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Adjust the retainer on the M.2 backplane

Use this information to adjust the retainer on the M.2 backplane.

About this task

  • Read Installation Guidelines and Safety inspection checklist 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.

Watch the procedure
  • A video of this procedure is available at YouTube.



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

Figure 1. M.2 retainer adjustment
Adjust the M.2 retainer.

  1. Press both sides of the retainers.
  2. Move the retainer forward until it is in the large opening of the keyhole.
  3. Take the retainer out of the keyhole.
  4. Insert the retainer into the correct keyhole into which the retainer should be installed to accommodate the particular size of the M.2 drive you wish to install.
  5. Press both sides of the retainer.
  6. Slide the retainer backwards until it is seated in place.