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Install an M.2 drive

Follow instructions in this section to install an M.2 drive.

About this task

  • Read Installation Guidelines and Safety inspection checklist to ensure that you work safely.
  • Touch the static-protective package that contains the component to any unpainted metal surface on the server; then, remove it from the package and place it on a static-protective surface.


  1. If necessary, adjust the retainer on the M.2 backplane to accommodate the particular size of the M.2 drive you wish to install. See Adjust a retainer on the M.2 backplane.
  2. Locate the connector on the M.2 backplane.
    • The M.2 backplane might look different from the illustration.
    • Install the M.2 drive in slot 0 first.
    Figure 1. M.2 drive slots
    M.2 drive slots
    • 1 Slot 1
    • 2 Slot 0
  3. Install the M.2 drive.
    1. Hold the M.2 drive at an angle, and insert it into the M.2 slot.
    2. Lower the M.2 drive.
    3. Slide the retainer toward the M.2 drive to secure it in place.
      Figure 2. M.2 drive installation
      M.2 drive installation

After you finish

Complete the parts replacement. See Complete the parts replacement.

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube