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Install an M.2 drive

Use this information to install an M.2 drive.

About this task


You may need the Gap Pad Kit to perform this task.

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.

  • The putty pad is unfit for use if the expiry date on its packaging has passed. In this circumstance, acquire a new putty pad for proper putty pad replacement procedure.

Firmware and driver download: You might need to update the firmware or driver after replacing a component.
Watch the procedure
  • A video of this procedure is available at YouTube.


  1. Replace the M.2 backplane gap pad with a new one. Gap pad/putty pad replacement guidelines
    Figure 1. M.2 backplane gap pad
    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 2. 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.