internal USB media device cable and power cable are included in the feature code.
FC 1103 provides the following parts:
  • 46C5370 (FRU: 46C5380) - USB Internal docking station
  • 46K7435 - Internal USB media device cable (12 inch)
  • 46K7434 - Internal power cable (11 inch) with right angle power connector
  • 44V3429 - Two drive slide assembly rails
  • 1621187 - Four flat blade screws
FC 1123 - USB Internal Docking Station for Removable Disk Drive
FC 1123 uses an internal USB cable to connect to the internal USB media device connector on the system backplane of a system that supports this feature. The internal USB media device cable and power cable are included in the feature code.
FC 1123 provides the following parts:
  • 46C2425 (FRU: 46C2217) - Internal 3.5" RDX USB Dock
  • 46K5031 - Internal USB media device cable (12 inch)
  • 46K5032 - Internal power cable (11 inch)
Requires FC 5263
DASD/Media Backplane - 3 SFF DASD/SATA DVD/HHTape. The FC 5263 is supported on the 8231-E2B system.
Note: A single mounting clip (74Y5182) is provided with the system and is not part of this FC 5263.
FC EU03 - USB Internal Docking Station for Removable Disk Drive
FC EU03 uses an internal USB cable to connect to the internal USB media device connector on the system backplane of a system that supports this feature. The internal USB media device cable and power cable are included in the feature code.
FC EU03 provides the following parts:
  • 46C2332 (FRU: 46C2346) - Internal RDX USB 3.0 Dock
  • 46K7435 - Internal USB media device cable (12 inch)
  • 46K7434 - Internal power cable (11 inch) with right angle power connector
  • 44V3429 - Two drive slide assembly rails
  • 1621187 - Four flat blade screws
FC EU23 - USB Internal Docking Station for Removable Disk Drive
FC EU23 uses an internal USB cable to connect to the internal USB media device connector on the system backplane of a system that supports this feature. The internal USB media device cable and power cable are included in the feature code.
Note: The FC EU23 is not supported on IBMi systems, because IBMi does not support the split backplane on the systems that support FC EU23.
FC EU23 provides the following parts:
  • 46C2443 (FRU: 46C2444) - Internal 3.5" RDX USB 3.0 Dock
  • 46K7435 - Internal USB media device cable (12 inch)
  • 46K7434 - Internal power cable (11 inch) with right angle power connector
Requires FC 5263
DASD/Media Backplane - 3 SFF DASD/SATA DVD/HHTape. The FC 5263 is supported on the 8231-E2B system.
Note: A single mounting clip (74Y5182) is provided with the system and is not part of this FC 5263.
Removable disk drives
Table 1. Removable disk drives
Feature code Part number Description
1106 46C5375 160 GB Removable Disk Drive
1107 46C5379 500 GB Removable Disk Drive
EU01 46C2335 1 TB Removable Disk Drive
EU08 46C5377 320 GB Removable Disk Drive
EU15 46C2831 1.5 TB Removable Disk Drive

Purchasing additional removable disk drives

For best results, use only the removable disk drives that are shown in Table 1.

The removable disk drives are a supply item that can be ordered as a feature code. To order in the United States and Canada, call 1-888-IBM-MEDIA. To order drives in other locations, contact your local provider of IBM® storage products or see Storage Media (http://www.storage.ibm.com/media/).

The removable disk drives are not a service item. IBM service representatives are not dispatched to service or replace the removable disk drives.

Storing removable disk drives

Store removable disk drives in their protective containers, on a flat surface with the top side up. The storage area must be clean and dry, must have normal room temperature, and must be away from any magnetic fields. For best storage life, use the removable disk drives every six months.

Supported USB adapters and cables

Attention: The docking station only supports the USB cable that is provided as part of the feature code. The docking station does not support attachment by using USB hubs, add-on USB cables, or USB cable extenders.

The internal docking station can be connected to the internal USB media device connector on the system backplane of POWER7® processor-based systems.

Note: When the internal USB media device port on the system backplane is used for the docking station, the port is disabled for any other use. This information does not apply to an 8231-E2B, 8231-E1C, 8231-E1D, 8231-E2C, 8231-E2D, or 8268-E1D system.

Specifications

Interface
USB 2.0
Mksysb
Yes
Bootable
Yes
Physical form factor (internal docking station)
5.25 inch half high
3.5 inch half high for an 8231-E2B, 8231-E1C, 8231-E1D, 8231-E2C, 8231-E2D, or 8268-E1D system (FC 1123)
Environmental
USB Removable Disk Drive Operating conditions Non-operating conditions
Temperature 5⁰C to 55⁰C –40⁰C to 65⁰C
Relative humidity 8 - 90% noncondensing 5 - 95% noncondensing
Maximum wet bulb temperature 29.4⁰C noncondensing 40⁰C noncondensing
Maximum temperature gradient 20⁰C per hour 20⁰C per hour
Altitude –300 m to 3048 m (10,000 ft) –300 m to 12,192 m (40,000 ft)

Supported operating systems

USB Removable Disk Drive is supported on the following versions of operating systems:

Using the USB Removable Disk Drive for backup and restore

The disk drive is a backup and restore device that can be used as an alternative to tape drives. The removable disk drive is not a replacement for regular disk drives and cannot be used as part of a disk array.

Note: If power is lost during a backup to the disk, the data can be compromised. Verify the data or rerun the backup.

Using the drive with AIX

AIX names the drive usbmsx, for example, usbms1, and usbms2. AIX also can use the device as a raw device, for example, rusbms1 and rusbms2.

AIX uses the removable disk drive differently depending on the program being used. The AIX mksysb command builds a list of files to back up, creates a universal disk format (UDF) file system, and puts a boot image and the root volume group on the removable disk drive. When the mksysb process is complete the removable disk drive can be used to boot the system. If you mount the removable disk drive, you can display and copy files to and from the UDF file system on the removable disk drive.

The AIX tar, backup, restore, dd, and cpio commands can write to the removable disk drive as a raw device or nonraw device. You might get improved performance by using the device as a raw device.

See the AIX documentation for additional information.

Using the drive with IBM i

IBM i configures the drive as a removable media drive with a name in the format RMSxx, for example, RMS01.

The drive and cartridge are used with optical commands and utilities (for example, WRKOPTVOL and INZOPT), and reports media in the QOPT file system.

See the IBM i documentation for information about using IBM i copy and backup commands.

Using the drive with Linux

Linux configures the drive as a disk drive with a name in the format sdx, for example, sda, sdb, and sdc.

See the Linux documentation for information about using Linux copy and backup commands.

Setting the write-protect switch

The removable disk drives have a red, write-protect tab that is located on the back of the drive. To write-protect a drive, slide the write-protect tab toward the lock symbol. To disengage write protection, slide the tab to the unlock symbol.

Using the emergency eject function

To eject a removable disk drive, press the eject button. If a drive is stuck, complete the following steps:
  1. If you using the internal docking station, power off the system. If you are using the external docking station, unplug the power cable from the device.
  2. Insert a large straightened paper clip (or similar object) into the emergency eject hole. Do not insert the object in the hole at an angle. Keep the object straight and apply some force to eject the drive.
  3. When the drive has been ejected by the docking station, grasp the exposed sides of the drive and pull the drive straight out.
  4. Restart your system to reset the docking station. If you are using the external docking station, reconnect the power cable for the docking station and then restart the system.

Status lights

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Learn about the power indicator and drive indicator status lights on the USB Removable Disk Drive.

Power indicator

The eject button is illuminated by a power indicator light. The following table describes the operation of the power indicator.

Table 2. Power indicator
Indicator status Meaning Description
Off No power Docking station does not have power.
Steady green Ready Power is on and the docking station is working correctly.
Flashing green Ejecting Cartridge is ejecting.
Flashing amber Fault Docking station has detected a fault condition with the docking station.

Removable disk drive indicator

The disk drive has an indicator light that displays the status of the drive. The following table describes the operation of the drive indicator.

Table 3. Cartridge indicator
Indicator status Meaning Description
Off Not ready Drive is not inserted correctly or the docking station has no power.
Steady green Ready Drive is ready.
Flashing green Activity Drive is reading, writing, or seeking.
Flashing amber Fault Docking station has detected a fault condition with the cartridge.


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Last updated: Thu, July 10, 2014