Paragon Backup & Recovery 2010 Free Advanced Windows XP Pro SP-3 I chose Paragon's free offering over Macrium Reflect Free because Paragon supposedly supported differential backups. This would let me save on disk space in the backup location. In the past, I did image backups where: Monday @ 5AM: Full image backup Tue-Sun @ 5AM: Incremental image backup This gave me a full backup each week along with the much smaller incremental backups. Dependence in the chain of backups would involve at most 7 backups: 1 weekly full backup plus 1 to 6 daily incremental backups. Because of the size of the backup location, I usually got just over 3 months worth of backups before the old ones expired and rolled out to make room for new ones. I figured with Paragon's free offering that claimed to do differential backups that I could do something similar although quite not as space efficient but, at the same time, more reliable since the backup chain would get reduced to just 1 or 2 backups: 1 weekly full backup plus 1 daily differential backup. I would run the backups as follows: Monday @ 5AM: Full image backup Tue-Sun @ 5AM: Differential image backup I've been reading the manual and playing with the program to get familiar with using it. I see how I can scheduled the full backups. The problem is with scheduling the differential backups. When defining a differential backup task, I am required to select a full backup against which the differential will be based. Well, that's definitely not doable with regard to scheduled backups. After several weeks or months of scheduled backups, I would end up with one really ancient full backup and tons of differential backups. If the single full backup (on which all the differentials were based) got corrupted, deleted, or otherwise unusable, all those differentials would be worthless. Eventually there would be so many changes made to the partition over that time that the differentials could end up larger in size than is the full backup. Despite just requiring 2 backups (full+differential) to do a restore, the excessive time difference between the full backup and the last differential backup would make fragile this backup chain. According to the PDF manual, starting on page 86, there is a cyclic backup option. Says it should be under the "Wizards > Backup Utilities > Cyclic Backup..." menu. No such selection exists. According to some other posts that I've read (ex., https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=284207), the cyclic backup feature is included in this product. From another post (https://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=280808), the "Advanced" version may be misnamed as features available in the prior version included cyclic backups; that is, Advanced became a crippled version of the earlier version. Yes, maybe I could go back to the older version but then I'd be stuck with that old version with no possibility to get updates, plus I would be returning to a product that probably had bug fixes addressed in the later version. If cyclic backups were removed from the so-called "Advanced" version then I have no use for it. If I wanted to get stuck doing only full image backups scheduled every day and quickly eat up my backup location's disk space, I probably would've first looked at Macrium Reflect Free. Does B&R 2010 Free Advanced have cyclic backups? If so, where do I find it in the menus or wizards? If I go by the comparison table at https://www.paragon-software.com/home/db-express/comparison.html, cyclic backups are even mentioned yet the user manual for this product says it has the cyclic backup feature. Without cyclic backups or a means to emulate them so daily scheduled differential backups are based on the last full scheduled backup, this trial of the free "Advanced" version is over. The manual I read before installing the product says it does cyclic backups. The prior version had cyclic backups. If this got removed then "Advanced" is fraudulent as it is deliberately misleading. In addition, I see from the description of cyclic backups in the user manual but missing in the actual product that I can only specify the maximum number of backups. There is no automatic expiration of old backups by date or by free space (to ensure new backups have room to get stored in the backup location). So the user either has to hope that all the specified max number of backups fits in the free space for the backup location or they wait until error messages get puked out by the product due to lack of free space. Yes, this is a free product but not looking good as a backup solution with complete lack of management of backups in the backup location.