Windows 10: How often do you Verify your Macrium Reflect backup images?

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  1.    03 Jun 2018 #31

    simrick said: View Post

    Well, I can say that I have seen images complete successfully, and then fail verification - and not at the initial verification point either. It's quite possible for a drive to have failing sectors which can indeed be written to, but not read from. They are not marked for reallocation until after a failure to read has occurred. So, yes, it happens, I've seen it happen, and IMO verification is necessary.
    Didn't know about the reallocation only after ​failure to read...Thnx for pointing that out...
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  2.    03 Jun 2018 #32

    cereberus said: View Post
    This thread is becoming pointless now.

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    Learning how other people do their sh*t is never pointless!
    Endlessly fascinating!!
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       03 Jun 2018 #33

    Macrium offers the process of verification for good reason. It is not mandatory. It is a user defined option. This article from the Macrium site on troubleshooting verification errors explains in detail. It is not a matter of trusting or not trusting the Macrium Software. An excerpt, and link to full article:


    Verification errors are extremely rare and generally caused by hardware or media faults.

    Troubleshooting Verification Problems
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  4.    04 Jun 2018 #34

    KabyBlue said: View Post
    Didn't know about the reallocation only after ​failure to read...Thnx for pointing that out...
    Cheers!
    f14tomcat said: View Post
    Macrium offers the process of verification for good reason. It is not mandatory. It is a user defined option. This article from the Macrium site on troubleshooting verification errors explains in detail. It is not a matter of trusting or not trusting the Macrium Software. An excerpt, and link to full article:


    Verification errors are extremely rare and generally caused by hardware or media faults.

    Troubleshooting Verification Problems

    Yes, hardware failures can be identified through a failed verification by Macrium well before other indicators show up. I had 1 stick of RAM failing recently. Although the failure was not enough to yet affect the Macrium images, it would have been, eventually. And as I said, I've also seen backup drives beginning to fail, which had no other indication except a Macrium verification failure to tip me off.
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  5.    07 Jun 2018 #35

    CountMike said: View Post
    It just may not work when needed most, If it's not as sure as possible, it's not real backup unless you are 100% sure it's reliable. I had a problem with RAM at one time. MR finished backup but could not verify it and sure enough it couldn't be restored. Unknowing to me that problem lasted for a while and I had to delete last few backups. From than on, I always verify at same time backup is made.
    Doesn't apply to me. I image (2 images to different drives) only after restoring my last image and applying updates.
    I can only lose the last image - which has never happened after hundreds of restores.
    It not worth the time to me.
    If any corruption occurred, it could double the time of that particular update, but that's it.
    Of course I do data separately.
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  6.    07 Jun 2018 #36

    I verify every image, it takes less than two minutes. I go get a cold one then
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