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After years of trouble-free automated backups, Macrium has begun to misbehave and throw message errors. This has been going on for months, first with version 5 and now with version 6.
Setup is a single-user PC, with backups being written on 2 alternating 2.5" external disks. They are connected via different interfaces : rack with USB/SATA interface, powered eSATA, USB 2 cable.
First, I thought I had discovered the cause : if the backup disk was not connected at the scheduled backup time, the backup would not start when the disk was inserted later. Backup would have to be started manually, or I would have to wait until the next scheduled backup. Please confirm that this is expected behaviour and has no workaround.
But backups continued to abort, and I thought I had discovered another cause : sometimes, the external disks would not appear in Windows Explorer, so I suspected a hardware or software connection problem. Indeed, when I managed to make the disk appear again in Windows Explorer, I could launch the backup manually and it would be successful.
Then, backups would fail even with the disk connected before schedule time and visible in Windows Explorer ; but manual launch would complete the operation.
Now, I have come to the point where the disk is visible, and not even manual launch will complete the backup : it will fail in a few minutes.
This happens irrespective to the interface used, or at least there is no way to tell if one interface fails more often than the other.
Different error messages have been :
Backup aborted - None of the specified backup locations could be written to.
Backup aborted - Write operation failed - The specified network resource or device is no longer available.
Backup aborted - Write operation failed - The device is not ready.
Backup aborted - Unable to read from disk - Error Code 1 - Incorrect function.
Backup aborted - Unable to read from disk - Error Code 2 - The system cannot find the file specified.
The health of both target disks is displayed as "perfect" by Hard Disk Sentinel.
One of the imaged disks is also "perfect", while the other has had one "weak sector" since a few days ago (but its global health is still deemed "excellent" at "98 %").
I now have two Windows user accounts for myself, one admin, the other non-admin, and always work under non-admin. Previously, I had a single, admin account.
Thank you for your help.