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Install a 7mm NVMe drive

Use this information to install a 7mm NVMe drive.

About this task

Required tools

Make sure you have the following kits at hand to properly replace the component:
  • Conduction plate U3 7mm with gap pad

  • U3 7mm dual putty pad

  • HDD Conduction small U3

Gap pad/putty pad replacement guidelines
  • To identify the gap pad/putty pad location and orientation, see Gap pad/Putty pad identification and location.

  • Before replacing the gap pad/putty pad, gently clean the interface plate or the hardware surface with an alcohol cleaning pad.

  • Hold the gap pad/putty pad carefully to avoid deformation. Make sure no screw hole or opening is blocked by the gap pad/putty pad material.

  • Do not use expired putty pad. Check the expiry date on putty pad package. If the putty pads are expired, acquire new ones to properly replace them.


  1. If the gap pad on the conduction plate is damaged or detached, discard the conduction plate. Then, install a new conduction plate already attached with the gap pad.
    Figure 1. Conduction plate gap pad installation
    NVMe drive gap pad installation
  2. Install the conduction plate to the drive cage.
    1. Unlock the metal tab on the drive cage.
    2. Align the conduction plate to two guide pins on the drive cage; then, install the conduction plate to the drive cage as shown.
    3. Install the four screws to secure the conduction plate to the drive cage.
    Figure 2. Conduction plate installation
    Conduction plate installation
  3. Install the lower drive.
    1. Connect the cable with SSD 0/2 marked on plugger to the drive.
    2. Install the drive into the bottom of the drive cage and make sure it is secured in place.
    Figure 3. Lower drive installation
    Lower drive installation
  4. Install the upper drive.
    1. Connect the cable with SSD 1/3 marked on plugger to the drive. Then, insert the screws on the drive into the two screw holes on the drive cage.
    2. Rotate the drive into the drive cage.
    3. Press the drive into the drive cage.
    4. While pressing down the drive, push and hold the release latch.
    5. Slide the metal tab to the lock position.
    Figure 4. Upper drive installation
    Upper drive installation
  5. Replace the putty pad on the conduction plate. Make sure to follow Gap pad/putty pad replacement guidelines.

After you finish
  1. Install the 7mm NVMe drive cage. See Install a 7mm NVMe drive cage assembly.

  2. Install the cross braces. See Install the cross braces.

  3. Install the tray cover. See Install the tray cover.

  4. Install the tray into the enclosure. See Install a DWC tray in the enclosure.

  5. Connect all required external cables to the solution.
    Use extra force to connect QSFP cables to the solution.
  6. Check the power LED on each node to make sure it changes from fast blink to slow blink to indicate all nodes are ready to be powered on.

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube