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Remove an M.2 drive

The M.2 drive is in the I/O tray that is accessed from the rear of the server. After removing the I/O tray and the M.2 backplane, slide open the drive retainer and rotate the M.2 drive from the backplane.

disconnect all power
The power-control button on the device and the power switch on the power supply do not turn off the electrical current supplied to the device. The device also might have more than one power cord. To remove all electrical current from the device, ensure that all power cords are disconnected from the power source.
Before you remove an M.2 drive:
  1. Disconnect and label all cables connected to adapters in the I/O tray; then, remove the I/O tray. See Remove the I/O tray.

  2. Remove the riser for slot 10 to 15 (riser 2) or the riser for slot 16 to 17 to access the M.2 backplane. See Remove the riser for slot 10 to 15 (riser 2) or Remove the riser for slot 16 to 17 (riser 3).

  3. Remove the M.2 backplane from your system. See Remove the M.2 backplane.

Complete the following steps to remove an M.2 drive.

Figure 1. M.2 drive removal
M.2 drive removal

  1. Press both sides of the drive retainer and slide it away from the connector to release the M.2 drive. If your backplane has two M.2 drives, both will release when you slide the retainer.
  2. Rotate the M.2 drive up from the backplane and pull it away from the connector.

After removing the M.2 drive, if you are removing the M.2 backplane and drives and not installing a replacement:

  1. Install the riser that you removed to access the M.2 backplane. See Install the riser for slot 10 to 15 (riser 2) or Install the riser for slot 16 to 17 (riser 3).

  2. Install the I/O tray and connect all cables. See Install the I/O tray.

If you are instructed to return an M.2 drive, follow all packaging instructions, and use any packaging materials for shipping that are supplied to you.

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube