Paragon, a software development leader for over 15 years has available for non-commercial use (at home) a powerful disk imaging (backup) and recovery package (for FREE) called Paragon Backup and Recovery.
“Smart people backup; Backup & Recovery is smart backup.”
With Paragon Backup and Recovery you can create a backup image of an entire hard disk (including GPT-discs!) or system partitions to guarantee the operating system’s working capability.
The “cool factor” with this application is the ability to perform a differential backup that will only archive changes since the last full sector-based image, thus saving backup storage space. In other words once you have made a complete backup image of your PC (preferably to an external drive), you can perform (select) subsequent differential backups that will only backup the changes from the initial full backup; thus saving time and drive storage space.
As with most disk imaging applications, make sure you create a recovery disk that can be used to boot up your system in the event your computer is no longer booting into Windows. With Paragon Backup and Recovery, you will have the option to create a bootable USB Flash drive, CD or DVD to recover your PC on demand.
As you continue to read, you will notice that Paragon Backup and Recovery is loaded with numerous features that you typically do not see in other FREE comparable disk imaging applications. If you currently do not have a backup or disaster recovery plan in place, Paragon Backup and Recovery is a great option. If you want to learn more, I encourage you to take a look at the User’s Manual [ HERE ] that provides indepth and detailed instructions on “how to” use this software. These instructions are also a great starting to place to learn about disk imaging software.
- Cyclic Backup – complete infrastructure for establishing a self-acting data protection system, fully compliant with the set-and-forget backup policy
- Support for the latest hardware as well as hard disk partitioning schemes.
- Support of all present day techniques to store backup images
- Disk backup to save not only all on-disk information but also the system service structures. It is ideal for making a backup image of an entire hard disk (including GPT-discs!) or system partitions to guarantee the operating system’s working capability
- Differential backup to a sector image to only archive changes since the last full sector-based image, thus considerably saving the backup storage space. To restore this kind of backup you will require a full image and one of its differentials
- Restore an entire disk, separate partitions image
- Restore with Shrink to restore a backup amount of actual data of the image
- Create bootable USB Flash drive, CD or DVD to recover your PC on demand
- Differential Partition Backup (Create a differential image of a partition)
- Recovery Media Builder: builds a new “recovery media” to boot from in case of an unbootable system
- Check Recovery Discs: checks the recovery media for integrity and boot ability
- Graphical representation of the data to gain a better understanding
- Comprehensive wizards to simplify even the most complex operations
- A context sensitive hint system for all functions of the program
- Previewing the resulting layout of hard disks before actually executing operations (so-called virtual operations)
- Create Partition
- Format Partition
- Delete Partition
- Assign/Remove Drive Letter
- Hide/Unhide Partition
- Mark Partition as Active/Inactive
- Modify: change volume label,Test Surface
- Check File System Integrity
- Add an archive to the database
- Delete the archive from the database
- Restore from the selected archive
- Restore File From Archive
- Differential backup
- Check Archive Integrity
- Mount/Unmount the archive