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[Windows] Paragon Backup & Recovery does file, drive, and, system backups

2013-09-11_001432 [1]Backing up your data, whether it be specific files, whole drives and partitions, or your entire system, is a very important task and should be done regularly — because you never know when that moment will arrive when you lose everything. This is why dotTech has a review on the best free file, drive, and system backup software for Windows [2]. If, however, you aren’t happy with the software we list in our review, Paragon Backup & Recovery is another option. Let’s see if it is worth your time.

What is it and what does it do

Main Functionality

Paragon Backup & Recovery is a file-level and drive-level backup program — it allows you to backup only just specific files, whole drives/partitions, and/or your entire system.

Take note there are three versions of Paragon Backup & Recovery: Free ($0), Compact ($29.95), and Home ($39.95). Free is free for non-commercial use while Home is the one Paragon Backup & Recovery wants to sell you. Although Compact has a price of $29.95, Paragon Software actually doesn’t sell Compact — that is their special version of Paragon Backup & Recovery that they giveaway as a freebie in promotions.

It goes without saying Paragon Backup & Recovery Home has more features than Free and Compact. But exactly what are the feature differences? Paragon Software doesn’t provide a chart that explicitly lists out the differences between the three versions but they do provide the relevant information in parts; I’ve combined everything they tell us into a simple chart to help explain the differences between the three versions. The following are the major differences between Paragon Backup & Recovery Free, Compact, and Home (click the chart to enlarge):

paragon_backup_and_recovery_free_vs_compact_vs_home [3]

Pros

Cons

Conclusion and download link

I’ve been a fan of Paragon Software products for years now. Why? Simply because they make terrific programs and Paragon Backup & Recovery is no exception. Indeed, Paragon Backup & Recovery is an excellent program. Sure it isn’t perfect but overall it is an awesome program.

That said, the features you have at your disposal depend on if you have the Home, Compact, or Free version. Frankly speaking, I love the Home version and the Compact version is also good but the Free version is a bit meh — other freeware backup programs have more features than Paragon Backup & Recovery Free. So my recommendation is the following.

If you need a backup program to backup your files, data, documents, drives, system, etc. then Paragon Backup & Recovery is well worth checking out… as long as you get the Home version. If you aren’t willing to spend $39.95 on Paragon Backup & Recovery Home and you are able to get Paragon Backup & Recovery Compact from a freebie giveaway, Compact is also good but be sure to immediately create your Linux-based bootable media. Why? Because most giveaways won’t let you install Compact after the giveaway is over. This means if you ever somehow lose Compact, you won’t be able to to reinstall it, and you won’t be able to restore your data if you didn’t create the Linux-based bootable beforehand. If you won’t purchase Home and don’t get Compact, then I recommend checking out dotTech’s review of best free backup software for Windows [2] instead of going with Paragon Backup & Recovery Free. The software mentioned in our review are free/freeware but they have more features than Paragon Backup & Recovery Free.

Price: Free (Free), $29.95 (Compact), $39.95 (Home)

Version reviewed: Paragon Backup & Recovery 12 (v10.1.19.16240, 22.11.12)

Supported OS: Windows 8/7/Vista/XP (32-bit and 64-bit)

Download size: Roughly 150 MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: N/A — too large for VirusTotal

Is it portable? No

Paragon Backup & Recovery Home homepage [4] | Paragon Backup & Recovery Compact homepage [5] | Paragon Backup & Recovery Free homepage [6]