Moving the boot media

There are two boot media devices in the AFF A700s, a primary and a secondary or backup boot media. You must move them from the impaired node to the replacement node and install them into their respective slots in the replacement node.

Before you begin

The boot media are located under Riser 2, the middle PCIe riser module. This PCIe module must be removed to gain access to the boot media.


  1. If you are not already grounded, properly ground yourself.
  2. Locate the boot media:
    1. Open the air duct, if needed.
    2. If needed, remove Riser 2, the middle PCIe module, by unlocking the locking latch and then removing the riser from the controller module.

    Air duct
    Riser 2 (middle PCIe module)
    Boot media screw
    Boot media
  3. Remove the boot media from the controller module:
    1. Using a #1 Phillips head screwdriver, remove the screw holding down the boot media and set the screw aside in a safe place.
    2. Grasping the sides of the boot media, gently rotate the boot media up, and then pull the boot media straight out of the socket and set it aside.
  4. Move the boot media to the new controller module and install it:
    Note: Install the boot media into the same socket in the replacement controller module as it was installed in the impaired controller module; primary boot media socket (slot 1) to primary boot media socket, and secondary boot media socket (slot 2) to secondary boot media socket.
    1. Align the edges of the boot media with the socket housing, and then gently push it squarely into the socket.
    2. Rotate the boot media down toward the motherboard.
    3. Secure the boot media to the motherboard using the boot media screw.
      Do not over-tighten the screw or you might damage the boot media.