Paragon Backup & Recovery Free

Paragon Backup & Recovery Free

Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 266 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2012
  • Total Downloads:
    1,502,660
  • Date Added:
    December 27, 2011
  • File Size:
    232.67MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    3,246
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7

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  • Current Version

    3.9

    out of 19 votes

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    • 4 star 2
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    • 2 star 1
    • 1 star 2
  • All Versions

    3.8

    out of 266 votes

    • 5 star 139
    • 4 star 42
    • 3 star 20
    • 2 star 12
    • 1 star 53
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2 stars

"It used to be great"

May 22, 2012  |  By oscarivera9

 |  Version: Paragon Backup & Recovery Free 2012

Pros

It's free.

Cons

It used to be great. I used it for two years, but with this new edition, the user interface has been changed and some of the functionality seems to be gone. I'm sure it's all still there but it couldn't look into my C drive and tell me what I was backing up. My C drive showed up as being formatted NTFS but I couldn't look at its content, so I decided to not backup and instead I went ahead and bought another paid product that's much more reliable. I've already created an image backup with the other product and had no problems whatsoever.

Summary

I'm sure it works, but I didn't want to risk it. In the past I used to use this product and all of my backups were completed without a glitch (except for one in which I had to fix registry problems), so I imagine it still works fine. I simply have too much invested in my PC to risk not having a reliable backup. Give it a shot and perform a backup. That's the only way you'll really know if this software is for you.

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5 stars

"Thanks Paragon for this useful tool!"

April 04, 2012  |  By jpsmithson

 |  Version: Paragon Backup & Recovery Free 2012

Pros

Works excellent.

Cons

A bit out-of date design.

Summary

The interface is a bit out-of date, I mean it's design, but still, everything is intuitively understandable. In my opinion it doesn't matter, because the program must work correctly first of all, and only then should have modern design. Concerning its functional: I've successfully burnt a recovery CD. Then I've clicked "Backup", selected necessary directories and started the backup. First I was a bit confused, when the program showed me estimated time about an hour (for 40 GB), but in several minutes it started decreasing and finished at about 10 minutes, so the program works rather fast, that's good!=) Then I decided to restore my data, clicked "Restore" button, selected the data to restore and started the operation. Everything restored absolutely correct, I had no troubles to boot my system, thanks Paragon for this useful tool of really high quality!=)

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1 stars

"Beautiful interface, but software doesn't work."

April 01, 2012  |  By pfeldman

 |  Version: Paragon Backup & Recovery Free 2012

Pros

I love the user interface.

Cons

I can't make this software work.

Summary

I decided that I better test this software before the 30-day trial ends. Here's what I did:

(1) I clicked on the "Tools" button.

(2) I selected "Burn Recovery Media" and created a bootable CD.

(3) I clicked on the "Smart Backup" button.

(4) I selected the "Other Files and Folders" option.

(5) I selected my boot drive (C:) and unchecked two folders containing only user files.

(6) I specified that the archive should be stored on a secondary drive (H:).

(7) I powered off the computer and disconnected the boot drive.

(8) I booted on the CD that was created in step (2).

(9) I selected the option to do a restore and navigated to the secondary drive.

(10) At this point, the restore program was looking for files with the ".pbf" extension, but there were no files with that extension. There were files with the extensions ".pfi" and ".pfp", so I tried to force the restore tool to open those files, but in every case I got the error message "Invalid archive tool".

At this point, I've concluded that this software does not work.

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5 stars

"I was skeptical at first; but this works!"

March 29, 2012  |  By sirzune

 |  Version: Paragon Backup & Recovery Free 2012

Pros

It's not the fastest kid on the block, but its power is in its thorough job of doing what it's supposed to do. I have W7 Home Premium and couldn't do a certain XP program. So I did a backup of my install and then put XP on the computer. Did what I had to do with it and then recovered my W7 install-- Bam! Perfect.

Cons

Takes quite some time for a 50GB backup (total hdd size:500GB). None other than that. I have the paid version.

Summary

Just make sure you set your computer to boot from CD/DVD tray.

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5 stars

"Excellent and reliable backup program, but be warned."

March 10, 2012  |  By Bill5432

 |  Version: Paragon Backup & Recovery Free 2012

Pros

Excellent and Reliable in Windows environment.

Cons

From my recent experience, if your Windows install is screwed, and you cannot boot into windows, you would have to use a Paragon recovery boot disk (created earlier) from DOS environment. If you backed up your install onto an external NTFS hard drive, the hard drive does not show, so you have to make a clean Windows install, and perform recovery from there. I might have missed something, but I've tried every option I could find, and could not make it work any other way.

Summary

Great program, probably the best one out there as far as I'm concerned. Some minor setbacks in some cases, but those can be dealt with.

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5 stars

"Dependable software gives you confidence when using it"

March 07, 2012  |  By acuvic

 |  Version: Paragon Backup & Recovery Free 2012

Pros

Does what you expect it to to
Good price!

Cons

None discovered

Summary

I use to recover my system after using Easeus partitioning software messed it up. Then I was so impressed, I bought the Paragon Partition Manager 11 which, unlike Easeus, works perfectly.

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3 stars

"Limited backup options"

March 03, 2012  |  By dandiego11

 |  Version: Paragon Backup & Recovery Free 2012

Pros

Seems quick and efficient.

Cons

Does not let you choose specific folders/files to back up.

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3 stars

"It worked -- this time."

March 02, 2012  |  By sjhazz

 |  Version: Paragon Backup & Recovery Free 2012

Pros

Appears to be seamless and smooth. Does the job without much hassle or tekkie stuff.

Cons

Will have to explore other features more carefully in the future.

Summary

I was not impressed with the "original" program. 3/4 of the time it didn't work. . . just watched the gears whirl around.
This time the"advanced" program worked without a hitch.

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5 stars

"One of the best if not THE best free anti virus Program"

March 02, 2012  |  By wilga1080

 |  Version: Paragon Backup & Recovery Free 2012

Pros

Does its job very well, so far has not missed a threat.

Cons

Down-load takes far too long for those on a slow internet connection, there needs to have something done to speed up the time it takes to download

Summary

would not hesitate to recommend this program to anyone, regardless of their budget, it is great value, even better because it is FREE !!!!!

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3 stars

"It is Free"

February 28, 2012  |  By chapstarUK

 |  Version: Paragon Backup & Recovery Free 2012

Pros

It costs nothing, which is better than a trial really

Cons

Limited, explanations before downloading are also quite limited

Summary

Does what it says on the tin really,

For those who think you have to buy it.
On your Registration Dialogue box, click the link to paragons Website. It takes you to a registration form, within 15 minutes you have a serial number and validation number.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2012
Version 2012 updated user interface and program engine.
General
Publisher Paragon Software Group
Publisher web site http://www.paragon-software.com
Release Date December 19, 2011
Date Added December 27, 2011
Version 2012
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Backup Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 232.67MB
File Name br14_free_ea_x64.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,502,660
Downloads Last Week 3,246
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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