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    Macrium Reflect and Windows PE

    I have 2 images of laptops created about a year ago with Macrium Free. They verified OK when created.

    Now they still verify OK from normal Windows. But when I boot the rescue CD (Windows PE), both images fail verification (MD5 sum). I tried creating boot CDs with PE 3.0 and 5.0, same deal. Both images fail immediately. The images are on an external USB hard drive. The boot CD is created from within Macrium.

    I did try to ignore the failure and restore anyway, but it refused, failed MD5 sum.

    Can anyone clue me in on what might be going on and/or how to solve the issue? Thanks

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    What is Windows PE ?

    I reckon your best bet is Macrium Support as it sounds like an issue within their software.

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    Image verification errors may not have anything to do with Macrium, but may indicate a problem with your OS or it's hardware.


    Understanding Image Verification Failures

    ExactFile
    Making sure that what you hash is what you get.

    Instructions PDF

    Macrium Reflect USB Rescue Options




    Run the simple checkdisk (chkdsk C: /F), if you come across errors run the more advanced chkdsk C: /R. (takes longer)
    Run Memtest86 from a bootable disk for at least 5-6 hrs to check for memory related errors.
    How to Test PC Ram with MemTest86
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    Thanks Clint. After verifying OK once (several images), now all images fail verification on any and all machines I connect the USB HDD to (the drive containing the images). Under W7 or PE. The drive itself works fine and passes chkdsk and any other tools I throw at it.

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    I took your hint and ran exactfile. If I copy the image to an internal drive I get different MD5 checksums. Also, if I run exactfile multiple times on the original image I get different checksums. The number of bytes reported stays the same.

    This would suggest that there is something goofy with the external HDD or controller, but the image itself is not corrupt. Any hints for troubleshooting and/or salvaging the images before I reformat the drive?

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    None that I can come up with, but it might not be a bad idea to present your findings on the Macrium forums.

    Have you tried copying the image to another drive?
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    Macrium forum is only open to paying customers, which I am not currently. Using the free version.

    Yes I did copy the image to an internal drive and the copy fails Macrium verification. I am now trying to copy the image as a duplicate to the same drive it's on.

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    What format was the USB stick prior to putting the images on it?

    Also, for whatever reason, Macrium hates it when you copy an image to another source like a hard drive and what not. I ran in to the same problem and somewhere I found a note about this. So since then I never copy the images and no issues ever.
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    There is no USB stick, it's an external USB hard drive. Regular drive, not SSD.

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