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Remove the M.2 boot adapter and drives

See this topic to learn how to remove the M.2 boot adapter and drives.

About this task

  • Go over Installation Guidelines to ensure that you work with safety.

  • Turn off the server and peripheral devices and disconnect the power cords and all external cables (see Power off the server).

  • If the server is installed in a rack, slide the server out on its rack slide rails to gain access to the top cover, or remove the server from the rack.


  1. Make preparations for this task.
    1. If applicable, remove the security bezel (see Remove the security bezel).

    2. Remove the top covers (see Remove the top covers).

    3. Remove the air baffle (see Remove the air baffle).

  2. Loosen the captive screw, and push the M.2 boot adapter slightly forward to detach it from the system board. Then, lift the M.2 boot adapter.
    Figure 1. Removing the M.2 boot adapter

  3. Remove the M.2 drives from the backplane.
    Figure 2. Removing the M.2 drives

    • Pinch and hold on the retainer clip.
    • Slightly push the retainer clip left to disengage the M.2 drives.
    • Pivot the rear side of the M.2 drives away from the backplane.
    • Remove the M.2 drives.

After this task is completed

  • Install replacement units of M.2 drives (see Install the M.2 drives and boot adapter).
  • 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.

  • If there is a plan of recycling the component:
    Figure 3. Disconnecting the M.2 cable

    • Loosen the screw on the signal cable.
    • Tilt the connector.
    • Remove the connector.
    • Remove the power cable.
    Figure 4. Removing the M.2 backplane

    • Open the cover on the adapter.
    • Loosen the captive screw that secure the M.2 backplane to the adapter.
    • Remove the screw that secure the M.2 backplane to the adapter.
    • Remove the M.2 backplane from the adapter.

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