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Remove an M.2 drive

Use this information to remove the M.2 drive.

About this task

  • Read the following section(s) to ensure that you work safely.
  • Power 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, remove the server from the rack.

There are two dimensions of M.2 drive supported by the server: 42 mm and 80 mm. Both are removed and installed in a similar method.


  1. Make preparations for this task.
    1. Remove the top cover. See Remove the top cover.
    2. Disconnect the M.2 boot adapter cables from the system board. See M.2 boot adapter cable routing.
    3. Remove the M.2 boot adapter assembly from the PCIe riser assembly or PCIe slot 3. See Remove a PCIe adapter (Riser) or Remove the PCIe adapter (Slot 3).
  2. Remove the M.2 drive.
    Figure 1. M.2 drive removal
    M.2 drive removal
    1. Press both sides of the retainer.
    2. Slide the retainer backwards to loosen the M.2 drive from the M.2 boot adapter.
    3. Pivot the M.2 drive away from the M.2 boot adapter.
    4. Pull the M.2 drive away from the connector at an angle.

After you finish

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.

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube