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Install an M.2 drive

Follow the 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.

  • Power off the server and peripheral devices and disconnect the power cords and all external cables. See Power off the server.

  • 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.

  • If the server is installed in a rack, slide the server out on its rack slide rails to gain access to the top covers, or remove the server from the rack. See Remove the server from rails.

Firmware and driver download: You might need to update the firmware or driver after replacing a component.


  1. Touch the static-protective package that contains the new part to any unpainted surface on the outside of the server; then, take the new part out of the package and place it on a static-protective surface.
  2. (Optional) Adjust the retainer on the M.2 boot adapter to accommodate the particular size of the M.2 drive you wish to install. See Adjust the retainer on the M.2 boot adapter.
  3. Locate the connector on the M.2 boot adapter.
    • Your M.2 boot adapter might look different from the following illustrations, but the installation method is the same.

    • Some M.2 boot adapters support two identical M.2 drives. Install the M.2 drive in slot 0 first.

    Figure 1. M.2 drive slots
    M.2 drive slots
    1 Slot 12 Slot 0
  4. Install M.2 drive into M.2 boot adapter.
    Figure 2. Installing M.2 drive
    Installing M.2 drive
    1. Insert the M.2 drive into the slot at an angle of approximately 30 degrees.
    2. Pivot the M.2 drive down until the notch at the end of the M.2 drive catches on the lip of the retainer.
    3. Slide the retaining clip forward to secure the M.2 drive to the M.2 boot adapter.

After you finish

  1. Reinstall the front top cover. See Install the front top cover.

  2. Complete the parts replacement. See Complete the parts replacement.

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube