"Holzhammermethode" - managed to rescue data off a failing NVMe in my server with a massive hammer (it helped to cool it to allow getting the data off the drive) 😀


People keep telling me that computers can't think, and yet they seem to respond directly to threats like these...

@emanuel Did you just take a hammer to a Skull Candy NUC?! :blobcatshocked:

@emanuel is the 970 Evo the one that failed, or was it another NVMe?
How did it fail and which NVMe should I not buy in order to avoid having to use a hammer?

@wolf480pl it was indeed a 970evo 2TB (the one under the Hammer :-) . The one pictured is the replacement, a 970evo plus 2TB. That said, I worked that drive hard for 2 years, it powers a 32GB RAM Server with 7 VMs running 24/7 with pretty much everything I host. Mail Server, Nextcloud, Mastodon, many more things. The drive was 70% full and still worked when cooled AND copies were artificially slowed down to <200MB/s.

@emanuel damn, I was hoping a couple of 970 Evos in RAID 1 would last me 5 years without a replacement, but looks like that may not be the case...

Were you still on warranty / terabytes written below the rated TBW endurance?

@wolf480pl once I have time, I ll try to get SMART stat on that drive and will post here.

@wolf480pl oh I forgot. It returned critical sector read errors hmm 1 for every 20GB, usually only on very large files.

@emanuel Then it is more „Eisenhammermethode“ because iron's/steel's thermal properties make those way better materials for heat sinks than wood. 😉

@Aarkon yes, but thats not as fun as this quirky german words ("Holzhammermethode" is similar in meaning to "steamroller tactics")- see

@emanuel I know - if there was something like a profession to build around word play & puns in German*, I'd be tempted change my job right away. I only wanted to point out a minor weakness in this particular one, so nevermind! This was just as serious as your original post. 😉

*other than to to make up annoying commercial texts

@emanuel No more liquid nitrogen ? Use a hammer 🤷‍♂️ 😂👍

@emanuel Very cool. I had the "hard drive in the freezer" trick work on an SSD within the past year.

This is cooler.

@profoundlynerdy thanks a lot. I was surprised how well it worked. I guess it would work well also on SSDs if you strip the chassis and place the iron on the chips directly.

@emanuel And I thought thats the way to tell :windowstrash: to work as it should or just a 2020‘Covid case mod ... just kidding.
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