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Remove a memory module

Follow this procedure to remove a memory module

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.

About this task

Memory modules are sensitive to static discharge and require special handling. In addition to the standard guidelines of Handling static-sensitive devices:
  • Always wear an electrostatic-discharge strap when removing or installing memory modules. Electrostatic-discharge gloves can also be used.

  • Keep each memory module separated from one another. Do not stack memory modules directly on top of each other during storage.

  • Keep the gold memory module connector contacts from touching anything.

  • Handle memory modules with care: never bend, twist, or drop a memory module.

Watch the procedure
  • A video of this procedure is available at YouTube.

About this task

  1. Make preparation for this task.
    1. Remove the server cover, see Remove the server cover.

      The heat sink and processor could be very hot. To avoid burning yourself, wait for a few minutes after turning off the server before you remove the server cover.

    2. If the optical drive cage is installed, remove it from the chassis, see Remove the optical drive cage.
  2. Carefully open the retaining clips on both ends of the memory module slot; then, gently lift the memory module to remove it.
    Figure 1. Removing a memory module
    Removing a memory module
After you finish
  1. Install a new memory module if necessary. See Install a memory module.

  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.