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Remove an M.2 drive

Follow this procedure to remove an M.2 drive.

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

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


  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 applicable, remove the 2.5-inch drive from bay 2, see Remove a simple-swap drive (bay 1-2).
  2. Locate the M.2 drive.
    Figure 1. M.2 drive location
    M.2 drive location
    1 M.2 drive
  3. Remove the M.2 drive.
    1. Lift the retainer post away from the M.2 drive retainer.
    2. Rotate the rear end of the M.2 drive to an angle, and remove the M.2 drive from the system board.
      Figure 2. Removing the M.2 drive
      Removing the M.2 drive
After you finish
  1. Install a new M.2 drive if necessary, see Install an M.2 drive.

  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.