Paragon Hard Disk Manager

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Paragon Hard Disk Manager review

It is believed that Paragon Hard Disk Manager (HDM for short) is one of the leading backup / disk imaging software. Paragon HDM consists of four different utilities: Backup & Recovery, Drive Copy, Partition Manager and Disk Wiper. These tools are grouped in two parts: Backup & Recovery and Disk and Volumes.

Paragon Hard Disk Manager review

Hard Disk Manager is developed by Paragon Software Group, established in 1994 in Russia. Currently, its offices are spread over the United States, China, Japan, Poland and Russia, and the HQ - in German city of Freiburg im Breisgau. 

Summary

Vendor Paragon Software Group (website)
Software category Backup / Restore / Utilities
Release date October 2014
Latest version v.17 (February 2019)
Operating systems Windows (7/8/10), Mac (Mojave, Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite)
Download file size 191 Mb
Functionality Backup/recovery, manage partitions, disk copy, disk wipe
Storage options HDD, AFD, SSD, CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, BD-R/RE
File systems NTFS, FAT16/32, Linux Ext2FS/3FS/4FS, BtrFS, HFS+,  BitLocker encrypted HD
Trial 10 days
Price $49.95 / 1 PC license / Home use

Paragon Hard Disk Manager can do:

  1. Backup (entire PC, disks/partitions, folders/files, automation)
  2. Restore 
  3. Data migration (copy partition, copy HDD, migrate OS)
  4. Disk wipe (using different algorithms)
  5. Partitioning (create, delete/undelete, format, change volume label, file system conversion, split/merge, convert to MBR/GPT, etc.)
  6. Recovery media builder.

This is just a shortlist of capabilities. We have installed the trial version of the program for this review. Several functions are locked. HDM is very simple (at first glance): English interface, only 2 action areas. Although there are many options. Installation is typical - download, launch, install. 

System requirements: Windows 7 or newer, 2GB RAM, 500 MB space, up to 1GB free space for  installation, opened ports in firewall (inbound and outbound 80, 443), web browser.

There is also HDM version for Mac computers with same core features - disk management, bootable restore media, data backups, disk wiping. However, there are certain restrictions, e.g. file system conversion and scheduling not included, FAT32 restore limitations, etc. Here’s a brief introduction:

Backup & Recovery

This tab has two parts: backup options (add, remove, import, rename) and information (source,  destination, etc.). Also, there is the Restore From File tab, to specify path to an archive file. Backup information offers timeline layout (default) and table layout. The list of backups can not be sorted, they are displayed chronologically. 

Paragon Hard Disk Manager how it works

As a backup source, the next options are at hand:  

  1. entire computer (all partitions)
  2. disk / volumes (with system partition, a partition with boot files goes along)
  3. files / folders (select from location on PC or specify file types - video, documents, music, images).
  4. virtual machines.

As destination users may select local folders (network drives aren’t displayed, which is a disadvantage), external drives, network locations. Every backup task has room to configure. Placed in the lower area, there are 2 tabs with settings: Backup Strategy and Options.

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Backup Strategy allows to set a schedule, type of backups (full, incremental, detrimental), notifications and exclusions. Options contain compression level (none, fast, normal, best), password protection, backup splitting, sector-by-sector mode. 

FYI: The difference between 3 main backup types. Incremental backup consists of files that have changed since the previous archiving. Differential backup implies files that have changed since the previous full backup. In Full backup each new copy includes all selected files. Incremental and differential backups could only be performed after the initial full archive was created.

In addition, you can select the type of backup container (.pvhd, .vmdk, .vhd, .vhdx). Paragon image type (.pvhd) is recommended. If you have a Paragon Backup File (.pbf - legacy file type) to restore, click the three-dot icon in My Backups and select Restore from PBF.  

Other options are Scheduler (daily, weekly, monthly, on event - system start, user logon). There are three advanced settings: Run Backups, Wake up from sleep / Hibernate before backup, Run missed backup as soon as possible. Exclusions is easy to understand, and with just a single limitation - no possibility to add files, folders only (!).

Paragon Hard Disk Manager exclusion list

Each backup task has a timeline, displaying data - hover the mouse over the mark to view  information on the backup type, date, or to restore, pin as important, mount/unmount as logical disk, delete, etc. 

To recover files there's no separate tab, all previous backups are displayed on the Timeline. To restore from external backup source, navigate to Restore From tab. In addition, there is an option to explore/export files from an external archive. Overall, a user has two ways to restore files: individual files or entire archive. 

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The restoration window is displayed after selecting the Restore item from Backups menu. Select a  restore source (all files, disks, individual files/disks), select destination (original location or a new one manually), select backup version. Restoring individual files is also possible via Explore and Mount menu sections. 

Disk Management (Disk & Volumes) 

This is the second key part of Paragon Hard Disk Manager, with a variety of tools to manage disks. Operations include 4 basic ones: Connect Virtual Disk (e.g. a backup created using Paragon HDM), Find and Copy OS (unavailable in trial), Copy Files and Folders, Refresh

Paragon disks and volumes

When selecting Connect Virtual Disk, a user can select 1 of 3 permission levels: 1) Allow write to disk, 2) Allow non-destructive write on disk, 3) Read only. For virtual disks basically the same operations as for physical hard drives are available.

Operations with HDD Operations with partitions Operations with unallocated space
Wipe data Wipe data Wipe data
Copy disk
(not available in trial)
Copy disk
(not available in trial)
View / edit sectors
Convert MBR to GPT Copy volume
(not available in trial)
Undelete volumes
Update MBR Move / resize Create volume
View / edit sectors View / edit sectors
Change primary slots Split / Merge partition
Format / Change volume
Delete / Hide partition
Check file system / Test surface
Change serial number / cluster size
Defragment MFT
Convert to logical

Let’s briefly describe some of those helpful operations.

  1. Wipe disk/data/free space deletes data permanently via various selectable algorithms (Gutmann, HMG Infosec, VSITR, GOST, etc.).

  2. Convert GPT to MBR (MBR to GPT). Note, that if a disk contains Windows OS, it won’t  launch after conversion. 

  3. Update MBR. As a measure against ransomware (programs that could corrupt the Master-Boot-Record disk sector), Update MBR function will overwrite a corrupt sector with a standard. 

  4. Move / Resize. If a partition turns out too small for user needs, this feature allows to take away free space from one partition and move it to another one. Or one can take free space and create unallocated space before/after the partition (Move and Resize Partition). 

  5. Split partition. To split existing partition without losing data.

  6. Merge. The opposite to Split function, merge two partitions into one without data loss.

  7. Format volume. Paragon HDM supports NTFS, FAT16, FAT32, Linux Ext2FS, Ext3FS, Ext4FS, Linux Swap, XFS, BtrFS, HFS+, alternative file systems in sector-by-sector mode, as well as disks encrypted via BitLocker.

  8. Set partition as active / inactive. If a bootable partition isn’t active, OS will not start. Thus, with multiple partitions, it would be better to have important partitions inactive. 

  9. Check file system. Analyze file system integrity and repair errors. Recommended to perform this check before data copying, despite possible lengthy process. 

  10. Test surface. Check HDD surface for potential problems, unstable sectors. When found, HDM just marks areas as unusable.

  11. Compact / Defragment MFT.  2 different functions, though serving a single purpose - optimize NTFS. NTFS partitions could accumulate redundant records about deleted files over time and slow down a PC. These options aid to counteract that. 

Settings & Help

Though Paragon Hard Disk Manager setting are scarce, there are two interesting options: Email settings and Recovery Media Builder. Email settings allow to configure an SMTP server to send notifications and reports via Gmail, Mail.ru, Outlook,  Rambler, Yahoo, Yandex or manually set (IP address, port, encryption, login, password) service. 

Paragon Hard Disk Manager settings

Afterwards, one can enter email addresses to send notifications to. All tasks in HDM have the Notification icon where users can configure it - type in email addresses and set the event (upon failure only, or upon both success and failure).

Hard Disk Manager notifications

With Recovery Media Builder you can create bootable media (CD/DVD or USB-drive) and use it to when the system does not boot. There are two versions: WinPE-based and Linux-based. This tool can be used on different PCs, due to the possibility to include additional drivers. Also, recovery media has one extra feature - Correct Boot. Find it in Disks & Volumes -> Restore from file. Options are: a) Windows installation to correct, b) Correct the master boot record, c) Correct boot parameters, d) Correct EFI boot parameters.

Help. There is no offline user guide or tutorials, yet upon clicking the View Help item (Help Center  section in the sidebar), there is a User manual PDF which opens in a browser. Also, there are tooltips in all tasks - just click a blue Info icon where you see it. A big drawback is that there’s only English language for interface and the manual.

Testing Paragon HDM

We are testing Hard Disk Manager on a laptop with Windows 7 x64 Ultimate, 8GB RAM, 320 GB HDD and dual-core Intel CPU. For pure conditions, we are not using antivirus protection. We have decided to create backups on a remote PC (connected via 1Gb LAN) with SSD. Our goal is to measure the size of backups and speed a program is capable of. 

The HDD on our laptop is divided into two partitions: C (151 GB total, 51.1 GB used) and E (146 GB total, 122 GB used). We’ve tested all types of compression on disk C, and for disk E - only Normal. As a follow up, we’ve also made tests on a separate folder (Users on disk E), where the OS and files of different formats are stored. 

Source Compression Size of selected data, GB Size of backup, GB  Compression ratio, % Time, h:m Avg speed, Mbps
C:


None 51.5 32.7 36 10:34 471
Fast 51.5 31.0 40 10:48 503
Normal 51.5 22.9 55 10:59 284
Best 51.5 20.6 60 26:30 106
E: Normal 122 78 36 41:52 254
Users folder


None 31.4 31.4 0 24:00 178
Fast 31.4 29.6 57 24:17 166
Normal 31.4 26.1 17 24:10 147
Best 31.4 24.5 22 38:00 88

To our surprise, we’ve found out that, when restoring, the size of files in the created archive is lower than on the original disk. We compared folders both in backup and original, and they coincide in number of files.

For instance, the used space on disk C is 51.1. When we mount the backup as a virtual disk, it then displays 47.39 GB, and the same size after recovery. Yet, when we create the backup via Recovery Media, it is the same as the original size - 51.1 Gb. 

Paragon Hard Disk Manager review

Another odd issue is CPU consumption. As we see in the graph below, Paragon utilizes only one core of CPU, thus making it 61% in total. Therefore, it is highly plausible that Hard Disk Manager is not optimized for multithreaded encoding. This is definitely a room for improvement by vendor developers.

Paragon backup tool

Conclusion 

It is to the benefit of Paragon Hard Disk Manager that it actually contains 2 different utilities - backups and disk management. For one price you get two products, essentially. Paragon HDM is  easy, though its not perfect: only one interface language, frequent crashes and other minor issues are present. 

The exclusion list does not offer to exclude junk files (e.g. pagefile.sys, hiberfil.sys, temp files, browser cache), while some similar software does, for example Acronis True Image. Also, why the non-compression backup of disk is smaller than the disk?

During our use and tests the program crashed frequently, 5 times to be precise (twice during backup and three times during mounting). And finally, backup task fails if the system boot disk is included in the source, and even if we only want to do a backup of the system boot disk alone.

Paragon backup crashed

So, here are key pros and cons:

  • Backup and disk management tools
  • Select files by type option
  • Connect virtual disk option
  • Fair pricing

  • Not possible to sort backup list
  • Network disks not visible in Backup Destination menu
  • No stats/reports on backups
  • Not possible to add individual files to exceptions

FAQ

How to use cloud storage as a backup destination with Paragon HDM?
The cloud storage provider has to support Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning (WebDAV). The user has to mount cloud storage as a network volume via WebDAV. Then the user can configure Paragon Hard Disk Drive to use it.

How to convert GPT hard disk to MBR using Paragon?
Click “Disk and Volumes” on the sidebar. Left-click the name of the disk you want to convert and select “Convert GPT disk to MBR on the sidebar. Configure notification if you need it. Click the “Convert Now” button to start conversion.

How to copy a hard disk via Paragon Hard Disk Manager?
Attach a destination HDD. Boot the PC. Launch Paragon HDM and go to “Disk and volumes” on the sidebar. Left-click on the source drive (you want to copy from). Select the “Copy disk” on the sidebar. Select the target hard disk from the list. Сonfigure parameters if you need (exclude files/folders, copy parameters, notifications). Click the “Copy now” button to start the operation.

How to copy a partition in Paragon Hard Disk Manager?
Launch Paragon HDM and go to “Disk and volumes” on the sidebar. Left-click on the source partition (you want to copy from). Select the “Copy volume” on the sidebar. Select the destination partition from the dropdown list. Сonfigure parameters: exclude files/folders, copy parameters, notifications). Click the “Copy now” button to start the operation. Click the “Copy now” button to start the operation.

How to create recovery media in Paragon HDM?
Launch the app and navigate to “Settings”=> “Recovery Media Builder”. Select the recovery environment platforms: “Windows PE” or Linux-based. “Windows PE” is more familiar and recommended. Click “Windows PE”. Select “Use ADK”. If you have not installed it, you have to download it from Microsoft website and install it. Click on “Removable flash media” and select the attached USB-drive. If necessary, you should add drivers for storage controllers or network card. Configure a network connection if needed. Confirm the operation to begin.

How to export files/folders from a backup in Paragon HDM?
Navigate to “Backup & Recovery” on the sidebar. Click on the desired backup. Select the needed restore point on the backup timeline and click the “Explore” item. Select files/folders you want to restore. Click the “Export” button. Select the destination place (where you want to save the files). Click the “Next”. The operation will start after the confirmation.

How to convert the file system using Hard Disk Manager?
Go to the “Disk & volumes” section. Left-click on the disk you want to convert. Select the “Convert file system” item on the sidebar. From the dropdown list select the new file system. Click the “Convert now” button to start.

How to test the partition surface in Hard Disk Manager?
Go to the “Disk & volumes” section. Left-click on the disk you want to test, configure notification (optional), click the “Test now” button to start.

How to check the file system using Paragon?
Go to the “Disk & volumes” section. Select the partition to check. Check the box on two options If you want: automatically fixing errors of the file system and recovery of bad sectors. Click the “Check now” button to start.

How to copy OS via Paragon Manager?
Attach the new disk to the PC, and boot the computer. Run Paragon HDM, go to the “Disk & volumes” tab. Click the three-dot icon on the sidebar and select the “Find and copy OS” item. Select the OS from the list, select the destination disk, click the “Copy now” button.

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The program provides great opportunities for managing your computer's hard drive.

Once I needed to back up the disk because my HDD was “dying” but I didn't know how to do it and had no idea what program to use and what program does it better. I am far from IT. But Google and YouTube had helped me, I have found Paragon Hard Disk Manager and watched several explanatory videos. I was impressed by the functionality of the program. This software not only solves my problem and also makes it easy and fast to split a hard drive, move data and even OS. I used the “Drive copy” feature. At first, I was inclined to create a disk image, but then I saw this feature and realized that this is what I need. This is very handy if you want to move all your data to a new hard drive. It is also available for the laptop if you are using an adapter to connect a second hard drive. In addition to cloning, I cleaned my old hard drive using the “Disk wiper”. That is great! I think I will use this software for periodic backup (using "Create backup job").

Pros:

  • Redistribution of free space between disk partitions
  • Fast recovering deleted of disk partitions
  • Ability to move data to another disk (OS migration)

CONS:

  • This is difficult to learn because of the advanced functionality
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3.5
Quality
4
Ease of Use
2
Functionality
5
Ability
3
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3.5
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4.0
Ease of Use
2.0
Functionality
5.0
Ability
3.0
Max Konan, 2019-09-16 10:56:35

Worse than before!

Extended 16th version is not useful for use. The developers took a wonderful, professional interface used in the previous version and replaced it with the Fischer-Price interface.The controls have seriously suffered, or rather, they are practically not there, as there are no advanced options. The result was worse than many free programs.

Pros:

  • Hardly ever.

CONS:

  • Step back
  • Deteriorated interface, controls, options.
OVERALL
3
Quality
3
Ease of Use
3
Functionality
3
Ability
3
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3
Quality
3.0
Ease of Use
3.0
Functionality
3.0
Ability
3.0
IT Manager, 2019-05-15 23:52:25

Quite interesting (and free, that is important) solution to protect your data.

HDM Preview Edition is available for free. The time of use is unlimited. But, unfortunately, the option to exclude files / folders from the backup image has been removed.

Pros:

  • The preliminary edition is available for free and is not limited in time.

CONS:

  • The functionality is limited.
OVERALL
4
Quality
4
Ease of Use
4
Functionality
4
Ability
4
OVERALL
4
Quality
4.0
Ease of Use
4.0
Functionality
4.0
Ability
4.0
SIW2, 2019-05-03 20:19:45

With Paragon, tasks are solved simply and efficiently. Real quality product!

The Paragon program is a great product. I needed to create a multiboot system on my PC in which Windows 8.1 was on one of the IDE disks and Windows 7 on another disk. At the same time, I didn`t want to spend time and effort on removing all installed software on both disks, and then reinstalling the entire remote, which would take several days. With Paragon, the task was solved simply and efficiently. I copied the old IDE section and pasted it into the empty section of the new Sata3 disk. All this took about 45 minutes. Copying was successful and now my system is working fine. I thank the developers of Paragon software for creating a high-quality product, the effectiveness of which I could personally verify!

Pros:

  • High-quality and effective product.

CONS:

  • Hardly ever.
OVERALL
5
Quality
5
Ease of Use
5
Functionality
5
Ability
5
OVERALL
5
Quality
5.0
Ease of Use
5.0
Functionality
5.0
Ability
5.0
ak.7, 2019-04-17 12:56:30

Having spent a little time and patience on the development of the program, you get a reward in the form of stability and predictability.

Despite the fact that the program is easy to install, I still think that this program is not for beginners, but for at least advanced PC users. After installation, everything works as it should - quickly and efficiently.

Pros:

  • Easy to install
  • It works quickly and efficiently.

CONS:

  • Not for beginners, requires experience
OVERALL
4.5
Quality
5
Ease of Use
4
Functionality
5
Ability
4
OVERALL
4.5
Quality
5.0
Ease of Use
4.0
Functionality
5.0
Ability
4.0
CMS, 2019-04-15 06:26:38

Explicit regression in the latest version.

In my opinion, previous versions of the hard disk manager worked fine. The 16th version of HDM is just awful. However, the cost has increased. They refuse support and help at no additional cost. In addition, they refuse to give any phone number to contact the corporate office!

Pros:

  • I am disappointed.

CONS:

  • The deterioration of the 16th version compared with previous versions
  • Rise in price of a product
  • Neglect of users.
OVERALL
3.25
Quality
4
Ease of Use
3
Functionality
3
Ability
3
OVERALL
3.25
Quality
4.0
Ease of Use
3.0
Functionality
3.0
Ability
3.0
Alan Woodruff, 2019-04-05 16:16:40

Must have tool to be able to backup important data and restore it quicky in case of any issues arising, with the wide range of options available.

Paragon Hard Disk Manager (HDM) is an effective tool for recovering data lost accidentally or as a result of a PC crash. HDM allows users to quickly create backup copies of not only files, folders, or even the operating system, but also the entire contents of a hard disk. If necessary, the restoration of the backup to disk occurs quickly and without loss. The user has several backup options. You can specify time intervals for regular backups, and you can specify both a full backup and archiving only changes that have occurred since the last full image. In the latter case, the user saves time and space for storing backup copies. The new technology of creating a disk image applied in the program allows you to back up directly to virtual containers. In addition, the versatility of Paragon HDM allows the partitioning and formatting of hard drives (create, format, delete). The program supports all popular file systems, which makes it available for use on PCs with any operating system. There is also an effective wizard for recovering accidentally deleted partitions. Paragon Hard Disk Manager also allows you to create a bootable environment based on Linux or WinPE on a USB flash drive or in an ISO file.

Pros:

  • Simple backup of the OS or the entire hard disk, effective recovery of the entire disk, as well as its individual partitions or specific files
  • Automatic backups thanks to a programmable scheduler.

CONS:

  • Hardly ever.
OVERALL
5
Quality
5
Ease of Use
5
Functionality
5
Ability
5
OVERALL
5
Quality
5.0
Ease of Use
5.0
Functionality
5.0
Ability
5.0
Geo Aachen, 2019-03-31 10:30:07

Universal tool. Quality work. I recommend this software to everyone.

Universal tool. Paragon Hard Disk Manager can be effectively used with both workstations and laptops. Painless when we use it for disks with images and partitions. I keep a copy nearby when I encounter problems. I recommend this software to everyone.

Pros:

  • Versatility
  • Interface
  • Management using hotkeys

CONS:

  • Hardly ever.
OVERALL
5
Quality
5
Ease of Use
5
Functionality
5
Ability
5
OVERALL
5
Quality
5.0
Ease of Use
5.0
Functionality
5.0
Ability
5.0
James09, 2019-03-27 05:40:51

In general, this is an excellent software, but beginners need to be more attentive.

I advise you to be careful when working with the program! It can easily erase the data from your hard drive if, through carelessness or inexperience, you activate this function. In general, this is an excellent software.

Pros:

  • Great software.

CONS:

  • Hardly ever.
OVERALL
4.75
Quality
5
Ease of Use
4
Functionality
5
Ability
5
OVERALL
4.75
Quality
5.0
Ease of Use
4.0
Functionality
5.0
Ability
5.0
Eric, 2019-03-25 16:36:22

Powerful hard disk management tool.

My goal was to install a larger M2 SSD on my laptop and make it bootable. In the process of solving this problem, I installed an open slot and formatted a new disk. But I didn`t manage to clone or transfer the OS using the applications specifically designed for these purposes. I tried three applications - Acronis, Macrium Reflect and EaseUS Todo. To no avail. The EaseUS Todo program began to conflict with the antivirus installed by me and the anti-malware software. This was probably due to the fact that EaseUS Todo wanted to install advertising trackers and other unnecessary trash for me. A solution to the problem came with the installation of Paragon Hard Disk Manager. Easily and without loss, I transferred the operating system to my new larger SSD. It was an impressive experience amid failing with other software.

Pros:

  • Wide functionality
  • Support for all modern file systems, high-quality work with Windows.

CONS:

  • They are not.
OVERALL
5
Quality
5
Ease of Use
5
Functionality
5
Ability
5
OVERALL
5
Quality
5.0
Ease of Use
5.0
Functionality
5.0
Ability
5.0
Gregory L. Borchert, 2019-03-22 23:02:13

With this application, you can be calm in the end result.

I have been using Paragon for about 5 years. Before that, I used Acronis. I could not accept the fact that Acronis constantly marked my archives when I checked them. Using Paragon over the past 5 years, I made a huge number of backups and backup modules. Periodically checking each of them, I always made sure that everything is in order with them, no matter how long the copy was made. With Hard Disk Manager, I made over 100 hard drive images. When it became necessary to restore the hard drive, everyone recovered perfectly. I took the practice of checking all the images in the process of their creation. For this, when I create them, I immediately restore them to make sure everything is in order. Using Hard Disk Manager I am calm and confident in the final result. Of course, you can blame me for not using other programs from other manufacturers, but Paragon is enough for me to back up hard drives. I was a little saddened by the appearance of the new version. I prefer male, brutal design. Although the color palette does not impair the quality of the program itself.

Pros:

  • Convenient backup and restore process

CONS:

  • The design of the new version (subjectively!).
OVERALL
4.25
Quality
5
Ease of Use
4
Functionality
4
Ability
4
OVERALL
4.25
Quality
5.0
Ease of Use
4.0
Functionality
4.0
Ability
4.0
Matt, 2019-03-17 20:33:21

Software with a lot of functions and features, a great all-in-one solution

Paragon HDM, in one package, includes, but does not limit, the functionality of almost all of the various Paragon utilities. With this program, you can effectively perform not only backup and recovery of data, but also cloning, OS migration, disk and partition management, creation of recovery media and much, much more.

Pros:

  • Functionality, efficiency.

CONS:

  • Hardly ever.
OVERALL
5
Quality
5
Ease of Use
5
Functionality
5
Ability
5
OVERALL
5
Quality
5.0
Ease of Use
5.0
Functionality
5.0
Ability
5.0
xtabber, 2019-03-15 22:55:32

Without exaggeration, we can say that Paragon's backup and recovery capabilities are in many ways superior to the products of many competitors.

Beg not agree with the authors of the negative reviews that I read. I am not a professional, but an amateur with many years of experience working on a PC. As it seems to me, I understand the process perfectly and have excellent backup skills. Paragon product is reliable. However, the user will need time and effort to learn the nuances of this program. Efforts to master this difficult product will be fully compensated to the user in the process of subsequent use. You will have at your disposal a modern, reliable and multifunctional tool. With full responsibility, I can say that Paragon's capabilities in backing up and restoring data are in many ways superior to the capabilities of the contour products. In addition to the above, you will also receive an effective support service. I think that the negative feedback from Paragon users is a consequence of the lack of experience with this program and the backup experience in general.

Pros:

  • Reliable backup and recovery
  • Efficiency is higher than the product contour
  • Operational support service.

CONS:

  • Hardly ever.
OVERALL
5
Quality
5
Ease of Use
5
Functionality
5
Ability
5
OVERALL
5
Quality
5.0
Ease of Use
5.0
Functionality
5.0
Ability
5.0
Handy Man, 2019-03-10 13:40:08

Dubious and sky-dangerous application. Probably low price is the main argument.

Never use Paragon products if you value your data. Instead of Paragon use Acronis. I agree, it is somewhat more expensive, but many times safer.

Pros:

  • The price is lower than Acronis.

CONS:

  • Low product reliability from Paragon.
OVERALL
3
Quality
3
Ease of Use
3
Functionality
3
Ability
3
OVERALL
3
Quality
3.0
Ease of Use
3.0
Functionality
3.0
Ability
3.0
Artem S. Tashkinov, 2019-03-01 15:22:25

Necessary software to simplify the process of restoring important data in case of any issues.

This utility may be useful to all those users who are going to repair or upgrade their PC. For example, it will be easier for you to solve such problems as saving data from a failed disk, redistributing existing disks or even recovering from a lost or unknown local administrator password (use it to rename cmd.exe to utilman.exe and use win + U in the login prompt Then run the command net user to set the new password).

Pros:

  • Useful utility to repair or update your PC.

CONS:

  • Hardly ever.
OVERALL
5
Quality
5
Ease of Use
5
Functionality
5
Ability
5
OVERALL
5
Quality
5.0
Ease of Use
5.0
Functionality
5.0
Ability
5.0
E. Brightwell, 2019-02-23 07:11:49

Reliable assistant in solving complex problems.

I am accountant. I use computers for many years, starting with my first machines that were preceded by DOS and used CPM. Without boasting, I can say about myself that I am an "advanced amateur" and am good at computers. I used Paragon Hard Disk Manager to replace the hard drive in my laptop with a 750 GB HDD for a 1 TB Crucial SSD. After reviewing the manual for the Paragon HDM 14 program, I found it uninformative and overly crowded with technical terms, many of which I do not understand. It was not really necessary to duplicate the hard drive of my laptop and so I wondered if the Disk Copy utility left the boot hard disk or I had to use the operating system copy utility first. To find out what happened, I decided to use a copy of the disk. And here are the problems I encountered: 1) The installed Trend Micro AV software prevented Paragon from creating the file. I did not notice this. 2) The copying process took a lot of time, during which my laptop fell asleep and did not wake up, leaving me without a clue what was happening and whether the process was going on in the background. After more than 4 hours, the laptop was still locked. I had to restart it. Restarting led to the fact that I had to restore the installed Windows 8.1. Without these manipulations, I would not be able to get the original and still installed hard drive to boot the laptop. I repeated the process again. As a result, everything went as it should have gone. It took me about 3 hours to create an excellent copy of the system on my new SSD. In general, Paragon successfully coped with its task. But I felt that the problems I encountered could have been avoided with better documentation and instructions. I also want to add that I was pleased with my laptop after the above actions. Now he needs only 25 seconds from power on until ready to use, including the time to enter the password. There is also an added bonus - the best battery life, since the SSD uses part of the hard disk capacity.

Pros:

  • Overall, a handy tool for backup and recovery.

CONS:

  • Uninformative and overly crowded with technical terms, the manual
OVERALL
4
Quality
4
Ease of Use
4
Functionality
4
Ability
4
OVERALL
4
Quality
4.0
Ease of Use
4.0
Functionality
4.0
Ability
4.0
NickR, 2019-02-14 11:27:21

It works exactly as it should be.

Using this software gives you confidence in trouble-free operation, since it worked for me when other solutions did not work. I have quite a lot of experience using backup and recovery software from various manufacturers. They all work great. But the work of the product Paragon liked more. It works exactly as it should be, and I will never have to doubt whether it will work.

Pros:

  • Stable and trouble-free work.

CONS:

  • I don't see any.
OVERALL
5
Quality
5
Ease of Use
5
Functionality
5
Ability
5
OVERALL
5
Quality
5.0
Ease of Use
5.0
Functionality
5.0
Ability
5.0
Gdawg82, 2019-02-11 03:30:42

Useful software with interesting functions, some of which are very helpfull

Perhaps it will be useful information regarding Paragon HDM. Of the wide functionality of the Paragon HDM program, I used the function of creating a virtual hard disk (PVHD) more often than any other tool. This is the backup format that Paragon Backup and Recovery uses. Disk2vhd, a utility that creates VHD versions of physical disks, helps it in this.

Pros:

  • Wide functionality
  • The ability to create a virtual hard disk.

CONS:

  • Hardly ever.
OVERALL
5
Quality
5
Ease of Use
5
Functionality
5
Ability
5
OVERALL
5
Quality
5.0
Ease of Use
5.0
Functionality
5.0
Ability
5.0
Leo Han, 2019-02-10 22:00:40

Backup tool that can even create the copy of the whole system and the restore it when necessary.

If you need to keep your PC's hard drives securely, you should take a closer look at the Paragon Hard Disk Manager program. This modern, versatile and feature-rich application will provide you with a full range of different modern hard disk tools. In particular, using the program (integrated defragmenter) you can create a backup of the entire system, and then easily and without loss restore it, then format or delete hard disk partitions, split or merge them at your discretion, copy and restore the disk, and create virtual disks from a physical disk, permanently delete confidential information from a hard disk, and much more.

Pros:

  • Reliability, versatility, versatility
  • Integrated defragmenter.

CONS:

  • Limited time validity of the free version.
OVERALL
4.5
Quality
5
Ease of Use
4
Functionality
5
Ability
4
OVERALL
4.5
Quality
5.0
Ease of Use
4.0
Functionality
5.0
Ability
4.0
tarekma7, 2019-01-30 00:26:23

Quality product.

Quality product. At first, I was a little puzzled by the necessary additional patches for Windows. I did not like the fact that downloading these files took a lot of time, more than I expected. The program was installed without problems and worked well. The interface is simple and convenient. Very good and clear instructions. Understood quickly. Very pleased with the acquisition.

Pros:

  • Not difficult installation, good and clear instructions
  • Simple and convenient interface
  • Stable work.

CONS:

  • Necessary in additional patches
  • Long loading them.
OVERALL
4.25
Quality
4
Ease of Use
5
Functionality
4
Ability
4
OVERALL
4.25
Quality
4.0
Ease of Use
5.0
Functionality
4.0
Ability
4.0
KRibit, 2019-01-03 08:14:04

A complex of tools with the number of useful features providing wide possibilites with comfortable interface

Hard Disk Manager is a simple, functional and reliable set of tools for working with hard disks. It can be used for hard disk management, maintenance and disposal, as well as boot management, data and system protection, data recovery. The program has a convenient and intuitive interface, several wizards and many additional utilities that make it easy to solve any problem relating to the hard disk, even to novice users.

Pros:

  • Simplicity, functionality, reliability, user-friendly and intuitive interface.

CONS:

  • Hardly ever.
OVERALL
4
Quality
4
Ease of Use
4
Functionality
4
Ability
4
OVERALL
4
Quality
4.0
Ease of Use
4.0
Functionality
4.0
Ability
4.0
Rhosyn Gwyllt, 2019-01-02 18:21:35

Slow work, but very reliable.

If you compare the backup images of Paragon with Acronis, then it is significantly slower. However, Paragon creates images that can be read in Windows without additional installation of proprietary drivers. I am convinced that the WinPE recovery system used by Paragon is much more reliable than Acronis proprietary system. I'm not sure how many hardware platforms I tried to load Acronis rescue disks on which there was a complete failure. As for Paragon, it boots on my hardware and can see the M.2 disks on which I install my OS. For me, this circumstance is much more important than the slowness of Paragon.

Pros:

  • More reliable Acronis proprietary system.

CONS:

  • Slowness.
OVERALL
4.25
Quality
5
Ease of Use
4
Functionality
4
Ability
4
OVERALL
4.25
Quality
5.0
Ease of Use
4.0
Functionality
4.0
Ability
4.0
cyberguy, 2018-12-31 18:25:20

I chose a product from Paragon and I am glad that my expectations were met.

I needed to clone my 500 GB hard drive to a 480 GB SSD. I did not think that the solution of such a seemingly simple task would prove to be impossible for many programs. The first who gave up was Acronis True Image Home, which I used for several years. As it turned out, my old version will not work with new data file structures. Then Macrium Reflect Free and products from other manufacturers capitulated as none of them resized partitions to fit on a slightly smaller SSD. After searching the web, reading reviews, and watching several videos on Paragon, I chose their product. Based on previous experience with products from other manufacturers, I can note the simplicity in installing the program and the convenience of the interface. The cloning process is simple, and the time to create a copy is minimal. The program, as I expected, perfectly cloned 5 separate partitions - all sections of backup and recovery - plus partition C. I am glad that my expectations were met. Recommend!

Pros:

  • Among other advantages, it is effective for cloning larger PC hard drives on smaller SSDs.

CONS:

  • Hardly ever.
OVERALL
5
Quality
5
Ease of Use
5
Functionality
5
Ability
5
OVERALL
5
Quality
5.0
Ease of Use
5.0
Functionality
5.0
Ability
5.0
M. Williams, 2018-12-27 01:10:58

Useful tool for all Mac users that could prevent data loss in case of any problems with your computer.

Anyone who is looking for universal and comprehensive solution for the complete protection, maintenance and management of your Mac shall pay attention to Paragon Hard Disk Manager.The program performs disk backup based on snapshots and secure data erasure. Advanced and efficient functionality for recovering lost or accidentally deleted data. The possibility of redistributing unused space and resizing partitions. MacOS 10.13 High Sierra support.

Pros:

  • A versatile and comprehensive solution for the complete protection, maintenance and management of Mac.

CONS:

  • Hardly ever.
OVERALL
5
Quality
5
Ease of Use
5
Functionality
5
Ability
5
OVERALL
5
Quality
5.0
Ease of Use
5.0
Functionality
5.0
Ability
5.0
user_hidden, 2018-12-14 13:52:26

Great functionality.

Perhaps this is the only program that can quickly convert, without problems and without data loss, the GPT partition table to MBR (and vice versa). True, I use the bootCD version (out of Windows, these manipulations may not work correctly).

Pros:

  • Efficiently converts GPT partition table to MBR (and vice versa).

CONS:

  • Hardly ever.
OVERALL
3.5
Quality
4
Ease of Use
3
Functionality
4
Ability
3
OVERALL
3.5
Quality
4.0
Ease of Use
3.0
Functionality
4.0
Ability
3.0
Uninstaller, 2018-12-02 01:01:22

Ambiguous impression.

The program is best suited for copying the hard drive to a new solid-state drive. However, it is sad that some software, such as Boot Media Builder and Boot Recovery Builder, is missing on the delivery disks. They must be loaded. To download the user must create an account in Paragon-Software. After that you will receive emails from them allowing you to download them. Here is what their leadership says: Please use Recovery Builder or Boot Media Builder to prepare Paragon recovery environments on CD / DVD, flash or as an ISO image. You can get these utilities here: [...] To automatically boot from recovery media, first make sure the built-in BIOS is configured to boot from CD / USB.

Pros:

  • Great for copying a hard drive to a new solid state drive

CONS:

  • Part of the software is missing on the delivery disks
  • The download process is not fast, you will need to create an account in Paragon-Software.
OVERALL
3.75
Quality
4
Ease of Use
3
Functionality
4
Ability
4
OVERALL
3.75
Quality
4.0
Ease of Use
3.0
Functionality
4.0
Ability
4.0
KNBD, 2018-11-18 02:11:18

Paragon Hard Disk Manager is one of the best features today. Extended warranty and excellent support. Would definitely recommend!

Without exaggeration, I can say that this is the best that you can get to work with hard drives. You can download to your computer either a 32-bit program or a 64-bit one. Products manufactured by competitors Paragon are unlikely to be better able to check the hard disk for errors and break it into pieces using automatic alignment. As it seems to me, this is the right investment. Invest in saving and protecting your hard drive from problems! Even if you are tempted to buy cheaper products from competitors, do not do it. And that's why. One of the best functionality today. Extended warranty and great support. And finally, high reliability and speed. Paragon, to copy the entire disk to a backup disk using VSS or Microsoft Virtual Disk. In my case, the backup drive works through a USB connection and it took only two hours to copy the hard drive to my backup drive. Definitely recommend!

Pros:

  • High reliability, functionality, speed, versatility, extended warranty and excellent support.

CONS:

  • All perfectly.
OVERALL
5
Quality
5
Ease of Use
5
Functionality
5
Ability
5
OVERALL
5
Quality
5.0
Ease of Use
5.0
Functionality
5.0
Ability
5.0
Bruce's Reviews A-Z, 2018-11-15 18:50:28

I was pleased with the work program. I do not regret the acquisition.

I was pleased with the work program. Good price for such a product. As it turned out, I bought it on time. Shortly after copying and creating a new hard drive for my computer, the old one failed. Quality goods for reasonable money.

Pros:

  • Quality product for reasonable money.

CONS:

  • All good.
OVERALL
5
Quality
5
Ease of Use
5
Functionality
5
Ability
5
OVERALL
5
Quality
5.0
Ease of Use
5.0
Functionality
5.0
Ability
5.0
Irene M, 2018-11-08 05:54:21

Very good software with several limitations depending on particluar version.

With the help of the program, you can do everything that the manufacturer stated, with the exception of cloning the OEM assembly disk. If it is necessary, it is possible to find OEM Build Warning Page with a link to a webpage for an alternative application.

Pros:

  • Multifunctional
  • High speed scanning of files and folders
  • Work with multiple operating systems simultaneously.

CONS:

  • The inability to clone an OEM assembly disk.
OVERALL
4
Quality
4
Ease of Use
4
Functionality
4
Ability
4
OVERALL
4
Quality
4.0
Ease of Use
4.0
Functionality
4.0
Ability
4.0
Mr. Victor E. Tallowin, 2018-11-06 06:21:34

Not the easiest to install and use program.

As it turned out, not the easiest to use program. Requires addiction and thoughtful reading instructions. Even now, after some time of operation of the program, I can not say with confidence that I have mastered it and use it 100%. I use it for the monthly image and weekly differences in the OS disk, as well as for the monthly backup files and weekly increments of the data disk. To create a backup, I use a separate hard drive that I connect via USB. The speed of the user's PC and the data structure certainly affect the speed of the backup. So, on my PC, backup images (about 100 GB) happens quite quickly. A full backup of the file system data (about 150 GB) takes up to 2 hours. From the negative aspects, I can note that when installing the program, the provided license key was not accepted. On this issue, we had to contact Paragon, after which they provided a link to download a copy of the software. With the newly loaded program, the license key worked. There were several reasons for the acquisition of the Paragon HDM program. First of all, I am not a fan of cloud storage and I`m never going to backup or archive my files in the cloud. And, secondly, the installed Windows 8.1 removed the previous backup system from Windows 7. I am not comfortable aware of the vulnerability of my computer. In the process of using Paragon HDM, I successfully restored the entire virus-infected disk of the PC operating system and recovered individual files on the data disk.

Pros:

  • High speed backup

CONS:

  • The program requires addiction
  • Difficult composed instruction
  • When installing the program, the provided license key was not accepted.
OVERALL
4
Quality
4
Ease of Use
4
Functionality
4
Ability
4
OVERALL
4
Quality
4.0
Ease of Use
4.0
Functionality
4.0
Ability
4.0
Dinosaurous, 2018-10-30 22:48:22

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