I'm looking at using Paragon Backup & Recovery 2014 Free on Windows 7 Home. I've been reading the product manual but it really doesn't describe WHAT is the Backup Capsule. Okay, it's a separate partition (which I will put on a 2nd hard drive rather than on the same hard drive as for the OS and apps). It doesn't assign a drive letter; i.e., the partition for the Backup Capsule won't get mounted. I can create partitions using Disk Manager (diskmgmt.msc) in Windows or using 3rd party tools. I can format that partition (I'd use NTFS). I do NOT have to assign it a drive letter. That's how partitions are normally hidden by not assigning them a drive letter. So what's the difference between PBR 2014 Free creating a partition and hiding it (not assigning a drive letter) and me creating a new [primary] partition and hiding it (not assigning a drive letter)? Does PBR 2014 create a partition using a non-standard partition type value (so that partition isn't seen as an NTFS, FAT, or other recognizable partition type) in the MBR's partition table for the partition record for that partition? Does a kernel-level (level 0) driver for PBR prevent access to that partition by any process other than itself? Just what does creating a Backup Capsule partition do other than not assign a drive letter to that partition which I can do with any partitioning software, including what comes in Windows? I ask because the destinations for a backup are: - Save data to the Backup Capsule - Save data to local/network drives. - Save data to a physical partition. (*) - Save data to FTP locations. - Burn the data to CD, DVD, or BD. (*) This sounds like a partition that has no drive letter assigned to it. If PBR 2014 Free can backup to a physical partition that has no drive letter assigned to it in the OS then it seems this is the same as backing up to the Backup Capsule partition that has no drive letter assigned to it - if not assigning a drive letter is the only effect performed by creating a Backup Capsule. In the past when I used Easeus ToDo Workstation, I could define pre- and post-backup commands (not available in their free edition). I assume the same is true with PBR 2014 Free. For the Workstation edition, I defined a .bat (batch) file that would run devcon.exe to enable the 2nd hard disk (the one where backups were stored) and follow with diskpart.exe that would assign a drive letter (so the backup software could find the backup location). The post-command would run a .bat file that ran diskpart.exe to unassign the drive letter to the backup partition on the 2nd HDD and follow with devcon.exe to disable the HDD. So not only did the backup partition normally not have a drive letter assigned to it but the hard disk (device) was disabled to further prevent access. There was a window of opportunity for malware to rename the backup files, delete them, move them, set the hidden file attribute, or encrypt them during the backup when the HDD got enabled by devcon and was assigned a drive letter by diskpart during the backup job. It was still better than leaving my backup location wide open to miscreants, accidental boobs, or most malware. I was interested in PBR 2014 Free because of its claimed protection of the backup location. Okay, so besides not assigned the partition a drive letter, what else does the Backup Capsule do to protect the backups? If not assigning a driver letter is all it does, I obviously don't need to create the Backup Capsule since I could have PBR 2014 "Save data to a physical partition" (that also had no drive letter assigned to it).