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[Review] Paragon Drive Backup 2010 Special Edition

{rw_text}Software reviewed in this article:

Paragon Drive Backup 2010 Special Edition [1]

Version reviewed:

System Requirements:

Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000; CPU: 300 MHz or higher; RAM: 256 MB; Disk space: 120 Mb; Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher

Price:

Since this is a “special edition” this software is not for sale anywhere – you can get Paragon Drive Backup 2010 Special Edition for free for a limited time at Giveawayoftheday.com. The closes two software to Paragon Drive Backup 2010 Special Edition are Paragon Drive Backup 9 Professional ($39.95) and Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Suite ($69.95)

Software description:

Special offer for GAOTD users! Paragon Drive Backup 2010 Special Edition offers more safety to all your important data including videos, images, audio files, documents and applications. Find other extra features onboard this toolkit along with a Windows 7 and 64-bit Operating Systems support.

What we offer:

  • Complete set of features for entire disk imaging and file Backup;
  • Backup to any destination: Including local mounted/un-mounted partitions, external storage locations, CD/DVD/Blu-ray discs, network shares, FTP as well as a secured hidden partition on your local drive (Paragon Backup Capsule);
  • Smart Backup options for headache-free security, so you can backup exactly what you need and with the best backup method, chosen automatically depending on the data to protect;
  • Professional recovery tools;
  • Useful extras: boot corrector, simple partitioning and more.

If you are 64bit system user follow the link here [2].

Technical Support:
During the Giveaway period Paragon Software provides technical support at http://twitter.com/paragonsoftware [3]. Please, post your questions if you have any troubles while downloading, registering and using the software. Paragon Software’s support team will reply you as soon as possible.

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{for=”Ease of Use” value=”10″}Nice wizards guide the users making everything, more or less, point and click.
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{for=”Performance” value=”7″}At face value, performance is fairly good. However, relative to rival software, Paragon’s creates backups more slowly and less compressed.
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{for=”Usefulness” value=”10″}In the day and age where our computers hold so much critical information, everyone should be creating backups and thus everyone needs backup software.
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{for=”Price” value=”7″}With Acronis True Image Home Edition 2010 available for $49.95 I would never pay $39.95 for Paragon Drive Backup 9 Professional. However, Paragon Backup & Recovery Suite has some nice features in addition to the backup capabilities; I would pay $50-60 for it if I needed it.
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{for=”Arbitrary Equalizer” value=”9″}This category reflects an arbitrary number that does not specifically stand for anything. Rather this number is used to reflect my overall rating/verdict of the program in which I considered all the features and free alternatives.
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I love Paragon freebies, because as I have said time and time again Paragon makes quality software. However, as a reviewer I dislike the “special editions” Paragon runs promotions with because it is near impossible for me to get my hands on a “special edition” to review it before the GOTD giveaway beings. Today I face the same problem with Paragon Drive Backup 2010 Special Edition. However, fear not; because of the way Paragon markets their products, they have multiple versions of, essentially, the same core software out for me to review. So this is how today’s review is going to go down. I have reviewed [4] Paragon Backup & Restore 10 Free; I also have a chart which shows the feature differences between Paragon Backup & Restore 10 Free, Paragon Drive Backup 9 Personal, Paragon Drive Backup 9 Professional, Paragon Drive Backup 2010 Special Edition, and Paragon Backpu & Restore 10 Suite. Everyone that wants to get a basic idea of what Paragon Drive Backup 2010 Special Edition can do should read my review on Paragon Backup & Restore 10 Free then read my comparison chart to see the feature differences. Ready? Set? Go!

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(Click on the above image to view the chart.)

(The chart is the product of Ashraf meshing together a couple of charts provided by Paragon.)

This review was conducted on a laptop running Windows 7 Professional 32-bit. The specs of the laptop are as follows: 3GB of RAM, a Radeon HD 2600 512MB graphics card, and an Intel T8300 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo processor.

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There are tons of backup software. If you are interested in free image backup software, I suggest you read the following articles:

If you want free file backup software, consider:

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{rw_verdict2}Paragon Drive Backup 2010 Special Edition is a good software. It has many features and performs well. I recommend it to anyone that wants it. As for free alternatives:

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Special offer for GAOTD users! Paragon Drive Backup 2010 Special Edition offers more safety to all your important data including videos, images, music files, documents and applications. Find other extra features onboard this toolkit along with a Windows 7 and 64-bit Operating Systems support.
What we offer:

* Complete set of features for entire disk imaging and file Backup;
* Backup to any destination: Including local mounted/un-mounted partitions, external storage locations, CD/DVD/Blu-ray discs, network shares, FTP as well as a secured hidden partition on your local drive (Paragon Backup Capsule);
* Smart Backup options for headache-free security, so you can backup exactly what you need and with the best backup method, chosen automatically depending on the data to protect;
* Professional recovery tools;
* Useful extras: boot corrector, simple partitioning and more.

What’s new in 2010 Special Edition comparing to Drive Backup 9.0 Personal?

* Windows 7 support;
* Smart Backup Wizard – backup exactly what you need: the whole system, e-mail databases (MS Outlook, Express, Windows Mail) media files or office documents of the My Documents folder, or any other files and folders in a few mouse clicks;
* Selective Restore to easily extract files and folders from a backup image with the Restore Wizard without the need to restore the whole image;
* Schedule File backup – you can start the File Backup Wizard with the preset scheduling option;
* Backup to FTP;
* And, other minor improvements.

Find detailed comparison here
If you are 64bit system user follow the link here.

Technical Support:
During the Giveaway period Paragon Software provides technical support at http://twitter.com/paragonsoftware. Please, post your questions if you have any troubles while downloading, registering and using the software. Paragon Software’s support team will reply you as soon as possible.