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M.2 SATA Installation¶
The XG-7100 1U has 32 GB of onboard eMMC storage. Optionally, a M.2 SATA drive can be installed as an upgrade or to bypass the onboard eMMC flash memory.
Backup your 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.
By default, the M.2 SATA drive will be the first drive recognized by the Netgate® device. pfSense® must be reinstalled on the M.2 SATA drive.
The XG-7100 1U does not support NVMe drives.
The M.2 SATA slot is located underneath the XG-7100 system board, so the entire board must be removed. The standoff is for the 80mm M.2 SATA drive.
Remove the seven (7) lid screws and remove the lid.
Some systems may only have six (6) lid screws.
Unplug the Power Supply Connector from the system board, being careful not to flex the board.
Be sure to pull from the connector, not the wires.
Unplug the fans from the system board, being careful not to flex the board.
Be sure to pull from the connectors, not the wires.
Remove the four (4) system board screws and gently slide system board away from the front faceplate until the board is free.
Turn the board over and locate the M.2 SATA slot.
Insert the gold leads of the M.2 SATA drive into the slot at the angle shown.
Be sure the drive label is facing up and can be seen. The drive slot is keyed and the drive can only go in one way. Do not force the drive into the slot.
Push the M.2 SATA drive down until it is parallel with the system board and use the screw to secure the M.2 SATA drive in place.
Turn the board over and place it into the chassis. Secure the system board with four (4) board screws.
Replace the power supply connector and fan connectors.
Replace the lid and lid screws. Be sure the L-Bracket is not pinched by the lid.
Reinstall the pfSense software on the new M.2 SATA drive.
Restore your configuration backup if you have one.