Firnly believing in routine, systematic restorable backups, have been using both Acronis True Image [since 2011, stopping at version 2015] and recently Macrium Reflect Pro. I've noticed a few topics across 'Net/Forums land mentioning ATI and/or Macrium didn't backup, didn't restore, in short - didn't work.
Have been paying closer attention to my two Hitachi external USB HDs, I am much more aware that rather than ATI [Acronis] or Macrium failure -- it has been several times an explorer.exe not communing with respective external HD failure. It might be within any one particular external HD, it might be conflicting drive-letter assignments, it might be "explorer.exe and company" needs to be dropkicked or punted into better performance.
Long ago, because drive letters differ when booting external media for backups & restores, I labeled all my OS partitions S0x[ddd]C, data partitions S0x[ddd]D, x being computer number [1 2 or 3], ddd being three unique digits/letters from HD ID/serial number. Each external backup/restore HD's labeled: Hitachis Kitty & Katty [*], the four Seagate HDs labeled SeaEPD, SeaBPD, SeaKIT, SeaKAT. At all times, I know exactly which partition is being backed up to what ext HD, what ext HD is going to restore to what partition C or D, regardless of what the drive letters are. [* - My two cats are more famous than me, on Facebook & Twitter.]
Before beginning backup routine, I plan to test explorer & ext HD operations by a quick-copy into & out of attached ext HD, if bi-direction copy fails, the backup or restore will fail, it's time to fix the explorer-ext HD relationship. If bi-direction copy succeeds, backup begins. I normally label each backup: YYYYMMDDb[mil-time began]C[or D]_S0x -- both Macrium's XML file and the image itself; for Acronis, simply name the image. I think I will no longer assign drive letters to any ext HD, causes problems down the road. And, 2nd internal HD's C-partition & D-partition will no longer be drive-letter assigned. Question: how do I UN-assign previously hard-wired assigned drive-letters?
Edited by RolandJS, 30 September 2015 - 03:46 AM.