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Remove an M.2 drive

Follow the instructions in this section to remove 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 and Safety inspection checklist to ensure that you work safely.

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

  • 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.

  • If the server is in a rack, remove it from the rack.

  • If foot stands are installed on the server, pivot them inwards and lay the server on its side for easier operation.


  1. Make preparations for this task.
    1. Remove the server cover. See Remove the server cover.
  2. Remove an M.2 drive.
    1. Pinch and hold on the M.2 drive retainer clips.
    2. Slide the retainer backward to loosen the M.2 drive from the M.2 boot adapter.
    3. Pivot the rear side of the M.2 drive away from the M.2 boot adapter.
    4. Pull the M.2 drive away from the slot at an angle of approximately 30 degrees
      Figure 1. Removal of an M.2 drive
      M.2 drive removal

After this task is completed

  1. If necessary, proceed to remove the M.2 boot adapter. See Remove the M.2 boot adapter.

  2. Install the replacement unit(s), if necessary. See Install an M.2 drive.

  3. 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.