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My m.2 nVME drive died after some weird issues when running my Ubuntu machine (after running fine for three years). I rarely use the machine due to my time spent on my work laptop, so I was surprised that it would fail.

At any rate, I pulled the card and reinserted several times but the computer would not boot. Eventually, I purchased a USB nVME reader and tried to read the data from there.

Using a live Ubuntu USB drive, I used smartctl to diagnose and it seemed like the disk is totally dead.

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo smartctl -a /dev/sdb -T verypermissive
smartctl 7.1 2019-12-30 r5022 [x86_64-linux-5.8.0-43-generic] (local build)
Copyright (C) 2002-19, Bruce Allen, Christian Franke, www.smartmontools.org

Read Device Identity failed: scsi error unsupported scsi opcode

=== START OF INFORMATION SECTION ===
Device Model:     [No Information Found]
Serial Number:    [No Information Found]
Firmware Version: [No Information Found]
Device is:        Not in smartctl database [for details use: -P showall]
ATA Version is:   [No Information Found]
Local Time is:    Tue Mar  9 05:16:44 2021 UTC
SMART support is: Ambiguous - ATA IDENTIFY DEVICE words 82-83 don't show if SMART supported.
SMART support is: Ambiguous - ATA IDENTIFY DEVICE words 85-87 don't show if SMART is enabled.
                  Checking to be sure by trying SMART RETURN STATUS command.
SMART support is: Unknown - Try option -s with argument 'on' to enable it.
Read SMART Data failed: scsi error medium or hardware error (serious)

=== START OF READ SMART DATA SECTION ===
SMART Status command failed: scsi error medium or hardware error (serious)
SMART overall-health self-assessment test result: UNKNOWN!
SMART Status, Attributes and Thresholds cannot be read.

Read SMART Error Log failed: scsi error medium or hardware error (serious)

Read SMART Self-test Log failed: scsi error medium or hardware error (serious)

Selective Self-tests/Logging not supported

I was about to give up and just post here for confirmation when I noticed that I could at least see the partitions on the Disks app.

Disk screenshot showing the original partitions on "dead" nVME:

Disk screenshot showing the original partitions on "dead" nVME

Is there any way for me to transfer this to my existing HDD drive? I'm ready to lose all the data, but would be grateful if anyone knows of any way to get the data.

Note, prior to this, the Disk app would only show a single volume with the only action I could do as editing mount options. So, it seems on the brink of death with a last bit of breath.

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