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Paragon Virtualization manager 14 Pro Review

by November 11, 2015

Paragon Virtualization manager 14 Pro Review

Paragon Virtualization manager 14 Pro is an advanced application which allows you to solve all problems related to virtualization and data management in one reliable software package. It offers all types of migration in one solution. With the help of the program you can migrate physical machine to a virtual environment (P2V), restore the physical system to a virtual environment (P2V restore), migrate physical machines running Windows operating system to a different hardware platform (P2P), and so on.

Paragon Virtualization manager 14 Pro is universal; it supports practically all known computer Bus interfaces (for example, ATA, SATA, etc.), Storages (for example, SSD, HDD, CD, DVD, etc.) and File Systems (for example, NTFS, FAT 32, Linux, HFS+, and so on).

The demo version of Paragon Virtualization manager 14 Pro can be downloaded from the Paragon official website. Two separate installers are available for 32 and 64-bit versions of the Windows operating system. The program has not got any time restrictions, i.e. you can use it as long as you want but no performed operations can be applied physically on the hard drive.

The installation process is standard and it does not require much time. All you need is to accept the terms of the license agreement, enter your username, select a destination folder to install.

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Similar to other Paragon applications, Paragon Virtualization manager 14 Pro has got two viewing modes- Express Launcher and Full scale Launcher.

The Express Launcher is designed in the Windows metro style and includes several tiles for accessing different functions of the program.

Interface- tiles

The Full scale Launcher has got a ribbon interface and consists of three tabs:

Partitioning- it allows you to perform basic, express and advanced actions with the disk partitions, for example, undelete or merge partitions, and so on.

Copy and Migration- with the help of this tab you can perform main operations with physical and virtual disks, for example, copy hard disk or partition, create a virtual disk or adjust some setting to it, etc.

Volume Explorer- it provides you with useful information about each physical and virtual drives available on the computer.

The main window of Paragon Virtualization manager 14 Pro is divided into three panes- Disk Map, Context Menu and Properties.

Disk Menu- every physical and virtual disk is displayed in this section of the main window.

Context Menu- in this menu you can find different commands for working with disk partitions.

Properties Pane- it provides you with various details about the disks, for example, their volume, letter, label, file system, and so on.

Interface- full scale launcher

Copy and Migration tab is divided into four parts- Copy, Virtualization, P2P and Connect VD. All tools connected in this tab allow you to copy the entire hard drive or separate partitions, create virtual disk, migrate physical disk to a virtual disk, and some others.

Copy Hard Disk and Partition- it is very important to have an exact copy of your hard drive or any partition at your disposal because you can easily restore your system in the event of any failure or hardware crash on the one hand and create a virtual disk from it on the other hand.

Paragon Virtualization manager 14 Pro allows you to make an exact copy of your hard disk or partitions and save it for the future use.

The copying process is very easy, for it is performed with the help of the Copy Hard Disk Wizard. Three simple steps are required to make an exact copy of your hard drive or partitions.

In the first step you have to select the desired hard drive to copy from the list; in the second step, you must select the target disk to which all data will be moved from the source disk. And, finally, in the third step, you can set up some copy and resize options, for example, you are allowed to create HDD raw copy or partitions raw copy on the one hand and remove free blocks between partitions on the other hand.

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Create Virtual Disk- you want to test a brand-new operating system or try some specific programs? If it is so, Paragon Virtualization manager 14 Pro will help you to create a virtual disk and perform all operations there. It is very easy to create this virtual disk using the program because all actions are performed with the help of a special Wizard which will help you to configure each step easily and effortlessly.

The program offers three different options, namely, you can create an empty virtual disk, convert physical disk to virtual disk and convert archive (i.e. PBF image created by the program) to virtual disk.

If you want to create an empty virtual disk, you should set some properties of the virtual disk. Paragon Virtualization manager 14 Pro allows you to select virtualization software (you have got three options- VMware Workstation / VMware Fusion, Microsoft Virtual PC and Oracle Virtual Box), a type of the virtual disk (for example, IDE or SCSI), and, finally, a desired location for the virtual disk. That is all; after applying all changes, the program will create a new clear virtual image.

The second option allows you to convert your physical disk to the virtual disk. The process of creating of the virtual disk is practically the same; simply select the desired physical disk or partition which you want to be converted from the list and after that choose the desired virtualization software, and, finally, set some properties, for example, the size of the virtual disk, and so on.

As for the third option, you can choose any PBF image created by the program and create a virtual disk from it by applying the same settings which has been described above.

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Virtual Disk- Archive

Virual disk- Empty

P2V Copy- Paragon Virtualization manager 14 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 (you have got three options- VMware workstation, Microsoft Virtual PC or Oracle Virtual Box).

After that you should configure virtual machine properties, i.e. virtual machine version and name on the one hand and CPU number and memory amount on the other hand.

After specifying all required steps, you just need to select a location to save the virtual machine.

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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- it is no secret that the operating system is extremely sensitive to the change of hardware configuration. If you restore the image on a different computer which varies from the original physical machine, Windows will not boot. Thanks to the feature P2V Adjust function you have the possibility to run the operating system on most modern computers. Paragon Virtualization manager 14 Pro will automatically adjust the required parameters, for example, hardware drivers, and so on.   Here you can adjust the Windows operating system inside your virtual disk to a new virtual machine. Besides the basic functions, the program allows you to create and configure virtual machines on the basis of supported virtual disks and backups in virtual disk format.

Connect a Virtual Disk- one of the main features of Paragon Virtualization manager 14 Pro is the interaction between virtual disks at the sector level, i.e. in other words, you can connect virtual disks and process the data contained in them thanks to the advanced technology called ConnectVD. Thus, you can easily copy the contents of the virtual hard disk to another physical disk and vice versa.

Partitioning- With the help of Paragon Virtualization manager 14 Pro you have the possibility to carry out basic and professional operations with partitions, i.e. you can create, format, delete and undelete partitions; hide or unhide partitions; change the status of partitions (i.e. make them active or inactive); change a drive letter and volume label, convert the file system of partitions; check file system integrity; test surface of partitions; edit and view sectors and some others.

System Requirements

Windows 2000 Pro- Windows 8.1

Intel Pentium III CPU or its equivalent with 300 MHz

At least 512 RAM

250 MB of free hard disk space

Conclusion

Currently Paragon Virtualization manager 14 Pro is one of the best applications for virtualization and management hard disks. It provides you with everything for virtualization, management and migration of hard disks.

Paragon Virtualization manager 14 Pro is a reliable and advanced piece of software which includes in one single package several innovative technologies. This product has a lot of features for working with hard drives. You have the possibility to perform basic and advanced operations with disk partitions, for example, format, delete, hide partitions, and reliably work with physical and virtual disks. The program supports all types of migration (i.e. P2V, V2V, V2P, and P2P) and virtual machines from different developers.

Pros

1. Different migration types for physical and virtual disks, for example, P2V, P2p, etc.
2. You can perform basic and advanced operations with partitions.
And so on.

Cons

All operations are performed only in virtual mode in the trial version.

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