Remove an M.2 drive from an M.2 data adapter

Use this information to remove an M.2 drive from an M.2 data adapter.

Before you remove an M.2 drive from an M.2 data adapter, complete the following steps:

  1. Read the following sections to ensure that you work safely.
  2. Turn off the server. Disconnect the power cords and all external cables (see Power off the server).

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

  4. Remove a M.2 data adapter (see Remove a M.2 data adapter).

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

Watch the procedure. A video of the process is available:
Figure 1. M.2 drive removal
M.2 drive removal
Note: In the removal process, carefully proceed the steps to prevent the drives from dropping.
  1. Remove the screw on the top of the adapter.
  2. Rotate the M.2 drive on the top upward.
  3. Pull out the M.2 drive on the top from the M.2 data adapter.
  4. Remove the screw on the bottom of the adapter.
  5. Rotate the M.2 drive on the bottom downward.
  6. Pull out the M.2 drive on the bottom from the M.2 data adapter.
  7. (Optional) Remove the retainer by pulling it backward and lifting it up.
After you remove an M.2 drive, complete the following steps:

If you are instructed to return the defective component, please package the part to prevent any shipping damage. Reuse the packaging the new part arrived in and follow all packaging instructions.