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Remove the M.2 drive retainer

Follow this procedure to remove the M.2 drive retainer.

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 a 2.5-inch drive is installed in drive bay 2, remove it from the chassis, see Remove a simple-swap drive (bay 1-2).
    3. Remove the M.2 drive, see Remove an M.2 drive.
  2. Locate the M.2 drive retainer.
    Figure 1. M.2 drive retainer location
    M.2 drive retainer location
    1 M.2 drive retainer
  3. Remove the M.2 drive retainer.
    1. Press the tab on the retainer and slightly push the nub upward.
    2. Slide the retainer forward and lift it out of the chassis.
      Figure 2. Removing the M.2 drive retainer
      Removing the M.2 drive retainer
After you finish
  1. Install a new M.2 drive retainer, see Install the M.2 drive retainer.

  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.