Paragon Backup and Recovery Free

Paragon Backup and Recovery Free

Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 266 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2011
  • Total Downloads:
    1,502,660
  • Date Added:
    February 11, 2011
  • File Size:
    232.67MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    3,246
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows Me/2000/XP/Vista/7

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  • Current Version

    3.4

    out of 45 votes

    • 5 star 17
    • 4 star 10
    • 3 star 2
    • 2 star 4
    • 1 star 12
  • 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

"Too hard to use"

February 17, 2013  |  By Raconteur75

 |  Version: Paragon Backup and Recovery Free 2011

Pros

Seems professional and sophisticated.

Cons

Very non-user-friendly

Summary

Spent an hour and a half on the phone talking my wife through a restoral attempt. After finally finding the image and getting it started, it failed with an I/O error. Fortunately I had a Macrium backup as well.

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3 stars

"Works as described."

December 22, 2011  |  By radrick55

 |  Version: Paragon Backup and Recovery Free 2011

Pros

Very good user interface - logical arrangement of icons/steps.

Cons

My main interest was in getting imaging software to work with the newer hard disks using Guid Partition Tables (GPT). This was supposed to support these disks, but the restoration failed.
The restore process was also very long (hours).

Summary

Works well if you do not have a UEFI motherboard with disks using GPT.

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3 stars

"Very good while using OSs prior to 64-bit Windows 7"

December 19, 2011  |  By cesar_figueiredo

 |  Version: Paragon Backup and Recovery Free 2011

Pros

Up to 32-bit Windows Vista, it used to work fine for restoring the whole HD onto DVDs.

Cons

Now under 64-bit Windows 7, with its first area (partition) reserved by the system (before the actual system on C disk), Paragon does not work as before. When I generated the backup, I did it as I used before, and the recording went normally (apparently). But when I tried to restore the system (Simple Restore option), it shows an I-O error message. By using the Partition Backup & Restore, I could restore the first area, but not the disk C backup. It insists in only restoring the first area. If I were advised about it before, I would have tried generating two backups: one for the first area and another with the contents of drice C (maybe this way it would work, but I am not sure).

Summary

People should be advised not to use it for backing up 64-bit Windows 7 onto DVDs.

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2 stars

"Beware low-level DOS driver !"

December 16, 2011  |  By l.kobiernicki

 |  Version: Paragon Backup and Recovery Free 2011

Pros

Paragon's backup feature solid, but restore not faultless ..

Cons

Low-level DOS driver, interferes with system files/swap file defrag prior to loading OS proper - had to delete it to get this going

Summary

Best not to load a low-level DOS driver as standard - only when a system restore is called, from the management console, or when a CD restore disk is booted from.

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5 stars

"One of the Best"

December 13, 2011  |  By comicfan

 |  Version: Paragon Backup and Recovery Free 2011

Pros

It's FREE. It does a complete system backup, an image of your system that can be restored to the same state you saved it in. It can also backup parts of the operating system. Better than Ghost an without the issues.

Cons

None. Not a one.

Summary

1. I have been using this for years and recommend it to many people who are extremely happy with this.

2. If this is slow and takes a day, there are a couple of issues, one, you have a dinosaur of a PC, there is a hardware issue, or there is WAY too much info to back up and restore. If there is a lot of information, it can take longer, again, depends on how much you are backing up and restoring. A bit of common sense please.

3. It downloads fine for me from Cnet. People need to read the Cnet wording, if you want a direct download, sign in. Second helpings on common sense?

4. If they don't email you the code, I have gotten one for everyone I've had sign up, plus myself in every case. Contact them instead of complaining here. Another dish of common sense.

5. The restore disk doesn't work? Then you have bad media or burned it wrong. Common sense would tell you to try it before you assume it will just work.


6. Not restoring the image exact? Then the backup options were NOT checked properly, I know this for a fact.

Finally, Paragon is probably the best FREE backup software you can own and Cnet has always had solid downloads. It's a shame when you get such a great piece of software for FREE and due to lack of common sense and the ability to read correctly, it has to take some hits. Sad.

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1 stars

"Couldn't use: Paragon never sent code"

December 06, 2011  |  By BOBRGR

 |  Version: Paragon Backup and Recovery Free 2011

Pros

None seen because I couldn't use the program

Cons

After 100mb download which won't open unless you apply a code they email you after registering, going through the hassle of registering...they never emailed the code [and yes, I checked spam.junk folder]

Summary

Big waste of time to download this and register for NOTHING. I'll use Macrium reflect instead.

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4 stars

"Best free backup software for Windows 7 I've found."

December 04, 2011  |  By MMYoung57

 |  Version: Paragon Backup and Recovery Free 2011

Pros

Wizards walk you through step-by-step. Allows you to select files/folders or the entire partition for backup. Selecting the entire drive/partition is great in the case of a system crash. Program walks you through the process of building Recovery Media so you can recover from a system crash.

Cons

Recovery Media wizard is pretty "bare bones" and could be confusing to those less technically savvy. When you run it just be sure and only have the flash/optical media you want to use plugged into the system. That way you only have one selection to choose from.

Summary

Great program, with most of the bells and whistles and it's FREE.

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5 stars

"Does the Trick"

November 28, 2011  |  By TechniGeek

 |  Version: Paragon Backup and Recovery Free 2011

Pros

This software is very easy to use. It offers everything I need for maintenance of my home computers. The backup of a 25GB Windows 7 install took 15 minutes (from a 5400RPM drive) over USB2.0 to a portable 7200RPM Drive. Restore to a different drive running 7200RPM took less than 10 minutes. The Recovery CD is very powerful and saved me a day of Windows 7 reinstall and software setup. I plan to recommend this to everyone.

Cons

None. There have not been any significant issues encountered with this software.

Summary

Bought this after reading a post about how to fix Windows 7 boot after a motherboard change. The machine would reboot while entering Windows splash screen. None of the standard Windows repair techniques would work. I wasn't permitted by Windows to do a Sysprep because it is an upgrade version (figures). Created a recovery disk using Paragon Home Backup and Restore version (purchased at half price direct from them on BF). The Recovery disk with WinPE is not part of the free download here. Used the OS repair option in Recovery mode and it fixed the issue within a minute. Windows booted and installed the rest of its drivers. Why can't Microsoft do this? Replacing a bad motherboard with an upgrade is very common. If you have this problem then buy the Home version and it will be solved in minutes. I have never been so happy with a software suite. Highly recommended.

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4 stars

"Almost perfect"

November 26, 2011  |  By lukeno9

 |  Version: Paragon Backup and Recovery Free 2011

Pros

Restored my computer to the exact image that I created. Everything worked perfectly, as it did before the crash.

Cons

Recovery CD created w/ paragon did not work at all. It gave me some sort of error. The backup & recovery is slow, takes a full day to do both. I am running an archaic computer, however. Dell Optiplex w/ a p4 processor - it does everything slow.

Summary

I downloaded something nasty which caused my system to crash. I tried the recovery CD which I created w/ Paragon. IT DID NOT WORK - AT ALL!!!!! It gave me some sort of error. I re-installed Windows XP, then downloaded the Paragon software again. I ran the Paragon program; selected restore, then pointed it to the image I created prior to the crash. It restored my system perfectly. Everything is exactly as it was. I can't say enough about this software. The mere fact that I took the time to write a review speaks for itself. I'm not the type to do this, but I was so pleased w/ getting my system back, coupled w/ the fact that the software was FREE, that I felt compelled to show my appreciation. If you're on the fence about it, try it. It's free; you have nothing to loose.

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5 stars

"works fine"

October 16, 2011  |  By CJC1234

 |  Version: Paragon Backup and Recovery Free 2011

Pros

all good does everything expected of it and more.

Cons

none, takes a little getting used to but no problem

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2011
Version 2011 features: P2V Migration - Migrate a physical system to a virtual environment by converting all installed software and data into a virtual disk of the required virtual machine. 2 TB+ drivers support; restore with shrink; USB 3.0 supported.
General
Publisher Paragon Software Group
Publisher web site http://www.paragon-software.com
Release Date January 25, 2011
Date Added February 11, 2011
Version 2011
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory Backup Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows XP, Windows Me, Windows 2000
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
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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