How to Install Server Memory

Upgrading server memory is an easy and affordable way to increase your server's performance. Installing new memory is not difficult, after you make sure you get compatible RAM. Using the Crucial® Advisor™ tool or System Scanner tool is the best way to find memory or a solid state drive that is compatible with your existing equipment.

Memory installation

Installing server memory isn't difficult. Read through these instructions and make sure you have the equipment you need and space to work before you start.

Equipment needed

  • Crucial server memory modules
  • Non-magnetic-tip screwdriver 
  • Your server user's manual


  • Static electricity can damage the components in your server. To protect the components from static damage during the installation process, touch any of the unpainted metal surfaces on the 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. Remove any plastic bags or paper from the work area.
  • 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.
hold the memory module by the sides

Installation steps

  1. Shut down the server.  After the server has powered down, remove the power cable. Discharge any residual power by pressing and holding the power button for 3-5 seconds.
  2. Remove the cover on the server. Refer to the user's manual for how to do this. 
    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.
  3. Locate the memory slots on your server by looking in the user's manual. If the memory slots are covered by a fan shroud, consult your manual for instructions on how to remove it.
memory slots
  1. 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 the user's manual for more information.
  2. After the modules have been installed, replace the cover on the server and reconnect the power cord. Installation is now complete.


Enjoy faster read and write times with your new memory!

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