Remove an M.2 drive

Use this information to remove an M.2 drive from the M.2 backplane.

Before you remove an M.2 drive from the M.2 backplane, complete the following steps:
  1. Read Safety and Installation Guidelines to ensure that you work safely.

  2. If necessary, remove the M.2 backplane from your system (see Remove the M.2 backplane ).

To remove an M.2 drive, complete the following steps:

Watch the procedure. A video of the installation process is available:
Figure 1. M.2 drive removal
M.2 drive removal

  1. Press both sides of the retainer and slide it backward to loosen the M.2 drive from the M.2 backplane.
    Note: If your M.2 backplane has two M.2 drives, they will both release outward when you slide the retainer backward.
  2. Remove the M.2 drive by rotating it away from the M.2 backplane and pulling away from the connector at an angle (approximately 30 degrees).

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.