M.2 SATA Installation¶
The SG-3100 has built-in onboard eMMC storage. Optionally, a M.2 SATA drive could be installed as an upgrade or to bypass the onboard eMMC flash memory.
Backup the configuration file, if possible.
Unplug the system for at least 60 seconds to ensure all phantom power has dissipated.
Anti-static protection must be used throughout this procedure.
Any hardware damage incurred during this procedure is not covered by the hardware warranty.
pfSense® Plus must be reinstalled on the M.2 SATA drive. By default, the M.2 SATA drive will then be the first drive recognized by pfSense® Plus software.
The SG-3100 does not support NVMe drives.
The SG-3100 has two slots capable of installing M.2 SATA drives, J10 and J11.
The J10 connector is for a
2280(22mm x 80mm) M.2 SATA only.
The 80mm standoff cannot be moved.
The J11 connector is for a
2242(22mm x 42mm) M.2 SATA drive, or it can be used for a cellular card in conjunction with a microSIM card.
The 42mm standoff is also permanent and cannot be moved.
For more information on Cellular Configuration in pfSense® Plus software, please visit the pfSense Documentation page.
This installation example uses the J11 M.2 SATA slot with a
SATA Drive. The procedures to install a
2280 M.2 SATA Drive in the J10
slot is similar.
Turn the system over carefully to avoid scratching the top of the system. Remove the four (4) T10 Torx screws as indicated below.
Turn system upright and carefully remove the cover. Set the cover off to the side and keep it upright so the top is not scratched. Identify where the M.2 SATA drive slot is located and remove the screw from the standoff.
After the screw has been removed, insert the M.2 SATA drive into the slot at about a 30° angle.
The M.2 SATA card is keyed. Do not force it into the slot.
Gently push down the M.2 SATA card and replace the screw into the standoff.
Place the cover back on and turn the SG-3100 over. Replace the four (4) T10 Torx case screws. Be careful not to crossthread the screws.
Reinstall the pfSense® Plus software on the new M.2 SATA drive.
Restore the configuration backup if one is available.
For information on restoring from a previously saved configuration, see Backup and Restore.