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Install an M.2 drive

Use this information to install an M.2 drive.

About this task

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

  • 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.

Required tools

Make sure you have the M.2 Putty Pad Kit and SD665-N V3 Miscellaneous Parts Kit to properly replace the component. Putty pad cannot be reused. Whenever the water loop is removed, putty pads must be replaced with new ones before reinstalling the water loop.

Firmware and driver download: You might need to update the firmware or driver after replacing a component.


  1. Replace the M.2 backplane gap pad with a new one. Make sure to follow Gap pad/putty pad replacement guidelines

    Replace the M.2 backplane gap pad.
  2. Install the M.2 drive.
    1. Insert the M.2 drive at an angle (approximately 30 degrees) into the connector on the M.2 backplane assembly.
    2. Rotate the M.2 drive into the M.2 backplane assembly.
    3. Secure the M.2 drive with one screw into the corresponding hole.
    Figure 1. M.2 drive installation
    M.2 drive installation
After you finish
  1. Install the M.2 backplane assembly. See Install the M.2 backplane 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