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Paragon Hard Disk Manager 15 Pro Review

by March 18, 2016

Paragon Hard Disk Manager 15 Pro Review

Download and Installation- the demo version of Paragon Hard Disk Manager 15 Pro can be downloaded from the official Paragon website. The installer is about 60 MB in size. The program is multilingual and it fully functional for 30 days.

The installation procedure is straightforward and it is similar to other Paragon applications. All you need is to accept the terms of the user agreement, choose the desired components to install and select the installation folder.

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The Interface of the Program- like other Paragon programs, Paragon Hard Disk Manager 15 Pro is available in two viewing modes. It has got a so called metro style and tabbed interfaces. The Metro style or Express Launcher mode consists of several tiles which provide quick access to the main program’s tools, for example, from here you can create or format partitions, create P2V copy or migrate the operating system to a new SSD disk, and so on.

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The Tabbed interface or Full Scale Launcher mode consists of six tabs, i.e. Backup and Restore (it includes tools for backing up the operating system and all other files), Partitioning (this tab provides you with a full range of tools for managing your hard disk and its partitions), Copy and Migrate (this tab contains various tools for copying hard disks or partitions, migrating the operating system to a new drive, creating virtual disks, and so on), Archives (there are a lot of tools in this tab which allow you to manage your archives; for example, you can restore, edit or delete archives, etc.), Schedule (this tab allows you to schedule created hard disk or partition copies), Volume Explorer (this tab gives you useful info about each physical or virtual drives of the computer).

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The Main Features of the Program

Backup and Restore- I think that there is no need to say how important is to back up files and prevent their permanent loss. Just for this reason Paragon Hard Disk Manager 15 Pro offers tools for reliable and safe backup of all your important files. With the help of the program you can back up the specific volumes, operating system, email messages, media files and office documents. In addition, you have the possibility to back up files manually by specifying the desired folders and files to back up.

Paragon Hard Disk Manager 15 Pro offers a lot of different settings and options to create backups. You can select the desired Virtual container type (there are four types at your disposal- Paragon image, VMWare image, MS virtual PC image and Microsoft Hyper-V image), Backup image options (i.e. compression level, for example, fast or best compression, and image splitting), Backup exclude options (i.e. you can exclude some file types from the backup process) and Password protection options (i.e. you can protect your backup with the password using the most advanced encryption methods- AES-128, AES-192 and AES-256).

Created backups can be stored on any other partitions of your hard disk or any removable media connected to the computer and even on network storage.

Of course, it is very easy to restore files from your backups; just specify the backup location and choose one of three restore modes, i.e. Paragon Hard Disk Manager 15 Pro allows you to restore backups to original location and can keep or replace existing files on the one hand or restore them to the new location (simply select the appropriate place for them manually).

In addition, the program also allows you to create incremental and file complement backups from the existing backups. The incremental backup method backs up only those files that have been changed since the last backup while file complement backs up only new files and adds them to the earlier created full backup.

Paragon Backup Capsule- of course, it is very important to back up all important files you own but I think that it is more important to back up files safely and securely and keep them in a safe place. There is no need to say that it is very convenient to store files on another partition of your hard drive or on any other removable media. But, unfortunately, it is highly probable that you will lose your USB flash drive or your hard drive will be infected with viruses. That means that you will lose all your backup files. Just for this reason Paragon Hard Disk Manager 15 Pro offers a very useful tool called “Backup Capsule”. It is a special container which is isolated from other partitions and you can safely store there all your important backups. If you want to take full advantage of this feature, you just should create this capsule. The program will help you to create it. All you need is to choose any partition for it and specify its size. That is all. Now you can store all your backups there safely and without any risk of their loss.

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Partitioning- Paragon Hard Disk Manager 15 Pro offers a wide range of tools for managing hard disk partitions. With the help of the program you can practically perform any operations with your partitions. It should be noted that it is not difficult to perform any actions with your partitions because the program will guide every step of you; so all you need is to follow its instructions.

Paragon Hard Disk Manager 15 Pro allows you to perform the following operations with your partitions:

Create Partition- you need to create a new partition on your hard drive? The program will help you to create it quickly and easily. All you need is three easy steps, i.e. firstly, you should select the hard disk where you want to create a new partition; secondly, you should specify the desired size of the new partition simply moving the slider on the right or left and thirdly, in this step you should choose one of partition types offered by the program, for example, FAT 32, NTFS, Linux Ext 2, and so on, label the volume and assign the drive letter. That is all; after applying all changes, the new partition will be available on your hard drive.

In addition, Paragon Hard Disk Manager 15 Pro also allows you to create a new partition very quickly using so called Express Create wizard. All you need to do is to select one of two partition modes- Smart or Advanced and apply the changes.

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Delete Partition- you want to change your current disk partitioning scheme and remove unwanted partition? Nothing could be easier! Simply choose the appropriate tool on the toolbar and run the wizard. After that you should just select that partition you want to delete and then after reviewing the changes, click on the “Apply” button. The partition will be deleted and you will be able to create a new partition from the unallocated space.

Undelete Partition- you have accidentally deleted a partition? Do not worry! Paragon Hard Disk Manager 15 Pro will help you to restore, i.e. undelete it. All you need to do is to choose one of three different search methods (i.e. quick, conventional or thorough search) and specify the desired file system (for example, NTFS, and so on). The program will thoroughly search your hard drive and undelete it; so you will be able to use it again.

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Format Partition- of course, you can format your partition using the inbuilt Windows tool but Paragon Hard Disk Manager 15 Pro offers more reliable and effective ways to format your partition quickly and qualitatively. The process of formatting the partition is very easy; just select the partition to delete and then apply some additional options, i.e. partition type (for example, NTFS, etc.), Volume label and drive letter. In addition, you can also select sectors per cluster for the partition.

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Merge Partitions- for merging two or more partitions, you just need to perform two easy steps, namely, firstly, you should select that partition which you want to merge and, secondly, a partition to which it will be added. Paragon Hard Disk Manager 15 Pro allows you to merge only those partitions which are formatted as NTFS, FAT 16 and FAT 32.

Split Partition- if you have got one large partition and want to split it, for example, to two smaller partitions without formatting and losing important files, you can take full advantage of this very useful tool. With the help of it, you can safely split one partition to two different partitions in three simple steps; namely, you should select a partition to split, choose files to move to the new partition and, finally, specify the desired size and drive letter of the new partition.

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Wipe Disk or Partition- you are going to sell your hard drive? Of course, you must securely and reliably delete all files that are on this disk and protect them from restoring and unauthorized use. This tool will help you to wipe out all data from the disk by using the most advanced deletion methods. It goes without saying that it is very easy to perform this task. All you need is to choose a disk (or partition) to wipe out and select the desired wiping algorithm. Paragon Hard Disk Manager 15 Pro offers ten different deletion algorithms, for example, US DoD 5220.22-M, Peter Gutmann, Australian ASCI 33, and so on. In addition, you have the possibility to create your own wiping method and manually specify wipe parameters. Thanks to using the most leading algorithms, your data will not be recovered even with the most advanced applications.

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Install New OS- you want to install another operating system on your hard drive, for example, try all its features? If it is so, Paragon Hard Disk Manager 15 Pro will help you to perform this complicated task easily and without any effort. At first you have to select space allocation for your new operating system (there are two options at your disposal; you can create a new primary partition to install OS or use an existing one); secondly, specify the size for a new partition; and, thirdly, configure some options, for example, partition type, drive letter and OS label. After inserting CD or DVD disk with the operating system, you will be able to begin the installation process.

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Other Partition Tasks- with the help of Paragon Hard Disk Manager 15 Pro you can also perform a lot of other partition tasks. The program allows you to move or resize partitions (simply specify the volume size and free space before and after resizing), convert file system (you can select the new file system, for example, FAT 32, NTFS, and so on and cluster size), defragment MFT, change volume label, remove drive letter, hide partition, change cluster size, serial number or partition ID, and some others.

In addition, you can also test surface and check file system integrity.

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Copy and Migration- this tab provides you with several useful tools which allow you to copy hard disk, create virtual disk, and so on.

Copy Hard Disk and Partition- with the help of this tool you have the possibility to create an exact copy of your hard disk or partition and then move it to another hard disk. The process of creating is very easy. Just choose the hard drive or partition you want to copy and select the target hard disk. After applying all options, the hard disk or partition will be copied and transferred to the new hard disk.

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Migrate OS- if you are a happy owner of a brand-new HDD or SSD disk, this tool is just for you. It allows you to migrate the entire operating system to the new drive safely and securely in several easy steps.

Create Virtual Disk- Paragon Hard Disk Manager 15 Pro allows you to create virtual disks; you have the possibility to create an empty virtual disks, convert physical disks to virtual disks or convert archives to virtual disks. All three methods are nearly the same. After selecting the desired method, you should select a virtualization software vendor for your virtual disk (the program supports the following vendors- Microsoft Hyper-V 2008, Microsoft Hyper-V 2012, Microsoft Virtual PC, Oracle Virtual Box and VMware Workstation / VMware Fusion) and specify some parameters (for example, controller or size of the virtual machine, and so on).

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P2V Copy- Paragon Hard Disk Manager 15 Pro allows you to copy an entire hard disk or separate volumes to a new virtual machine. At first you can select the hard disk which you want to be added to the virtual machine and then specify Virtualization Software vendor.

P2V Restore- with the help of this function you have the possibility to restore the contents of Paragon archive to a virtual machine.  All you need is to select the desired archive from the list, specify Virtualization software vendor and some other settings. The selected archive will be restored in a new virtual machine and ready to use.

P2V Adjust- with the help of P2V Adjust function you have the possibility to run the operating system on most modern computers. Paragon Hard Disk Manager 15 Pro will automatically adjust the required parameters, for example, hardware drivers, and so on.

Paragon Recovery Media Builder- Paragon Hard Disk Manager 15 Pro comes with a bootable recovery feature called Recovery Builder 3.0 based on Linux or WinPE; it allows you to prepare and create a special emergency bootable environment both on a USB drive and in an ISO format. It will help you to boot the operating system in case of its failure or, at least, recover some valuable information from the damaged hard drive and deploy the system on a computer without the pre-installed operating system.

What is new in Paragon Hard Disk Manager 15 Pro?

Windows 10 support

Improved export VD container wizard

Advanced Encryption standard support

System state data backup support

Revised graphical user interface

And a lot of others.

System Requirements

Windows XP- Windows 10

CPU- Intel Pentium or compatible, 300 MHz or higher processor

RAM- at least 256 MB

Disk Space- 250 MB

Conclusion

There is no need to say that hard drives are one of the most important parts of any computer because it contains and stores your operating system and all your necessary files. Just for this reason it is very important to keep it safe and free from errors.

Paragon Hard Disk Manager 15 Pro is just that application which allows you to manage and control your hard drive and its partitions effectively. The program provides you with a wide range of different useful tools which cover everything for efficient and reliable hard drive control. With the help of the program you can back up your hard drive, migrate the operating system to a new hard disk, create a virtual disk, perform different partitioning operations, and so on.

Paragon Hard Disk Manager 15 Pro is a program which is necessary for everybody who wants to keep the hard drive stable and safe.

Pros

1. Reliable and advanced backup and recovery.
2. A lot of tools for managing hard drives and partitions.
3. Full range of copying operations
4. Inbuilt Paragon recovery builder.

Cons

None

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