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Remove a DIMM

Use this information to remove a DIMM.

  • Disconnect all power cords for this task.

  • DIMMs are sensitive to static discharge and require special handling. In addition to the standard guidelines for Handling static-sensitive devices:

    • Always wear an electrostatic-discharge strap when removing or installing DIMMs. Electrostatic-discharge gloves can also be used.

    • Never hold two or more DIMMs together so that they touch. Do not stack DIMMs directly on top of each other during storage.

    • Never touch the gold DIMM connector contacts or allow these contacts to touch the outside of the DIMM connector housing.

    • Handle DIMMs with care: never bend, twist, or drop a DIMM.

Before removing a DIMM:
  1. If the server is installed in a rack, extend the server from the rack.

  2. Remove the server cover. See Remove the server cover.

  3. Remove the air baffle. See Remove the air baffle.

To remove a DIMM, complete the following steps:

Watch the procedure
  • A video of this procedure is available at YouTube
Figure 1. DIMM removal
DIMM removal

  1. Carefully open the retaining clips on each end of the DIMM slot.
    To avoid breaking the retaining clips or damaging the DIMM slots, handle the clips gently.
  2. Remove the DIMM.
If you are instructed to return the old DIMM, follow all packaging instructions and use any packaging materials that are provided.