Free Paragon Backup and Recovery – Incremental Backup Included!

Popular guest writer Rick Robinette, has a knack for finding great free applications. Paragon Backup and Recovery, one of Rick’s latest finds, is a highly inclusive free backup and recovery application which even includes incremental backup, something that’s rarely found in a free application. This application is a “must have”, for average computer users.

Paragon, a software development leader for over 15 years has available for non-commercial use (at home) a powerful disk imaging (backup) and recovery package (for FREE), called Paragon Backup and Recovery.

“Smart people backup; Backup & Recovery is smart backup.”

With Paragon Backup and Recovery, you can create a backup image of an entire hard disk (including GPT-discs!), or system partitions, to guarantee the operating system’s working capability.

The “cool factor” with this application is its ability to perform a differential backup that will only archive changes since the last full sector-based image, thus saving backup storage space.

In other words once you have made a complete backup image of your PC (preferably to an external drive), you can perform (select) subsequent differential backups that will only backup the changes from the initial full backup; thus saving time and drive storage space.

As with most disk imaging applications, make sure you create a recovery disk that can be used to boot up your system in the event your computer is no longer booting into Windows. With Paragon Backup and Recovery, you will have the option to create a bootable  USB Flash drive, CD or DVD to recover your PC on demand.

As you continue to read, you will notice that Paragon Backup and Recovery is loaded with numerous features that you typically do not see in other FREE comparable disk imaging applications.

If you currently do not have a backup or disaster recovery plan in place, Paragon Backup and Recovery is a great option.

If you want to learn more, I encourage you to take a look at the User’s Manual [ HERE ] that provides in-depth and detailed instructions on “how to” use this software.  These instructions are also a great starting to place to learn about disk imaging software.

Fast facts:

    • New Cyclic Backup – complete infrastructure for establishing a self-acting data protection system, fully compliant with the set-and-forget backup policy
    • NewSupport for the latest hardware as well as hard disk partitioning schemes.
    • NewSupport of all present day techniques to store backup images
    • Disk backup to save not only all on-disk information but also the system service structures. It is ideal for making a backup image of an entire hard disk (including GPT-discs!) or system partitions to guarantee the operating system’s working capability
    • Differential backup  to a sector image to only archive changes since the last full sector-based image, thus considerably saving the backup storage space. To restore this kind of backup you will require a full image and one of its differentials
    • Restore an entire disk, separate partitions image
    • Restore with Shrink to restore a backup amount of actual data of the image
    • Create bootable USB Flash drive, CD or DVD to recover your PC on demand
    • Differential Partition Backup (Create a differential image of a partition)
    • Recovery Media Builder: builds a new “recovery media” to boot from in case of an unbootable system
    • Check Recovery Discs: checks the recovery media for integrity and boot ability
    • Graphical representation of the data to gain a better understanding
    • Comprehensive wizards to simplify even the most complex operations
    • A context sensitive hint system for all functions of the program
    • Previewing the resulting layout of hard disks before actually executing operations (so-called virtual operations)
    • Create Partition
    • Format Partition
    • Delete Partition
    • Assign/Remove Drive Letter
    • Hide/Unhide Partition
    • Mark Partition as Active/Inactive
    • Modify: change volume label,Test Surface
    • Check File System Integrity
    • Add an archive to the database
    • Delete the archive from the database
    • Restore from the selected archive
    • Restore File From Archive
    • Differential backup
    • Check Archive Integrity
    • Mount/Unmount the archive
    • Backup Features
    • Restore Facilities
    • Advanced Backup Tasks
    • Supplementary Tools
    • User Friendly Fault Minimizing Interface
    • Partitioning tools
    • Operations with Archives

    System requirements: Windows 7 (32/64-bit), Vista (32/64-bit), XP Professional SP2 (32/64-bit), XP Home SP2, Windows 2000 Professional SP4

    Download at: Paragon Software Group

    This is a guest post by Rick Robinette, who brings a background as a security/police officer professional, and as an information technology specialist to the Blogging world.

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    18 responses to “Free Paragon Backup and Recovery – Incremental Backup Included!

    1. Liam O' Moulain

      Another great article from you Rick, and another terrific application.

      Will definitely get this one.


      • Bill Mullins

        Hey Liam,

        Looks like you’re in good company – 32 downloads in just a couple of hours.

        It’s rushing off the shelves. lol

        Thanks for coming by.


    2. kingpin

      Hi Bill,
      I have to say that Paragon Backup and Recovery is great software for backup.Since I am already using Handy Backup Pro.,think I will stick with it for now.

      Little offtopic found a good portable AntiKeylogger here,Hope you like it,

      • Bill Mullins

        Hey Kingpin,

        In October, last year, I reviewed Handy Backup and gave away 2 licenses (retail value $99 each) – Handy Backup Professional Free License Giveaway ! – so I agree, it’s a great application.

        On the other hand, I have no doubt that *Paragon Backup and Recovery* is an outstanding application – particularly when one considers that it’s free. Just having the ability to perform incremental backups, puts this app head and shoulders above most free backup programs.

        Great comment as usual, Kingpin.


    3. John

      Hi Bill,

      Could not resist the opportunity to give this a spin as I’m sure it probably has a lot more use and functionality than my generic WD Anywhere Backup programme.


      • Bill Mullins

        Hi John,

        You’re right; just a ton of functionality. The ability to do progressive incremental backups is a major advantage, and a huge time saver. You’ll like this one.



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    8. kingpin

      Hi Bill,
      A another giveaway from WinX till GMT 15th May

      • Bill Mullins

        Hey Kingpin.

        That is very cool!

        I’ve just posted on this – Save 30 Dollars Download WinX Cell Phone Video Converter Free (Offer Expires May 15, 2010). *”My Internet friend Kingpin, who is always on the lookout for Tech Thoughts readers, when it comes to freebies, has found another one……………..”*

        As always, this is very much appreciated.



    9. Bill,
      Thanks to you and Gavin for this one I’ve always heard of good things about Paragon and I’m going to try it out.

    10. OOPS sorry about that Rick, thanks to Gavin for the great series on online safety, I’ve pointed some notoriously clueless friends of mine at it.
      But you can lead a horse to water…

      • Bill Mullins

        Hi Mark,

        Your friends must share the same DNA as some of my friends. They exhibit the same symptoms – “notoriously clueless”. lol

        Have a great weekend..


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