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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.

Before removing the M.2 backplane and M.2 drive:
  1. Power off the server. See Power off the server.

  2. Disconnect power cords from both power supplies, which are located in the rear of the server.

  3. Record the location of the cables in the front of the PCIe adapters that are installed in the I/O expansion cage at the front of the server, and disconnect the cables.

  4. Disconnect the management port cable from the management port in the I/O expansion cage, if necessary.

  5. Loosen the two captive screws located on the front of the server. If necessary, use a P2 screwdriver to loosen the screws.

  6. Pull the server forward until the slide rails click into place.

  7. Remove the top cover. See Remove the top cover.

  8. Remove the drive cage. See Remove the drive cage.

To remove the M.2 backplane and M.2 drive, complete the following steps:

  1. Grasp the M.2 backplane at both ends and pull it straight up to remove it from the system board.
    Figure 1. Removing the M.2 backplane
    Remove the M.2 backplane from the system board.
  2. Remove the M.2 drive from the M.2 backplane by doing the following:
    Figure 2. Removing the M.2 drive
    Remove the M.2 drive from the M.2 backplane.
    1. Press both sides of the retainer 1.
    2. Slide the retainer backward to loosen the M.2 drive from the M.2 backplane 2
      If the M.2 backplane has two M.2 drives, they will both release outward when you slide the retainer backward.
    3. Rotate the M.2 drive away from the M.2 backplane.
    4. Pull it away from the connector 2 at an angle of approximately 30 degrees.
If you are instructed to return the old M.2 backplane or M.2 drive, follow all of the packaging instructions and use any packaging materials that are provided.

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube