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Install an M.2 drive

Use this information to install an M.2 drive.

About this task

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.
  • Read Installation guidelines to ensure that you work safely.

  • Power off the server and disconnect all power cords for this task.

  • Prevent exposure to static electricity, which might lead to system halt and loss of data, by keeping static-sensitive components in their static-protective packages until installation, and handling these devices with an electrostatic-discharge wrist strap or other grounding system.

Locate the M.2 drive slot on the M.2 adapter.

For some M.2 adapters that support two identical M.2 drives, install the M.2 drive in slot 0 first.

Figure 1. M.2 drive slot
M.2 drive slot
Table 1. M.2 drive slot locations on M.2 boot adapter
1 M.2 boot adapter slot 02 M.2 boot adapter slot 1


Install the M.2 drive
Figure 2. M.2 drive installation
M.2 drive installation
  1. Insert the M.2 drive at an angle of approximately 30 degrees into the connector.
  2. Pivot the M.2 drive down until the notch catches on the lip of the retainer.
  3. Slide the retainer forward (towards the connector) to secure the M.2 drive into place.

After you finish

  1. Reinstall the server cover. See Install the server cover.

  2. Complete the parts replacement. See Complete the parts replacement.

Demo video

Watch the procedure on YouTube