How to fix Macrium Reflect clone failed

Brithny updated on Sep 08, 2020 to Backup Utility | How-to Articles

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.

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What is the difference between Clone and Backup? In what cases should I use Clone?

Clone will copy one disk to another or one partition to another (unallocated space is also supported). Usually, this option is used to upgrade the current disk by creating an identical copy. Backup will generate a .PBD image file containing the selected files or system that can be restored from the .PBD image if needed.

What is the difference between System Backup and Disk Backup?

System Backup will auto-select the system boot related partition(s) as the backup source to make sure the system image can be restored properly. Disk/Partition Backup will allow you to manually select a whole disk or speficy a certain partition as the backup source. You will get the same backup result as System Backup if you manually select the system and boot partitions with the Disk/Partition Backup option.

As a computer newbie, what features should I use to protect my computer?

You can use System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions, use Disk/Partition backup to back up the data partition and add plans to run an automatic backup. If you use the computer frequently or have software that may cause boot failure of the computer, we would suggest you back up the computer every 1 to 2 days. For other situations, you can backup the computer once a week. In addition, you can schedule File Backup to back up the files which are changed frequently.

What kind of storage service should I use to save my backup images?

EaseUS Todo Backup can save backup images to internal disks, external disks, network drives, or free cloud(Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive) and CD/DVD. It is suggested to save the images to the internal/external/network drives to save time as those kinds of disks have a better read-write speed. It is suggested NOT to save the image on the source disk, because once the disk is damaged, all the files on the disk will become unavailable and you will be unable to restore the image.

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