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Paragon Drive Copy 11 Compact (English Version) Giveaway
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Giveaway of the day — Paragon Drive Copy 11 Compact (English Version)

Drive Copy 11 provides the most efficient way of computer migration for any soft and hardware combination, from any source to any target.
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User rating: 491 (60%) 325 (40%) 84 comments

Paragon Drive Copy 11 Compact (English Version) was available as a giveaway on May 25, 2011!

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You no longer need to spend hours performing tedious, complicated re-installations when upgrading your PC. Take all the best from the system you’re used to - and simply move it to the new hard drive. The operation requires no system restart and is completely safe for your data. You can continue working on your computer until the migration is over, and then - your new hard disk is the exact duplicate of your old one, with all your software ready to go.

Drive Copy 11 Compact includes handy intuitive wizard which performs fast and safe Windows migrations to new Solid State Drives and even downsizes to smaller capacity drives, thanks to advanced new data exclusion capabilities. You can transfer a live system with no impact to your work, and have your partitions automatically aligned in the process if needed.

Use Drive Copy 11 Compact for fast, efficient computer migrations!

Key features:

  • Clones an entire HDD or a particular partition in one simple operation;
  • Migrates Windows to Solid State Drives (even with smaller capacity) in a single operation;
  • Migrates hard disk to container;
  • Proportionally resizes partitions during migration to a larger hard drive;
  • Automatically aligns partitions on the destination disk if necessary;
  • Automatically detects and copies MSR (Microsoft System Reserved) for successful migrations of Windows 7;
  • Allows the user to exclude data during the process in order to fit the destination disk;
  • Includes Paragon's time-proven move/resize functionality.

Limitations of Compact Edition:

Paragon Drive Copy 11 Compact is based on Professional Edition, excluding the following functionality:

  • WinPE Recovery CD (Linux-based Recovery CD is included into the product)
  • Creating virtual clone of your PC (P2V operations)
  • Adjusting OS to different hardware (P2P operations)
  • Migration to 3TB drives
  • Scheduling and scripting

Please see more features, usage scenarios and detailed product information at Paragon Drive Copy 11 Professional website.

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/ Vista/ 7 (x32/ x64); Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher; Intel Pentium CPU or its equivalent, with 300 Mhz processor clock speed; 256 MB of RAM (512+ recommended)


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File Size:

104 MB


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@ 46/zZz,

Using Windows 7 BU is more complex and need more steps. Therefore this software is very useful.

I have used Paragon software for years to both BU, virtualization and migration and I have never experienced problems. Paragon Drive Copy is intuitive and easy to use.

Reply   |   Comment by Johan Aa  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

RE:#80 "(I interrupted an 8 hour Paragon job once and the source was completely scrambled.)"

say that you interrupted job like resizing 1TB partitions after it running 8 hours, I wouldn't surprise the scrambled ending

RE#81 , maybe run the setup again, and pay attention to where it writes to before you click through ok ok next next. hint : #72

Reply   |   Comment by TBeorNot  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

To #81, Go to C:\ drive and look for download folder or drive copy 11 folder. I don't exactly remember the folder. Double click on the drivecopycompact.msi to install. You will need to give email address and then check your email for the code. Copy and paste into the software to activate it. Good luck.

Reply   |   Comment by HN  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Oh sure, very useful. Once downloaded, how the heck do you find the darn thing so you can "Register" it before time freaking runs out!!???? ~ Been doing a search to try to find the dumb thing for 30 minutes now. ~ Says it is in my C drive, but where!!???? ~ How can you use something you can not find to register to use???? :( :( :( :(

Reply   |   Comment by Mystysch  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

I'm afraid I have to support Michael's warning, #35, that Paragon software can be very dangerous.
It's over-smart, in that it presumes that it knows what is going on with the exercise you're undertaking and inserts its own logic into the operation. As Michael says, if something goes wrong with the process it doesn't detect it but blithely continues and then ends up by altering the source drive !
If that's the definition of clone, duplicate, then I need a new dictionary.
(I interrupted an 8 hour Paragon job once and the source was completely scrambled.)

Reply   |   Comment by Phaedron  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)


I am considering downloading Paragon BACKUP and RECOVERY 2011 to make backups a breeze. In a you tube tutorial it said that one can make "Recovery Media" using this software. (Drive Backup Express 9.0) assuming its an earlier version.

Why would I want or need to download this DRIVE COPY 11 (since I am assuming it can back up my data files as well) if I already have Paragon Backup and Recovery. What would the benefit or downside be to either one or the other.

I can't understand why the same company would build two different utilities that do the exact same thing... so there must be a pretty big difference that I am just not seeing. Please help me understand.

Reply   |   Comment by Fresco  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

#46 AND 49

You forget the problems with 7 image backup. If you want to change your HDD, to a new SSD drive feks. Then, it is a must, that your new SSD drives capasity (memory) are at least the same size as the old one.

Reply   |   Comment by cgp  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Hi,guys. I need to reinstall the O.S. soon on my netbook (Win XP, Home Edition) but keep the GOTD programs and it will be my first time. You think it would be risky to use for this a program from GOTD (although from a company with a good reputation) and I should prefer a free one?
Also, can I do it using partitioning on my internal HD? I want to avoid buying an external HD and DVD-drive. BTW I have the XP disk and the drivers disk.

P.S.: Most of today's comments have been quite educational for me. Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by Watcher1924  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

I downloaded and isntalledand, requested for product key and serial#.
only got a letter but no pro. key and ser.# .
anyone else got the same problem?
ps* its not in my spam bex either.

Reply   |   Comment by REZA  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

Upon installation attempt, at Wizard page, I get Message: "Error 2739. Could not access JavaScript runtime for custom action."

Any idea of what is preventing installation?

"The Wizard was interrupted before (program) could be installed."

Reply   |   Comment by veritas44  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

You CANNOT continue to work wile its running it asked me to re-boot and then "OVERTOOK" my computer!!!!!!!!!

Reply   |   Comment by Daniel  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

#64 the vast majority of GAOTD offerings would survive a migration to a new motherbaord IF and only IF the migration to the new motherboard runs cleanly. Very few of the offerings here included a machine generated hash code that was used during online activation.

All the Paragon offerings would survive if only because they provide user specific activation strings and the MSI's

Reply   |   Comment by TK  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

In case any one has issues getting to the registration page you can find it at: http://www.paragon-software.com/registration/dc11compact.html

Reply   |   Comment by Leland  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

thanks GOTD, installed it and registered it on win 7 ultimate. used it successfully to clone a smaller drive to a bigger one. roughly 2 hours to complete, worked perfectly. unlike Easus software which gave errors, and would not boot.

Reply   |   Comment by anz  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#55: "I have several HD’s that I load as back ups... I would just like to copy over the software and updates, so if needed I can pop in the new drive if my current one fails... So will or won’t this migrate the programs?"

Won't... you can't easily do what you want just with Paragon software, since it adjusts your system to boot from the new, cloned boot drive. Myself for Windows up to XP I'd clone the Windows disk using Paragon software after booting to LiveXP or similar [WinPE etc.], then unplug it & hold for a spare. With Vista/7 I'd either copy the drive/partition with Paragon, then use EasyBCD to correct the boot setup, or copy with EASEUS -- when/if I ever swapped the drive I'd then use EasyBCD to add the boot setup to it that it needed. You can have more than one bootable hard drive plugged in, selecting the boot order or device the same way you can set your PC/laptop to boot from CD using the Bios or a pop-up Bios menu -- it's just a bit difficult to set additional boot drives/partitions up from inside Windows, & offers little advantage since it's more practical to have one boot drive & as needed use a boot menu.

As for programs, I'm not sure if I understand correctly, but programs on drives/partitions separate from the system disk/partition will often not work without that system disk/partition. Apps that use Windows registry may or may not recreate any missing entries on 1st run. Apps that store registration data in the registry will have to be re-registered if that data's missing. To fully backup a system you need to backup the system drive plus those drives/partitions where apps are installed, though you can use separate backups. The backup advantage to multiple partitions/drives [on a single boot rig] is that a drive/partition that hasn't changed doesn't need to be backed up again to keep current, e.g. you can have a small Windows partition that's easier/faster to manage & backup.

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#59: "So far I haven’t had cause to be able to test the difference between Acronis and Paragon in image restoration."

In my experience Acronis has a better *nix based bootable CD -- Paragon is lighter weight, works as well or better, & has more features than the free Acronis apps for Windows.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Casper Xp is the best program I ve seen so far.
Small simple,easy and fast.No confusing descriptions,complex menus etc.
You can transfer everything the way it is from your old hard drive to the new one.

Reply   |   Comment by maks  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

downloading at work and the download speed is now 5.42 KB/sec and will take about 5 hrs. Any one have this slow of download speed. At home, i do not have fast internet.

Reply   |   Comment by Hoang  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

George #51
The backup you require is download here:-
I have used it for years, works great!
I have found clones useful as most problems in Windows are in the registry; having a clone means you can often clear up problems using RegEdit or similar, however if you mess up you still have a working copy.
Lots of great comments today with so many excellent suggestions and information, thanks one and all.

Reply   |   Comment by OldScotty  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

#28: "If I download this program on to my computer (let’s call it computer A) when do I copy my hard drive? Right now or when something goes wrong? If computer A crashes and I buy computer B, how do I get the info on the paragon program to my new computer (B)? Remember, computer A has crashed and probably doesn’t start. Do I copy my hard drive onto an external hard drive to be used later?"

1st off I think it needs to be said that transferring your old system to new hardware isn't necessarily the best solution... In all likelihood your new PC would be newer, better, faster, since that's the way things are -- tech evolves. It'll also likely come with it's own [maybe newer] version of Windows pre-installed. The ideal scenario would be to install latest versions of just the software you wanted/needed, enjoying the advantages of having a nice, lean/clean Windows install -- no garbage leftover. As far as data on your old PC goes, you can restore a backup [or in the case of today's Drive Copy maybe use a "Container"] to a new partition or virtual dive on your new PC's hard drive -- or if the drive was still working just connect the hard drive from your old PC to the new one. Realizing that anything else will involve performance compromises...

To transfer your working Windows setup to new hardware means turning off [or better, removing] old hardware drivers, then when Windows boots adding in the latest drivers for your new hardware. Adapting to new hardware is one of the features missing from today's Drive Copy version, so unfortunately you'd have to either upgrade or do it manually. TO do it manually you'd install/use Drive Copy 11 Compact to backup your system disk to a container, restore that container to the hard drive in your new PC, then do a Windows Repair Install or boot into Safe Mode, go into Device Mgr. & start removing or uninstalling [mainly system] devices. However you do it once you get Windows running it's then up to you to remove whatever traces of leftover drivers possible, update all drivers with latest versions etc. It **may** be helpful to remove & re-install software that runs poorly &/or slowly, including .NET, & you'll have to reactivate or re-register software that used hardware-based keys, like Windows.

Note that some Windows licenses [e.g. OEM] do not include re-use on other hardware. Note that the containers you create using Drive Copy 11 Compact are not compatible with earlier GOTD versions of Paragon Backup/Restore -- if you pick up a copy of Paragon Backup in the future don't plan on using it with any Drive Copy containers you created, &/or don't forget to also create the Drive Copy Rescue Disc to restore that container outside of Windows. And don't forget that you'll have to store any containers somewhere, preferably off the system drive you're backing up.

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#29: "GOTD recently offerd Paragon Migrate OS to SSD™ Special Edition Is today’s offering a better choice with more features or a lesser product?"

While it'll take more time to fully explore, my initial impression is that for the majority of users this is more flexible & so all around better.

FWIW, Paragon apps I think started out treating raw data as raw data rather than files, which is what makes disk image backup & restore so much faster than doing the same thing using zip files etc. Then they evolved, becoming better & better at extracting individual files from that raw data. Migrate OS to SSD carried that further, allowing you to take an existing system partition of maybe several hundred GB, pick & choose what files would be excluded, then copy/transfer that partition to a smaller SSD. Treating files like files however does away with the speed advantage of using only raw data. Drive copy 11 seems to focus on working more in the background, so the extra time it takes isn't a big problem, & while it still includes using SSDs as the destination, unlike the earlier app that isn't your only *stated* option.

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#33: "...1. Transferring you system to a new computer or to a laptop, even if your old one is still working; 2. Your hard drive gets corrupted or dies, so you need to restore to a new hard drive and want to restore everything, including the OS so you don’t have to spend days restoring your software; and 3. You want to restore your system but take the time to replace a few hardware parts for upgrade or because they are getting towards their end of life... These tasks should be but aren’t often listed on how-to’s but probably form a good fraction of the user needs."

1) Legally that's not cool, so you may find less info, but essentially you want to do a Windows Migration, or P2P. Easiest way IMHO is with one of the more full version Paragon apps -- when you get your #s for today's GOTD you can sign up for Paragon's e-mails, & they'll then let you know when something's on sale. Otherwise you could do a repair install using your Windows setup disc after copying everything over to the new drive/partition.

2) While there are other methods, there really is no substitute for having a current disk image backup. I use Paragon's Backup/Restore apps, keep archives on a 2nd internal hard drive, which I also store redundantly on an external eSATA drive. I boot to a LiveXP CD or USB stick, run the app for restore portably, & it takes roughly 20 minutes to 1/2 an hour for ~80 GB of files including Windows. Assuming the new drive is bigger, then I'll use either EASEUS or a Paragon app to increase the partition size or add another partition, which takes just a few minutes -- note that many Paragon apps can also increase the partition size for you as part of the restore process.

3) There simply isn't a one size fits all. Depending on what hardware you've replaced one of the easiest methods may be restoring a backup, then running a repair install before starting Windows. For things like a new graphics card you may instead want to boot into safe mode to remove all traces of the old driver & software. Things like soundcards can usually be handled after booting into Windows normally. If you want best performance after replacing your motherboard & CPU, start with a fresh Windows install -- otherwise look at Paragon apps that handle P2P... those with their WinPE disc are probably preferred.

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#52: "Big advantage to programs such as this is that the vast majority of currently available drive copy programs do NOT allow you to clone to a smaller drive than the one you currently have, making the transition to a newer, smaller SSD very difficult."

I agree, but I think it's worth noting that this is more a convenience feature... Reducing the amount of free space on a partition isn't hard -- defrag & simply reduce the partition size. That way copying/cloning the now smaller partition to a same size target happen much more rapidly than when every file has to be read/written individually as a file.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Regarding all the nonsense about email addresses: Paragon doesn't spam, and if you setup an account with them, you can log in and get all of your Paragon keys, no need to wait for email.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

If I install this software, and clone my HD to another on a new computer, will payware programs such as GOTD giveaways be installed and useable, or because it is a different computer will the product keys be invalid?

Downloading the software, just wondering about that.

Reply   |   Comment by Friend  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

I've tried some of Paragons stuff in the past and I had no trouble but the only bootable CD that managed to transfer my HD to an SSD was EASEUS Disk Copy . It's free and it dont have to be installed. It runs from a CD through a Linux distro. Just my 2Cs

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

#49, http://www.intel.com/design/flash/nand/managessd.htm
I haven't tried the Acronis program for Intel, but I have tried the Paragon Migrate OS to SSD and had no issues. The transfer was quick (40Gb Intel to 128Gb Crucial SSD) and my Windows 7 booted up as if nothing changed (except more space).

Reply   |   Comment by Mike  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

#37: "...The intended usage is to clone the disk in a computer so it can be used in that same computer... The chances that it would work in computer B are fairly slim if B isn’t identical to A..."

As-is, yes, but while today's Drive Copy Compact version does not include Paragon's driver adjust or injection, there's nothing preventing you from doing similar in Safe Mode, &/or you can always do a repair re-install of Windows, which will retain most if not all of your software in working order.

"... cloning is the only sure way to get an exact replica."

I think that comes down to semantics -- IF you're talking about the process in general, a duplicate is by definition a clone. If OTOH you're talking about so-called cloning software, how you actually create that duplicate is irrelevant, & you can as easily copy partition(s), restore a disk image backup etc. In fact I generally prefer the backup/restore approach since then the intermediate disk image is saved -- I can both store the archive & repeat the restore operation quicker [the process doesn't have to read the original] if/when I need to.

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#40: "I have to move to a new computer... worried about [app] reinstallation..."

The big advantage of migrating Windows from one system to another, using something like Paragon Drive Copy, is you don't have to reinstall everything. That does not guarantee however that all your software will work -- nothing can guarantee that. Those sorts of problems can crop up when some part of the installation / registration process depends on your specific hardware at that time. Just like Windows itself, change hardware & you have to reactivate, or sometimes completely re-install.

RE: Moving software in general, e.g. when moving from one version of Windows to another... Programs consist of files & usually registry entries. Copying the files [assuming you know where all of them are located] is not a problem, with the exception of any drivers if an app uses them. With many apps transferring registry entries isn't a problem -- the app will automatically recreate what it needs on 1st run. Otherwise you can export registry keys from the old, import into the new, & the biggest problem is finding them all, or at least enough of them that the app will work properly. Drivers work with hardware so transferring them may or may not work. And anything specific to your hardware at the time of install, e.g. many DRM strategies, probably won't work.

Note that the same hardware-based restrictions apply if you migrate Windows to a VM, which is an increasingly popular approach when moving to Windows 7. Note too that all features of the Windows 7 Virtual PC host will only work with certain Windows versions, e.g. not XP Home nor Vista/7 HP -- IMHO Microsoft does not make that clear enough, with users finding out only after they've gone through a great deal of work.

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#41: "Making a WinPE disk …..that’s what has me confuse...."

I'd suggest heading over to reboot.pro &/or 911cd.net . Discussion can lean a bit towards the tech end of things, but there are plenty of tutorials & easy to use projects for you to download & try. Basically what you're after is a mini version of Windows that you can boot to using a USB device or CD/DVD. Projects include XP, Vista, & win7. Microsoft has it's own version of a mini Windows OS called WinPE, and many of those projects use it, some without requiring you to download & install the huge Windows Install Automation Kit. Most also improve on an out-of-box WinPE disc by adding flexibility, driver packs, reducing size etc., & you can usually have something ready to burn to CD in much less than 1/2 an hour.

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#42: "It looks like this is useless if I want to make a backup image of my OS in case my drive fails"

Though this isn't one of their IMHO excellent backup apps, you might try using the "Migrate to Container" in a pinch.

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#44: "Why all the stupid comments... 1> Use Windows 7 image backup 2> backup to image to separate internal drive 3> Use the recovery CD You burnt with Windows 7 ( At Boot ) to restore..."

There are usually several apps/methods to accomplish anything with a PC/laptop, & if the one you listed is what you prefer, great. :-) OTOH the world isn't dominated by win7 yet, & even if it were, different people have different likes/dislikes & opinions.

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#46: "... I bought a SSD... I’ve tried every combination of drive image, (Acronis) disk partition copy, repair OS, edit BCD,etc, and sill could get the drive to boot on it’s own. I could do a clean OS install, but not about to do so and spend weeks re-tweaking my system... Running Win 7 x64"

Perhaps try EasyBCD, installing the boot setup. Could also try Paragon Drive Copy 11 Compact as that will also copy the reserved area/partition assuming you don't dual-boot. And of course make sure your PC/laptop will boot from the SSD, i.e. that the problem isn't in the Bios or Bios settings.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+18)

to #10 Mark: Using spamgourmet.com for registration is/was a very good advise.
I used it many times sucessfully. But... more and more companies are currently refusing spamgourmet.com-addresses, so you don't get the unlock-codes. Alternative: a new gmail/ymail/hotmail account, that you drop as soon as spam is coming.

Reply   |   Comment by Casey  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Re: #49

I cannot say what Intel or Kingston does when it comes to third party software, but Seagate usually requires certain information before they provide download links to some of their software. The Acronis software is a special Seagate version called "Seagate Disc Wizard," which is usually included on a cd boxed with their internal hard drives. It only works if you have a Seagate drive installed or if you attach a Seagate portable drive. You don't have to use the drive to create or restore an image but the software must detect a Seagate drive. The only problem I've had is when I tried to restore an image that I had saved on a portable Seagate drive to my laptop (which does not have an internal Seagate drive). There is some issue with using a usb drive for a complete recovery (and I don't know if this applies to full versions of Acronis Backup or just this specific Seagate version). Anyway, I had to use a trial copy of the full version to get around the Seagate drive issue.

So far I haven't had cause to be able to test the difference between Acronis and Paragon in image restoration.

Reply   |   Comment by Justine  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

On the plus side, perhaps Paragon does pay attention to the issues that we raise. On the minus side, it takes them an awfully long time to address the basics. This is the first Paragon product/version which correctly reads my RAID and USB flash volumes.

I always do clean installs to substantially different hardware. For other people, it would be good to know if Windows 7 does its normal SSD optimization when you're using this type of software. I suspect that Windows 7 does most of the SSD optimization at installation time, although I suppose it could do it when it detects a drive change. Windows 7 disables disk defragmentation on SSDs, and may disable Superfetch, boot prefetching, application launch prefetching, ReadyBoost and ReadyDrive, depending upon performance. On my PC, some are enabled, some are disabled (I have a mix of SSD and RAID HDDs). You shouldn't disable things other than defragmentation unless you're prepared to do timed benchmarks (and enabling most types of prefetching will only show maximum improvement over a long time period).

On a related topic, StorageCraft released ShadowProtect 4.1 user guides.

Reply   |   Comment by Fubar  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)

"So if I go from WinXP 32bit to Win7 64 bit it won’t work?
How about going from AMD cpu to Intel cpu?"

1. Windows won't let you upgrade a 32bit to a 64bit OS. NEW INSTALL!
2. AMD to INTEL - New install as you will require an entirely new Mobo and drivers. You can't even do this natively with Windows (at least Windows 7 that i know of) without having to reinstall!

I would guess this tool would be best suited to assist those people who happen to get viruses (adware, spamware etc) on their computer(s) often and need to restore it back to it's "Good" configuration state.

Reply   |   Comment by tom ly  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

I have drive copy 9.5 from paragon and have used it successfully to create an exact copy of my original drive. Is it necessary to uninstall the 9.5 version before installing this one, or can I just install the newer version? thanks

Reply   |   Comment by anhba  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

I have a question, I have several HD's that I load as back ups for my computer. But they have (*or I will be putting) all of my software on them. I have appx 23GBs of programs I have installed. I would just like to copy over the software and updates, so if needed I can pop in the new drive if my current one fails. All of these "extra" drives are 250GB drives. So will or won't this migrate the programs? Thank you.

Reply   |   Comment by Ariana_FFD  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

Big advantage to programs such as this is that the vast majority of currently available drive copy programs do NOT allow you to clone to a smaller drive than the one you currently have, making the transition to a newer, smaller SSD very difficult.

In fact, aside from this product, the only programs I've seen that DO allow cloning to a smaller drive come bundled as "special editions" with the SSD you buy.

So, thanks Paragon and GAOTD.

Reply   |   Comment by Doug Dingle  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Paragon website for PRO version says:

For the Windows installation package
Operating systems: Windows XP/Vista/7 and XP SP2/Vista/7 64-bit
Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher
Intel Pentium CPU or its equivalent, with 300 MHz processor clock speed
256 MB of RAM (512+ recommended)
Hard disk drive with 200 MB of available space
SVGA video adapter and monitor •Keyboard •Mouse
USB 3.0

Does it really require USB 3.0 or will it work with 2.0?

Reply   |   Comment by TomH  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

From sugestions If it helps at all...

RE: Make it portable -- every Paragon app I've seen so far can work entirely or for the most part portably... the exception is when/where drivers are required to do things like mount backup archives, although everything else works, e.g. restoring a backup.

RE: Add ability to dual [multi] boot -- for a PC this is very easy for Vista/7 if you use the excellent free app EasyBCD [neosmart.net], as the Vista/7 boot setup is nice & works well... after transferring [copying/restoring] the Windows partition just run EasyBCD to set up the boot menu -- EasyBCD is portable & can work with/for Windows installs that are not yet running. Note that for multi-boot setups Windows normally gets installed after *nix, &/or if you have multiple versions of Windows, they're installed in order of age, newest last. Win7 adds & uses a hidden reserved partition when it's installed to the 1st hard drive/partition, but not with multiple versions of Windows since it's not the 1st partition. When win7 is installed to the 1st drive/partition, that reserved area [partition] is not always necessary or used however [Google/Bing for info] & EasyBCD can get everything booting. I mention this because today's GOTD, Paragon Drive Copy Compact, can handle this win7 reserved area, & it can become confusing, e.g. if you want to move from multi-boot to just win7 or a win7 only install to multi-boot -- in the 1st case that reserved area is not available to copy, & in the 2nd you don't want it.

RE: <Migrate to new hardware & separately, include P2V [Physical to Virtual] & I'd assume V2P [the reverse] to go along with it -- There really is no difference between migrating Windows to a VM [Virtual Machine] & doing the same thing to a real PC/laptop -- a VM after all is just a fake [emulated] PC. Windows uses hardware drivers to talk to the hardware, & what makes it difficult is that some core hardware [mainly the CPU & motherboard] has to be working so Windows starts & remaining drivers can be changed as needed. If you can remove the existing drivers, or at least turn them off , Windows will start a more-or-less self-healing process, adding the basic drivers it needs on 1st boot -- Windows has been this way since win95. Paragon's software with Virtualization capabilities/features can remove registry entries for core drivers, add in driver versions for 3 or so VM hosts, & some of their software will allow you to include your choice of drivers [they call that Driver Injection]. This is very handy, as it can be somewhat confusing & to try & do the same thing manually, more so with a VM than with a real PC/laptop, but either way it can usually be done -- if Windows will boot into Safe Mode, hardware can be turned off, removed, or uninstalled from Device Mgr. You can also usually do a Repair Install using the Windows setup disc, which will try to preserve all your settings & installed software. The biggest problem with migrating Windows, is the bits & pieces of the old installed drivers that are left behind -- the same sort of thing as when you remove software, but it can have much more of an effect on how Windows runs than uninstalling most any app... fresh Windows installs have long been favored over upgrades for much the same reason. Long story short, it's usually better to start fresh, but when that's not desired or practical you can use Paragon's software or do it manually [using Safe Mode], & if things aren't close to perfect try a Repair Reinstall. One more quick note, partitions with lots of free space are a hassle that can cost you time, sometimes a LOT -- though some apps like Paragon's will copy a larger partition to a smaller one, it takes much longer... it can be faster if you defrag & reduce the original partition size, or copy that partition to another drive/partition [real or virtual], removing the free space, & then copying that.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+28)

Re: #16 Marcus. Do you have the web address for Intel where I might be able to get a copy of Acronis Backup ?? I have read that some other companies like Seagate have copies but I never tried. Anyone got their web address ??


Reply   |   Comment by George  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

"Where you’ll get into trouble is if Computer B has a significantly different hardware configuration from Computer A. If the systems are very different then the restored image may not boot."

So if I go from WinXP 32bit to Win7 64 bit it won't work?
How about going from AMD cpu to Intel cpu?

Reply   |   Comment by TomH  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

Not only is Windows 7 image drive copy reliable it's very fast (considering Your drive's speed(s). No need for bulky acronis true image or any others, Windows 7 handles it so use it.

Reply   |   Comment by zZz  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

A bit OT, but thought this may be useful. I bought a SSD and will be returning it. I've tried every combination of drive image, (Acronis) disk partition copy, repair OS, edit BCD,etc, and sill could get the drive to boot on it's own. I could do a clean OS install, but not about to do so and spend weeks re-tweaking my system. I may be open to one last try, so if you have an idea, you can email me at rthaler yahoo. Running Win 7 x64.

Best of luck to others migrating to an SSD.

Reply   |   Comment by Reid  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

#25 "Can I clone my hard disk to another computer exactly replica. I have lots of giveaway programs installed".


This nice APP allows you to put applications and data, stored in your HD, into special files called VIRTUAL SOFTWARE LAYERS, preventing them from being installed to the base file system and Registry of your machine.

By placing applications and data into these virtual layers, ALTIRIS SVS allows users to activate, deactivate or reset their software with a couple of click mouse, so as to avoid conflicts between different applications as well as remove them cleanly without altering the Windows registry.

This means that, thanks to these VIRTUAL SOFTWARE LAYERS, saved on your USB Flash Drive, CD, DVD or External Drive, you can:

- move your Files, exchange Data or do whatever you want from your OLD machine to the NEW one without any hassle at all (Windows Registry Mess, conflicts between different applications and/or OS etc...).

- bring your GAOTD Programs (or any other app) back with you when you lose them, for instance after a sudden and unexpected reformat.

COOL, isn't it??

How to get the KEY LICENSE for FREE??

Download the Software from here:


Unzip the downloaded file "SVS_21_Personal" and begin the installation by double clicking on "Software_Virtualization_Agent.exe"

Then, when you are asked for the PRODUCT KEY, click “Get it free!” and ACCEPT the license agreement

Once you click "Accept", the file "Altiris_SVS_Personal_License.zip" will start downloading.

Enter the PRODUCT KEY, you have found inside the "Altiris–SVS License Key and EULA Personal Use" text document, into the proper field of the setup process of step 2 (see above).

Finally, don't forget to check the "Software Visualization Admin Tool" option before ending the installation process.

It works like a charm for me and it's FREE!!

Alternatively, if your PC has a large amount of HD space and RAM to spare, you can also try Paragon Go Virtual or VMware vCenter Converter Standalone Version + the Open Source VirtualBox to read the virtual file.


Reply   |   Comment by Giovanni  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+30)

Why all the stupid comments. There is a far less complex solution...

1> Use Windows 7 image backup

2> backup to image to separate internal drive

3> Use the recovery CD You burnt with Windows 7 ( At Boot ) to restore.

4> Imaging with Windows 7 is simple and has always worked for me.

5> So long as no drastic drive changes, You can restore as You previously had... CheerzZz...~<(___)~


Reply   |   Comment by zZz  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-12)

@ #13 #4 is correct. I have been a member of Ashampoo for a number of years and only about a month ago received an email from Ashampoo regarding their server being hacked and potential personal information was obtained. See the link below.


Reply   |   Comment by TechGeek  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

It looks like this is useless if I want to make a backup image of my OS in case my drive fails.

Reply   |   Comment by john  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-16)

Making a WinPE disk .....that's what has me confuse. How do I make one, and do I install and run that FIRST, then take out the WinPE CD disk and put in my new image?

Reply   |   Comment by Tiddles  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-4)

I have to move to a new computer in a couple of weeks. I don't have to worry about data transfer since I have a well-organized directory tree but is there a way to transfer applications? I am mostly worried about the GAOTD applications since reinstallation is not an option there.

Will this or any other application help me with this?

Reply   |   Comment by Andy Rankin  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)

I tried Paragon Drive copy 9 SE when it was available here on GOTD. Later, because I liked the program so much, I purchased Paragon Drive Copy 10. I couldn't be happier with it. It is easy to use - a definite "must" for me - and it's fast. My drive is cloned once a month so, along with my regular data backups, I am worry free.

The tech department was responsive and helpful when I had trouble installing it to the folder (outside of "Program Files" and way too deep) of my choice. I couldn't be happier with the program or the company.


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

In the past I used something called "Spirit" which worked well, FWIW. Can not find if "Spirit" still exists, plus I heard that their pricing got out of hand. Paragon is a good company. Paragon pricing looks reasonable. I will pass on this download as when I have to upgrade computers, I will probably buy the "real" one with no exclusions as some of the exclusions are important to me. BUT, I would not never seen this without appearing on GOTD. Thanks!

Reply   |   Comment by seeseea  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)

@Promytius and Marty: Yes, you do have to install this on some computer today; that's how GAOTD works. You don't have to use it today or any other time soon. It should still work exactly as well 20 years from now, though there may not be any disks left to use it on by then.

This program works a lot like a photocopier does. You can photocopy a printed page or scrap of paper to another paper that is larger or smaller, and can enlarge or reduce in the process. There is also the ability to crop if the target can't hold all the original. Likewise, this program lets you copy a disk to a larger or smaller disk, resizing if desired, and "cropping" files you choose to exclude.

The intended usage is to clone the disk in a computer so it can be used in that same computer if its hard disk stops working correctly. The chances that it would work in computer B are fairly slim if B isn't identical to A, simply because everything on the disk is set for a specific hardware configuration.

Yes, you would have to make a new clone every time you have added something to your existing disk that you will also want to have when you swap from your current disk to your clone. You might find some kind of incremental backup program more useful for the task of keeping your clone up to date, but cloning is the only sure way to get an exact replica.

Reply   |   Comment by Azurian  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)

Aye I'd like to know what Marty (28) is asking as well :) Also I've got a question about installation...

At the website it says you cannot install the software from the site if it's been a promo product... but what happens if we need to reinstall after doing one of the functions of this (and other) software? If we use the same install .exe it'll check with GAOTD so I'm pretty confused as to why we have serials etc :/

Reply   |   Comment by Jeania  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Marty (#28), I'll try to briefly answer your questions:

You'd install this program to Computer A, make a backup image to a second internal hard drive or to an external hard drive. You'd then create a Linux recovery disk that will allow you to restore the image you just created back to your repaired computer or possibly to a new computer. You'll lose any information that was created/stored after the image was saved so you'd need to make routine backups and specific backups after major software changes to minimize potential data loss. Most free imaging software doesn't make incremental backups, i.e. just the stuff that changed since the last backup, you have to create a new image of the entire partition.

Where you'll get into trouble is if Computer B has a significantly different hardware configuration from Computer A. If the systems are very different then the restored image may not boot. This download version does not include the WinPE or P2P routines which would make fixing or preventing an unbootable OS much easier but Paragon does include information on making a WinPE disk available on their website.

Reply   |   Comment by ChrisS  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+25)

to: #23/Kirill

Thank you so much for your information!

Reply   |   Comment by Daerin  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

As an IT professional needing to migrate a 250GB hard drive to a 1TB drive, I recently purchased a copy of Drive Copy 11 Professional. In all my years (over 30) of computing, I have never used a more dangerous piece of software!

The details... When I attempted to perform the migration, the program informed me that there was a problem with the source disk. I instructed the program to continue (one of the options) whereby it failed to migrate and then rendered the source disk unbootable! I've never seen a copy program make changes to the source disk. IT'S UNHEARD OF!! Trying to reach technical support was a nightmare as I'm located in the U.S. and the company is in Europe. (Another reason to steer clear since you can't get anyone on the phone without paying for an annual support contract!)


Reply   |   Comment by Michael  –  8 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+23)
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