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Remove a DIMM

Use this information to remove a DIMM.

Memory modules are sensitive to static discharge and require special handling. In addition to the standard guidelines for Handling static-sensitive devices:
  • Always wear an electrostatic-discharge strap when removing or installing memory modules. Electrostatic-discharge gloves can also be used.

  • Never hold two or more memory modules together so that they touch. Do not stack memory modules directly on top of each other during storage.

  • Never touch the gold memory module connector contacts or allow these contacts to touch the outside of the memory-module connector housing.

  • Handle memory modules with care: never bend, twist, or drop a memory module.

Before you remove a DIMM, complete the following steps:
  1. Read Safety and Installation Guidelines to ensure that you work safely.

  2. Turn off the server. Disconnect the power cords and all external cables (see Power off the server).

  3. If server is installed in a rack, remove the server from the rack.

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

  5. Locate the DIMM connectors. Determine which DIMM to be removed from the server.
    Figure 1. DIMM connectors
    DIMM connectors
  6. When removing DIMM 4, remove the air baffle first for more space for the DIMM removal (see Remove the air baffle).

To remove a DIMM, complete the following steps:

Figure 2. DIMM removal
DIMM removal
To avoid breaking the retaining clips or damaging the DIMM connectors, handle the clips gently.
  1. Carefully open the retaining clips on each end of the DIMM connector.
  2. Make sure that both retaining clips are in the fully-open position; then, pull the DIMM out of the connector.

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.