Solved WD Blue SN580 SSD and PiBOX enclosure


It's finally chugging away. For all of you Macrium users: Is there a way to set 1718146023196.pngan alarm to sound when the Image is complete?
 

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I completed the Macrium Image. I forget how large it was/is but I remember it took slightly under 2 hours. I don’t know where it is or how to get to it.

This forum; this topic, is the only direct record I have of where the Image was (going to be) written.

If I recall correctly (doing a Restart after completing the image)

the Macrium Image I completed was written to a D-Drive ,
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I don’t know where that D-Drive is, how to get to it, how to access the Image, etc.

It’s not pictured on my Devices and drives, and not one displayed on either the Computer Management or Disk Management windows…which display seven “Disk”s :
1/ Disk 0 representing the computer itself (I think);
4/ Removable (H-G) (Disk 1 () through Disk 4); and
2/ Basic…Online
- Disk 5 containing 1863 Unallocated GB and WD_MB1 (K) and \
- Disk 6 containing 1 Healthy (Primary Partition) 1862.98 GB ex FAT partition

But wait…
If I bring it up in Macrium Reflect, Macrium says Disk 6 is a Primary – unformatted drive and Disk 7 a Primary exFAT…partition/drive/area?
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Using this Hub splitter, everything (inc a number of thumb drives is UNPLUGGED except the SSD drive this topic is addressed to.

Also, specifically, on this hub:
I know I have a Segate drive attached (but not activated) to my computer.
I also know I have a WD drive in a Segate PiBOX container, attached and activated (through the same USB hub)

I thought my Macrium backup was writing to the Segate 2TB SSD drive, but now don’t know if it wasn’t the other (non-SSD) drive.

Right now, all I want to do is:
1. re-execute the Macrium Reflect Image, writing it on my new SSD drive.
2. Compare the size and time required to write the Image file onto my SSD drive to wherever the other (Segate) non-SSD drive stored it (I remember it took close to 2 hours)

But since I can no longer find the d-drive, the Macrium Image, the SSD drive, ...
 

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This is suddenly getting very confusing and complicated. My first post on this forum (on the Win10 forum to be exact) was regarding RoboCopy... which at that time I was led to believe was the fastest copying method available.
Last time when I tried to use Robocopy, it didn't take very long for me to find out a few interesting things, like, e.g.:
  • the log files that Robocopy can generate are limited by the fact that they don't include any information about exactly which files it failed to copy (if any), and
  • these log files are lacking proper UNICODE support so it mangles certain characters in the paths of folders and files, and
  • it doesn't really work faster than FastCopy (at least not when you don't live in a parallell universe where time runs slower if you use RoboCopy...). As a matter of fact on several occasions and on multiple different cumputers with different hardware configurations I have watched Robocopy start to become slower (and start to consume more system resources) after some time during copy tasks that involved copying many Terabytes of data with the /MT parameter. I know that I can easily work around this problem, i.e. by simply splitting the task up into smaller tasks, but the final thing that matters IMO is that this still doesn't make it run any faster than FastCopy. (Again, at least not in my part of the universe where time runs equally fast regardless of what tool software I choose, it doesn't.)
To me, personally, FastCopy's ability to calculate file hash codes during the copy task and include them in the log file also tends to be rather indispensible TBH. More about that later.

That being said, TenForums (and ElevenForum) is a forum website that contains a goldmine of information. The only downside is that there also appears to be a lot of fool's gold mixed in. But then, that's just how the internet factually works. Hopefully this helps to somewhat un-confuse and un-complicate that particular subject.

After spending hours and hours of time to use programs to back up (but not Image) files regularly (and, to be truthful, seldom to never recalling that information until the advent of OneDrive) I was so relieved to find out I could invest in a program that could Image as well as Backup the material on my computers (including, unfortunately, the material ravaging my computers).
Personally, I, do NOT create image files to back up anything. I only create image files of my Windows system partition (in addition to the other partitions that are required to be able to boot in Windows) because doing so lets me avoid having to do a clean install of Windows in the possible event that, for example, the SSD [on which Windows is installed] dies or, for another example, data on it gets so badly corrupted that I would otherwise have to consider that a loss. Doing a clean install of Windows doesn't take that long, but the same cannot be said about changing all the various settings and customizations back from their defaults to how they used to be, nor can be said about re-installing latest drivers, software, and tweaks. So that's only why.

After I create such image files, I treat them like all my other files. That is, I back up the ones that I feel are important to me. Simple plain.

My interest in this SSD drive was purely speed and (of course) accuracy.

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How do I test my drive?
Do I Image my computer and use Fast Copy, in Verify mode, to
a) checksum the computer's contents then
b) checksum the Image contents then
c) compare the checksums?
Or do I need to use Fast Copy to copy and paste everything and verify that (against what? the computer? Macrium's image of the computer?) ad infinatum, ad regressinatum?

For various reasons, some people prefer to test their newly bought M.2 SSD after installing it into an internal M.2 slot inside a PC, i.e. as opposed to test it after installing it into an external USB enclosure. One of these reasons could be to make sure that the USB enclosure cannot interfere with, or inhibit, drive diagnostics. But if you do that, then, after the SSD seems to be OK, you'd still have to test the USB enclosure anyway, so... the fastest easiest way is to just test both the SSD and the enclosure at once (i.e., just test them as a single unit), by using the drive like normal and making multiple backup copies of all your important data like normal. If a drive seems to be OK, there still can be no guarantee that it won't suddenly fail within the next moment. But there are still things that you can do to check if it seems to be OK, BUT... as long as it seems to be healthy, running extensive diagnostic tests on it can tend to be too time consuming for what these tests are worth. Merely having a quick look at the S.M.A.R.T. information doesn't take that much effort or time, and, it almost never can hurt to do so. How to Check Your Hard Drive or SSD's Health With S.M.A.R.T.

The SSD that is inside my Asus TUF Gaming F16 (2024) laptop happens to be a Western Digital too. So I downloaded and installed WD Dashboard, just to take a quick look and see if the drive is healthy, which it is. I don't think that a typical modern, new and unused Western Digital SSD has a very significant chance of still failing after you've already been using it with no problems for some months. But I don't have a USB enclosure that would allow me to use an SSD externally.

The checksums, or file hash codes that FastCopy can calculate optionally (and can write to the log file, also optionally) are calculated only if you use the Verify option, as this is how FastCopy can compare the copied files with the original files to detect errors. The ability to write these checksums to the log file is not required to be able to use the Verify option, but can be handy under some circumstances e.g. for those who know how to develop their own script and/or tool software that parses the logs, etc..

Like I earlier tried to point out, the main idea is to detect errors. Why take the risk of losing important data by letting potential errors go undetected, when there already exists an excellent free tool that you can use for this? If it doesn't report errors, then great. But it doesn't hurt to check for errors. FastCopy also isn't required to be able to monitor stability of the USB connection, as you can use the Event Viewer for that (among some other stuff). Still, the Verify option of FastCopy can be used conveniently to see if the files copied successfully with no errors or if not all of them did, which are the ones that didn't. It's a highly professional piece of software, and, people on TechNet and MSDN already knew about it in 2010. lol
 
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I just want to wholeheartedly thank you 1718210842210.png
MSDN already knew about it in 2010.
for responding so completely to my cry of desperation.
For various reasons,
I'm sure I'll have questions...but hope I might be able to use what you've said to at least image this computer (and be able to give it back to my wife).
I'm taking a few hours off to recoup from this saga before giving your response the attention it deserves.
(For so many years I operated (and challenged) a computer knowing that there would be problems, I would probably lose some information I didn't want to lose, etc., Never, have I felt operating a computer to withstanding an onslaught, avoiding a skirmish, or weathering a bombing. It's very tiring finding myself as ill-equipped to weather this PC long enough to actually accomplish anything...
 

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Merely having a quick look at the S.M.A.R.T. information doesn't take that much effort or time, and, it almost never can hurt to do so. How to Check Your Hard Drive or SSD's Health With S.M.A.R.T.
Thank you. I knew SSD drives ( and now know, including NVMe drives, which also use solid-state memory) had a limited lifespan based on usage more than physical wear and tear I didn't know there was software to check and report on this. SSD drive health is almost entirely focused on lifetime read/write data ( Terabytes Written (TBW).

Regardless, (and despite the fact the app sports a Help menu item and (its web page) a barely perceptible manual reference 1718246907099.png,
I have no idea what the software is reporting about my computer.
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I have no idea what the software is reporting about my computer.
But then again I don't believe there is any SSD technology in my computer and the two thumb drives previously connected I've unplugged (I'm also not sure the software takes thumb drives into consideration.)

Regardless, I'm still not any closer to knowing if my WD Blue SN580 SSD and PiBOX enclosure is working or not despite it getting a clean bill of health in Device Manager
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I've never understood why the interface even says USB Drives F-I exist, I don't know what WD_MB1 is...
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What do I need to do to mount the WD Blue SN580 SSD and PiBOX enclosure as a disk drive and run Macrium Reflect???
 

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I have no idea what the software is reporting about my computer.
The program you want is CrystalDiskMark CrystalDiskInfo, not CrystalMark Retro.
It's only one example of a (free) program that can be used to have a look at the S.M.A.R.T. information of a drive.
But then again I don't believe there is any SSD technology in my computer
PC711 NVMe SK hynix 1TB definately is an SSD.
and the two thumb drives previously connected I've unplugged (I'm also not sure the software takes thumb drives into consideration.)
Some USB thumb drives are recognized by CrystalDiskInfo, but most are not. Only if the USB thumb drive's internal controller hardware functions like an SSD, normally CrystalDiskInfo should be able to recognize it. Some USB thumb drives use the same MLC NAND memory chips that can also be found in some SSDs, yet, despite that they have that in common with SSD technology, they still lack the type of internal controller hardware that would otherwise make them actual SSDs. It can get confusing because some external SSDs look exactly the same as "traditional" USB thumb drives [that lack the aforementioned SSD controller hardware].
Regardless, I'm still not any closer to knowing if my WD Blue SN580 SSD and PiBOX enclosure is working or not despite it getting a clean bill of health in Device Manager
See above. It's probably fine, though.
I've never understood why the interface even says USB Drives F-I exist
They're greyed out because you unplugged them from the computer's USB port(s)/USB hub(s). Their drive letters still remain until you choose to un-assign/re-assign the drive letter of the drive(s) in question.
, I don't know what WD_MB1 is...
Western Digital My Book 1230 External HDD?
What do I need to do to mount the WD Blue SN580 SSD and PiBOX enclosure as a disk drive and run Macrium Reflect???
See the P.S. in my post #14,
once you have verified that Disk 6 is the new WD Blue SN580 SSD, right-click on the unallocated space on this Disk and create a simple volume (partition), format it as NTFS, and assign it a drive letter. (Assigning a drive letter to it should make it show up under Devices and drives in This PC.)
  • If you already completed these steps but you forgot to assign a drive letter to it, you can still do it like this:
 
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the Macrium Image I completed was written to a D-Drive ,

I don’t know where that D-Drive is, how to get to it, how to access the Image, etc.
I don't use Macrium Reflect, but I suspect that it temporarily assigned drive letter D to the newly formatted partition. Temporarily, i.e., it automatically un-assigned drive letter D after it finished creating the image file on that partition, and, the reason why it did that was because, at the time when you picked a destination for the image file [that you were about to newly create], you hadn't assigned a drive letter to that partition yet. In Macrium Reflect, AFAIK a destination path can only be valid if 1/ it starts with a drive letter and 2/ this drive letter isn't assigned to any of the partitions that will be included in (i.e. captured into) the image file that you want to be created.

Also AFAIK, Acronis True Image for Western Digital does not have this limitation [of requiring that the destination, or target folder location of the image file is located on a partition that will not be included in the image file]. The program can only be used if you own (at least) one of those specific products from Western Digital that are eligible for it, in which case you can use it for free. The WD Blue SN580 is eligible for it so, you could always decide to grab it from here: WD Blue SN580 NVMe SSD | Western Digital Product Support
- Disk 6 containing 1 Healthy (Primary Partition) 1862.98 GB ex FAT partition

But wait…
If I bring it up in Macrium Reflect, Macrium says Disk 6 is a Primary – unformatted drive and Disk 7 a Primary exFAT…partition/drive/area?
Macrium Reflect just gives me the creeps. LOL!

At least with Acronis True Image, which I find to be a lot more intuitive to use (and more better), I know I can easily explore the contents of them all, because it lists them as navigation trees with expand/collapse buttons, but anyway... Like I earlier explained, assign a drive letter to the partition that doesn't already have a drive letter assigned to it. For reasons that should be completely obvious, you need to choose a letter that isn't already taken. But you also should avoid to choose letters A and B, so as to avoid potential problems with (very) old programs, as drive letters A and B are historically reserved for floppy disk drives.

Another thing to note is, on Windows, exFAT isn't usually the best choice although it still can be, e.g. if you also use macOS to access the partition and/or e.g. if the partition is on a slow performing USB flash drive and it contains many files that would otherwise make it run even slower as a result of the overhead that can be associated with NTFS. Generally speaking, NTFS is the recommended choice on Windows because on modern, decently performing USB flash drives (and especially on SSDs) this overhead either is almost negligible or is completely unnoticeable during typical, real-world tasks. In addition, NTFS gives the extra benefit of being able to use the partition the same way you'd use any other drive normally on Windows so, if you want to use it on Windows in this manner, NTFS is the ideal choice for compatibility on Windows.
 
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Macrium Reflect just gives me the creeps. LOL!
Thank you everyone, especially HDMI, for your help. Prior to this, I'd never been involved with NVME technology; or drives not immediately showing up under (Win/E) Devices and drives. My problem's been solved and I'm calling this topic with a lighthearted quandry:

Pictured (L -> R) is the case my PiBox arrived in; the PiBox itself;
and an object included in that case with the message:
"Donate a meal to a needy near you if you find this stand useful"​
What, pray tell, is this a stand for and how does one use it?

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Thank you everyone, especially HDMI, for your help. Prior to this, I'd never been involved with NVME technology; or drives not immediately showing up under (Win/E) Devices and drives. My problem's been solved and I'm calling this topic with a lighthearted quandry:

Pictured (L -> R) is the case my PiBox arrived in; the PiBox itself;
and an object included in that case with the message:
"Donate a meal to a needy near you if you find this stand useful"​
What, pray tell, is this a stand for and how does one use it?

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mobile-stand.png
 

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    Asus TUF Gaming F16 (2024)
    CPU
    i7 13650HX
    Memory
    16GB DDR5
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce RTX 4060 Mobile
    Sound Card
    Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC Supreme; Emotiva UMC-200; Astell & Kern AK240
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia XR-55X90J
    Screen Resolution
    3840×2160
    Hard Drives
    512GB SSD internal
    37TB external
    PSU
    Li-ion
    Cooling
    2× Arc Flow Fans, 4× exhaust vents, 5× heatpipes
    Keyboard
    Logitech K800
    Mouse
    Logitech G402
    Internet Speed
    20Mbit/s up, 250Mbit/s down
    Browser
    FF
  • Operating System
    11 Home
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    Laptop
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    Medion S15450
    CPU
    i5 1135G7
    Memory
    16GB DDR4
    Graphics card(s)
    Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    Eastern Electric MiniMax DAC Supreme; Emotiva UMC-200; Astell & Kern AK240
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sony Bravia XR-55X90J
    Screen Resolution
    3840×2160
    Hard Drives
    2TB SSD internal
    37TB external
    PSU
    Li-ion
    Mouse
    Logitech G402
    Keyboard
    Logitech K800
    Internet Speed
    20Mbit/s up, 250Mbit/s down
    Browser
    FF
THANK YOU!!
And on that note I close this thread!!
 

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    Dell Inc. 0FHWFD A01
    Motherboard
    Dell Inc. 0FHWFD A01
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    2.30 gigahertz Intel 11th Gen Core i7-11800H
    Sound Card
    Intel® Smart Sound Technology for USB Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    laptop (small) and 1 or 2 external monitors
    Screen Resolution
    -
    Hard Drives
    PC711 NVMe SK hynix 1TB 1.02 TB NVMe ANB2N582412102F0G_0001
    PSU
    -
    Case
    Laptop
    Cooling
    fan
    Keyboard
    External!
    Mouse
    External
    Internet Speed
    -
    Browser
    Chrome (Chrome profiles), Firefox (Bookmark Search Plus2), Edge (History page), Opera (annoying)
    Antivirus
    WinDefender
    Other Info
    Win11 Home 23H2 22631.3447
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    Win10
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    PC/Desktop
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    self
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte B75M-D3H
    Memory
    8068 MB Usable Installed Memory
    Graphics card(s)
    2.30 gigahertz Intel 11th Gen Core i7-11800H
    Sound Card
    Intel® Smart Sound Technology for USB Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 Displays
    Screen Resolution
    n/a
    Hard Drives
    SSD and others (internal and external)
    Case
    Desktop
    Cooling
    Fan
    Mouse
    External
    Keyboard
    External
    Browser
    Chrome, Firefox, Tor, Brave, Opera, etc.
    Antivirus
    Win Defender
    Other Info
    Win10 & unfortunately OneDrive: Can't completely rid myself of this!!

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