Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2008

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  1. gud4u

    gud4u Registered Member

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    Read a review of this product on another site (not sure links to other sites are appreciated here, so Google if you're interested).

    This appears to provide a very comprehensive hard disk toolkit, including image backup/restore, partition resizing, defrag, data recovery and more.

    Has anyone here tried this product?
     
  2. WSFuser

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    Yes. Heres my very brief thoughts:

    So far Ive used the following features (from the boot cd):

    Browse partition
    Restore/backup partitions
    Create/delete/format partitions
    Resize partitions
    Defragment partitions/MFT
    Move files

    Its worked great so far and have not had problems.
     
  3. TonyW

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    Out of interest, does the backup process take less time or about the same as when doing the same operation within Windows?
     
  4. Chubb

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    Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2008 includes 2 bootable CD for HD management, one Linux and one WinPE bootable CD. It can be downloaded from your registered account.
     
  5. huntnyc

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    I have HDM 8.5. Could someone explain to some degree exactly what features I would lack if I used the 2008 product instead and thank you.

    Gary
     
  6. WSFuser

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    I dont use the Windows version so I cant say.
     
  7. lodore

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    if using a linux recovery cd to backup it will be slower than the installed windows version. if using a winpe recovery cd the backup speed should be the same as the installed version.
    hope this helps
     
  8. LenC

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    How does this product compare to Acronis True Image Home version?
     
  9. gud4u

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    Just a few things the Paragon app offers that ATI Home does not:
    - Create partitions.
    - Resize partitions (ATI can resize partitions only during the clone process).
    - Defrag partitions.
     
  10. RAD

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    I have been using Paragon Drive Backup 8.51 Personal.
    The difference is that Paragon's actually works, including the "Restore" part. ;)

    I was so impressed with PDB that I am also purchasing Partition Manager 9.0 Professional.
    Compare the feature lists very carefully. There is a lot of overlap in the features of these three Paragon programs, so it is a matter of what feature you need and which ones you can live without.
    I also downloaded and heavily tested their "Total Defrag", which works as advertised, but I decided the feature list of Partition Manager was more what I needed in parallel with the Drive Backup.

    Apparently Paragon knows how to make software that works. That is the important thing. My computer runs Vista Home Premium, so after all the problems with Acronis I just figured it was money spent on education.:blink:
     
  11. Perman

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    Hi,

    Does any one have an experience about its Backup capsule ?

    I create a the backup capsule, which is a hidden partition, and copy my drive c to there. it will give user an option to create a hot key F1 for preboot time.

    I guess, should the system become unbootable, user can press F1 hot key, just similar to ATI's F11 key. In theory, it will log into that hidden partition and restore.

    I still have 8.5 on computer, should I keep it or delete it ?
     
  12. lodore

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    Hello,
    i try to avoid backup capsule type things.
    your right about how it works.
    its always better to backup to a seprate hard drive and restore using the recovery cd if windows wont boot.
    lodore
     
  13. Joe in PA

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    I recently purchased Acronis TI 11, but had so many problems with it I uninstalled it from my systems. There's plenty of threads in the Acronis forum discussing the program's bugs and overall instability and unreliability. ~Comment removed. - Ron~
     
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  14. RAD

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    I second the comment about "avoiding backup capsule type things".
    I continue to have great success with Paragon Drive Backup 8.51. It has saved my system at least twice already after having to recover from bad software installs (big FEA and CAD programs).
    But I never use the backup capsule: I store images on separate hard drives.

    I never tried to use the "Acronis Secure Zone" either; but it still just didn't work.
     
  15. Perman

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    Hi,

    I know you must have a good reason not to use Paragon H.D. Mgr 's backup capsule. Can you elaborate it ?

    I used ATI's secure zone few times while I had v.8, it did work by pressing F11, then copy its image to partition C.

    I have not had a chance to use Paragon's yet, just wonder is it reliable ?
     
  16. lodore

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    paragon's backup capsule is as reliable as restoring from any other drive.
    i just think its better not to have the image on the same hard drive as your restoring just incase your hard drive fails.
     
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    If your HDD goes south, your images will go south too.
     
  18. Perman

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    Hi,

    I know that Backup capsule is NOT for HDD failure. Backing up to an external Hard Drive is the most safest method, no doubt about it.

    I was thinking if just the system is unbootable, perhaps pressing F1 into backup capsule will save the bacon, :)

    Thanks for the inputs.
     
  19. Defcon

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    Take an image of your system partition in 2 places -

    1. external usb/eSata/Nas disk
    2. backup capsule/rescue zone/whatever on a 2nd harddisk in the pc, or a different partition in the main hdd

    This is supported in the major products - Ghost/ATI/Paragon and you can restore quickly from the #2 for a lot of cases while still having the safety of #1.

    There's no reason you can't have your cake and eat it too :D
     
  20. huntnyc

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    Sorry to mention again but i am still not sure about the difference between PHDM 8.5 and PHDM 2008. Can anyone give specifics and thanks.

    Gary
     
  21. Chubb

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    Not sure if this can help...

    http://www.paragon-software.com/home/hdm-professional/features.html

     
  22. huntnyc

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    @Chubb,

    Thanks. As I look at these features, I note that PHDM 8.5 Personal has most of them, some even that are only in the PHDM Suite 2008 Pro version. So, I guess it is weel to stick with what I have for now. Don't really use it yet but am tempted by all the wonderful comments. Thanks.

    Gary
     
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