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Remove a memory module

Use this information to remove a memory module.

  • Disconnect all power cords for this task.

  • 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 removing a memory module:
  1. Remove the top cover. See Remove the top cover.

  2. Remove the air baffle. See Remove the air baffle.

To remove a memory module, complete the following steps:

Watch the procedure

A video of this procedure is available at YouTube.

Figure 1. Memory module removal
Remove the memory module from the slot.

  1. Open the retaining clips on each end of the memory module slot.
    To avoid breaking the retaining clips or damaging the memory module slots, handle the clips gently.
  2. Grasp the memory module at both ends and carefully lift it out of the slot.
  3. Install a memory module filler or a new memory module to cover the slot.

If you are instructed to return the old memory module, follow all packaging instructions and use any packaging materials that are provided.