How to install server memory

Equipment needed

  • Compatible Crucial server memory module(s)
  • Non-magnetic-tip screwdriver (for removing the cover on your server)
  • Your server's owner's manual


  • Static electricity can damage the components in your server. To protect your system's components from static damage during the installation process, touch any of the unpainted metal surfaces on your computer's frame or wear an ESD wrist strap before handling internal components. Either method will safely discharge static electricity that's naturally present in your body.
  • When handling memory modules, be sure to hold them along the side edges using your thumb and index finger. Avoid touching the components and gold pin connectors as damage can occur.

Installation process

  1. Make sure you are working in a static-safe environment. Remove any plastic bags or papers from your workspace.
  2. Shut down the server.  Once the server has powered down, remove the power cable. 
  3. Discharge residual power by pressing and holding the power button for 3-5 seconds.
  4. Remove the cover on the server. Refer to your owner's manual for how to do this.
  5. To protect server components and memory modules from static damage during the installation process, touch any of the unpainted metal surfaces on the server's frame or use an ESD wrist strap before handling and installing memory.
  6. Locate the memory slots on your server using your owner's manual. If the memory slots are covered by a fan shroud, consult your manual for instructions on how to remove it.
  7. Align the notches on your new memory modules with the notches in the memory expansion slot. Insert modules one at a time using firm, even pressure, and push down on the module until the clips on the side of the slot snap into place. (Note: It can take up to 30 pounds of pressure to install a module.) If you have more than one open memory slot, fill the lowest numbered slot first. If you can't see any numbers on your motherboard, use the slot that is closest to the filled slots. Consult your owner's manual if necessary.
  8. Once the modules have been installed, replace the cover on the server and reconnect the power cord. Installation is now complete.