3 Solutions: Acronis Clone Failed to Read Data from the Disk

You can learn 3 useful solutions to deal with Acronis clone failed to read data from the disk. Both command line and a new bootable media can help you.


By Clytze Updated on November 2, 2022

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User Case

“I got the following error message when I cloned the disk with Acronis:

I've seen others in the forum here with this problem and it seems to be resolved as you would expect -- run chkdsk and fix the bad sectors. Unfortunately, that didn't seem to do anything for me: no bad sectors were found. SMART checks are ok. The disk seems to work fine otherwise.

The disk is an SSD. Does anyone have any advice?”

Acronis Error

Acronis clone failed to read data from the disk can be in any area of the drive, and some areas are not touched by chkdsk. Since Aronis and Windows have different numbering order of disks. Acronis numbers drives begin with a 1, while Windows begin with a 0.

How to Fix Clone Failed to Read Data from the Disk Easily

In addition to the disk number mismatch as the user case mentioned above, bad sectors on the disk also cause Acronis clone failed to read data from the disk. If you meet the second situation, you can use the following three methods to solve it. You can choose the method according to your needs.

Fix 1. Check Disk Partitions via Chkdsk

First of all, you can use the chkdsk command-line tool to check if there are bad sectors on the disk. Chkdsk, full name is checkdisk, can be used to check a particular disk partition via the command line. The tool will list and correct errors on the disk.

Step 1. Open the command prompt as admin: search for cmd > right-click on result > select run as admin.

Step 2. Next, type “chkdsk /F” and press Enter. Then waiting for checking. When it has done, you will see if there are any problems with the disk.


If you don't know how to use the chkdsk, you can type “help chkdsk” and press Enter. It will display some commands. Then you can choose them according to your needs.

Fix 2. Clone Hard Drive with Acronis Bootable Rescue Media

The second method is to clone the disk with Acronis bootable rescue media. First, you need to create a an Acronis bootable rescue media using Acronis software. After it is complete then clone the bootable disk. This can fix Acronis clone failed to read data from the disk.

If you think this method is a little bit difficult, you can choose to use method three which is much easier to operate.

Fix 3. Clone Hard Drive Directly with AOMEI Backupper 

Method three is to use professional disk cloning software - AOMEI Backupper Professional to solve this problem. Since it can clone the disk successfully in Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista without the help of a bootable disk even when there is any bad sector. By default, with the help of intelligent clone, it can skip the bad sectors and clone other sectors. Besides, it can ensure a secure boot. Furthermore, it can also operate the disk clone task in the background without affecting the normal use of computer.

Here is a graphic tutorial on how to clone a hard drive directly using AOMEI Backupper.

Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper Professional, install it, and open it. Then click Clone > Disk Clone.

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Choose Disk Clone


If you only want to clone the operating system, you can choose the System Clone feature.

Professional edition supports cloning both data disks and systems disks from MBR to MBR/MBR to GPT, or GPT to  GPT/GPT to MBR. If you only want to clone data disks, you can pick the complete free Standard edition.

Step 2. Select the hard drive you want to clone as the source disk.

Choose Source Disk 2

Step 3. Choose a disk as the destination disk.

Choose Destination Unallocated HDD

Step 4. Confirm all your operations. Then click Start Clone.

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  • Edit Partitions: This feature can help you to adjust the disk partitions both manually and automatically.
  • SSD Alignment: If your disk is an SSD, this feature can help you increase the read and write speed of the SSD.
  • Sector By Sector Clone: It will clone the whole sectors of the disk, both used and unused, which will ensure that you do not miss any hidden partitions.


The three methods mentioned in this article can help you solve the Acronis clone failed to read data from the disk. I would like to choose the last one - AOMEI Backupper, because this software not only allows you to clone directly and boot safely but also can clone disks with bad sectors.

Besides, it is also a popular backup software that offers various backup forms and backup schemes, you can download this software and explore it by yourself.

Clytze · Editor
Clytze, an editor at AOMEI Technology, is passionate about safeguarding your digital world. She dedicates her expertise to empower users like you in data security and recovery. She firmly believes that everyone should have the tools and knowledge to protect their digital assets through computer backup, seamless disk cloning, and efficient file synchronization. Clytze is your trusted guide on the journey to data safety.