dotTech Exclusive: 20 free licenses of Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite (Part 2)!

Two week ago (wow… it has been a really long time since I have posted on dotTech) I introduced a dotTech Exclusive promotion giving away 20 licenses of Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite. As I mentioned in the earlier post, the promotion works in two parts; so in that regard, is this part 2 of the promotion (or, in other words, the part where you can throw your name into the hat to try to win a license).

Here is a recap of what Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite is and what it does:

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If you would like to win a license of Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite, follow these simple instructions/guidelines:

  • If you want to be eligible to win one of the licenses, you must post a comment below. In the comment you must post answers to the following questions:
  1. What you used (or will use) Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite for?
  2. What is your favorite feature in Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite?
  3. Are there any aspects of Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite that can be improved (bug fixes, more features, interface enhancements, etc.)? If so, please explain.
  4. If you were in the market looking for a hard drive management software, would you pay $49.95 to purchase Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite? In other words, do you think $49.95 is a fair price for this software? If not, please specify the price you would prefer.

Anyone that does not post answers to all of the four questions will be disqualified.

  • 7 licenses are reserved for dotTech donors, authors, and artists. If you fall in this 5 license reserve category, please specifically state so in your comment (i.e. say “I am a donor” if you are a donor, etc.), otherwise I may not know. Also if you are a donor, please be sure to use the e-mail you donated with in your comment (do not post your e-mail in public, just use the e-mail in the “e-mail” form when posting a comment) so I can confirm.
  • 13 licenses can be won by anyone.
  • I reserve the right to award specific people licenses if I feel they have helped foster the dotTech family by being very active (the people who fall into this category is at my sole discretion).
  • You may only enter once and only win one license. Anyone that tries to enter more than once will be disqualified.
  • By entering this drawing, you give me the right to pass on your e-mail to Paragon Software (they will be the ones distributing the licenses).

When posting a comment, please make sure you enter an e-mail that is 100% valid and an e-mail you will check because the licenses will be distributed via e-mail by me. If you win and don’t have a valid e-mail or an e-mail you don’t check, your license will go to waste. However, please don’t post your e-mail in your comment! You should never post your e-mail on a public form. Just enter the e-mail you want to be contacted at in the “E-mail” field when writing your comment – I will be able to get your e-mail from there. Or if you are a registered dotTechie, just post a comment normally and I will be able to find your e-mail.

The winners of this giveaway will be announced after the giveaway has ended in 72 hours, or on Sunday March 28, 2010.

Other things to note about this promotion:

Supported OS: Windows 2000 Professional/XP Home Edition SP2/XP Professional SP2 (32/64 Bit)/Vista (32/64 Bit)/Win7 (32/64 Bit)

Version being given out for free: v2010 Build 9396 (15.01.10)

Free updates: Minor updates only

  • If you have already downloaded and installed Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite 10 day trial from part 1 of this promotion, there is no need to re-download Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite if you win; rather you can just unlock the trial version with registration information you receive if you win.
  • All winners of a Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite license will be eligible for free minor updates. “Minor updates” includes all v2010 updates but not, for example, v2010 -> v2011 updates.
  • All winners of a Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite license will be able to enjoy all features and aspects of the software. This includes WinPE bootable media, which will be available via e-mail to all winners.
  • Everyone that enters this promotion, regardless of if you win or not, is eligible for a 30% discount when purchasing Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite.
  • Anyone that wins, or owns, Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite is eligible for a 50% discount when upgrading to Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2011 Suite.

Good luck to everyone!

If you miss out on this promotion or don’t win a license, you can always purchase Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite for $49.95 or less (if you take advantage of the 30% discount by participating in this promotion). Visit Paragon-Software.com for more information.

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76 comments

  1. hippo

    Hi Ashraf,

    1- I use :
    Resize partitions
    Assign a drive letter
    Modify file system parameters
    Change the active partition/boot manager
    Backup/restore image of system partition
    Differential backup + scheduling
    Volume explorer
    Bootable backup capsule
    System partition copy
    Defragmentation (safe mode, low free space)
    Recovery media builder

    2- My favourite :
    Backup/restore image of system partition
    Differential backup + scheduling
    Defragmentation safe mode

    3- With my XP System I have no Problem
    More features : Disk surface scan and SMART diagnostics.

    4- $49.95 is too much for house, I prefer $30

    Thanks

  2. Grass Hopper

    1. What you used (or will use) Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite for?
    Partitioning and backups

    2. What is your favorite feature in Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite?
    Partitioning. Hands down the best I’ve dealt with.

    3. Are there any aspects of Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite that can be improved (bug fixes, more features, interface enhancements, etc.)? If so, please explain.
    I wish that the partitioning would be done entirely in Windows and not require the reboot and GUI for the completion of the task.

    4. If you were in the market looking for a hard drive management software, would you pay $49.95 to purchase Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite? In other words, do you think $49.95 is a fair price for this software? If not, please specify the price you would prefer.
    I think it’s a fair price, but cheaper is always nicer!

  3. harrrrrrr

    Hi Ashraf,

    First, thank you for all you do and thanks to Paragon for great software.
    Ok… Here are my answers:
    1. Managing my hard disk (smile) I have used other Paragon software and found it to be excellent so this integrated package would be great to have.
    2. Partition management.
    3. I have had no problems with Paragon software in the past so bugs are not a concern. Should I note any, I always attempt to provide feedback to the software vendor.
    4. Until the last 6 months I would probably have said yes with some reservation that the price was higher than I would like. $19.95 is a better price point for most software, especially utility software. However, I recently purchased an ipod and am finding the .99 to $2.99 available software to be a terrific deal that is hopefully going to have a huge impact on the industry. Selling millions of programs at a dollar or two makes huge sense for the smaller quality software vendors. I only hope that model shifts into the PC world to bring inexpensive useful software to the masses and provide a good revenue stream for vendors. This program at $0.99 would be terrific… the only problem is finding a conduit for vendors to use… google? … they are smart enough that they are probably already working on it (smile)… or once they see the opportunity to bring more sheep to their flock they would grab it… after all it is all about exposure to the market now.

    Thanks again… John

  4. Dinesh

    Hello sir , i want to tell u why i wanted hdm 2010. Following were my answers . 1. Hdm 2010 consists win pe which is best in class . 2. I would like to use it for hard disk partitioning .3. In Hdm 2010 – a better and deep data recovery tool can be used as an extra function could make it a hit .4. I would pay max. of $40 as it combines all the paragon softwares in it with boot cd and win pe option. As i just missed GAOTD , offer i Hope if i could win . Thanks for this useful giveaway.

  5. Bruce

    Yes, please include my name in the hat. ;)

    1) Use for: I need to get a new HD and partition it into OS partition and Data partition for my ol’ Vaio minitower.

    2) Favorite feature – hard to say at this point, but from documentation and images, i would say the completeness and simplicity of the partition information and adjustments.
    Also perhaps the ability to change Dynamic disk to simple disk — I made the mistake one time (ONLY!) of creating a dynamic disk when formatting – didn’t know what it was, and had a heck of a time getting it back to being a “Simple” disk.

    3) Improvements. Need to use it first. So far, cannot suggest a particular improvement. But note that when I use products, I frequently send email to developers with my ‘first-use’ evaluations.

    4) I would say that on my low budget, $49 is too much. Perhaps $19.95 would entice me. I know that is probably too low, but that is what I would put it at.

    Thank you for this. :)

  6. alex19100

    hi,Ashraf!
    Paragon hard disk manager suite 10 is a very wonderfull software.
    1:General hard drive management, most specifically, hard drive back-up and defragging. Partitioning and partition re-sizing. Hard drive cloning.
    2:My favorite feature in Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite?
    backup and recovery,HD Defragmentation.
    3:None, at the moment.
    4:If you were in the market looking for a hard drive management software, would you pay $49.95 to purchase Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite?
    I would be willing to pay about 29,95$
    Bye

  7. STF4all

    I am a donor. I hope I am not too late with my response because I REALLY would love to win a license!

    1.What you used (or will use) Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite for?
    I just got a WD My Book World Edition 2TB External Dual Drive for my 2 laptops, 1 desktop, and my kids computers. I will use the Partion Manager to divide the drive and then start the various backups. Even though software is included the WD drive, I would much rather use Paragon’s software suite.

    2.What is your favorite feature in Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite?
    There is so much to love about this program. I have the other Paragon programs from GOTD but to have them all in one set instead of having to use the programs individually would be great. The Help file is wonderful and makes learning the programs so easy. A huge plus for those of us who are not that computer saavy. (Ashraf, you have been a life saver with your explanations and instructions of all the various programs. Thanks for all the GOTD reviews!).

    3.Are there any aspects of Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite that can be improved (bug fixes, more features, interface enhancements, etc.)? If so, please explain.

    I don’t know what could be improved or included. My big concern is I downloaded the HD Manager 2010 suite and now all my Paragon programs from GOTD have a warning stating the trial period has ended. I hope this doesn’t mean I lost my free licenses.
    If I uninstall this program will the other programs still work?!

    4.If you were in the market looking for a hard drive management software, would you pay $49.95 to purchase Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite? In other words, do you think $49.95 is a fair price for this software? If not, please specify the price you would prefer.
    I think this is a fair price for everything that is included, especially since Paragon has a really good reputation. Since I know there are free alternatives available, I would be reluctant to spend the money (I am on a tight budget. If this wasn’t the case, I think I would be confident this is a good value.

  8. Emil

    Congratulations Ashraf!

    It seems begin to be a popular contest:D

    Over 1 000 viewers that’s quite many..Gosh it almost hit the roof Q=-}

    By the way, I’m living isolated myself.
    Would be wonderful be considerated as one in the draw if there might be a small little chanse.

    I’ve been testing Para-gone HDM 2010, just seamisly simple terrific and magnificent without a thought of disapear on my screen, wish all people could stay like that in my life as it would’nt be so lonely:( The price has been too much, half of it could be enough that’s for sure.

    Bless Ashraf and Paragon for provideing this awesome contest for everyone around.
    Thanks

  9. Donna

    Wow it let me leave a ocmment this time to try and enter! With the other giveaways I was not able to leave my name or comment and I am registered. Ack I can’t see the questions with this box pop up,, use personally for my PC I am housebound on oxygen and my only contact with the world is via my PC, Paragon has good software, what else? I need a good disk manager or suite since my Vista machine has constant problems causing me to reformat frequently and not having good enough tools to keep my system if that is even possible with Vista in good shape. Constant dirty disk errors even after replacing a HD and running checkdisk and fix, and with errors it will not back up my C drive, did I get them all? Oops and yes I buy good software, that is a common price of good software to me.
    Thanks! Donna

  10. popfly

    1. For defragmenting partitions and ocassionally backups
    2. P2P Adjust OS seems to be cool, but I haven’t tried it yet
    3. New features that would be welcomed: disk surface scan and SMART diagnostics
    4. No, I would buy something cheaper, maybe for about 20$

  11. Mike

    In answer to the 4 questions, as part of the Paragon license “raffle” (please enter me in it):

    1. General hard drive management, most specifically, hard drive back-up (and restore, if needed) and defragging. Partitioning and partition re-sizing, as needed. Hard drive cloning.

    2. The easy-to-set-and-use back-up scheduling.

    3. I would like to see a comprehensive pop-up help window feature, with detailed information for questions which arise when setting up and choosing options and for use at that time, in addition to a totally separate help file feature–this sometimes can be found in other utility programs and is very handy and helpful, in addition to separate help file information.

    4. Pricing is difficult, as there are many free or low-cost utility options out there. For example, Norton programs often can be found for $10 or free, after rebate. Given these other options, while $49.95 is a fair price, I don’t think that I would want to pay more than $29.95 (or possibly $39.95, which is starting to get high) for a program of this type, and likely would search to see what lower-cost or free options are out there and available.

  12. Stan

    1. What you used (or will use) Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite for?
    I will use it mainly to defrag, resize & merge partitions

    2. What is your favorite feature in Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite?
    The defrag tool which is I think the only one to compress NTFS MFT segments

    3. Are there any aspects of Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite that can be improved (bug fixes, more features, interface enhancements, etc.)?
    RAID support should be improved. I had problems rebooting to do jobs on RAID1 partitions.

    4. If you were in the market looking for a hard drive management software, would you pay $49.95 to purchase Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite? In other words, do you think $49.95 is a fair price for this software? If not, please specify the price you would prefer.
    $49.95 is a fair price, but lower is better!

    Stan

  13. Dr.H

    hi
    actually a paragon softwares is one of my favorite applications …here my answers
    1.What you used (or will use) Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite for?
    mainly for backup and restore my system and my important data in my pc
    2.What is your favorite feature in Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite?
    backup and recovery …HD Defragmentation
    3.Are there any aspects of Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite that can be improved (bug fixes, more features, interface
    am not satisfied with the interface,,,
    4.If you were in the market looking for a hard drive management software, would you pay $49.95 to purchase Paragon Hard Disk
    I will not pay more than $30.00 to purchase it.

    thank you so much

  14. Urban

    1. What you used (or will use) Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite for?
    Mainly backup and restoring.

    2. What is your favorite feature in Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite?
    Backup and restore. Paragon Hard disk manager suite 8.5 saved me when Acronis let me down two months ago. Now I don’t dare to skip making Paragon backups. I am also impressed by Paragons documentation and support. Which I can’ say about Acronis any longer.
    3. Are there any aspects of Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite that can be improved?
    Make it faster, Paragon is slower than the competitors Acronis and Macrium Reflect. I would not trade speed for reliability though. Also I think that the way backup files are presented in the interface and in Windows Explorer should be improved if possible. The competitors are much clearer. Again the the most important in this kind of software is that you can trust it.

    4. If you were in the market looking for a hard drive management software, would you pay $49.95 to purchase Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite?

    I think the price is too high for the common user. I would gladly pay it since it is my insurance for years of work but I do not think Paragon will get a great number of new costumers at that price. I would suggest a 50% reduction.

  15. pm55

    1. What you used (or will use) Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite for? Partitioning, backups and restore, copying and migration, optimization and defragmentation.

    2. What is your favorite feature in Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite? Scheduling backups and backup features, and the WinPE based CD, the Advanced Recovery Utilities,and the having so many useful tools combined in one package

    3. Are there any aspects of Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite that can be improved (bug fixes, more features, interface enhancements, etc.)? If so, please explain. No concerns so far but I have not tried all options as yet.

    4. If you were in the market looking for a hard drive management software, would you pay $49.95 to purchase Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite? In other words, do you think $49.95 is a fair price for this software? If not, please specify the price you would prefer. $49.95 is a much as a normal user would consider to be fair. If it were 39.95 I believe the user would jump at it as the usefulness would exceed the cost factor and sales would be higher.

    pm55

  16. J.J.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a license for Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 and Welcome back Ashraf!

    1. Partitioning, backups and restore, copying and migration, optimization and defragmentation, wiping.
    2. I love the partitioning and backup features, and the WinPE based CD and ability to restore to dissimilar hardware and the Advanced Recovery Utilities,but I guess my favorite is the fact that there are so many tools in one package
    3. The existing features are already very comprehensive, I’ve noticed no bugs, the interface is fine just as it is.
    4. 49.95 seems a fair price for this suite of tools,its pricing is very competitive with Acronis True Image and worth $49.95 but of course, lower would be better !

  17. tejas

    “I have done artwork for dottech”

    1. Partitioning, and backups.
    2. I love the partitioning and backup features, but I guess my favorite is the fact that there are so many tools in one package.
    3. I’ve noticed no bugs, and the interface is fine just the way it is.
    4. 49.95 seems a fair price for this suite of tools, but of course, lower would be better.

    Thanks Ashraf!

  18. Janetb

    Note: There is no field to leave an email address today even though I am logged in….:-(….My user name is janetb

    I have
    Paragon Drive BackupPersonal Edition v.9.0,
    Paragon Drive BackupProfessional V. 9.0,
    Paragon Drive COPY 9.0 Personal SE,
    Paragon Partition Manager 2009 Special Edition, and
    Paragon Backup & Recovery V10.0……
    I would LOVE to be able to get rid of all/most of them and have one Paragon program……! Thus I would love to have Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite….

    Since I was afraid that if I installed the Suite, I might lose my GOATD and dotTech registration of the Paragon programs I already have, I will answer the 4 questions on the basis of studying the 5 Paragon apps I have and comparing the results with the information in A.’s article and the Paragon website on Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite…….

    I am an artist (surprised to find that included in the special category with donors and writers…..:-)….). I have 10 years of 2d and 3d graphics files and all my work correspondence, accounts, and records, etc. on an old system. Since my C: is crowded, I moved all my personal files to an external HD and emptied out my D: so that I could repartition to gives more space to C:. That was a couple of years ago. I have been told that it is dangerous to repartition if you are not super savvy, so I have delayed it….. It soulds like this new prog might enable me to repartition without any major screwups (since they are SO wizard-oriented and say the graphic presentation makes things very clear…)…..

    Also, I still feel insecure with the backup I have because backup documentation is generally confused. Note that I say ‘confused’ and not ‘confusing’….GFI has admitted that their Help entry on the difference between Differential and Incremental Backup is incorrect (they said they would change it)…..And in Paragon’s KnowledgeBase, they themselves say that “In versions 6.x and 7.x of Drive Backup and Hard Disk Manager, [the feature which is now called Differential Backup] was [then] called Incremental Backup”..!!!!! I think any backup program would do well to remove all traces of these two words altogether and instead name and explain the functions with other words….Paragon has taken the first step in this direction by making ALL drive and partition backups differential and ALL file and folder backups incremental. It is one of the few (the only?) apps where we don’t get to choose whether our backup is differential or incremental, and that is a very good thing….! Other features (with different names) allow us to do different kinds of backups.

    This brings me to my next point. In comparing Drive Backup 9 and Backup and Recovery 10, I found that they really do the same things (with almost identical GUI). Both of them backup and restore disks, partitions, files, and folders. Sometimes it looks as though one has features the other one lacks (e.g., Synthetic Backup), but in effect it is just called something else in the other program as a result of rethinking how to present the material….Looking back over all the Paragon products, it seems that there is a great deal of overlap and that Paragon does a lot of work on simply recasting the presentation of the functions in the display so that the processes/features will be better understood, which is just as important as adding new functions. This is why they have so many programs that seem so similar. In spite of the fact that my Professional prog is 9 and my v.10 is a Compact Version, the compact version is better because it is a more recent program with a later version of the same Paragon Base Service Library (see the detailed About page) that appears in all Paragon programs and thus explains things better (more clearly). The Help documentation in the v.9 was apparently from an even older version, as the illustrations did not correspond with the interface. If you combine all this with Paragon’s claim that they are using a new more-graphic GUI to make it difficult NOT to understand what you are doing, that is a huge plus for this company/app series……Thus, for similar Paragon programs, I would always lean towards the newest, regardless of whether it is Professional, or Compact, or Personal, or Free, or whatever, as it will always be based on the results of the latest strides in organizing the huge body of material to be more understandable to more people…..

    To sum up:
    1. I would use Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite for a) long-awaited partitioning, and b) more thorough and more regular backups than what I have been doing.
    2. My favorite feature is the presentation—being able to SEE the concepts graphically.
    3. The main improvemant I would like to see is a non-proprietary backup (if they haven’t included that yet).
    4. I have no idea of what would be a “fair” price…. I can only say that I would probably stick with the free GFI rather than pay $50 because of my grim financial state, unless I came to really love the Paragon Suite after having had the opportunity to use it through this freebie offer…..

  19. PeterB

    Hello dotTech
    I would like to throw my name in the hat, as you say it.
    I have been tested Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite, and this is what i have for your 4 questions.

    1. What you used (or will use) Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite for?

    Answer:
    I will use Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite for Partitioning and backup.

    2. What is your favorite feature in Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite?

    Answer:
    Well, compared to my old version of HDM v8, i like the smart backup wizard for easy backup of mail, mediafiles, documents.
    And the new option for P2P adjust OS (haven’t testet it yet). And the backup capsule.

    3. Are there any aspects of Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite that can be improved (bug fixes, more features, interface enhancements, etc.)? If so, please explain.

    Answer:
    File transfer wizard:
    The window was too small, I could only see a part of the “map network Drive”-icon.
    no maximize icon, you have to drag the window larger.

    First thing that strikes me is that you can only copy 1 thing at a time to the clipboard.
    Also there is no sorting of the clipboard column. it makes it hard to get a decent overview.
    I think it would be a lot more userfriendly if you could put v-marks infront of what you wanted to backup.
    that way you only have to push “copy to clipboard”-button (green arrow) once.
    And also if the clipboard was sorted in a tree-like manor just as on the Source side.
    Again with v-marks with different colours. lets say gray v-mark for partial selected folder and files,
    and blue v-mark for all folders and files.
    Just as in the smart backup wizard. why not here?

    Back up files:
    I found a 2 small bugs in the full scale launcher when using the file backup wizard.
    I created a file on my desktop.then backed it up using the schedule (once a day) by running the scheduled Task.
    I then shifted to the tab called Archives. but my newly created backup was not there. I pressed the refresh button, still no luck.
    Then I started the restore wizard, still there was no archive of mine. I clicked the “switch to file view” and browsed for my backup file,
    found it, and finished the restore wizard. Only then came my backup up on the “Archives tab”.
    Surely this is a small bug.

    For Bug no 2.
    By creating a filebackup as mentioned above, it creates a folder with a name that has a date_time_year-name.
    Inside that folder is your backupfile.
    If I Delete an archive from within the “Archive tab” in HDM2010, and marked it to delete the file also and remove it from my archive list,
    it deletes the archive file but not the date_time_year-folder, which then is left empty.

    Smart Backup Wizard:
    it is truly a step in the right direction.
    shortest inteval is 1 day. why not hours ?

    Wiping:
    (using the express mode):
    only has 1 erasing type us DoD 5220.22-M. I think is is to little to choose from.
    I cannot see if it only overwrites 3 (C) or 7 times (C and E).(appears to be only 3 times)
    Why not in include gutmann’s (overwrites 35 times) ?
    But a good thing in here, that you can choose to make your own. but you can only set 4 parameters, which i think is to little.
    When using the full scale launchers “wipe Disk or Partion”-button it can do the same,
    but if you rightclick on a partition and choose wipe, you can only wipe using 1 value.
    Why not the same way as above ?

    Change cluster size:
    The program was unable to change cluster size after the creation of the partition.
    Update: it appears that you need the pro edition to do that.
    I’m using an old 8 series of HDM (it does not support win 7), it can do it.
    This would have been nice.

    on my wishlist:
    A way to browse a filearchive (maybe mounting an archive) and restore selected files within that archive.
    You can choose “restore file from archive”, but it only allows you to select 1 file at a time.
    And most importantly, it does not allow you to restore files to its original folder/folders.
    And it misses the v-marking option, just like the smart backup wizard has.

    4. If you were in the market looking for a hard drive management software, would you pay $49.95 to purchase Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite? In other words, do you think $49.95 is a fair price for this software? If not, please specify the price you would prefer.

    Answer:
    With this tool you basically get a partitioning tool and a backup tool. Both types of tools, you can find for free, but Paragon has put them together in 1, and added some extra features like P2P adjust OS, bootmanager, backup capsule, just to name some.
    Besides Paragon has been around for while, which means that their products has been thoroughly tested. And for a quick service. For this I would pay 30-35 $.

    Thank you

  20. Ira

    1. What you used (or will use) Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite for?
    Managing my hard disks.

    2. What is your favorite feature in Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite?
    Scheduling backups.

    3. Are there any aspects of Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite that can be improved (bug fixes, more features, interface enhancements, etc.)? If so, please explain.
    I don’t think so.

    4. If you were in the market looking for a hard drive management software, would you pay $49.95 to purchase Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite? In other words, do you think $49.95 is a fair price for this software? If not, please specify the price you would prefer.
    I would be willing to pay about 14.95.

  21. tiredofselfimportantchildren

    Your “everyone stand on one foot, stick your thumbs in your ears, and sing “Mommy May I” and MAYBE I’ll show you what I have behind my back” routine is just as tiresome as your twin prick brother at “4 free on internet”. Grow up and get some character.

  22. Farooq

    AOA Ashraf
    Thanks for this amazing offer. Count me in too. Here are my answers

    1. What you used (or will use) Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite for?

    Repartition my HDD for dual boot (Windows 7 & Ubuntu). I will also love to use backup feature.

    2. What is your favorite feature in Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite?

    WinPE based CD and ability to restore to dissimilar hardware.

    3. Are there any aspects of Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite that can be improved (bug fixes, more features, interface enhancements, etc.)? If so, please explain.

    It is so much well programed that I didn’t find any problem during my free usage, although I haven’t tested all it’s features (there are so many possibilities).

    4. If you were in the market looking for a hard drive management software, would you pay $49.95

    $49.95 is fair price for such a good programmed software which provide all possible hard disk management features, but as a customer (economic problems) I might pay $29.95 happily.

  23. Bruce Fraser

    Ashraf,
    Thanks for your work in making this opportunity possible.

    1) What you used (or will use) Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite for?

    My primary use will be adjusting partitions. From time to time, the files on a partition accumulate and it needs to grow in size. A partition manager is needed to move space around. Paragon HDM is excellent for that. The visual representation of the location of the partitions and empty spaces is particularly helpful for managing partitions.

    I could have used it just a week ago! My daughter’s external hard drive which she uses to back up her Mac was not working. I was able to determine that it was formatted with the Apple HFS file system; but none of my tools could read the drive. If I had had Paragon HDM 2010, I could have at least looked at it, to see if the data was still intact. As it was, I had to clear the hard drive, losing everything on it.

    Once I got to trust HDM, I would use it for saving images of partitions, replacing Acronis True Image and BootItNG. I did run it twice during the trial, and it worked fine, even doing a “hot” (or “live”) process. I was able to keep on using the computer while it made the image; it saved the file as it was at the beginning of the procedure. The compression was negligible; but it was still similar in size and time to the ones made by Acronis and BootItNG.

    2) What is your favorite feature in Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite?
    The two-step “Apply/Discard” process. At first this irked me: “I know what I’m doing!” But it has since grown on me.

    3) Are there any aspects of Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite that can be improved (bug fixes, more features, interface enhancements, etc.)? If so, please explain.
    When I saw “Express resize” among the features, I got excited, thinking it would be an easy way to make complex adjustments. Example: Partitions A, B, C each have 50 GB. Take 20 GB off A and add it to C. Doing this manually involves several steps, often with long intervals while data is shifted around. Sadly, the Express tool is nothing like that. But that’s my suggestion!

    4) If you were in the market looking for a hard drive management software, would you pay $49.95 to purchase Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite? In other words, do you think $49.95 is a fair price for this software? If not, please specify the price you would prefer.
    Short answer: Yes, it’s a fair price. No, I would not pay that much. I might pay $10.
    Long answer: Ironically, Paragon’s strongest competition is… Paragon. You’ve given away so many freebies — Thank-you! — that people (well, cheapskates like me) now expect something for little or nothing. With the freebies from you and other sources, there is little market remaining for paid applications. The exception would be in business environments, where free software is still often seen as unreliable.

  24. Bruce Fraser

    Ashraf,
    I’ll submit my entry in a moment, but first: your final bullet point is confusing:
    “Anyone that wins, or owns, Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite is eligible for a 50% discount when upgrading to Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite.”

    You get 50% off to upgrade to what you already own??

    Regards,
    Bruce

  25. vhick

    1. What you used (or will use) Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite for?

    I used Paragon Hardisk Manager for backup, restore, partitioning and wiping my drive. Its really really useful for me because I have a multiple-user PC that prone to undesirable changer that cause the failure of the machine. Paragon HDM save me a lot for bare metal restore just like new windows.

    2. What is your favorite feature in Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite?

    What I like in Paragon HDM is the Virtual pre-execution of tasks. I see every detail and the result of every operation that execute without damaging the drive. And you can assign a set of operation like wiping, restoring, defrag like what I do regularly. I set this set of task and your done. Go to sleep for example and you have no worries (because of Virtual pre-execution of tasks) that I didn’t see in any backup and managing tools like Paragon HDM.

    3. Are there any aspects of Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite that can be improved (bug fixes, more features, interface enhancements, etc.)? If so, please explain.

    As far as I can see. Paragon HDM is a complete and very reliable. Maybe I want to see the improvements in backup, restore, etc. operation speed and the compression size of the backup as other competitors is fast and the compression size is noticeable low (although it is enough for me in the current Paragon HDM)

    4. If you were in the market looking for a hard drive management software, would you pay $49.95 to purchase Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite? In other words, do you think $49.95 is a fair price for this software? If not, please specify the price you would prefer.

    Maybe a little low will be enough. Like $30-$35 will be enough. And I hope they implement another marketing price in some third world country like here in my country. Like $17-$23 will be a fare price based on our country’s salary.

  26. Mark Latimer

    I installed Paragon’s Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite on to my computer.

    First, I liked the easy to use interface (simple, but effective).

    Second, I had an internal 200GB HDD that lost it boot section due to a virus. I deleted the partition and created a new formated the HDD all with very little effort. I installed Red Hat on it with no problems. I then resized the partition and created another one on the HDD and installed Windows 7 on it.

    The program work beautifully. I believe that Paragon’s Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite is worth the $49.95 they are asking for the program.

    Better yet, if I could win a free license would just wonderful.

  27. Litte Taintains

    Why Paragon Hard Disk Manager when there are several freeware alternatives? Well, I use the version 9.5 software from Paragon, and I must say that it is very complete, powerful and intuitive. Is very reliable.

    1. In addition to the normal operations of partitioning and backup system, it allows me to create multi-boot system so simple and fast.

    2. My favorite features in the suite 2010 are the “Advanced system of filters” for building up future contents of backup images by excluding irrelevant data such as movies, music, etc. and The “Selective Restore”.

    3. The only flaw I found in the version I used is, in a Boot Capsule, the inability to define a system bootable by default in the case of a multi-boot (starts automatically on the last system used).

    4. I think it for a lifetime license the price is OK

  28. Max

    Hi DotTech!

    Thanks for provideing us a great oppirtunity to winn a good product like this one from Paragon.

    I’ve been testing this software Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite on my Fujitsu Siemens Windows XP Pro 32bit home computer with 3 installed harddisks at 500GB.
    Mainly in matter of rezise, merge and makeing new partitions when dealing with install and make new place for new installed virtual machines with different OS inside from other clones.

    Should mention that I’m impressed of the variable drag and drop feature when working direct on the screen, other favorites was the BootManager and the Backup & Recovery feature and the not forgotten filetransfer.
    I’ve also had the chanse to work with Paragons other tool Partition Manager 10 for virtual machines.
    Recognized there are some features which was missing and could have been included in the Suite version from the virtual version – that would be terrific!
    Other improvements might be some more interactive warnings for the user when something missing or fail. For example the program did’nt explained when I did’nt had enough of free MBR slots and could’nt create a new partition. Would’nt be wrong if it was possible to develop a couple more of simple tutorials and guides to read inside the software. That would be a great help for all users, perhaps also some smaller improvement of icons in make them a bit easier to understand in visual design would be nice.
    (Perhaps also the installer of 141MB could be smaller).
    When talking of bugs I could’nt face anything wrong.
    In the speak of price and in consideration there is other free similar products that makes it even more important keep an steady line in name of professional graphical interface together with embedded built in features which really is professional particularly when selling a product on the market.
    Half the price might be enough in this case.
    Believe that would be more successful and also make this like a even better favorite and best selling product for Paragon in the nearest years.

    In despite of above I’m still curious continue to discover this software more in deep as it really has many good usefull features to solve many issues on the way and therefor gladly accepting the offer to participate in this giveaway.
    Looking much forward!
    Thanks

  29. Karl

    1. Mostly for image backup, occasionally to restore from a backup, some partition work on rare occasion, and I’ve used the boot manager / corrector before and it’s a god send when you need it. I have recovery media built but I might redo with WinPE and I might try the defragmenter.

    2. Resonably fast ImageBackups you can count on.

    3. I might be missing this functionality but something between the ease of backups available with System Backup 2010, using the backup wizard and creating a backup capsule. Most backups allow you to configure a backup then schedule it or run it on demand. I have not found that exact functionality yet but it’s probably there. I don’t like scheduling because the machine might not be on or the external HDD might not be attached but, when I do run the backup, it’s the same setup (drives + exclusions), so I’d like to just set it up once and run on demand.

    4. Because of what you get with the PHDM 2010 I think it’s a fair price BUT I don’t see myself using all of its functionality so I’d be more inclined to pay $30-40.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a license for Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 and Welcome back Ashraf!

    Karl

    p.s. I am a donor.

  30. Richard

    1. What you used (or will use) Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite for?

    Partioning and system backups. Of course, I would try all of the features.

    2. What is your favorite feature in Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite?

    The system backup has many extra features for me.

    3. Are there any aspects of Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite that can be improved (bug fixes, more features, interface enhancements, etc.)? If so, please explain.

    I have not had any experiences that would need improvement – at least not yet.

    4. If you were in the market looking for a hard drive management software, would you pay $49.95

    With all of the features available with this suite, I would pay $49.95.

  31. Mr. Dave

    1. What you used (or will use) Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite for?
    My main PC is the hub of our family’s data storage, we back up other PCs and USB sticks to this PC and then back up this PC. PC is also used for job hunting, writing and recording music, and other important tasks, so it’s critical to have software I can trust to maintain its drives and make backups I can depend on.

    2. What is your favorite feature in Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite?
    I like that it pulls together most of Paragon’s tools into a single place. I’ve got about 8 different Paragon programs from GAOTD that all overlap each other, very confusing when guessing which one to use or what can be uninstalled. So this suite’s best feature is it will help simplfy and organize at least part of my life!

    3. Are there any aspects of Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite that can be improved…
    I tried the disk defragmenter in one of their “2009″ tools and whether it was their software or some other event, I was greeted in the morning by a Blue Screen and my C: partition could no longer be read. I’m hoping that the 2010 version fixes any issues but did not get to test it during the 5-day trial. On the brighter side, Paragon’s recovery programs all loaded fine, unlike those for the program I used to make my backups (Macrium Reflect), the proverbial cloud in front of the silver lining. I had to buy full version of Reflect to get the WinPE version of their restore, then all was fine….
    Program takes a long time to start up but then it’s easy to find everything, screens are clear. Help files are simply not helpful, they’re written by someone close to the technology who doesn’t understand what questions and concerns all the rest of us would have.

    4. …do you think $49.95 is a fair price for this software?
    I once paid over $60 for Partition Magic, and bought it again a few years later to run it under WinXP. Today with so many “free” partition managers on the market it seems $49.95 is a bit high, but this is a very comprehensive suite of what I think are reliable tools. Easy to use. So $40-50 is a fair price range, of course I prefer $40. Until I find a job and build up some savings I won’t be buying it even for $10, but that (I hope!) is temporary.

    Ashraf, good to see you back!

  32. WECH

    add me in the draw.
    1. resize disk, backup.
    2. restore with shrink.
    3. it won’t handle FAT (Nt4) disk if m/b (actually m/b did, just XP up OS don’t translate correctly) can’t see it, sometimes saw as RAW, sometimes partial.
    4. I would look for free alternative, in situation of case project, possible, $19 to $29 is more attractive.

  33. Mark Churchill

    This software is the bomb. Thank you, we appreciate the chance to win such a premium quality software suite. We missed seeing your posts at GAOTD.

    1. I plan on using this program for nearly every feature that it has, if only to try them out. I love to play with software and I have learned, the hard way, that it’s O.K. to play (Just use protection)AKA{Back it up}. That’s why back-up management is my primary purpose for this software.

    2. This is a tough one. I would have to say my absolute favorite feature is the incremental back-up feature; however, the smart back-up feature has it’s appeal also. The ability to run multiple virtual machines from one OS could be very useful in the near future. Yep… so many bells and whistles, I’m feeling like a kid in a candy shop.

    3. I will need some more time to find any bugs. (none yet) I can’t think of any features that are missing and the interface is pretty darned nice. An earlier post mentioned that the visual representation of smaller partitions is lacking; I agree. Other than that, I wouldn’t change a thing.

    4. I am in the market for hard drive management software. This software is more feature rich than any of it’s direct competitors. At $49.95 it’s priced at the higher end of it’s market, however upon use of this trial version Paragon sent me a special offer of $34.9x and that is exactly the price I would recommend that they charge for this application suite.

    Kudos Paragon, you have made a virtual sale. Congratulations, I’m a tough sell especially when it comes to software. I would pay $34.9x if I wasn’t going to win a copy; but, I am claiming by faith in Yehshua’s provision that I am going to win a copy. So, I’ll be sure and recommend Paragon HDM 2010 Suite to anyone that is in the market to purchase an excellent disk management suite.

  34. Chris

    First of all thanks for all the great reviews and freebies!
    Please count me in to win a license for Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite.
    1. Partition backup / resize / move / modify parameters. Partition mount. Recover Media. Differential backups.
    2. Restore single files from sector image – and RELIABILITY.
    3. Don’t know yet.
    4. I would prefer something around $30, but if all the features work as described, its worth $50.

  35. amozai

    Welcome back once again Ashraf, I’m happy that you are back, as an IT student you are number two instructor, I visit this blog many many times a day to read your nice articles.

    As an IT in my area, a lot people turn to me for help when they find trouble with their computers, most of them have only one partition (i.e C:)which contain OS.

    So I’ve to use PHDM2010 for
    1. Backing up the system, partitioning the HDD
    and restoring the system back the easy way.
    2. Express resize partitions manager, redistribute free space wizard and recovery media builder.
    3. I don’t see any at the time I tried it out.
    4. yes, if you the importance of PHDM2010 and it helped you, you’ll have no problem with price. PHDM2010 is a great program and for me it deserves that price.

    Thanks

  36. howard

    1 What you used (or will use) Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite for? [b] Flight to Mars.[/b]
    2 What is your favorite feature in Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite? [b] Flight to Mars.[/b]
    3 Are there any aspects of Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite that can be improved (bug fixes, more features, interface enhancements, etc.)? If so, please explain. [b] Yup, the Flight to Mars portion.[/b]
    4 If you were in the market looking for a hard drive management software, would you pay $49.95 to purchase Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite? In other words, do you think $49.95 is a fair price for this software? If not, please specify the price you would prefer. [b] $10 to $15.[/b]

  37. Kerry

    Thank you so much !!! for the auslogic defrag, A great Blessing!! I hope I win this but am worried about being able to download as we only get 28.8 on dialup here.

    1. What you used (or will use) Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite for?

    Doing a back up of which is long over do. Haven’t had one work right as of yet. Looking forward to incremental backups

    2. What is your favorite feature in Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite?

    I like the fact that a huge hard drive can be made into various small ones without formatting and starting over.

    3. Are there any aspects of Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite that can be improved (bug fixes, more features, interface enhancements, etc.)? If so, please explain.

    Never could afford such good software but I am hoping it clones hard drives as I have 3 older pc’s.

    4. If you were in the market looking for a hard drive management software, would you pay $49.95

    I think if it works as described Yes its worth $50.

  38. o(o.o)o

    Welcome back Ashraf :)

    1. I used it to defrag and make a backup of my system partition.

    2. My favorite feature, as with most Paragon products, is the backup and recovery feature. Saved me once before from a dying hd.

    3. One thing I would suggest to Paragon is to have the installer check if creation of 8.3 filenames and folders is enabled or not on the host computer and ask the user to enable it and reboot before pursuing the installation of any Paragon product since it is heavily reliant on it being enabled (on my XPSP3 system at least, it needs to be enabled to do a recovery via the program). The archive database location needs improvement. Another thing to note is the slow defragmentation speed as opposed to other defraggers.

    4. For all the features this product is offering the user, I’d say $49.95 may even be considered cheap.

  39. Mohamed Hassan

    Asalamo Alaikom Ashraf

    Thanks for giving us the opportunity to get a license of this great software.

    1. I have used older versions of PHDM in the past and I used to and will use it to carry out partition operations (resize \ move etc…) and backup and recovery. It has also interesting features such as secure deletion (wiping).

    2. I cannot name one as there are many features in HD management aspects but the one I like most the partition operations it has and how easy they are to use.

    3. One thing nags me really with the backup and restore features that they are sometimes very slow. I compared them against Acronis True Image 10 and in all tests True Image was always significantly faster than Paragon.

    4. I think $49.95 is a reasonable price with all the features available in PHDM.

    Regards,

    Mohamed Hassan

  40. Don S

    Thanks for this great opportunity to win great software and protect my meager budget.

    1. I would mainly use this to resize partitions and to backup partitions.
    2. Merging partitions is extremely useful, but the partition resizing would be my favorite.
    3. The disk defragging leaves a lot to be desired.
    4. $49.95 is a bit much for my budget considering some of the other available offers, and the defragging currently offers no value to me, so probably more in the $29.95 range would be better for me.

    Thanks again.

  41. northernexposure

    1. What you used (or will use) Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite for?

    I am a big fan of Paragon and have used their software for a number of years now, so was excited about the opportunity to win a license for the Hard Disk Manager suite. I own a small business that relies heavily on using various databases, word processing, and development of presentations, so having a dependable back-up system is critical.

    2. What is your favorite feature in Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite?

    This Suite is chock-full of features, and while an image backup is a necessity, perhaps my favorite feature of the Hard Disk Manager is the “Smart Backup” feature, since I can make smaller, more targeted types of backups…not to mention that the software is very simple to use!

    3. Are there any aspects of Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite that can be improved?

    The File Backup feature seems to take a long time, but I’m sure that’s dependent on the large number of files I have. I find it easier to use the File Transfer feature so I can preserve the original files if I need quick access to a backup copy.

    4. If you were in the market looking for a hard drive management software, would you pay $49.95 to purchase Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite?

    Given all of the features that are offered through this program, the price is quite competitive, since you might spend half to two-thirds of the price for only one or two utilities offered through this complete feature-rich package. That is, if you purchased individual components of the package–as many software companies do–you should expect to pay much more proportionally than the current price.

  42. Benjamin

    1. I am going to create a new partition with it to install Unbuntu, windows XP and Windows 7, i am going to use the Boot Manager Setup Wizard for booting part.

    2. I like the Volume Explorer with it i can backup the Acer hidden recovery partition.

    3. It look good now. Probably the best Hard Disk Manager.

    4. I do think it is pretty good price for the product but for me i am a student and is pretty expensive for that but if the price can be set at about $30 – $40 i think i will buy one.

  43. jenny

    Please count me in to win a license. Thanks for the contest.

    1. Backup & restore OS, File transfer, Optimize & defrag drive.

    2. Selective Restore of backups.

    3. Hard disk heatlh monitor would be nice.

    4. Yes, $49.95 is a fair price for many features and functions.

  44. genieautravail

    1. I will use Paragon sofware to make backups of my partitions and HDD.

    2. Adaptative Restore is my favorite feature. I can restore a backup on a different hardware (without have to use Sysprep)

    3. The representation of partitions must be revised. A little partition is nearly not visible between 2 big partitions.

    4. The price is a little too high. 40,00$ would be the good price (especially when converted in €).

  45. Francis

    Most awesome giveaway of the month!

    Here are the my answers:

    1. I would use HDM 2010 Suite for defragging and partitioning my hard disks and most especially backing up my data.

    2. My favorite feature is Smart backup. I wish HDM 2009 has this feature.

    3. I think it would be great if HDM 2010 can create its own VM as well so the user will not need another program to make a virtual machine. I am willing to pay an additional fee if this feature is integrated. I also think a longer Complimentary Support would not hurt.

    4. $49.95 (USD) is a fair price, given how comprehensive the features of the program are. $30 (USD) would be a steal :D

  46. Murugesan

    Hi, Ashraf, here are my replies:

    1. I would use Paragon Hard Disk Manager for backing up my system partition, resizing my partitions and Defrag my hard drives.

    2. I like the MFT compact and defrag option and the ease with which it carries out the resizing functions.

    3. The time taken for defragging the partitions could be improved.

    4. $49.95 is a fair price to pay for this comprehensive disk management suite as there is no need for annual renewal and the suite can be used as long as a new Windows OS is released!

    Thank you for giving me a chance to participate in this giveaway.

  47. Erik Tinnerwall

    1. I used it to make one extra partition on my harddrive. I will also use it to make a full backup of my harddrive in case of filedamage in the future.

    2. Good partitioning futures and full system backup/restore

    3. Not that I can think of for the moment.

    4. I have no budget to buy software so I generally have to go with free software. The downside is that you can’t get everything you want in one software like with Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite.

  48. TJ

    1. What you used (or will use) Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite for?

    I will use the suite for partitioning my hard drive and doing a image backup hopefully it will come with WIN PE.

    2. What is your favorite feature in Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite?

    Being able to boot different OS systems.

    3. Are there any aspects of Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite that can be improved (bug fixes, more features, interface enhancements, etc.)? If so, please explain.

    May be adding feature like system restore on a usb drive or hard drive with imaging backup combine.

    4. If you were in the market looking for a hard drive management software, would you pay $49.95 to purchase Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite? In other words, do you think $49.95 is a fair price for this software? If not, please specify the price you would prefer.

    With the major competition out there I think a price $39.95 or $30.95 would be a better price target

  49. RoseD1st

    I would use it for back ups and restore mostly. the one button copy wizard would be my favorite feature.I honestly cant think of any features they missed.I think $49.95 is a very fair price for all these features

  50. Adrian

    Yes, I want a license of Paragon HDM.
    My answers:

    1. I would use HDM2010 to backup and manage my partitions. (I have a lot of them)

    2. The ability to resize partitions without rebooting and the “queue list” feature are cool.

    3. The interface is great and easy-to-use, no improvement needed.

    4. Although there are so many features, $49.95 is still a bit too much. Around $40 would be a lot better.

    Again, let me thank you for your huge amount of free promotions.

  51. Pratab

    First of all thanks for all the wonderful reviews and freebies.

    Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite has everything I need for managing my hard drives and the files.

    1. I would use this to backup my partitions and also to manage the partitions.
    2. Ability to merge adjacent partitions and resizing NTFS partitions live are two features stands out to me and I need it more often.
    3. It has everything I need, don’t see any feature enhancements yet.
    4. $49.95 is a fairly good price for a comprehensive product like Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite. But I would still expect to see if I could get it for $24.95 or less.

  52. vijay

    I would like to participate in the contest to win a license. Thanks in advance.

    1.I used Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite to make a backup copy of my OS. I also used it to re-partition my hdd.

    2.Disk imaging, backup& restore and partitioning.

    3.The existing features are already very comprehensive. However it would be nice to have hard disk health monitoring feature.

    4. No. Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite does not offer any functionality over and above what you can find with free software for simple backup and restore. However, for the additional features its pricing is very competitive with Acronis True Image and worth $49.95.

  53. Atik

    Hi Ashraf,

    I have been a silent follower of your blogs occasionally and finally this contest has made me post something that i have understood about software from Paragon in general.

    1. I intend to setup a server on my home network and make it centralized which my laptops and the guest machines on my network would connect through. I think having this sort of software which does backups, performs maintainance and ensure reliability of a personal server machine would be extremely useful for me considering i will have multiple external drives hooked up as well.

    2. I have not really used Hard Disk Manager but from what it looks like, i will certainly value its functionality like migrating existing drive into a new partition and optimization and tuning the system for best performance.

    3. I don’t think there are any features but having used paragon products before i can say that they can make it more intuitive for the end user. Its great that the software can do so much but the user also should know how to correctly perform the functions. Based on the choice the user makes about his/her expertise with a computer software, the UI should be streamlined to start off with certain basic features and then expanding as user gains experience. This software can be very damaging for someone who does not know what they are doing.

    4. I think its priced a little higher (from the view of a developer – no money is enough for the time, effort of the developers and overhead going in developing this). But with so much freeware available and people wanting to try anything, it might loose out. Not because of the functionality but may be because of price. I am sure Paragon would make up what they are spending to develop this over time but i think they are a big enough company to make it a little more cheaper to get a little more market share. When people are out on Internet to try stuff, they don’t buy software, they go for the free one first.

  54. OldElmerFudd

    First, welcome back – I trust your journey brought renewal and comfort.

    * What you used (or will use) Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite for?

    Possible replacement for Acronis Disk Director.

    * What is your favorite feature in Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite?

    The P2P Adjust OS feature is new to me. If it existed in previous versions, I failed to notice it. The ability to adjust a hard drive from another machine to the current computer is a big plus, imo.

    * Are there any aspects of Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite that can be improved (bug fixes, more features, interface enhancements, etc.)? If so, please explain.

    Things I don’t like or didn’t work satisfactorily, afaict.

    1) By default, the program installs itself to C:\ without an option to choose a directory.

    2) Files are backed up to a proprietary archive format apparently only for Paragon backups, .pfi.

    3) Defragging two data partitions:
    Drive G: 40 minutes to defrag 45/100 GB partition. Drive K: failure in two attempts to defrag 53/126 GB partition. First failure resulted in “unable to install bluescreen option”. Second failure aborted by user after 30 minutes with no apparent operation. Time Up and Time Left indicators did not change during this time.

    * If you were in the market looking for a hard drive management software, would you pay $49.95 to purchase Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite? In other words, do you think $49.95 is a fair price for this software? If not, please specify the price you would prefer.

    Considering the different options offered in this suite of disk tools, $49.95 is not unreasonable. If the defragmenting procedures improve, then it’s definitely a fair price. As it sits, with the defragmenting not as usable as it should be, imo, then $39.95 would be more appropriate.

  55. Friend

    AOA Ashraf,
    Thanks for Part 2 of this dotTech Exclusive offer for us. Here are my answers:
    A1: New hard disk (500 GB) initiation and partitioning for Windows 7 and backup. Re-sized existing partitions of old hard disk for multimedia and pictures.
    A2: Backup of Windows 7 (C: drive) without reboot and without any hassle. I continue my work and Paragaon HDM 2010 do its job very very well.
    A3: I appreciate their perfection regarding stability and performance. I do not see any bug. It already seems perfect to me.
    A4: For a company who do serious job of creating such quality software, $49.95 is fair, but we customers always expect to have it for less (around $ 20).
    Count me in too. I hope, I will win a license out of 13. Thanks for such a good software. It is now included in my software kit (E: drive on new hard disk partitioned with Paragon HDM 2010).

  56. -Talan-

    Great offer!
    I would love to have this!

    1. I would partion my big box so I could triple boot it, and then migrate some partions to brand new 160 gig drive for my lappy!

    2. It’s got so many features! Wow! I guess the best one is managing so many OS’s on a drive! Wow, you could put every flavor of everything!

    3. Don’t think so, looks pretty complete as is!

    4. For all those features in one place, sounds damn reasonable!

    Hopes I winz..Can’t wait to try it!

  57. Grr

    Welcome back Ashraf.

    I would try to win a license.

    1. What you used (or will use) Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite for?

    hard drives partition resizing ( i do it quite frequently). I should tell everyone that this is a new Feature “Easy Partition Resize-Resize partitions directly on the Disk Map with the drag-and-drop technique”
    migrate data between drives
    disk wiping – used it once
    recovery process-works on XP
    real-time backups – this is not available in freewares
    Manage multiple OS – to use this feature
    selective backup – file & folder level

    2. What is your favorite feature in Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite?

    I have 2, not 1
    real-time, selective backups & hard drives partition resizing

    3. Are there any aspects of Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite that can be improved (bug fixes, more features, interface enhancements, etc.)? If so, please explain.

    defragmentation utility is not good as compared to “X” software. If i defragment using Paragon, even windows default still finds some fragmented data. This happens on XP-sp2

    4. If you were in the market looking for a hard drive management software, would you pay $49.95 to purchase Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite? In other words, do you think $49.95 is a fair price for this software? If not, please specify the price you would prefer.

    For suite $49.95 is a good price. Moreover u said there is 30% discount when purchasing Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite, How to get?

    Thanks, Grr

  58. Shava Nerad

    Hi, Ashraf! Thanks for the chance to get this license.

    1. What you used (or will use) Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite for?

    Re-partitioning, creating backups and special archives, creating an incremental backup schema (geez, I’ve meant to do that forever…), creating a lean/fast bootable disk so I can work on my system disk when desireable — most of the features, I guess!

    2. What is your favorite feature in Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite?

    I like the way the menus and visual interface complement one another. It’s very intuitive, at least to me.

    3. Are there any aspects of Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite that can be improved (bug fixes, more features, interface enhancements, etc.)? If so, please explain.

    I had issues trying to mount my DVD drive. I’m honestly not sure what I did to fix it, but the next time I fired it up (and I had rebooted in between) it found it.

    4. If you were in the market looking for a hard drive management software, would you pay $49.95

    You know, I probably wouldn’t pay $50 for this, but there are enough freeware or bundled-with-my-Acer or giveaway-of-the-day options, it’s hard to justify the expense. I do think there’s a quality difference in at least the grace of the interface (I’m not a longtime user, so I can’t speak to much more!), but is it worth $50 difference in this day and age?

  59. Joji

    Yiipi! Your’e finally back! Where were you? When I opened my email and saw it was from “Dottech”, I was like OMFG! ASHFRAF CAME BACK! HURRAZZ!!!

    LoL… why were you gone anyways?

    ~Joji~

  60. Mike Brazil

    Hi Ashraf!

    I am a donor.

    1. I will use it to resize partitions to make new ones available for triple-booting Windows XP, Windows 7, and Linux and to back up (and restore as necessary) all of my partitions.

    2. The Sector Image backup.

    3. It looks pretty complete to me, and I didn’t find any bugs.

    4. I’d always prefer to pay as little as possible, but I think $49.95 is a fair price for all the functionality in this software.

    Mike

    P.S. I’m pretty amazed that this is the first post in this thread. How’d I manage that?