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Remove an M.2 drive

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

About this task

  • Read Installation Guidelines and Safety inspection checklist to ensure that you work safely.
  • Power off the server and peripheral devices and disconnect the power cords and all external cables. See Power off the server.
  • If the server is installed in a rack, remove it from the rack. See Remove the server from rails.
  • If one or more NVMe solid-state drives are to be removed, it is recommended to disable them beforehand via the operating system.
  • Before you make changes to drives, drive controllers (including controllers that are integrated on the system board assembly), drive backplanes, or drive cables, back up all important data that is stored on drives.
  • Before you remove any component of a RAID array (drive, RAID card, etc.), back up all RAID configuration information.


  1. Remove the front top cover. See Remove the front top cover.
  2. Remove the M.2 drive.
    1. Press the retainer from the both sides.
    2. Slide the retainer away from the M.2 drive
    3. Rotate the rear end of the M.2 drive to an angle.
    4. Remove the M.2 drive from the M.2 backplane.
      Figure 1. M.2 drive removal
      M.2 drive removal

After you finish

If you are instructed to return the component or optional device, follow all packaging instructions, and use any packaging materials for shipping that are supplied to you.

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube