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Remove the M.2 boot adapter

Follow the instructions in this section to remove the M.2 boot adapter.

About this task

Attention
  • 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.

Procedure

  1. Make preparation for the task.
    1. Remove the front top cover. See Remove the front top cover.
    2. Remove the rear top cover. See Remove the rear top cover.
    3. Remove all the M.2 drives from the M.2 boot adapter. See Remove an M.2 drive.
    4. Remove the crossbar. See Remove the crossbar.
    5. Remove PCIe riser 1 and PCIe riser 2. See Remove the PCIe riser.
  2. Disconnect the M.2 boot adapter cables from the system board assembly. See M.2 boot adapter cable routing for more information on the internal cable routing.
  3. Remove the M.2 boot adapter.
    Figure 1. Removing M.2 boot adapter

    Removing M.2 boot adapter
    1. Unfasten the screw that secures the end of the M.2 boot adapter to the front air baffle.
    2. Unfasten the screw that secures the middle of the M.2 boot adapter to the front air baffle.
    3. Slide the M.2 boot adapter backward and lift it out of the front air baffle.
  4. Disconnect the cables from the M.2 boot adapter.

    SATA/x4 NVMe M.2 boot adapter

    Figure 2. Disconnecting cable from SATA/x4 NVMe M.2 boot adapter
    Disconnecting cable from SATA/x4 NVMe M.2 boot adapter

    SATA/NVMe or NVMe M.2 boot adapter

    Figure 3. Disconnecting cable from SATA/NVMe or NVMe M.2 boot adapter
    Disconnecting cable from SATA/NVMe or NVMe M.2 boot adapter
    1. Loosen the screw on the signal cable.
    2. Tilt the connector and remove it as the spring underneath releases.
    3. Remove the power cable.

After you finish

  1. Install a replacement unit. See Install the M.2 boot adapter.

  2. 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