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Remove an M.2 drive from the M.2 backplane

Use this information to remove an M.2 drive from 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 remove an M.2 drive from the M.2 backplane:
  1. Read the Installation Guidelines to ensure that you work safely.

  2. Turn off the corresponding DWC tray that you are going to perform the task on.

  3. Remove the tray (see Remove a DWC tray from the enclosure).

  4. Remove the tray cover (see Remove the tray cover).

  5. Remove the M.2 backplane (see Remove the M.2 backplane).

Complete the following steps to remove an M.2 drive from the M.2 backplane.

Figure 1. M.2 drive removal
M.2 drive removal

  1. Press both sides of the retainer and slide it backward to loosen the M.2 drive from the M.2 backplane.
    If your M.2 backplane has two M.2 drives, they will both release outward when you slide the retainer backward.
  2. Remove the M.2 drive by rotating it away from the M.2 backplane and pulling away from the connector at an angle (approximately 30 degrees).

If you are instructed to return the component or optional device, follow all packaging instructions, and use any packaging materials for shipping that are supplied to you.

Demo video

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