Skip to main content

Install an M.2 boot drive

Follow instructions in this section to install an M.2 boot drive to the I/O module board.

About this task

To avoid potential danger, make sure to read and follow the safety information.

  • S002
    disconnect all power
    The power-control button on the device and the power switch on the power supply do not turn off the electrical current supplied to the device. The device also 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.
  • Read Installation Guidelines and Safety inspection checklist to make sure that you work safely.

  • Touch the static-protective package that contains the component to any unpainted metal surface on the node; then, remove it from the package and place it on a static-protective surface.

  • Depending on the specific configuration, the I/O module board might look different from the illustrations in this section.


  1. Make preparations for this task.
    1. Locate the slots for M.2 boot drives.

      If there is only one M.2 boot drive to be installed to the I/O module board, the M.2 drive should be installed in slot 1.

      Figure 1. Boot M.2 slots

      1 Boot M.2 slot 12 Boot M.2 slot 2
  2. (Optional) If necessary, install the M.2 drive into the M.2 tray.
    1. Peel off the plastic liner from the thermal pad in the tray.
    2. Slide the M.2 drive all the way into the tray, the side with the most chips facing up. Make sure that the screw cutout of the drive is aligned with the cutout of the tray.
      Figure 2. Installation of a thermal pad and M.2 drive to the tray
      M.2 drive installation into the tray
  3. (Optional) If applicable, install the M.2 heat sink into tray.
    1. Peel off the plastic liner from the thermal pad at the bottom side of the heat sink.
    2. Align the heat sink with the four clips of the tray; then, insert and press down the heat sink until it clicks into place.
      Figure 3. Installation of an M.2 heat sink to the M.2 tray
      M.2 heat sink installation into the tray
  4. Install the M.2 drive with heat sink onto the I/O module board.
    1. Insert the M.2 drive at an angle to the connector.
    2. Lower down the other side of the M.2 drive; then, gently press the M.2 drive down into place.
    3. Tighten the screw.
      Figure 4. Installation of an M.2 boot drive
      M.2 drive installation


After this task is completed