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Install the M.2 backplane

Use this information to install the M.2 backplane.

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. Install the M.2 backplane.
    Your M.2 backplane might look different from the following illustrations, but the installation method is the same.
    Figure 1. M.2 backplane installation
    Install the M.2 backplane into the tray.
    1. Open the retention clip on the air baffle.

    2. Insert the M.2 backplane at an angle of approximately 30 degrees into the tray.

    3. Rotate the M.2 backplane downward into place.

    4. Tighten the screw to secure the M.2 backplane.

  2. Connect the cables to the M.2 backplane and system board. See M.2 drives.
    Figure 2. Connecting M.2 cables
    Connecting M.2 cables
    1. Tilt the connector at an angle of 20 degrees or lower, and insert it until its bottom surface reaches the ramp.

    2. Press the connector down flat.

    3. Tighten the screw on the signal cable.

    4. Connect the power cable.

After you finish

Complete the parts replacement. See Complete the parts replacement.

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube