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Giveaway of the day — Paragon Backup and Recovery Compact Edition

Paragon Backup and Recovery Compact Edition offers more safety to all your important data including videos, images, music files, documents and applications.
$39.95 EXPIRED
User rating: 250 (56%) 198 (44%) 59 comments

Paragon Backup and Recovery Compact Edition was available as a giveaway on March 17, 2010!

Today Giveaway of the Day
$19.95
free today
Recover forgotten PDF password with multiple configurations!

Paragon Backup and Recovery Compact Edition offers more safety to all your important data including videos, images, music files, documents and applications. Find other extra features onboard this toolkit along with a Windows 7 and 64-bit Operating Systems support.

Paragon Backup and Recovery Compact Edition Features:

  • Complete set of features for entire disk imaging and file Backup.
  • Backup to any destination: including local mounted/un-mounted partitions, external storage locations, CD/DVD/Blu-ray discs, network shares, FTP as well as a secured hidden partition on your local drive (Paragon Backup Capsule).
  • Smart Backup options for headache-free security: So you can backup exactly what you need and with the best backup method, chosen automatically depending on the data to protect.
  • Professional Recovery tools.
  • Useful extras: boot corrector, simple partitioning and more.
  • Create bootable USB Flash drive, CD or DVD to recover your PC on demand.
  • Partitioning tools.

Find detailed information here.

If you are x64 system user, please follow the link here

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 7 (x32/x64), Vista (x32/x64), XP Professional SP2 (x32/x64), XP Home SP2, 2000 Professional SP4; CPU: 300 MHz or higher; RAM: 256 MB; Disk space: 120 Mb; Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher

Publisher:

Paragon Software

Homepage:

http://www.paragon-software.com/home/brs/br_compact.html

File Size:

125 MB

Price:

$39.95

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Reply   |   Comment by Valerii  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#58

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Reply   |   Comment by sarkeziso  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#57

Could not make work with 64-bit Windows either.

Reply   |   Comment by Mark Campbell  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#56

There were sure some ODD comments on here. I had NO problem with it wanting to split my files, using an external harddrive. It made one image (ISO) backup file. Using the rescue disk maker also made one file, which was NOT gigabytes, as the person above made that sound. They were using the drive backup software, not the rescue disk software! Some people's confusion(& I admit I have had & posted my share of software confusions, sorry).. anyway, I hope their confusions didn't discourage anyone from getting & using this!
#15 above- you need a completely different kind of software for that. Try Google for that, & you may even find a free software for it, there are a lot out there.

Reply   |   Comment by Skye-hook  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#55

In Help, and about, it shows a line for a "free up date" the version it shows on the page is

Paragon-134-PRE_WinInstallSN_10.0.10.10505_000.msi

But when I click on "go to files" or sompthing like that it only goes to my downloads, this update or the program doesn't even show.

How can we/I get this "free" update?

Reply   |   Comment by Hoody  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#54

Does this s/w (or any other s/w) recover CD's or DVD's? I have several discs which have multiple files on them, some of which should be recoverable.Would Paragon have a function to help me recover/salvage these files?

Ben

Reply   |   Comment by Ben  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#53

Any help on #35? Program shows correct disk stats--but has no functionality.

Reply   |   Comment by rumin  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#52

USE CAUTION WITH ONLINE BACKUP! I bought a LaCie external hard drive with a FireWire 400, USB 2.0, and eSATA interface, it was the model known as 1Tb external hard drive triple interface, with design by Neil Poulton (I know WTF who?). One of the purchasing points they promoted with buying this model was that you would get a year of free online backup with a new company called Carbonite. While I was using Carbonite's beta software to backup my data online, only about 2GB of my many Gigs of photos, etc, were uploaded to their servers, before their software corrupted my XP C:\Windows\System32 bootable files and Master Boot Record were corrupted beyond repair, and 9 years of my life were lost. The file structure appears to still be intact on the hard drive, but I will have to pay some ripoff smuck $1000 to pull it off instead of retrieving it myself I am sure. I explained the problem to them, and they assured me the 2GB of photos they had of mine would be perfectly safe. A few months later when I was finally getting my new computer financed, paid for, running, and installing my applications, I tried to download my files from Carbonite, and they were gone. Carbonite told me it was my fault, for not viewing my online files in 30 days, even though it was a 1 year account. I tried within 2 weeks on a rented computer and could not, and Carbonite told me they were repairing their system. The copy of the EULA I had didn't say anything about checking my data every 30 days and I told them so. They knew I got their service through LaCie, and they flippantly told me they would gladly refund my money if I give them my credit card number (knowing that I never purchased anything directly from them, but from Amazon, a LaCie product 1 Tb hard drive which qualified me for the year of free service, they were being sarcastic jerks in their offer, it was brutal and a harsh lesson.) That's why the message up there from #8) makes me very suspicious. The person leaving the message speaks like the same person who translated the Easus site from {foreign language} to English, cannot take them to court or sue them for your money back, you give it to them it's good as gone, oh yeah just like a domestic company. I miss paying with original non-debit Credit Cards who warrant purchases. I wouldn't pay for anything except this from my own investigation and just reading thousands of reviews over past 11 months. http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing/products/trueimage/
Even they have plenty of unhappy ex-customers for their home product with "plus pack" add on and online back up which was free (1st year in beta) in December 2009, Jan 2010. Every time I save up enough dough to download and buy Acronis Software with shipped disc and download, a financial disaster hits me of the several-month sort, wiping out my savings. I live on disability income (nothing) with a couple of very life-threatening illnesses. So this is a good reason to give Paragon a try. Thank you GAOTD and Paragon.

Reply   |   Comment by Alan  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#51

I've been using this for a few weeks now. Previously under XP I used Macrium Reflect but after migrating to Windows 7 I was looking for a (free) solution that would do incrementals and this was the first one that showed up. Overall I'm impressed with its functionality, although I prefer the Macrium user interface, but maybe it will just take time to get familiar with Paragon. A few things I don't like about it: it seems like you have to manually import your "archives" into the "database" after you do an initial backup, but I think once that's done it does track the incrementals going forward. There seems to be no way to set a number of previous backups to preserve, or a threshold of available disk space which would trigger removing old backups, so I guess they have to be removed manually, and it seems that you have to do each one individually, so removing a Level 0 doesn't remove the associated Level 1's. It seems the image backups are a little slower than Macrium but I haven't really tested it. There is some additional functionality here for partition management. It will do both image and file backups. It seems pretty difficult to associate the cryptic "archive" name with what filesystem is backed up in it.

Reply   |   Comment by Thorn  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#50

I need a simple backup tool that can boot from CD (outside of Windows) and back up an entire partition to/from a compressed image file on a HD or removable media. I used to use an old version of Drive Image Pro, but my partitions grew too large for it to handle (and I never upgraded).

From what I can tell, Paragon Backup & Recovery CE can replace my Drive Image Pro and will do what I need via the bootable recovery DOS/Linux CD. I made that CD and noticed the Image Split Size cannot be increased above 2000 MB, and even though I turn off split images (I want to get 1 large file on my HD) it insists on breaking up the files at 2 GB anyway. Is this a bug?

Also, if something happens to my HD wiping out Windows and my GAOTD installed Paragon Backup & Recovery CE, will I still be able to use this bootable CD to restore my partition(s)? If so, then I guess the bootable recovery CD is standalone and not locked to the GAOTD install.

I guess I need to save the .pbf and the numerous 2 MB .001, .002, .003, etc. files to have a complete backup of my partition. I hope the files can be renamed as long as the filename matches among all those extensions. Has anyone tried it?

Reply   |   Comment by Jay  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#49

I got the Paragon Hard Disk Manager™ 2009 Special Edition too.
so since they have different names it is ok to Dl this one and see what it is like, it will be just another paragon program, it wont replace the others. but maybe it has few different options.

Reply   |   Comment by john connor  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#48

Yes, I did it all with this software, nothing more, not even the Suite. No other software to recover the image/ISO with! THIS! Get it! You'll love it!

Reply   |   Comment by Skye-hook  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#47

EVERYONE NEEDS THIS or the Suite! I LOVE it! It's perfect! I had to use it to recover & it worked wonderful! It does ALL you ever need for a backup system to do! It does the recovery with ease almost all by itself! It has a wizard for recovery that says at startup to press F6 for Paragon to do a system recovery from your backup! Then it just does it for you! It makes a perfect image copy of your hardrive (or partition), then when using recovery, that's exactly what you get, your system exactly like it was when it did last backup!All good image backup systems I ever found want you to use a third party application to recover from their softwares backup! Acronis had errors every single time I used it, Easeus was not only hard but I couldn't figure out how to use it to recover, but maybe that was my fault, or from reading too many webpages about backup systems. This makes an EXACT copy of your PC drive. And recovers it if needed! YES, I USED IT WITH MY SEAGATE EXTERNAL HARDRIVE,#14! If you have the external media plugged in, it makes incremental backups too!
I had to recover with this & it was honestly the easiest thing I ever did on my PC! REALLY! I emailed Paragon even, to thank them & rave about it! Anyone can use it easily & simply! Honestly, this is all you ever need for backup, if you let it run maybe once a week. It's perfect! Mike, above, did a great job telling all about it & then some! :)
MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! If you have a computer, you need this or the Suite!

Reply   |   Comment by Skye-hook  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#46

The "Find detailed information here." link at the top of this page returned the following error message when I tried it several times between 7:30 and 8:00 PM EST:

A system error reading a resource occurred!
Server error 404
Not Found
Probably you used an outdated link or an old bookmark.
If you followed a link on our site, please try it again in a few minutes.


@17 Paragon products usually appear on Bits du Jour at a steep discount within weeks of being featured on GAOTD. In fact, Paragon Virtualization Manager 2010 Personal goes on sale tomorrow. That way, if you really like a product you can purchase a full license.

However, Paragon Backup and Recovery "Compact Edition" does not appear anywhere on Paragon's website. Is this is a special GAOTD-only edition? If so, then "Backup and Recovery 10 Suite" may be what goes on sale in a few weeks at Bits.

Reply   |   Comment by Mike G  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#45

@Phaedron #32
You obviously do not know what defragmantation is. Had you known, you won't have waved the warning and you won't have stoped it half way through. I don't think you can blame Paragon for the loss caused by your carelesness. If you chose to ignore the warning you cannot hold Paragon responsible.

My extensive use of most of the Paragon stuff has been positive. If you look at the rating Paragon usually get on this site, you would say that most people also have a positive experience. In my opinion people have rated todays giveaway poorly because it is a compact version and they have already received a full version previously.

Also note that usually the Paragon giveaways provide you with the installer (which is unpacked when running setup) and the key (by email) so you can always reinstall it on a new system (which you won't do as you will use the Paragon software to restore the initiall install (-:)

Reply   |   Comment by just me  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#44

LAWL.

Everyone found my comment on #17 as not useful... and I got -61.

Well guys, I'm just making a point here. GAOTD is a great place to advertise your stuff so people can try it and think about buying their stuff, but if companies give way too much away, then what's the whole point of buying their stuff when they always give it away? Am I correct?

~Joji~

Reply   |   Comment by Joji  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)
#43

Today's giveaway is :

Paragon Backup and Recovery™ , version 10.0, build 9169 (01.12.09 ) Compact Edition

Components versions:

Paragon Base Services Library, version 1.1, build 9169 (01.12.09 )
hdm.dll, version 10.0, release 10, build 10569
biont.dll, version 10.0, release 10, build 10569
biont.sys, version 10.0, release 10, build 10569

Reply   |   Comment by SIW2  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#42

And now for something completely different...

This program will not install on my Gateway Windows 7, 64bit computer. After numerous tries, the install alwaya interrupts itself and says that nothing has been changed. When I look in the Paragon folder, no directory was even created. And yes, it says it's the 64bit version I'm installing, and yes, I did try in safe mode. Very disappointing.

Reply   |   Comment by Ted W.  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#41

Most of the function buttons are grayed out and inoperable on my copy, after activating and registering it. Anyone having the same problem, or fixes to suggest?

Reply   |   Comment by rumin  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#40

Will this backup work if you have GoBack which modifies the MBR, or if
you have installed another backup - Seagate BlackArmor (like Acronis)?

Reply   |   Comment by TY  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#39

Thanks #31 elf. I appreciate your response. I think I will hold on to 9 Pro version.

Reply   |   Comment by art  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#38

Anyone else having trouble getting the reg info email? I've been waiting about 30 minutes and still nothing coming through.

Reply   |   Comment by Paulie  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#37

Because I like Paragon products, its clear that I also like the fact that Paragon installs from a msi-file that can be saved for later. It is possible to install Paragon again (but save your register-data too).

Reply   |   Comment by ALF  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#36

I am wondering if - apart from Win7 support - there is any advantage of today's offering over Drive Backup 9 Pro?

Reply   |   Comment by just_passing_by  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#35

Paragon has many good products. I'm keen on getting them here for free.

I already have several good Paragon products.

When I see a Paragon application is offered, the first thing I do is finding out if I already have the product offered or when I do have it, if this would be an upgrade.
If both are not the case I skip it because I already have it. Tomorrow will be another day

I like to thank kiwi (who is always here when a Paragon product is out) for the url's provided at #6 & #1. This makes it much easier to compare what we have here. And the very first URL makes it easier to register for people having troubles operating the "regiser for free"- button (This seems to happen now and then and could be improved by Paragon: just provide the URL in the readme-file)

Reply   |   Comment by ALF  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#34

@ martin, #19
firstable did you use TODO before or not?
there are many diferences between built in windows backup tool and TODO
1 lack of bootable cd creation in case of total system fail
2 HD clon in case of changing HD or transfer your system to external HD......
ABOUT schedule backups is useless and make the system down cuz it is runing in background and interfer with your work specialy like me i like play games......
i think i gave you the answer for you Q

Reply   |   Comment by hussain  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-9)
#33

This is what I have now from the last time I got it from GOTD. Is todays version an upgrade? Thanks!

Paragon Backup and Recovery™ , version 10.0, build 9169 (01.12.09 ) Compact Edition

Components versions:

Paragon Base Services Library, version 1.1, build 9169 (01.12.09 )
hdm.dll, version 10.0, release 10, build 10569
biont.dll, version 10.0, release 10, build 10569
biont.sys, version 10.0, release 10, build 10569

Reply   |   Comment by Taz  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)
#32

I am always wary of Paragon's software after their defragmenter destroyed a drive of mine, and they couldn't have cared less.
The program told me soon after starting that the process would finish in 8 hours - eight hours. I thought I'd do it some other time, but when I pressed Escape to cancel the current job I was warned not to stop the program. Wait 8 hours instead! I couldn't conceive of the warning being correct so I stopped the defrag - and never saw the data on the disk again.
I still have the couldn't-care-less emails from Support. There's a programmer out there and a product manager who are prepared to jeopardise data to such an extent that a user has no way of closing down a busy Paragon program. A 'paragon'? Not. Take care, seriously.

Reply   |   Comment by Phaedron  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)
#31

#20

If you are not using Windows 7 operating system that Drive Backup 9 Pro does not support then it is the best solution for you than Backup & Recovery Compact. Drive Backup 9 Pro has following features, which Backup & Recovery Compact does not have: P2P Adjust Wizard, Disk Wiper, Undelete Wizard and Copy Partition & HDD.

Reply   |   Comment by elf  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#30

downloaded the Pro demo and was surprised, Compact key works also on slightly modified Pro

Reply   |   Comment by NonPro  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)
#29

I am not a computer expert by any stretch of the imagination, but I downloaded Paragon Drive Backup 2010 SE in December and have had to use it twice, due to a couple of system quirks, and both times it successfully restored and saved my system. It's easy to use and it works!

Reply   |   Comment by Bill In Texas  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)
#28

Just downloaded and install and it's Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Free Edition. It does not say anything about Compact Edition... What gives???

Reply   |   Comment by Don  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#27

#21

System Backup and Backup & Recovery are completely different software. Backup & Recovery has more backup/partitioning features and simple interface. System Backup was designed to backup all your storage devices (of course you can choose what to backup if you use special backup wizard which is rather hard to find) and store this image on a special location.
If you want to know more about these two programs follow these links:
System Backup - http://www.paragon-software.com/home/systembackup/comparison.html
Backup & Recovery - http://www.paragon-software.com/home/brs/br_comp-vs-suite.html

Reply   |   Comment by elf  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+9)
#26

I've been less than consistent in the past regarding backing up my computer. I've opted to go to an online service to back up my files. It's constantly on, adding new files as they're created. Given what I'm doing, do you see a need for me to take advantage of today's offering? What protection would it give me in addition to what I'm already doing? All my software is either on disc or as an easily availabe download. (Except, of course, for the GAOTD offerings).

Thanks in advance for your comments.

Reply   |   Comment by Mark  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)
#25

Above it says

"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."

Pardon me for being Twitter-ignorant, but I cannot see on that page any place to ask a question (I have IE6---please don't tell me I ought to upgrade...). Can you ask a question and see others' questions without having to sign up to receive Paragon's Digeests from now on...?
Thank you!

Reply   |   Comment by Janet  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#24

Dear All,

How this app differs from Paragon Drive Backup 2010 SE given away here in December, 2009? Is it worth to download this if I grabbed that one?

Thanks in advance.

Reply   |   Comment by mhk  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)
#23

Love it! Running on 64bit windows 7 and backing up to an external hdd. Thanks gaotd! :D

Reply   |   Comment by PR0XIDIAN  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#22

If I could time travel to a post-apocaplyptic future and could only take one piece of software with me, it would be Paragon Backup and Recovery Compact Edition. This software is the finest creation known to man and more thought was put into it than did Einstein and his whole 'Theory of Relativity' and gravitational phenomena.

There are only 2 things certain in life. Death... and your hard drive will fail. Aren't you glad Paragon will be there for you (for the hard drive problem. The software doesn't support death).

Thanks Paragon and GAOTD for today's awesome giveaway!
Hopefully, I have helped all of you make an informed decision to download.

Thank you,
Boingo

Reply   |   Comment by Boingo  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-37)
#21

@15-dlooms
Why would anyone give this guy a neg mark?
It's a very pertinent question!
And Im asking too!!
Does anyone know how this version differs from the version given away a month ago (Paragon System Backup 2010 Special Edition (English Version) )?

Reply   |   Comment by GAOTD FAN  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#20

Is this better than Paragon Disk Backup 9 Pro? Or am I better off just keeping the Pro version?
Thank you

Reply   |   Comment by art  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#19

@ hussain, #8

I like to try, and often use, free software just like the next PC user. That being said, after reviewing TODO's features, it looks exceedingly similar to Windows XP SP2 Backup utility - a program (utility) that is ALSO free with XP, and I believe available with Vista and Windows 7 as well.

TODO appears to lack option to schedule backups, to incremental backup, or to automatically delete existing backup.

I would miss the ability to execute an incremental backup.

While I cannot say beyond a reasonable doubt, like many free software programs, TODO may simply be a GUI overlay that uses Windows backup. Then again, it may not.

Either way, given its current features, I have to ask, why go TODO when Windows XP SP2 Backup performs the same functions? Sometimes free is not better, its just the same or, worse, less.

Just my 2 cents,

Martin

Reply   |   Comment by Martin  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)
#18

#9: "If I wish to backup from a 32-bit system, and restore onto a 64-bit system, do I have to get both packages?"

32 bit version will install in 32 bit Windows -- 64 bit will install in 64 bit Windows. If you want to run Paragon Backup in 64 bit Windows, then you'll want/need to download/install the 64 bit version. Backups will be compatible either way -- it's just the app to backup/restore that's different. You ***Might*** be able to run the 32 bit version of backup restore in Windows 64 *if* you run the launcher.exe app from a Windows 32 install after you 1st copy qtp-mt334.dll to the program folder from the Windows 32 System32 folder, but ***NO*** guarantees. [I run Paragon Backup *for Restore Only* that way off USB with other portable apps in LiveXP, a 32 bit Windows-like environ... *Most* portable apps work in Windows 64 too, but I've never tried Paragon Backup & right now I'm in XP Pro 32.]

* * *

#11: "You can restore 32x system to 64x hardware, but you will need to restore from Recovery CD created by Paragon Backup and Recovery Compact."

And you can go out to dinner, maybe wash the car beforehand, perhaps do a bit of housekeeping, take a long nap... ;-)

Just saying...

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)
#17

Hey Paragon! How the heck are you gonna make money when you guys keep on giving away your products huh?

No offense, but this is a fact, if you keep on giving away things, that instead of customers buying your stuff, they are most likely gonna wait until you guys giveaway your things.

I don't know, but haven't you guys gave away things a bit too much this year?

~Joji~

Reply   |   Comment by Joji  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-83)
#16

If you're curious or concerned about the download size of Paragon's backup apps, once installed they *typically* take up roughly 120MB, but 60MB of that is the bootable CD/USB rescue disc image, & an added 40MB goes to html files used for example by the built-in [& pretty complete] help.

There are plenty of backup apps out there, but only Paragon & Acronis make it to the top tier -- Acronis will set you back $100, is geared much more towards corp IT than any individual or home user, & doesn't match Paragon's feature set. [In all fairness Seagate does provide a stripped down, Acronis backup app for their customers, so if you have 1 of their drives installed -- it checks -- it is possible to get a minimal version for free.] EASUS does make a Very good partitioning app, but their [always free] backup solution is almost unusable. Lately [at least here in the US] companies are starting to advertise backup to on-line storage, which is good for critical data *if/when you trust their security*, but you need much more than the average broadband bandwidth if you expect to use it for more than critical data files.

If you're not familiar with the way backup software works, it all boils down to two different types: file backup [copying files somewhere else], & using a disk image [an exact copy of all the ones & zeros stored on your drive]. Now data is stored in 1s & 0s, & the OS [Windows, *nix etc] translates those into the individual files that makes or allows everything to work. Making/restoring an image backup skips that translation, presenting both pros & cons -- in a nutshell you *have* to do that translation sooner or later, & when you do it *might* cost you... Most of the time you're backing up as a precaution, so the increased speed creating an image file is a Big plus. Being faster helps when you're restoring a complete backup, moving [&/or cloning] to a new drive/partition, & based on 1 large file [that can be split over several DVDs], backup images simplify managing backups you've stored, while often taking up less space. On the downside, while Paragon Backup software can handle it, when/if you only need some of the files in a backup image, it takes more time & effort than simply copying those files from one place to another -- with a file backup it's not such a big deal because while they're usually compressed, individual files are still stored as individual files, with no added translation from 1s & 0s necessary... to restore a single file from a disk image, you have to *mount* that image [essentially restore it to a real or virtual drive], & then copy whatever file(s) you need.

Backup software features...
Paragon [& many other] backup apps allow you to do *Incremental* [Paragon calls it differential] backups... that means backup just the changes since the last time you backed up. For file backups this can sometimes be a time-saver -- for image backups not so much... that *translation* I talked about is necessary before files can be compared to see what's changed.

I normally just restore an image backup wherever I need it, so why have or use disk/partition copy?... If you have a LOT of data/files to copy or move, it can be faster [no translation -- just 1s & 0s] [you can also use apps like the free FastCopy]. NTFS [the newer, better Windows file system] adds a new twist if you have drive problems... even if it's wrong, even if it's been fixed, NTFS will remember, *Never Forget* any & all drive sectors that were marked *Bad*. THAT can cause problems when you go to use partitioning & defragging software etc. When you clone a drive [e.g. restore a backup image] that bad sector info's cloned right along with it. You can either copy that drive/partition to another drive/partition, & optionally back again, or go through a bunch of steps in Linux, or hard format the drive/partition & start over. [Note that drive/partition copy is not included in today's GOTD]

Moving a lot of data, whether as files or 1s & 0s, happens *much* faster in a 32 bit, Windows-like environment. Would you rather spend roughly 1/2 an hour restoring a backup, or 3, 4 hours or more? And how much would you want or like that?... the answer determines whether you'll want to setup a bootable Windows-like environment, or upgrade to the full version Paragon software that includes their WinPE recovery environment. If that sounds too much like a sales pitch, I sincerely apologize -- I'm impatient, & won't/can't tolerate the long wait, but for many [maybe even most] it's not that big of a deal, especially since hopefully [knock wood] they'll never have to go through it anyway.

While there are many more features listed in the comparisons on Paragon's site, those are IMHO the most relevant to the majority of users -- if you're concerned about viewing/editing sectors you're not likely to have read this far anyway. ;-) In real-world use, & FWIW, I keep & use Acronis' free tool from Seagate occasionally when/where I want to do some stuff fast outside of Windows. I use EASEUS Partition Master when/if I want to do something without effecting the rest of Windows -- Paragon adjusts Windows for what you're doing, & recently when I copied a partition to another & back [that NTFS bad sector stuff], I didn't want/need it to. I use Paragon for everything else, & haven't found or had a problem.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+76)
#15

Does anyone know how this version differs from the version given away a month ago (Paragon System Backup 2010 Special Edition (English Version) )?

Reply   |   Comment by dlooms  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#14

Will this software do complete images of your entire hard drive to an external USB hard drive? Multiple drives on the same computer? I checked the website, and my eyes can't follow the row across a wide computer screen and see if the dots line up to what features, my eyes are tired and get off level with no lines to make rows I can follow. I can copy individual folders of music, videos, and photos myself without third-party software. Are these images (If Paragon Compact makes them) more reliable, or have more features, than the ones Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit makes natively? If one of my system files gets corrupted, or an .ini file I need to run one of my applications gets broken during a sudden shutdown of Windows, can I restore a single file from backup (image), or do I need to buy the complete Paragon Disk Manager 2010 Suite to do that, or Acronis, or Genie or something else for that functionality? Years ago I had a tool called GoBack by Roxio that did that, it saved my butt many times, but it didn't make disc images, and then Norton bought it and sold it for awhile, and then it disappeared from sale, but I hear Genie does almost the same thing. Does Paragon Compact create disc images, several versions of images, if so does it allow restore of individual files? Thank you GOTD for whatever level of satisfaction this turns out to offer, this isn't the first time I have heard of Paragon, also for their partition products for the inexperienced (I don't know how to make them, find them confusing).

Reply   |   Comment by Alan  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#13

#9 You may be able to restore a 32x file system to a 64x box - but it's very likely that the system will not work - as the drivers for the hardware will be different and will just crash on startup.

Reply   |   Comment by Wlegrow  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+8)
#12

I have been using the free version of this for a few months now. This looks exactly the same with a few extra bells and whistles such as incremental and differential backups. In my experience this software, is safe, reliable and stable and does exactly what it says on the tin. Super easy to create bootable USB Flash recovery media. The only failure I had was as a result of bad sectors on my HDD. Once repaired everything has run totally smoothly. Takes my netbook about 10mins to back up 11 GB of operating system. Backup file is about 6GB.
Strongly recommended.

Reply   |   Comment by Nic  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+34)
#11

#9 You can restore 32x system to 64x hardware, but you will need to restore from Recovery CD created by Paragon Backup and Recovery Compact. there is no need to save both 32x and 64x installers for this purpose.

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#10

#9 if you backup from a 32-bit system you can not use that backup to restore to s 64-bit system. At least that has been my experience in dealing with backups. Oh and By the Way Thanks GOTD this is a nice addition to the other Paragon tools offered previously.

Reply   |   Comment by Keymaster  –  9 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)
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