Windows 10: Macrium errors on SSD Solved

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  1.    15 Jun 2016 #1

    Macrium errors on SSD

    I think...I have done my homework, meaning I
    I followed the suggestions of:
    How To Backup Windows 10 The Safe Way With Macrium Reflect Everyday Linux User
    How to Create an Image of Your PC Before Upgrading to Windows 10

    When choosing Win PE v5 one of the drivers was yellow, when choosing PE v10 it was all good, so I went with this one, downloaded the PE as their MR Package Download couldn't load on my old Vaio and proceeded with the
    Create bootable rescue media' but USB option was not to be selected.

    So where did it go? I have only C: drive - 250 crucial SSD.


    I went on to the step:
    Add A Macrium Boot Menu Option
    and it can be clearly seen during the boot up.. which is great but knowing it will be needed once a year... how do I configure it not to be seen so to speak?


    I hit 'image the disc' and pointed the destination folder to the EHDD, creation of which took around an hour.

    SHould I test it? I am slightly scared it may fail. I used to be a worshipper of the linux never-fail approach of V 4.

    edit// don't count your chickens...
    Write operation failed - The semaphore timeout period has expired

    what now?
    Unable to read from disk - Error Code 121 - The semaphore timeout period has expired. - KnowledgeBase - Macrium Reflect Knowledgebase

    Now I get:
    'Macrium Reflect aborted write failed system cannot find the file specified'

    It's killing me. Absolutely no problems on W7 x64 with v4.2 and here cannot complete a basic task.

    Here's what it looks like: see the attachment.
    Perhaps I should only image the #3 NTFS Primary? Do I need all of them?

    After applying the suggestion :
    Backup aborted - Write operation failed - The request could not be performed because of an IO device error - KnowledgeBase - Macrium Reflect Knowledgebase

    It was so close to finishing, but again ABORT and we're nowhere. I tried PE v 5 this time around.

    S.M.A.R.T on CrystalDiskInfo and SSD-Z shows no errors :)

    p.s. I have run chkdsk on both SSD and the external, no errors found.
    Unable to read from disk - Error Code 121 - The semaphore timeout period has expired.

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    Any...any ideas are welcome.
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  2.    15 Jun 2016 #2

    If you just want to make a "System Image" for Backup purposes, Windows 10 /8.1 has a great Tool, very easy to use and is working perfectly..
    You can find it under: Panel Control > File History >System Image Backup ( at left , bottom Screen).
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  3. storageman's Avatar
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       15 Jun 2016 #3

    We are going to need more info about your system. Type, manufacture, cpu, what kind of backup device are you using again manufacture, disk type etc. This is the only way we can figure out what is going.

    Then Did you really create a backup image ? I can't tell from your post, other than "Should I test the backup image?". That tells me that you did create one but I still don't know how you created it ? Did you create running Macrum Reflect under your windows 10 system, and what version of windows 10 do you have installed.

    With any one the imaging products out there, you have to make sure your special drivers required to access your SSD are included in the PE Build. If they were not included, it won't work.

    And yes you should test your backups. ie: perform a real image restore. My recommendation is to buy an extra SSD to be used for testing. It should be the same mfg that you currently are using, since different SSD manufactures use different drivers.

    I have my self performed real testing with Macrum under windows 10 1511. I R&R my harddisk with blank HD similar in size etc and performed the restore with the MR PEV10 system. Works like a charm.

    However I do not have a SSD.

    Answer the questions and we will try to help you.
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  4.    25 Jun 2016 #4

    You are right, I just don't get it. It used to be so simple under W7 on MR 4.2 with linux bootable disk.

    I have spent some time reading tutorials. I have also tried AOMEI Backupper Standard 3.2 to make sure I'm not barking under the wrong tree, but even though it seemed to work the first time, the created image couldn't complete verification later, so fail.

    I scanned the external both with the SSD with cmd scannow - no errors found. After plugging the external into Dell and then on Vaio there pops up a message: check for errors, which is pretty common with memory sticks.

    Let's begin:

    W 10 Home x64 on Dell vostro 5459 i7 8GB with external HD HGST 1TB

    Macrium says the C: is GPT but external disk is MBR, so I followed the advice and converted external to GPT seeing that the previous attempts were fiasco. I used diskpart to achieve it. Should create a partition on it?

    Did I follow the right advice? Now Windows 7 nor W 10 can see the external disk.

    However, I tried my old WD which is MBR and it worked under W10 with Macrium 6.

    Does it mean the external is faulty?

    What now can be done?

    Now I know there is Unallocated 931.39 GB GPT + Other 128MB GPT (Reserved Partition)

    Should I use MiniTool 9.1/ EaseUS 11 to make the partition now or...?
    Last edited by korbs; 25 Jun 2016 at 12:02.
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  5. storageman's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 1803 17134.137
       25 Jun 2016 #5

    Yes you definitely need to create a Partition on your external HD. Since its 1tb, make it as big as it will allow. However I don't see the need to have a GPT disk as your external. I've backed up my W10 system which is GPT to a MBR 1TB external backup with Macruim, AOMEI, ACRONIS, and a couple othere's that all worked backing up to a MBR disk. Also all were able to Restore the backup image with no problems.

    You may want to down load the Hitachi diagnostic program from their web site and run it against the external disk. If it doesn't pass the diagnostics, then either you have a bad enclosure or a bad drive. I've had some bad enclosures over the years.

    If it passes, then try the image backups again.
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  6.    25 Jun 2016 #6

    Sounds reasonable mate

    You mean this? i p
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  7. storageman's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 1803 17134.137
       25 Jun 2016 #7

    Yes - Its the WINdft program. (I forgot that Western Digital bought Hitachi deskstar a while back). Yes that's the same program you use for WD drives.
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  8.    25 Jun 2016 #8

    According to this article it ain't that easy to use:
    Windows Drive Fitness Test v0.95 Review (Free HD Test)

    How should I perform it?
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  9.    25 Jun 2016 #9

    korbs said: View Post
    According to this article it ain't that easy to use:
    Windows Drive Fitness Test v0.95 Review (Free HD Test)

    How should I perform it?
    You could just run Windows chkdsk on your external drive and it will check for errors.
    Type this in: chkdsk Drive letter /r
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  10.    25 Jun 2016 #10

    This procedure has been performed.
    No errors found.

    Run it again? On W 7 or W10?
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