Problems restoring from Macrium disc image (Dell and SSD issue?) in Software Posted October 14, 2018 OK, I did successful a test demonstrating in this instance, i.e. my case that Speedstep is the problem. I stress that, but in so saying it is likely to apply for others also. (yes, it's a disclaimer!) I proceeded as follows: FIrst, booted into BIOS (F2 in my case) and turned OFF Speedstep, and saved settings. Restarted the machine. I booted from the Macrium PE partition on my system drive (this is created from the Macrium Reflect application menu): Other Tasks > Add Recovery Boot Menu Option ... After this option is set the option to boot appears on a boot time menu when you reboot the machine.) Start up the machine I choose the Boot Menu option to go into the Macrium Reflect PE environment. (you can also boot from CD or USB stick from BIOS) NB, partitions will be overwritten, so if something goes wrong, then a USB or CD is essential once booted, (the DOS stuff optional) open a command shell (CMD), enter the commands below to change the power scheme i.e. make it run a little quicker. Worked for me you can also run taskmgr from the CMD environment to see what the machine is actually up to. choose the required partions for restore, press restore and there it is DOS (CMD) commands: to list the available power schemes ( i.e. performance) X:\Windows\System32>powercfg /L Existing Power Schemes (* Active) ----------------------------------- Power Scheme GUID: 381b4222-f694-41f0-9685-ff5bb260df2e (Balanced) * Power Scheme GUID: ce0fbd01-98fc-442c-b326-d8df81d29e84 (High Performance) Power Scheme GUID: d82a8bef-8323-45c7-a201-45e5369f5b56 (Power Saver) to change the power scheme, powercfg with the /S option followed by the GUID of the desired scheme X:\Windows\System32>powercfg /S ce0fbd01-98fc-442c-b326-d8df81d29e84 X:\Windows\System32>powercfg /L Existing Power Schemes (* Active) ----------------------------------- Power Scheme GUID: 381b4222-f694-41f0-9685-ff5bb260df2e (Balanced) Power Scheme GUID: ce0fbd01-98fc-442c-b326-d8df81d29e84 (High Performance) * Power Scheme GUID: d82a8bef-8323-45c7-a201-45e5369f5b56 (Power Saver) The above change the power scheme. In my case at boot the default was the balanced scheme. I saw one report showing that the default was the High Performance, but in my instance this was not so. Obviously the GUIDs may be different. Not sure, but possibly. These steps aren't actually necessary but may speed things up a bit. This restored my partitions in about 50 minutes with no problem. Anadavari's earelier point about the chkdsk /R is also relevant I think. good and prudent. The fact that Throttlestop exists at all, and that all hell broke loose not long ago when the version in the wild became unlicensed, and thus ceased to function, without notice proves that similar related problems exist on other makes and model of system. (Throttlestop is an excellent bit of software for controlling PC performance, and is available at Techpowerup as a free download). I guess that had I been more patient, that the restore would have succeeded but I did wait for 10 minutes or so staring at a darkened disc activity light before I decided something was wrong. I mentioned in an earlier post about Hirens boot CD. Well it turns out it's explicitly Not a CD, but A USB utility, and it looks great. It does include within its PE the Macrium PE. In other words, you can start up a Macrium Reflect session from within a windows environment with all the discs dismounted. There's also a plethora of useful utilities like the old XP version ... Every home should have one. I consider this a solution for my problem and hope others may find it helpful. This is a solution for a Dell Latitude Laptop, but read between the lines ... Cheers!