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How to fix Macrium Reflect clone failed

Updated on Apr 04, 2019 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

To solve the problem, there are two fixes you can try.

Fix 1. Run CHKDSK

You can run CHKDSKto check & repair source disk errors that might cause Macrium Reflect clone failed issue.

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

Step 2. Type chkdsk C: /r /f (replace "C" 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. 

Fix 2. 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 and run EaseUS Todo Backup on your PC and select "Clone" on the left pane.

Run disk partition cloning software.

Step 2. Select the disk or partition that you want to clone. 

Choose partition or drive to clone.

And then select the destination disk that you want to save cloned disk or partition with data. 

Note: If you prefer to allocate the target disk with the same layout as the source disk, just enable a sector level clone by clicking "Advanced options" -> "Sector by sector clone".

Enable sector by sector clone for disk/partition clone.

Step 3. Click "Proceed" to start cloning your disk or partition now.

Start disk/partition cloning process.