Install an M.2 drive in the M.2 backplane

Use this information to install an M.2 drive in the M.2 backplane.

Before you install an M.2 drive in the M.2 backplane:
  1. Read the following section(s) to ensure that you work safely.
  2. Turn off the corresponding compute node that you are going to perform the task on.

  3. Remove the compute node (see Remove a compute node from the enclosure).

  4. Remove the compute node cover (see Remove the compute node cover).

  5. Remove the M.2 backplane (see Remove the M.2 backplane).

Complete the following steps to install an M.2 drive in the M.2 backplane.

Watch the procedure. A video of the installation process is available:

  1. Locate the connector on each side of the M.2 backplane.
    Note:
    • Some M.2 backplanes support two identical M.2 drives. When two drives are installed, align and support both drives when sliding the retainer forward to secure the drives.

    • Install the M.2 drive in slot 0 first.

      Figure 1. M.2 drive slot
      M.2 drive installation
      Table 1. M.2 drive slot
      1 Slot 0 2 Slot 1
  2. Insert the M.2 drive at an angle (approximately 30 degrees) into the connector and rotate it until the notch catches on the lip of the retainer; then, slide the retainer forward (toward the connector) to secure the M.2 drive in the M.2 backplane.
    Figure 2. M.2 drive installation
    M.2 drive installation
    Attention: When sliding the retainer forward, make sure the two nubs on the retainer enter the small holes on the M.2 backplane. Once they enter the holes, you will hear a soft “click” sound.
    Figure 3. M.2 drive installation
    M.2 drive installation

After you install an M.2 drive in the M.2 backplane, complete the following steps:

  1. Reinstall the M.2 backplane (see Install the M.2 backplane).

  2. Reinstall the compute node cover (see Install the compute node cover).

  3. Reinstall the compute node (see Install a compute node in the enclosure).

  4. Check the power LED to make sure it transitions between fast blink and slow blink to indicate the node is ready to be powered on.