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Remove the M.2 backplane and M.2 drive

Use this information to remove the M.2 backplane and M.2 drive.

About this task

  • Read Installation guidelines to ensure that you work safely.

  • Power off the server and disconnect all power cords for this task.

  • Prevent exposure to static electricity, which might lead to system halt and loss of data, by keeping static-sensitive components in their static-protective packages until installation, and handling these devices with an electrostatic-discharge wrist strap or other grounding system.


  1. Remove the top cover. See Remove the top cover.
  2. Remove the M.2 drive from the M.2 backplane.

    The M.2 backplane you want to remove might be different from the following illustrations, but the removal method is the same.

    Figure 1. M.2 drive removal
    Removing the M.2 drive from the M.2 adapter

    1. Press both sides of the retainer 2.
    2. Slide the retainer backward to loosen the M.2 drive from the M.2 backplane.
    3. Rotate the M.2 drive away from the M.2 backplane.
    4. Pull the M.2 drive away from the connector 1 at an angle of approximately 30 degrees.
  3. Remove the M.2 module from the chassis.
    Figure 2. M.2 module removal
    Removing the M.2 module from the chassis

    1. Loosen the screw.
    2. Release the M.2 backplane from the pin and carefully lift the M.2 backplane out from the chassis.
  4. Disconnect all M.2 cables from the system board.
    1. Press the release tab to release the connector.
    2. Disengage the connector from the cable socket.
      Failing to release the tab before removing the cables will damage the cable sockets on the system board. Any damage to the cable sockets might require replacing the system board.
      Figure 3. Disconnecting M.2 cables

After you finish

If you are instructed to return the old M.2 backplane or M.2 drive, follow all packaging instructions and use any packaging materials that are provided.

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube