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Paragon Backup and Recovery 10 Home Special Edition (English Version) Giveaway
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Giveaway of the day — Paragon Backup and Recovery 10 Home Special Edition (English Version)

Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Home is a feature-rich backup and recovery software for a wide range of users.
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Paragon Backup and Recovery 10 Home Special Edition (English Version) was available as a giveaway on June 22, 2011!

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$49.90
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All-in-one solution for data protection!

Whether you want to simply save your data or create complex backup routines - this package of useful tools covers all your needs. This solution quickly backs up these files and folders: My Documents, My Media Files, My Email Folders and easily secures valuable data without additional configurations. Backup & Recovery Home has an improved user interface with special wizards that ensure ease-of-use, even for novice users. It’s ideal for the comprehensive security of your home PC and data.

Key and New Features:

  • Windows 7 Support. Enjoy full-fledged support for Windows 7.
  • Smart Backup Wizard. Quickly backup following files and folders: My Documents, My Media Files, My Email Folders and easily secure valuable data without additional configurations.
  • Backup and Restore to or from FTP. Offload backup images to offsite storage for an even higher level of protection if disaster strikes.
  • Scheduling for File-level Backups. Schedule any file-level backup task according to your requirements and obtain a new level of flexibility.
  • Selective Restore. Extract individual files and folders from an archive without restoring an entire image.
  • Next Generation of Adaptive Restore. A powerful and unique technology that restores any version of Windows (since Win2K) to completely different hardware.

Detailed Product information is available at Paragon Backup and Recovery 10 Home Edition website

Limitations: No WinPE included on this download
Technical Support: During the Giveaway period Paragon Software provides technical support at http://twitter.com/paragonsoftware. Please, post your questions if you have any troubles while downloading, registering and using the software. Paragon Software’s support team will reply you as soon as possible.

System Requirements:

Windows XP Home Edition/ Vista (x32/x64)/ 7(x32/x64)/ XP Professional (x32/x64)/ 2000 Professional SP4; CPU: Intel Pentium or compatible; 300MHz or higher processor; RAM: 256 MB; Disk space: 150 Mb; Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher.

Publisher:

Paragon Software

Homepage:

http://www.paragon-software.com/home/brh/

File Size:

188 MB

Price:

$29.95

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Got the registration product key and serial.
Rebooted as suggested.
But now where is the registration data supposed to go ?

Reply   |   Comment by CafeRay  –  4 years ago
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Installed fine on Win7 computer, but on the Vista machine the install had an error message about an invalid drive d, there is no drive d on this machine so this is a bit confusing......................
Have retried several times, but no luck :(

Reply   |   Comment by kailey  –  4 years ago
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I know this is probably too late to help anyone, but my old version and today's version both show "Paragon Backup & Recovery™, version 10, build 10444 (14.07.10 ) Home Special Edition." So as far as I can tell, there have been no new changes.

Reply   |   Comment by RichU  –  4 years ago
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Today's installation had a lot of unnecessary hazing. I didn't regret it because the users give me the impression that Paragon's programs are worthy and now I have one more.

Reply   |   Comment by Watcher1924  –  4 years ago
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To 34 click on the get registration code in the first window it will open a web page in your browser fill in the form to get the registration code to your email address.To 34 click on the get registration code in the first window it will open a web page in your browser fill in the form to get the registration code to your email address.

Reply   |   Comment by Prince  –  4 years ago
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@4 Dan, its this same version: Paragon Backup & Recovery™, version 10, build 10444 (14.07.10 ) Home Special Edition

Reply   |   Comment by passenger  –  4 years ago
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Version 11 is free also
http://www.paragon-software.com/home/br-free/

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Version 10 Registration page
http://www.paragon-software.com/registration/br10homesp.html

Reply   |   Comment by Jimbo  –  4 years ago
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the link for registration:
http://www.paragon-software.com/registration/br10homesp.html

Reply   |   Comment by Bob  –  4 years ago
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I already have this version, so don't think I need to download this one.

Reply   |   Comment by willyneu  –  4 years ago
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Yay, Mike #36! Thanks for doing that & telling us the details! It's an incredible ap, isn't it?:) It runs circles around Acronis & all the rest! One welknown backup ap even deleted everything on my external hardrive before it started to do my backup! Holy cow! Just cause some are familiar with a different ap, sure doesn't mean anything is better than this! Except Paragon's own Suite maybe. I found I don't usually need all the Suite can do, but keep it just in case anyway, especially since it's a paid ap. But I use this simpler version usually. No technical knowledge needed. :)Sorry for 2 posts, I'm just such a fan of this! Thanks again, Mile #36! :)

Reply   |   Comment by Skye-hook  –  4 years ago
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I agree with # 7 & 9! This is THE BEST, EASIEST backup sytem in the world! Even has a prompt you can use to start recovery when you turn on the PC, if you need it. I have needed it 4 times, & it did a PERFECT recovery for me every time!It also has MANY RICH FEATURES! Don't let any comments influence you that this isn't perfect! It is! AND if wanted, they have paid aps like the Suite also, which can do anything you can think of that any backup ap could be needed for! The Suite has SOOO many features that I actually prefer the easier/ no decisions needed Backup & Recovery version. I've had all the other backup aps, & each failed me in some way. This does not! The ONLY thing I'd change is it needs a safety lock so it can't be stopped in the middle of a recovery. I did that, & it had already deleted my partitions & started to install my backup-let it finish! Durrr me! :)This can even install your backup on a different PC, or be run as if you had a second PC, called a virtual system, right from the backup. It works it's very best if you have an external harddrive to put the backups on. Oh yes, you don't need WinPE, just use this or their rescue disk if needed. WinPE is complicated & difficult! This is simplicity itself!

Reply   |   Comment by Skye-hook  –  4 years ago
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http://www.paragon-software.com/registration/br10homesp.html - was actually hunting for more info, is this 10 SE actually better than 11 free (anytime free).

Reply   |   Comment by The Leecher  –  4 years ago
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Here is the version information for today's giveway, from the About screen:


Paragon Backup & Recovery™, version 10, build 10444 (14.07.10 ) Home Special Edition

Components versions:

Paragon Base Services Library, version 1.1, build 10444 (14.07.10 )
hdm.dll, version 10.0, release 11, build 11844
biont.dll, version 10.0, release 11, build 11844
biont.sys, version 10.0, release 11, build 11844

Reply   |   Comment by ron  –  4 years ago
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Can anyone tell me the advantage of using a proprietary backup system like this? Especially when it compresses in a way you can't easily access individual files.

What's wrong with using a good old DOS Command like "Xcopy"? Or simply "Copy To" in Windows Explorer.

With those, I believe it is much easier to find individual files that you may wish to get again -- like a JPG file that has somehow become corrupted. For me, that might often be more important than having one big wadge of a file with "everything" in it.

I realise I am probably missing the point here, but this is not so much trying to make a point of my own -- it's actually seeking information.

Still, aren't there people out there who, like me, would just like to keep an exact "native" copy of many important files, UNcompressed -- whether you do it via DOS's Xcopy, or straight from Windows Explorer -- which I also use.

What's the best, and fastest way to do that (often en masse) -- uncompressed, with individual files readily locatable? I'd really like some helpful suggestions -- because every time these "really good" backup programmes come along, I soon "back OFF", as it seems they don't really meet MY needs.

But as I say, I am prepared to admit I am probably missing something...

(Maybe I should have "backed up"!!)

Reply   |   Comment by Tranmontane  –  4 years ago
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I've always wondered if I have to make a Recovery CD each time I run this program. Seems like once it's made (and verified), it's "good to go" in case it's ever needed.

I've checked Paragon's Forums, and have yet to find the answer. Does anyone know if there is an advantage to making a Recovery CD each time? Or is once enough? TIA!

Reply   |   Comment by Suze  –  4 years ago
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To answer my own question:

This does indeed work with my MacBook Pro (late 2008, 10.6.7) set up with Bootcamp and a Win7/64 partition.

I did a backup of the Mac disk, using the bootable CD media, to a networked drive.

Then I installed the full program on another machine (XP SP3) which had the new empty drive connected via eSATA, ran it, and did a restore with expanded partitions. I had to install the full program because the bootable media would not run on the XP machine.

Swapped the new drive into the Mac, and on first boot win7 ran a chkdsk, but found no issues and booted right up. On the Mac side, I had to verify, then repair Disk Permissions.

I did have to re-install Vmware Fusion because the disk structure had changed.

Reply   |   Comment by Doug Dingle  –  4 years ago
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TO verify this is the same version as last year's -- they are identical -- I used Microsoft's WinDiff, comparing today's version installed to my XP Mode VM with the one installed last fall to my regular XP Pro partition. Like other Paragon software it has both a regular [Advanced] view & the simpler, more compact, Express Mode -- you want to be in the advanced mode if you want to explore all the features. Selecting a drive or partition gives you different options, & some features are only available using the wizards -- e.g. I like to back up the 1st hard drive track on the 1st, bootable drive, & the only way to get that is using the Backup Wizard [Wizards menu -> Smart Backup -> Next -> Disks or Partitions]. When/if something messes up Windows booting, & I've had it happen, screwed it up more than I'd like to admit, restoring that track puts things right.

Paragon virtualization tech is cool, and while you don't get all their tools in Backup and Recovery 10 Home Special Edition, you can use virtual disks to pretty much make up for it, for example restoring a backup to a virtual disk, then using that with P2V [Physical to Virtual] Copy... I actually prefer it that way anyway, since once restored to a virtual disk, I can resize [shrink] the partition, getting rid of all the free space, & that makes everything so much easier.

Backup and Recovery 10 Home Special Edition also works with, handles Paragon's Backup Capsules -- an optional, special partition to store backup archives in addition to or instead of storing them on separate drives or CD/DVD, that may be faster/easier than using your DVD drive when/if the hard drive itself is undamaged. Something else to maybe check out is their Synthetic Backup Wizard... if you like differential backups this can merge one with the original, & otherwise work with backup archives to split/join, encrypt/decrypt, compress/decompress etc. I like to store backup archives in more than one place, one of those places being a 2nd internal hard drive, usually an older, smaller drive like what you might have left over after an upgrade. Restoring an image is Much faster that way than using a DVD/USB drive, but any hard drive can crash or become corrupt, so I also burn copies to DVDs -- the Synthetic Backup Wizard can do that, splitting a larger archive over however many DVDs are needed.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  4 years ago
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Right after posting #36 above, I rebooted my computer off the Paragon Recovery Disk to see if its recovery wizard was different from the one that appears when starting the recovery process within Windows. YES IT IS. And just as I feared, without "fair" warning, it started to recover the archived file--to my C Drive which is what I would want, but I didn't see any messages to this effect. About 200MB of files were copied "somewhere" before the cancel button stopped it. Machine has started up again with so far only my Browser starting without its last pages viewed, and HOPEFULLY nothing serious has been altered beyond what should be files just replaced by the same file that was archived?

So--once again==I don't really know what I have here. I assume the program works, that is my hunch, BUT THE INSTRUCTION NEED WORK. Hire someone fluent in English and who is an average consumer in his uses. Someone like me. I'd be happy to work with your engineers and marketing people to have your program instruction actually MAKE SENSE.

My fingers are still crossed. You never do know if these programs work until you actually need them. Just about ready to install another storage disk. May play with it and Paragon to see if/what gets installed when using the ambiguous if not wrong instructions.

Reply   |   Comment by bobbo  –  4 years ago
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#18 ("Ayrton_MB")
This is NOT a Windows 7 support forum and I can't imagine that my comments to help you will be "rated" other than negative...
However , for "troubleshooting problems installing Windows 7 Service Pack 1" you could try :
http://windows.microsoft.com/troubleshootwindows7sp1
There is also a Windows 7 forum at Micro$oft : http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7
You could also try the Standalone installer for Win 7 SP1 .

Please notice that all advice is given as is and all actions are taken at your own responsebility..
Further more you are adviced to back up your whole computer or at least all important files prior to proceeding....

Reply   |   Comment by C.J.  –  4 years ago
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@33
Under "Key and New Features"
"Next Generation of Adaptive Restore. A powerful and unique technology that restores any version of Windows (since Win2K) to completely different hardware."
This implies backup of the OS. But there doesn't seem to be any other confirmations specific to this Giveaway.
So, does this Giveaway have "Adaptive Restore"?

Reply   |   Comment by AK  –  4 years ago
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I got the previously offered Paragon System Backup 10 Special Edition and right now I can't get to a screen to find the version number.

why all this talk about Bart PE and what not? The SE edition comes with a Recovery Media Builder that will boot the computer into the Paragon Recovery Wizard. What is needed beyond that?

And my answer would be--CLEAR INSTRUCTIONS. Using the restore Wizard I'm at about the 3rd step and it says: "Click the check box next to any file or folder you want to restore from" but the only option is my boot disk or Drive C. So I check my only option and get the next screen that asks "Where to Restore" and shows all my non-boot drives.

This strikes me as completely BACKWARDS. Why would/how can anybody "restore the archive? to anywhere except the boot drive? Very much this same confusion has been seen before where for some reason the program treats the actual recovery files as if they were the original copied partition but the language is just completely garbled. I'm afraid to click "Next" too far so as to start the recovery process and who knows what will happen then?

Paragon is NOT the only one who seems to have the language backwards, switching "to" with "from" and "archive" with "original". They all seem to have this linguistic problem. Is this programmer talk or what?

Anyway I want to "restore" my archived file TO the boot partition aka Drive C and I can't find the right boxes to click on to do this. Why would anyone want to restore an image of their Boot Drive to any place but the old Boot Partition or on a new partition on a new drive?

Is it me? Very frustrating. Maybe the restore wizard on the boot disk is different? If so, the restore wizard operating within the windows environment still needs some corrections. IMHO.

Reply   |   Comment by bobbo  –  4 years ago
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#34 ("Peter"), while you do the installation you will get the choice to click and go to the Paragon Software site to register to get a free key...
So I really don't know why you ask, however , todays Giveaway , "Paragon Backup and Recovery 10 Home Special Edition (English Version)" is registered at :
http://www.paragon-software.com/registration/br10homesp.html

Reply   |   Comment by C.J.  –  4 years ago
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The last time that I installed a Paragon product similar to this, running the GOTD setup caused a Paragon installer to be extracted. The Paragon installed could be retained and run later when Windows corrupted its registery and forced you to reinstall everything.

I installed this, but the ability to get an install program that could be reinstalled later seems to be "fixed". The problem that I have with that is that I find it complete unacceptable to use a backup program that can cause all of my important backups to be held hostage and force me to purchase a copy of the backup software, just because Windows did what I know Windows will do.

Am I missing something and do I still have a copy of the installer hidden somewhere that can be run after today if need be, or should I just uninstall this software now because I will not risk making backups but looking the ability to recover from them unless I buy the product?

Reply   |   Comment by Mark Fordworth  –  4 years ago
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#32: "If windows wont start , having a back up of any folders is not much use. With any version of linux on cd ( free downloads ) or free with linux Magazines , you just pop it in your CD drive , mount the Windows hard drive and it will “see ” all your folders , etc you can copy over any folder, doc, picture you want, to where ever you want. "

1) copying files takes longer -- I've restored lots of disk images in 20-30 minutes, where copying those same files takes longer. 2) a bigger issue with XP & earlier, restoring a backup puts back the system files necessary to boot the OS -- file copy will not. EasyBCD will fix that to a great extent with Vista & win7, but it can't do anything with the hidden partition win7 uses when installed to the 1st partition/drive. 3) you're assuming your files are still good to copy, & if that's the case, why are you copying? :-) If the drive/partition's gone, or if Windows is damaged, trying to copy that isn't going to accomplish anything.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  4 years ago
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#24: "Will a recovery CD (made from Paragon’s WinPE, issued for Paragon System Backup 2010) work for Paragon Backup Recovery 10 ?"

I'm wasn't sure about Paragon System Backup, so what I did to find out the *nix CD works [and so I'd assume the WinPE version] is: 1) I started with my base XP Mode VM [using win7's VPC host] with today's GOTD installed -- that way I could be sure other Paragon apps wouldn't effect the results, since system files like drivers are shared. 2) I performed a complete disk image backup, copying the archive to a shared folder on a physical drive [since VPC uses remote desktop that took the longest BTW]. 3) I created 2 new virtual hard drives in VirtualBox, attached them to a win7 VM, started that VM, formatted & assigned a drive letter to only one of them, then copied the archive to that new virtual drive & shut the VM down. 4) I attached the *nix-based CD ISO from "System Backup 10 Special Edition - GOTD (English)" to that VM, making sure the boot order was set so it would boot from the ISO. 5) Starting the VM it booted to the Paragon rescue disc, found the backup, & restored it to the 2nd new virtual disk, as far as I can tell perfectly. 6) Un-attaching the ISO, I started up the VM to double check & make sure everything with the restored disk was fine.

Sorry if that was more detailed than expected, but with folks talking about rescue discs & WinPE etc., thought it might be helpful to see how I do prelim tests without having to constantly re-boot the system.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  4 years ago
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Anyone have the URL for the registration page?

Reply   |   Comment by Peter  –  4 years ago
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As hard drives have come down in price , for me a back up prog is only any good if it can copy the operating system as well.

If windows wont start , having a back up of any folders is not much use. With any version of linux on cd ( free downloads ) or free with linux Magazines , you just pop it in your CD drive , mount the Windows hard drive and it will "see " all your folders , etc you can copy over any folder, doc, picture you want, to where ever you want.

At first glance I cannot see that this version of Paragon software copies the operating system as well so will pass .

Reply   |   Comment by Peter  –  4 years ago
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Paragon product overall is good, but it's too bulky on the size, really hope that they could do something about it.

Reply   |   Comment by Jack  –  4 years ago
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#10: "I used to think that paragon had the best backup utilities, but after using rollbackrx; paragon and all the other non-snapshot programs have become irrelevant."

I was curious after reading this -- even more so after reading claims on their site, some of which I considered false. I haven't spent a huge amount of time testing RollBack RX, & the developers are less than forthcoming far as I can see about how their product works, but per their manual etc. this app's kernel mode drivers intercept any writes to the protected disk from inside Windows (changes that don't go through Windows IO are undetected), & keep track of them -- rolling back to snapshots is supposed to restore the partition to just the way it was, & a bootloader with some sort of *nix or DOS OS is added to the boot disk. Microsoft wanted to do away with kernel drivers in win7, this won't work if the app's services are stopped [& they're unprotected so easy to stop], & if the partition where this info is stored is damaged, it's gone. While the program itself can be installed wherever, there's no choice I can see regarding where to put a snapshot, e.g. to another partition or drive, & in fact just where snapshot disk info is stored remains a mystery to me -- adding a 8+ GB video file to a protected virtual drive, then making a new snapshot, no files change, the dev claims no hidden partitions, & while I suspect it might use Microsoft's vss shadow copy tech or similar [it has it's own defragger], it doesn't seem to use any Windows vss files. At any rate it's much more comparable to Windows 7 System Restore than *any* backup app, & the only assurance you have that it'll always work is the dev's claim, & like I said, they're neither forthcoming nor IMHO completely honest.

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#14: "GAOD freebies can’t be installed more than once."

When you fill in the blanks on the Paragon registration site you're sent a product code & number that are always good. When you install today's GOTD, once setup.exe contacts their servers, a self-extracting WinRAR file opens, with the contents extracted to Windows Temp folder. Look for \PROGRAM\ ENGLISH\ where you'll see 2 folders, RCD & win-install -- save those... one contains the installation file [.msi], the other has the recovery disc app. In the past Paragon has always said on GOTD that you're not limited as long as you save those actual installer files -- your e-mail also includes sign-in info for their site, where you can always go to retrieve your numbers if you lose/forget them. Note however that AFAIK only paid or full versions can be re-downloaded.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  4 years ago
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Paragon Backup and recovery is a great tool to secure data, The backup can either be created on the hard disk or on multiple DVDs.

Greatest feature is that we can create an image of the entire hard drive into bootable DVDs, so next time if windows goes corrupt, just have to boot the DVD and we have the restored windows and data.
Incredible

Reply   |   Comment by Joomla  –  4 years ago
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I'm not certain if this is the best way...but on Twitter, I find a post made by the company and Reply to it. They don't have to be following you to do that.

Search for ParagonSoftware and you should see their tweets and then can reply to one.

Reply   |   Comment by PamP  –  4 years ago
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I am waiting for info about the version too, I have old one.
For today app the .MSI file is digitally signed in 3 Sept 2010, don't know what meaning this for version of program..

Reply   |   Comment by zen  –  4 years ago
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Hi Mike,
Will a recovery CD (made from Paragon's WinPE, issued for Paragon System Backup 2010) work for Paragon Backup Recovery 10 ?
Thanks

Reply   |   Comment by Tony77  –  4 years ago
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Anyone know if this can be used to back up a MacBook Pro with Bootcamp running Snow Leopard and Windows 7/64, then restore to a bigger drive and expand the partitions to fill the new drive?

The "Backup & Recovery 10 Home" features page says it does support Bootcamp, but sometimes (often?) there's a difference between the retail version and the "special" free edition on GAOD...

Reply   |   Comment by Doug Dingle  –  4 years ago
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I'm not sure how apropos this is and way too far out of my element to offer suggestions, but after seeing repeated comments about software not having free BartPE, maybe this will help?
On the recommendation of a friend I installed Macrium Reflect's free imaging software. Has 32x and 64x versions, and a BartPE Rescue CD plug in though I haven't used that feature, yet. Not sure if it's what you guys want or not -- http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.asp
For vista users, this VistaPE project is based on Win PE 2.0 (Vista) -- http://vistape.net/

Reply   |   Comment by GreeneyedNewbieNovice  –  4 years ago
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#3: "Limitations: No WinPE included on this download ???!!
This IS the feature that users say they want it a backup program.
Why remove one of the best things going for it?"


FWIW that's been discussed before [sometimes a lot] -- search the GOTD site for earlier Paragon offers & you can read comments from I think pretty much all perspectives. That said, reboot.pro & 911CD.net both have quite a bit of info & tools to create your own WinPE type bootable discs &/or USB devices, install bootable Windows to external drives & so on. Using Windows setup discs/ISOs you provide, they have several tools you can use that'll have your project up & booting in as little as 10-15 minutes. AND those are good for more than just using with Paragon apps, go [sometimes quite a bit] beyond the Microsoft std. WinPE etc.

And every Paragon app I've seen, other than their System Backup [which is more integrated with Windows], can easily be made portable... prgiso.dll needs to be copied to the "program" folder, & for use with one of those WinPE type discs/USB sticks you *might* have to copy msvcp60.dll, msvcrt.dll, &/or msvcirt.dll the same way -- it varies depending on which WinPE type setup you've created, as those files may or may not be included in those mini-Windows. The portable version will not work to back up a running copy of Windows, & mounting backups [the way you might mount an ISO] isn't possible because both require drivers installed -- you can however find scripts or plug-ins to add Paragon's apps to your WinPE type project so the app & drivers are installed... again that varies with which project you choose to build/create.

For restoring a Paragon backup image, booting to a LiveXP CD or USB stick I've found those portable versions of Paragon Backup & Recovery work just as fast as they do when you're running regular Windows. Also, regardless which WinPE sort of image you create, VirtualBox is a handy way to test them, e.g. you can add a ISO file to a guest VM, then set the boot order so that ISO's 1st [you don't need an OS installed to that VM], though testing this way isn't 100% foolproof, & you should test your project on real hardware, & on as many systems as possible &/or practical before you rely on it.

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#6: "... For making file backups, if you’ve got any dynamic drives (like truecrypt, for instance) you’ll have to look elsewhere (like Acronis) because this doesn’t support such."

If you visit the Paragon site via the link up top, then click on "Compare Editions" in the upper left, you'll see Backup & Recovery Free is the only version that doesn't have "Dynamic Volume Support". That said, when it comes to virtual disks like Truecrypt uses, or in my case .vhd & .vdi, I've found it fastest to just copy them somewhere else, in my case to an external drive via eSATA. The dynamically expanding virtual disks I use compress quite well, but it's [very] slow going, whether I use WinRAR, 7-zip, WinZip, or just include them in a disk image backup. [Note that for fastest copy to external drives/devices I turn off AV real time scanning & often use the free FastCopy app]

"There’s no shortage of free file backup programs but it would still be nice if this supported them."

Again, with this version It's In There. :-) If/when you run Express Mode click Smart Backup, & the 1st page of the Wizard gives you 5 options -- Other Files and Folders is the bottom one.

I've also found mounting a Paragon backup image archive works very well -- when you mount that archive it shows up as an additional drive in Windows Explorer, so you can just copy/paste whatever you want. FWIW & in case it helps... If you have a small, traditional File backup archive, I think regardless the app it's fast & easy to extract 1 or a few files -- but it can sometimes take quite a while if that archive's very large. If you have just a few files you work with that you want constantly protected, mirror them, or maybe every so many minutes sync them with another folder somewhere. That also applies if you have relatively few files that you need fastest access to, or you can use Paragon or some other app's file backups on a schedule if disk space is tight. But if you need to get a few files from a complete disk/partition archive, in my experience mounting a Paragon backup image is fastest overall compared to file backup apps that have been on GOTD, Roxio, Nero etc.

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#8: "Easeus Todo Backup Free 2.5.1 is my choice of backup and imaging software and offers more for free, including the ability to create WinPe bootable media (as long as you download the Windows AIK, free from Microsoft)."

The latest version of ToDo backup isn't bad at all, I agree, but it can't be made portable, & I wanted to mention that the AIK is HUGE, both as a download & once installed. And then there's another big download for the update. For just plain backup or if you miss today's offer ToDo is more than fine, but if you want/need portability or if you want to boot from CD/USB use Paragon or Acronis. If you want/need virtualization &/or adjusting the OS from one system's hardware to another [P2V, P2P, V2P], currently Paragon's your best choice. [SysInternals at Microsoft does have their Disk2vhd app, but 1) read the help file so you're aware of the limitations, & 2) if you must, try it, but my advice is to keep expectations low, & find out just what it can do before planning your project].

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  4 years ago
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Still hoping for an answer to my previous post. Is the question so ridiculous that it rates negative clicks?

This is an excellent program that was last offered September 29, 2010. It was version 10444 (Build: 14.07.10)

Does anyone know if this is an improvement on the last offering or the same version?

*** Thanks ***

Reply   |   Comment by Dan  –  4 years ago
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1. I also have never been able to ask a question of Paragon on Twitter and have never seen any GAOTD questions there. I admit I am not conversant with Twitter usage. Does anyone know exactly how to reach Paragon on Twitter? Where is the GOATD discussion?? Or has no one been successful...? Or is "System Backup"s advantage ongoing backup? Is there a place on the Paragon site that compares/contrasts?


2. Are Paragon's "Backup & Recovery Home" and "System Backup" overlapping? It looks like "System Backup" tasks are available in "Backup & Recovery Home" but nice vice-versa. Is that true?

Reply   |   Comment by janetb  –  4 years ago
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#16 - Paragon offers a feature comparison of their free and not-for-free Backup and Recovery programs (Free/Home/Suite):

http://www.paragon-software.com/home/brh/comparison.html

The Home version has a nice set of features other than WinPE as previously mentioned for licensing/cost reasons.

Reply   |   Comment by Randy  –  4 years ago
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But can it backup long file names? This is the problem I've encountered with every backup program I've tried. I don't have time to hunt and trim down all the file names!

Reply   |   Comment by Jen  –  4 years ago
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Just to advise JJACKSG (point 10) that programs like RollBackRX and GoBack are NOT the safest backups as you seem to portray. Both of these "system restore" tools covertly change your primary HD's MBR and Partition Tables, moving the Boot sectors to a different partition. However, if you incur any damage to/corruption of the MBR or PTs that prevents RollBack from working then you'll have a hellova job recovering the primary HD, as it's layout no longer conforms to the usual layout expected by Windows-type recovery utilities.

Sure, you can use it as a terrific replacement for Window's Restore Point feature, but you need to backup the HD regularly with a conventional tool like Acronis, Norton or Paragon.

Reply   |   Comment by Andrew_Sea  –  4 years ago
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Very disappointed because there was no Alert about Win7 ServicePacks unable to install due to Paragon take-over of the System's Register.

Would like to find out how to install Service Packs without Formating the HD...!?!?!? 8(((

Reply   |   Comment by Ayrton_MB  –  4 years ago
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#1: "I have old version of this program, how to upgrade with today giveaway? Have I to uninstall the old one?"

Newer versions install next to older ones, by default in the Program Files [Program Files(x86) - 64 bit Windows]\ Paragon\ folder, & both versions have worked fine for me that way. There are a few files installed in the Windows folder, & newer versions will overwrite older ones. If you want to remove the older version beforehand or after installing today's GOTD you shouldn't have any problems, but you might have to delete the old program's folder manually after uninstall, since many Paragon apps store configuration info in those folders, & the uninstall routine won't know to delete them. I used to keep the older version installed until I was sure of the newer one, & though I haven't seen a reason to do that for some time, if it makes you feel better keep both -- if not uninstall the old one.

A [somewhat] quick note: It can be well worth it to make sure you have & save the recovery/rescue CD before you uninstall an older version, as I found out recently... A lot of win98/ME hardware still works, including an old laptop we had on the shelf, but with so little software available & nothing in the way of security I wanted to update it to a copy of XP we weren't using any longer. An old CD for Paragon Backup & Recovery 8.5 saved the day & made the upgrade possible -- later versions of the *nix kernel wouldn't work, & there was too little RAM to run Any WinPE-type environment. Using it I was able to 1) back up everything to a USB stick, & 2) restore a backup of XP I had installed, updated, setup, & made small in a VM on my regular rig. I still had to do a Windows repair re-install [Paragon's Adaptive Restore was too new -- I should say the hardware was too old], but the result was we've now got something very usable that otherwise would be contributing to some toxic land fill. [I went the VM route because of disk space concerns (installing XP takes more space than the installed Windows), ease of adding updates with the VM running in the background, and it did make things easier not having to worry about USB 2 & network drivers until the updated XP was installed/running].

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In the suggestions people have asked for win98/ME compatibility, but with that laptop running so well I'd advise that sort of update instead. The laptop's AMD CPU is only 400 MHz, & I spent $14 & upgraded the add-in RAM stick [it now has something like a whole 156 MB :-) ], but XP Home is running fine, & using the laptop for web browsing & many apps works surprisingly well -- I even crammed .NET 3.5 on the 4 GB drive. I use Immunet AV on it [immunet.com] because it has a tiny foot print [it's Cloud-based], run a slew of portable apps from a USB stick, including a few games, a $10 USB 2 pcmcia card & $10 USB wireless adapter both work fine [though FWIW I didn't buy the card or adaptor just for this laptop].

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  4 years ago
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I'm pretty sure that there is a better version of this on there web site @ http://www.paragon-software.com/home/br-free/ I'm not sure but I think this is a better version?? If anyone knows for sure please let me know.

Reply   |   Comment by Mike  –  4 years ago
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One of the big problems with Paragon's backup software is that after you go to all the trouble to schedule a backup, with all the various settings the way you want them, and a long complicated list of exclusions, it saves everything as a script.

If you then go to that scheduled task and click "Edit", it opens the script in Notepad! There you see a long, complicated script that's almost impossible to change.

The script editor should use the same wizard system that was used to initially create the script. If you schedule a backup of any complexity at all, you'll find yourself having to create the entire script again any time you want to make changes.

Reply   |   Comment by Russell G.  –  4 years ago
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Firstly to #8: Easeus is proprietary software. If your computer goes down, the backup can't be read by any other software, and GAOD freebies can't be installed more than once.
Secondly: Paragon is also proprietary, and I was not able to successfully copy backups to CD/DVDs.
A WinPe disc is a nice thing to have but I don't know of any Microsoft product available that creates one for free.

Reply   |   Comment by QnA  –  4 years ago
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Thanks, GAOTD & Paragon Software for this awesome giveaway, time for me to backup those important docs....

I will let you know how I get on with this :-)

Reply   |   Comment by Al Lijee  –  4 years ago
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"Paragon Software" software is quite good (I use it myself) so you really ought to try it out.
"Paragon Software" also got a user forum where you can discuss and ask for help from other forum users : http://www.wilderssecurity.com/forumdisplay.php?f=107

The Linux "rescue disc" is relatively good but the "Paragon Software" Windows PE version rescue disc is likely to be more compatible (and better) in some situations.

#5 "MitchOs" is right that it is a Micro$oft licensing issue with respect to the Windows PE disc.
However , as #8 ("PhilS") point out then people can build their own Windows PE disc. So the lack of "Windows PE disc" with any Paragon Giveaway of the Day is in fact just an example of how Micro$oft will NOT allow the "Windows PE disc" given away FREELY in READY MADE form (not even as part of a rescue disc as it is in this case).
Micro$oft is about money (and trying to make you believe that they are not), any other impression they may try to impose on you is pure b.s. .

Ofcourse "Paragon Software" needs bread on the table and can't live of Give Aways so perhaps they would like to sell some paid versions of their software. And as someone else mentions then the paid versions of "Paragon Software" backup programs include the Windows PE version rescue disc as download.

With respect to the "BartPE" then please see http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/ where it also says : "PE Builder is not a Microsoft product and does not create Microsoft Windows Preinstallation Environment ("Windows PE")".

Reply   |   Comment by C.J.  –  4 years ago
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"Please ask any questions on our twitter" and as I did many hours ago, I did not get a reply because it is impossible to message people on twitter who are not following you.

So here is my question:
Does Paragon use a proprietary EXE format, or does it simply copy the folders I select? I want my incremental backups as simple ZIP files, not some EXE that automatically overwrites everything.

Reply   |   Comment by Fum  –  4 years ago
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I used to think that paragon had the best backup utilities, but after using rollbackrx; paragon and all the other non-snapshot programs have become irrelevant.

Reply   |   Comment by jjacksg  –  4 years ago
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