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How to fix Macrium Reflect clone failed

Posted on Nov 13, 2017 by Brithny to Backup Utility

Summary:
2 easy ways are written here to help you fix Macrium Reflect clone failed with a read or write error. Try either one to successfully clone your hard drive to new HDD or SSD.

Overview

Macrium Reflect clone failed with a read or write error is happening to different users all the time. And in different situations, it shows different error messages. Just like the case: 

"While I was trying to clone my OS from HDD to a new Samsung 840 SSD using Macrium Reflect, I keep getting an error that says 

'Clone failed - Read failed - 13 - Broken pipe'

Any help with this problem?"

If you are unfortunately caught by this issue during disk cloning, please don't worry! It is not a big issue and there are some possible ways to help you out. 

Solutions 

Run CHKDSK to check & repair source disk errors that might cause Macrium Reflect clone failed issue 

1.Click 'Start' > 'All Programs' > 'Accessories' then click 'Command Prompt'. 

2. Type 'chkdsk C: /r /f', with "C" replaced with the letter of your source drive if different, and press Enter.

The command will start CHKDSK to perform a full scan on the source disk and repair all the errors, bad sectors or corruption it finds. When it completed, reboot your PC and try the clone again. 

As chkdsk does not always capture and fix all the disk problems, it is likely that Macrium Reflect still cannot complete the disk cloning process. 

Try an alternative software when Macrium Reflect clone failed after CHKDSK

If it happens, we recommend you to try EaseUS free backup software as an alternative solution to manage the disk clone job. With sector by sector clone feature, the program is able to successfully clone a hard drive with bad sectors. 

Step 1. Launch EaseUS free cloning software, go to "Clone" feature, here select the source disk and then click "Next".

Fix Macrium Reflect clone failed issue with alternative software - choose source disk

Step 2. Select the destination disk and then click "Next". Here, under Advanced options, you can find the "Sector by sector clone" option, tick this option, then you can clone all sectors from the source disk to the destination HDD or SSD.

Fix Macrium Reflect clone failed issue with alternative software - choose destination disk

Step 3. Preview the disk layout and then click "Proceed" to clone your hard disk.