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Install an M.2 drive into the M.2 backplane

Use this information to install an M.2 drive in the M.2 backplane.

shock hazard
Electrical current from power, telephone, and communication cables is hazardous.

To avoid a shock hazard:

  • Connect all power cords to a properly wired and grounded electrical outlet/source.
  • Connect any equipment that will be attached to this product to properly wired outlets/sources.
  • When possible, use one hand only to connect or disconnect signal cables.
  • Never turn on any equipment when there is evidence of fire, water, or structural damage.
  • The device might have more than one power cord, to remove all electrical current from the device, ensure that all power cords are disconnected from the power source.
Before you install an M.2 drive into the M.2 backplane:
  1. Read the Installation Guidelines to ensure that you work safely.

See the following table for supported M.2 drive configurations.
Table 1. M.2 drive configuration
M.2 drive configurationSupport status
Single 32 GB M.2 drive (42 mm long)Supported
Single 128 GB M.2 drive (80 mm long)Supported
Dual 32 GB M.2 drives (42 mm long) with RAID backplaneSupported
Dual 128 GB M.2 drives (80mm long) with RAID backplaneOnly supported in certain environments. Contact Lenovo Services for additional details.

Complete the following steps to install an M.2 drive in the M.2 backplane.

  1. Locate the connector on each side of the M.2 backplane.
    • Some M.2 backplanes support two identical M.2 drives. When two drives are installed, align and support both drives when sliding the retainer forward to secure the drives.

  2. Insert the M.2 drive at an angle (approximately 30 degrees) into the connector and rotate it until the notch catches on the lip of the retainer; then, slide the retainer forward (toward the connector) to secure the M.2 drive in the M.2 backplane.
    Figure 1. M.2 drive installation
    M.2 drive installation
    When sliding the retainer forward, make sure the two nubs on the retainer enter the small holes on the M.2 backplane. Once they enter the holes, you will hear a soft “click” sound.
    Figure 2. M.2 drive installation
    M.2 drive installation

After you install an M.2 drive into the M.2 backplane, complete the following steps:

  1. Reinstall the M.2 backplane (see Install the M.2 backplane).

  2. Reinstall the tray cover (see Install the tray cover).

  3. Reinstall the tray (see Install a DWC tray in the enclosure).

  4. Check the power LED on each node to make sure it changes from fast blink to slow blink to indicate both nodes are ready to be powered on.

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube