5 Methods to Try When Macrium Reflect Clone Failed

Posted by @Cody

March 14, 2017

What do you do when Macrium Reflect clone failed? This article will tell you five methods that you can use to fix it.

Errors you might receive

Macrium Reflect is a cloning and imaging tool that can help you move data or system from one hard drive to another without reinstalling Windows. There is a small chance that Macrium Reflect clone failed with an error message.

The error may be 13 broken pipe, failed to create volume snapshot, 0x8000ffff, permission denied, read failed 22, write failed 22, invalid argument, disk not found, verify file system failed, etc.

Possible solutions

Due to a variety of factors may be involved in a single error, it is difficult to tell where things go wrong. Therefore, you may need to try one or more of the following steps to sort it out.

Check bad sectors

If the error is related to read data, you should check the source the source disk. If write data, check the destination disk.

1. Press Windows + R key and type “CMD” in a Run box to bring out a command prompt.

2. Type “chkdsk [drive letter]: /f ”. If you want to check H: drive, then you should type: “chkdsk H: f”

3. Type “chkdsk [drive letter]: /r”.


Clean destination disk

That the hard drive or SSD which you are trying to clone to has corrupted file system may also lead to Macrium Reflect free clone failed. You can wipe out the destination disk before cloning.

1. In the command prompt window, type “diskpart”.

2. Type “list disk” to show all the disks connected to your computer.

3. Type “select disk [disk number]” to select the destination hard drive.

4. Type “clean all”

Diskpart Clean

Create a Macrium rescue media to clone

Some program may prevent you from accessing the source drive. Booting your computer from Macrium rescue media will eliminate all the other programs’impact.

Create image backup instead of clone

If Macrium Reflect failed to clone from rescue media, you may consider doing an image backup instead of cloning. You can backup hard drive to an external hard drive or NAS network location, and then restore the image to your new hard drive or SSD. In this way, the system and other data will all be transferred to the new disk and remain bootable.

Try another cloning software

AOMEI Backupper Standard is free hard drive cloning software that allows you to clone failing hard drive. It supports Windows 10/8/7. If you are a Windows Server 2008(R2)/2012(R2) user, you can try the AOMEI Backupper Server edition.

You can also create a bootable disk using a DVD or USB flash drive and then boot from the bootable disk to clone the hard drive. By default, the program will skip bad sector to make sure the clone go smooth. With its graphical user-friendly interface, a hard disk clone can be easily done.

Disk Clone

After selecting the source disk and destination disk, it enables you to adjust partition size, so it will not leave unallocated space after the clone.

Start Clone

It is hard to tell which method will work when Macrium Reflect clone failed. Good luck to you. If unluckily, you still cannot clone the hard drive, it may indicate your hard drive is seriously damaged. You need to backup the hard drive before it is completely failed.