Paragon Hard Disk Manager Suite

Paragon Hard Disk Manager Suite

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
3.3
out of 15 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    15
  • Total Downloads:
    33,227
  • Date Added:
    Oct. 22, 2014
  • Price:
    Free to try (30-day trial); $49.95 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    62.07MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    310
  • Platform:
    Windows

Editors' Review

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Paragon Hard Disk Manager Suite 14 can back up, restore, copy, and partition hard drives; migrate your OS to a new disk; securely wipe data; transfer files; and more. It's a premium suite that you can try for free for 30 days.

Pros

Windows 8: Paragon's tools are fully compatible with Windows 8, and its tile-based quick launch interface looks at home in Windows 8 systems.

Backups: The Smart Backup Wizard backs up disks or partitions, email, media files, documents, or any files or folders; plus you don't have to buy a separate backup utility.

Virtual machinery: Paragon let us virtualize our system or start our OS after an unsuccessful migration using a third-party program. It supports major VMs including Oracle and VMWare.

Not forgotten: Most users don't need to install the optional HotCore Driver for Windows 2000. But if you're still running Windows 2000 or XP, the publishers have you covered.

Cons

Manual labor: Despite a tile for the User Manual, the all-but-empty Help file instructed us to download the manual via a link we couldn't access. For a premium tool, it's disappointing. For a powerful disk utility, it's potentially disastrous.

Free gets closer: Freeware disk utilities are gaining ground in features and performance, though the premium packages like Paragon still hold an edge, especially in support.

Bottom Line

Disk management utilities and backup utilities are two types of software we've never minded paying for since they're critical. Paragon Disk Manager Suite 14 combines both (and more) in one toolkit, but the User Manual and Help file issue needs to be addressed. That aside; we'd certainly trust Paragon Disk Manager Suite 14 with our disks and data.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Paragon Hard Disk Manager Suite 14.

 
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User Reviews
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1 stars

"Disaster.. nothing like version 2013.. malfunctions"

January 14, 2015

 |  Version: Paragon Hard Disk Manager Suite 15

Pros

They upgraded the tech under the hood.. giving it a new look, as if they improved actually improved upon the last versions. It is supposed to read newer bios boards. (although the old one did fine)

Cons

The list is endless: First complaint.. they renamed ALL the features. Instead of 'Backup Wizard' it is now called 'restore virtual disk'. Sorry, a compressed volume archive is NOT a virtual disk. Second.. I made a backup of two partitions on a working system using version 2013.. which I then tried to restore on another drive using the USB stick with version 2014. This failed, telling me my backup was NOT valid. So I re-burned the USB stick with v 2013 and rebuilt my partition without any further troubles. Third, they made the windows desktop interface GUI exactly like Tiles Metro in Win 8. It's almost dizzying. Fourth, the menu to create the rescue media now reads like the US constitution with a dozen sub-clauses. THESE DEVELOPERS are TOTAL IDIOTS! Speaking as a tech expert of 20 years.. I barely deciphered what was once child's play. AVOID version 14 LIKE THE PLAGUE.

Summary

I wrote both the tech team and the sales team. The only reply I got was that I must not send the same letter twice. I rate this Wizard or Oz: Scarecrow (or if I only had a brain.)

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5 stars

"Super program!"

January 01, 2015  |  By Teachmelee

 |  Version: Paragon Hard Disk Manager Suite 15

Pros

Been using PHDM since 2008. Great product.

Cons

none at all

Summary

I would say this is for Advanced Users but I think anyone who "wants to learn" can use this full-featured program to do everything they need to their SSD/HDD managment. You don't learn major tools like this overnight, so take your time.

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1 stars

"Uninspiring and difficult to use"

December 07, 2014  |  By assign1234

 |  Version: Paragon Hard Disk Manager Suite 15

Pros

Nothing I can think of....

Cons

(1) Very poor help feature
(2) Technical manual seems more concerned ith marketing the company than telling you how to use their product
(3)Confusing, cluttered user interface with options that are not well explained

Summary

If you enjoy confusion and frustration use Paragons backup/restore software. It may work but the help features are so stunted you would never likely know.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 15
  • Embedded Recovery Media Builder 3.0
  • File-level backup/restore for virtual containers (pVHD, VHD, VHDX, VMDK)
  • Adaptable main program window
  • Wiping SSD
  • Professional Edition only:
  • Agentless protection of Hyper-V guest machines
  • P2V Restore Wizard
General
Publisher Paragon Software Group
Publisher web site http://www.paragon-software.com
Release Date October 22, 2014
Date Added October 22, 2014
Version 15
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows 2000, Windows, Windows XP, Windows 7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 62.07MB
File Name Paragon-299-PEED_WinInstallDemo_10.1.25.294_000.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 33,227
Downloads Last Week 310
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $49.95

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