dotTech Exclusive: Free Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Home (Special Edition)! [48-hours only]

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Considering the fact that dotTech has featured and reviewed Paragon Software products on dotTech multiple times in the past, I am sure many dotTechies are familiar with the brand. One of Paragon Software’s core competencies is data security; their Paragon Backup & Recovery product line is one of their flagship lines.

Paragon Backup & Recovery can be found in three different editions: Paragon Backup & Recovery Free, Paragon Backup & Recovery Home ($29.95), and Paragon Backup & Recovery Suite ($49.95). The following chart, created by Paragon Software, lists out the differences between all three editions, and also compares them to a discontinued product, Paragon Drive Backup Professional:

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The Home edition of the Paragon Backup & Recovery product line is fairly new; it as released very recently. And now dotTech and Paragon Software are teaming up to bring everyone Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Home (Special Edition) for free!

Here are are the highlights and features of Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Home, as per the developer:

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The only difference between Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Home Special Edition and Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Home (the edition you would get if you purchased directly from Paragon Software’s website) is Special Edition does not come with the ability to create WinPE recovery media. Special Edition still has all the other features mentioned above and can still create fully functional Linux based recovery media.

Now dotTech has not explicitly reviewed Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Home, so I can’t tell you what is good/bad about the program. However, dotTech has reviewed multiple different Paragon Software products in the past – including Paragon Backup & Recovery’s predecessor Paragon Drive Backup Professional – and the general trend is Paragon Software products are excellent. Therefore, I am sure Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Home is an excellent product also. (But of course please provide your feedback/mini-reviews on the product in the comments below!)

That said, to get Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Home (Special Edition), follow these directions:

Version being given out for free: v10, build 10444 (14.07.10) Home Special Edition

Free updates: No

Supported OS: Windows 7 (32/64-bit)/Windows Vista (32/64-bit)/Windows XP Professional (32/64-bit)/Windows XP Home/Windows 2000 Professional SP4

Download size: 187 MB

Special note: This giveaway is available for the next 48 hours; it starts on Thursday September 9, 2010 00:00 PST and ends Saturday September 11, 2010 00:00 PST. After the 48-hours window, this giveaway will end. However, if you keep the installation file safe, you can install/reinstall the program whenever you want.

  • Visit the Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Home (Special Edition) registration page and register:

Note: This promotion is available to everyone – everyone may get it for free. However, this is a dotTech.org promotion. Please do not directly link to, copy, paste, or reprint the link to the registration page anywhere else including private or public forums, blogs, file hosting services, etc. If you want to spread information about this offer, you may link to this article by providing a permalink (alternative permalink) to your audience. If you respect our wishes, we will be able to continue to bring you great freebies. If you don’t, we have no incentive to continue our promotions and they may stop.

Take note you have the option to receive e-mails from Paragon Software that have exclusive discounts (30%+) on their products; if you enjoy Paragon Software products – like I do – you may want to consider subscribing to that e-mail list to receive the discounts (it is optional).

If you registered properly, you will get a confirmation message:

  • Check the inbox of the e-mail address you registered with. There should be an e-mail from eservice@paragon-software.com with the subject of Your Product Registration for Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Home Special Edition (English). In the e-mail you will find the registration information for the product:

Keep this registration information safe because you will need it to register Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Home (Special Edition) during installation.

  • Download Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Home (Special Edition). [The installer for 32-bit and 64-bit is the same.]

Note: This promotion is available to everyone – everyone may get it for free. However, this is a dotTech.org promotion. Please do not directly link to, copy, paste, or reprint the link to the download anywhere else including private or public forums, blogs, file hosting services, etc. And please don’t upload the installation file on anywhere, such as third party file hosting services. If you want to spread information about this offer, you may link to this article by providing a permalink (alternative permalink) to your audience. If you respect our wishes, we will be able to continue to bring you great freebies. If you don’t, we have no incentive to continue our promotions and they may stop.

  • After you have downloaded Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Home, run br10_home_se.exe (it is the file you downloaded). You will need to extract the installation files into a folder:

I highly suggest you extract the files into a new folder because br10_home_se.exe extracts the installation files for Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Home (Special Edition) – it does not install the program for you. Extracting the files into a new folder makes it easier to delete the files after you have installed the program (you will be able to delete these installation files).

  • Go to the folder where you extracted the installation files. Find launcher.exe and run it. Click on Paragon Backup & Recovery Home Special Edition -> Paragon Backup & Recovery Home Special Edition:

This will launch the Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Home Special Edition installer.

  • Follow on-screen instructions to install Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Home Special Edition. During installation you will be promoted to register the program:

Use the registration information you received via e-mail to register the program.

  • Finish installing. After installation has finished, you will be asked to restart your computer:

You are not required to restart your computer, but it is highly encouraged to perform one restart before running any operations.

  • (After you have finished installing Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Home Special Edition, you can delete the installation files you extracted earlier.)
  • Evaluate the program and come back here to provide some feedback to Paragon Software in the comments below. Feel free to write a mini-review, or just list some good/bad points about the program.
  • Enjoy!

If you have trouble getting Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Home Special Edition for free, post below and I will try to help.

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65 comments

  1. Home User

    Final report: Compared with Acronis True Image 11 Home. Ran both on default settings.
    Ran Paragon B&R10 HomeSE to image 25.9 GB of files on 160GB hard disk on WinXP SP3 at normal compression to a 640GB internal hard disk. Backup files size was 17.0 GB. Backup time was 14 minutes. Restore time was 16 minutes and 6 seconds.
    Ran Acronis True Image 11 Home to image 25.9 GB of files on 160GB hard disk on WinXP SP3 at normal compression to a 640GB internal hard disk. Backup files size was 14.91 GB. Backup time was 15 minutes and 5 seconds. Restore time was 6 minutes and 25 seconds. Not sure why it restored so much faster.
    I didn’t select either to verify backup or restore. Both backed up and restored ok with the boot CD for each program. I guess I should have set to verify backups because I normally do when I backup. Just didn’t for this test.
    gully foyle said “Then I started the Recovery CD wizard, which announced that the CD could be booted into either WinPE or Linux, and then burned the disk almost instantaneously. I thought this didn’t come with WinPE. At least mine didn’t.
    Acronis is a lot more user friendly to me and just looks more professional looking to me. When I backed up with Paragon I unchecked the make files in 2 GB size. It still did. Tried twice to get one backup file with no luck.
    tekknokat, sorry you are having problems with Acronis backing up non image files. I never tried to do that. I just make images every couple of weeks and rotate them usually keeping about 3 just in case. Copy to external drive. I am going to try and backup some non image files on my computer and see what happens. I have several large files over 1 GB and some are avi.
    I personally am going to stick with Acronis. I really, really like it and until it doesn’t work for me I will probably keep using it. Just like Norton Ghost, used until it didn’t work for me and then started using Acronis. To me it is the best image software out there for my XP Pro SP3 machine. I like to try different software just to see what is available. Paragon is good software and I thank them and Ashraf for the free giveaway.

  2. gully foyle

    Final report:  Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Home (Special Edition)
    Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Free Advanced was uninstalled (Revo Uninstaller reported no leftovers).  Ashraf’s offer, Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Home (Special Edition), installed with no problems.  I especially like how the wizard displays every partition.  If you were surprised by my last numbers, these won’t ease your doubt.  I finally finished additional installations and reorganizations, then ran CCleaner, MyDefrag, and NTREGOPT, then ran Paragon B&R10 HomeSE to image the 32GB files on the 75GB Windows 7 x64 operating system partition as a 5.9GB (High Compression) image in 00:07:59 to a different drive.  Then I started the Recovery CD wizard, which announced that the CD could be booted into either WinPE or Linux, and then burned the disk almost instantaneously.  The built-in software Archive checker and the Disk checker verified both, but I haven’t add occasion to test by booting the Recovery CD, restoring the backup, and booting the restored image.  But my previous B&R10 Free Advanced backup image did pass that test.  Again, thanks, Ashraf.

  3. janet

    ASHRAF:

    Like Erik and Kate, I would like to know what the difference is between Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Home SE and Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Compact? [RobCr's link did not answer this question.....] 

    I go crazy trying to figure out the difference between all those Paragon offerings/versions….:-)….!

  4. Home User

    Confusing about boot disks! WinPE, Linux, BartPE, etc…. Is there anywhere you can go on the internet to read about the difference? Wonder what Acronis uses?
    The Acronis installation disc is even bootable to run your backup or restore. I made a copy of the whole CD and use it instead of creating a recovery disk. Both ways work great. I have been using Acronis since version 8 and it has never let me down. I originally start out with Norton Ghost on Windows 98 but after running into some problems with it I switched to Acronis. I am running a 160GB Seagate for drive c and 640GB Western Digital Black for drive d thru h. I have a copy of the Acronis that you use with Seagate drives and also one you use with Western Digital drives but have never tried them since I already had a retail copy. Usually get for about $10 right before the newest version comes out.
    I guess I will backup with Acronis before I start trying out Paragon Backup and Recovery to see how they compare. I always make partition images. I never backup just files and folders.

  5. RobCr

    @Sav: Glad that worked out.
    What was your before size (the amount used) ?
    And the after size (the size of the image) ?
    I have done quite a few images over time, and never even came close to the compression that post #46 got (30GB to 4GB)
    Off the top of my head, the best I ever achieved from 30GB would be say 20GB
    I know the laws of physics in parallel universes are different, so perhaps gully foyle is near a ‘worm hole’ (or a ‘black hole’).

  6. RobCr

    HOW  TO  VERIFY  IMAGE ?
    I have connected a spare IDE internal drive, internally, and done a full Seagate DiscWizard image. I was too frightened to rely on my external drive for the moment, after the Paragon 2010 Linux CD, gave me a ‘whopping’ (Mohamed Ali).
    I then decided to dig out 2009 Paragon Hard Disc Manager Pro, recoverable bootable CD  (WHICH IS WinPE NOT LINUX)
    I have tested that, and my external drive, by letting it create a full image (all partitions) to the external drive.
    The WinPE is definitely more professional than the Linux one.
    And now to my question –
    Does anyone know where the option is to Verify the image, I just created ?
     
    PS My parting thoughts on the 2010 Recoverable Linux CD
    I have experimented with a few Linux LiveCD’s
    Practically all of them had problems with my 2004 PC’s (both of the PCs).
    The only one that was reliable (and a delight to use), was Puppy Linux.
    So perhaps much of the blame for my ‘whopping’, was Paragon’s  LINUX  CD ?
     
    PPS Sav,
    I believe Recoverable CDs are not ‘tied’ to the PC that created them.
    So you do not have to create a fresh one for every PC.
    And I believe Ashraf mentioned that once you have the Serial number, you can install on all of your PCs, ‘until the cows come home’.

  7. RobCr

    OOPs,
    Sorry for the multiple posts, my first one had a link, so I tried another without, and it just happened to be posted to a new page.
    I falsely assumed that the delay on my post (the one with a link), was holding back my non-link one.
    Perhaps when anyone is posting the 50th post, it should throw the ‘poster’ to the new page. That did not happen to me, so I assumed it went into the twilight zone.
    – – – – – – –

    tekknokat,
    I am not a big fan of file backing up software.
    Instead, I have all my files in organized folders starting with
    C:B_
    C:B_DVD
    C:B_Finance
    etc.
    So it is easy for me to burn them to a DVD.
    If you had used the free Seagate DiscWizard, to create images of your whole drive, then –
    – The size of individual files would not have been a problem.
    – I normally use the bootable CD to create and Restore images. However, If you also install the program into Windows, you can explore previous images, to extract individual files.
    – When your Drive died, you would have had your OS, and your files intact.
    And I can even show you how to resurrect the lot to another PC.
    I have preached (relentlessly, to anyone who will listen) about my file organizing (C:B_ etc), and the Seagate discWizard in this thread, and also elsewhere in Ashraf’s web site.

    Rob

    PS I was preaching in a VB6 forum to a chap, who ignored me.
    A few weeks later his laptop was stolen, and he lost everything.
    He had no images then, and is still not imaging his new PC.
    “You can lead a horse to water, but . . . . . . ”
     
     

  8. tekknokat

    Thank you for the software Ashraf, haven’t had a chance to try making the bootable CD and an image yet.  I was successful in getting the software to install though, I appreciate the opportunity to try out a new backup opportunity.  Acronis is also giving me problems in simply backing up .avi files in non image backups, any large files over 1GB seem to be a problem for Acronis, what a waste of money.  When I get time I will ask the forum there for help, and they have other help as well, I just never heard of Paragon before, never considered it as an option when shopping for software, when PCMagazine, CNet, and Wired, or similar such tech periodicals wrote such glowing reviews about Acronis 2010 after New Years, I bought the hype about “brand recognition.” 

    I don’t have a Seagate or WD hard drive, I hear Acronis TI comes with some of those drives with new purchase, I just got it direct from the website during their summer sale in early June.  I saw your story on free backup software, and I just decided after losing a bunch of good photos and letters in 2009, I wouldn’t trust my data to anything free, spending money I would get what I pay for.  April 2009 I bought a LaCie external hard drive for my old computer, and the same week I bought it and was uploading my files to Carbonite online with LaCie’s year of free online backup with purchase of the 1TB external triple interface USB/firewire400/eSATA drive, my hard drive crashed with Windows XP Pro SP3 on it, and I haven’t been able to recover it, and just holding onto it in hopes someday I can find a shop to lift the files for me.  My new PC doesn’t have anything on it I would cry over if I lost it, but I want to backup just the same to make those habits routine.  I just think of all those photos that can never be taken again, and letters, office documents, journals, with hours of time spent I will never take the time to assemble those facts, names, places, and timelines again.  

    What do people use to backup their DV movies and legal bootleg movie files in any of their given formats?  Can those be backed up seperately from disc image files using the file backup option rather than the disc imaging options?  I don’t see why not.

  9. PeterB

    Hi Ashraf :)
    Thank you so much for this great offer.
    Downloaded it and installed just fine on XP pro sp3.
    There is a PDF manual for the program. You can get it here: http://www.paragon-software.com/docs/BR10Home_en160810m.pdf

    I know that it does not include the WinPE recovery disk, but the “linux” edition is included. I think that you will only miss the WinPE edition if you were going to make some P2P Adjust. That is missing in the “Linux” recoveryCD, and if you try to run it from it from the installed program, it gives you an error, saying that it cannot be done with an active OS.  So maybe it is still possible if you have a multiboot system. I have not tested that, since i only have 1 OS.

  10. RobCr

    I posted a link, but that triggers moderation, and possible delay.
    If you do a Google for this (without the quotes), it is the 2nd hit (child of the first hit).
    Paragon Backup & Recovery Compact – Free Download
    That shows a comparison chart, against a version similar to the Home Special.

  11. RobCr

    @Erik:
    I posted a link, but that triggers moderation, and possible delay.
    If you do a Google for this (without the quotes), it is the 2nd hit (child of the first hit).
    Paragon Backup & Recovery Compact – Free Download
    That shows a comparison chart, against a version similar to the Home Special.

  12. RobCr

    I posted a link, but that triggers moderation, and possible delay.

    If you do a Google for this (without the quotes), it is the 2nd hit (child of the first hit).

    Paragon Backup & Recovery Compact – Free Download

    That shows a comparison chart, against a version similar to the Home Special.

  13. RobCr

    If you read the PS in my Post #42 I mention that the bootable CD stuffed my Files/folders on my internal W7 drive.
    I just connected my external drive (where I store all my images).
    Luckily I did it while W7 was running (I was wanting to remove the Paragon 2010 Folder that I had created, as I won’t be using that).
    W7 popped up a warning saying the structure(whatever) is stuffed on my external drive, and offering to fix it.
    If anyone broke into my house and messed with my images, I would kill them.
    Any guesses how I feel about this program’s bootable CD ?

    PS The W7 FIX dialog is looking fairly stalled to me.
    Can anyone SUGGEST an alternative TOOL that I can use for correcting errors in my external drive.

  14. gully foyle

    @RobCr post# 42:
    The hardware is fairly advanced: AMD PhenomII X4 955 3.2GHz; MSI 890FXA-GD70 (SATA3, USB3, 6xPCIe); 8GB 4 sticks) Cosair XMS3 CMX4GX3M2A1600C7; MSI Radeon 5450-MD1GH 1GB DDR3; Seagate 7200rpm 1.5TB and 40GB and WD 5400rpm 500GB; CoolerMaster HAF932 tower; etc.  I was building a new production machine for someone else, with W7X64 Pro from an OEM install disk, so perhaps that format has a lot less junk included.  Beyond that I removed unneed Microsoft “features,” turned off unneeded services, moved /Users/<user name>/… files to another partition.  There are no additional BMPs beyond what MS includes.   Moreover, I had already installed most the system’s applications and utilities, so the Programs Files folder is fairly full.
    I followed Ashraf’s instructions and experienced nothing unusual in the process of downloading, installing, or registering.  Installled in W7X64 with Admin rights and without compatibility checking since it comes with 64-bit drivers.
    After more “tweaks” crashed the system, I restored it with my first image of the entire C: partition [post# 26 above: "for the initial backup, I used Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Free Advanced to backup at 75GB operating system partition with 30GB of files to a 4GB image in 8.5 minutes"] which was actually about 3.8GB.  It restored to the OS partition, rebooted, and the pre-“tweaks” setup was restored in a few minutes.  After I finished more restructuring of the OS, I made another image which came to about 4.2GB.  I removed Free Advanced to replace it with Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Home Special Edition from Ashraf, but still have to rebuild the Recovery CD.  I will try to report back when I have burned and tested it.  I also have the specialized versions of Acronis True Image software from Seagate and from WesternDigital, but used Paragon instead.
    @tekknokat
    I use Free Download Manager, but a lot of servers don’t like to have such software creating multiple download threads off their servers.  Just use the “Save Link As…” context menu command in Firefox or the equivalent in IE, etc.

  15. hulkbuster

    Thank you Ashraf for this wonderful Giveaway: but i already have Paragon Drive Backup 9 Personel / Paragon Drive Backup 9.5 Pro that was given as Giveaway few years back. After reading many reviews people complaining about the Recovery Disc: i thought i too would give up on this.
    I mainly use Bootable Disc to perform all my Backup and Restore function. What good would this be without one.
    No offense but that’s only a single man’s opinion.

    BUT KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK: WILL KEEP PACE WITH DOTTECH.ORG

  16. Skriem

    Nice one, thanks!
    I’ve been using the free version for i while and restored an image for the first time 2 days ago (laptop broke down)==> went allright without any problems.
    But now with this version i can make differential file-backups as wel. Got 1 question: Can i keep the recovery-cd i made with the free version, or do i have to make a new one?

  17. tekknokat

    I said in an earlier post:

    HELP!!  I have downloaded and run the self extracting archive three times, and each time I get the following message:

    “Some installation files are corrupt.  Please download a fresh copy and retry the installation.”

    Well, fourth try is a charm?  I downloaded without the download accelerator, and the files were not corrupted.  I had worried about this happening before, because the accelerator gets the files from different mirrors or from fragments of the same download at different points, and reassembles them for you.  I have never had loss in the past with downloading .avi and DivX files multi Gigabytes in size, or very large downloads like this one.  Something told me to keep trying though, and this time the file extracted as it should. (Could the download host (Paragon) be discouraging the use of download accelerators? Probably not.)  I also chose “Run as Administrator,” and extracted it into a smaller file named “br10_home_se,” named same as the archive file itself.  I am sure not using Download Accelerator Plus made the difference this time, how weird.

    Am I the only one who uses a download accelerator here?  My broadband isn’t slow, but time can never be too abundant, downloading 186MB in 40 seconds instead of 2.2 minutes isn’t worth what I just went through, but I haven’t had this problem before.  I’ll still use Download Accelerator Plus for other downloads.

    Ashraf, have you thought of doing a review of different free download accelerators like DAP, Free Download Manager FDM, or any of the others? That’s something I haven’t seen at dotTech.org.

  18. RobCr

    @gully foyle:
    Re your post #25
    It was your magical compression down to 4GB, that swayed me to try the program
    My image of a Partition with 24GB of data, was going to be 17GB (on maximum compression).
    (Possibly your drive is full of files like say BMPs which compress like ‘black holes’, whereas my files do not ?)
    Is your version still available ?
    Does it run from a bootable CD ?
     
    PS Re my recent post. It also stuffed my File system, and the next boot of Win7 had to check/fix the integrity of all files/folders.
    Perhaps those with older hardware should create an image first, with their existing imaging software. I nearly did, but said to myself ‘what could go wrong’.
    I will never say that to myself again.
     

  19. RobCr

    For those that think you do not have to read Ashraf’s Install instructions –
    Think again.
    They are a bit unusual (The Install process, not Ashraf’s instructions).
    I opened autorun.inf (uppercase), and it told me to run explauncher.exe, which I did.
    Ashraf says to run launcher.exe
    As best I can tell, they both do the same thing.
    The good news is, when you follow Ashraf’s instruction to –
    Click on Paragon Backup & Recovery Home Special Edition ; Paragon Backup & Recovery Home Special Edition
    It shows two choices on the right.
    The upper one is the start of the real Install program
    If you are nervous about installing the program, you can click the bottom one on the right.
    It will create the ‘recovery CD’ which I prefer to think of as the –
    ‘Run it from a bootable CD (instead of from within Windows)’
    If you choose that first, then you can create the CD without installing the program, and it does not ask for the Serial Number.
    This makes it possible for the super cautious to make an image, then install the program, and you can always Restore back to the image created prior to installing Paragon.
    ‘Now who could argue with that’ (Blazing Saddles)

    The CD booted OK, and I managed to get to the main screen.
    I ejected the CD, and rebooted back into Win7.
    That allowed me to connect my external drive (docking thingy), and I created a folder for my Paragon images (separate from my folder for Seagate DiscWizard images).
    I then put the CD back in, and rebooted the PC.
    All sorts of troubles, and could not get to the CD’s Main screen.
    I disconnected the external drive, and rebooted, and it got to it’s main screen OK.
    I then reconnected the external drive, and it allowed me to navigate in the external drive to choose the folder for a new image.
    If there is anything flaky about my proposed Backup/Restore processes, I will run one hundred miles away.
    I believe Paragon is a good company, but I am running away from this one.

    PS it may work for some of you with more modern hardware ? ? ?
    My PC’s are early 2004
    The free May 2009 Seagate discWizard works a charm.
    I downloaded the very latest Seagate DiscWizard, and it had minor problems seeing my drives.
    I ran away from that 2010 version, and continue to use the May 2009, which is 100% reliable, provided you do not stuff around with the images.

  20. RobCr

    I downloaded OK.
    It extracted OK (It is peculiar, but it worked).
    Have not installed it yet, as one of the options (on the Install screen), allows you to create the bootable CD immediately (without installing the program).
    AND I AM GLAD I DID, as it is having problems.
     
    Meanwhile back to your question.
    Do you have a Seagate drive connected somewhere ?
    (See my earlier post #9 regarding having an external docking thingy)
    Download the free Seagate DiscWizard.
    It is a pruned down (and simpler) version of Acronis TI
    I will be able to guide you through usage of the bootable CD, that you will burn.

  21. tekknokat

    HELP!!  I have downloaded and run the self extracting archive three times, and each time I get the following message:

    “Some installation files are corrupt.  Please download a fresh copy and retry the installation.”

    I extracted the files into a folder I named “Backup & Recovery 10 Home SE.”  The name of the parent folder is “Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Home (Special Edition) – dotTech.org” in Windows Explorer folder location Desktop\MyName\Downloads, aka C:\Users\MyName\Downloads. 

    This is the factory installed version of Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit.  I used a download manager Download Accelerator Plus (DAP) to speed up the download, I use it all of the time, and I never have had corrupted downloads before.  I am going to try to download without the download manager, but I am not anticipating different results.  After that I am going to try not naming the extraction folder a different name as the parent folder, and leaving out “&” and “()” characters.  Other than that, I have had problems with Paragon products in the past, specifically, Paragon System Backup 9.5 not being able to install using the .msi installer May 16, and at least one other time. 

    I was successully able to install the Paragon Backup & Recovery Compact Edition – GOTD March 17, Paragon Partition Manager 10 Personal – dotTech – TheWindowsClub April 26, and Paragon Drive Backup 9.5 Professional Edition – GOTD May 6, as well as Partition Manager 11 Special Edition – GOTD July 15.  I would uninstall any of these if I thought they would help me with installing this freebie here.

    I just purchased Acronis True Image 2010 early this summer, with the Plus Pack for creating a Win PE boot CD, and it has been giving me problems I am just not skilled enough or have enough time to figure out in spite of hours of reading the PDFs, Knowledgebase (worthless), and forum.  I thought this Freebie might be easier, I am disappointed, I thought forking over the money for Acronis would save me from having to worry about complications with backups, images, and boot CDs.  Instead it just gives me blue screens a lot.  Now I can’t even get this freebie to extract properly, I am not a complete idiot, I have been using Windows for over a decade now, and typically don’t have problems like this.

    Thank you anybody in advance who can help me figure this out.

  22. Home User

    @Ashraf
    Thanks for the reply. I appreciate your time you give to help others.
    Thank you and Paragon also for the giveaway. Going to give this a try since it does full image backups like Acronis.

  23. Home User

    I would also like to know like Marc if this program makes an image of the complete drive.
    Is it like Acronis True Image where it can make an image of everything, where you can restore the operating system and all files and folders? If anyone has used this already and knows please post an answer. It doesn’t seem to be clear, to me anyway, when I read about what this program actually backs up.
    Thanks

  24. Marc

    Ashraf et al:
     
    Can this program back-up an entire image of the hard drive or just specific files?

    Like in my previous post, no mention is made of this capability. Can someone be more specific?

    In other words, like Acronis True Image, can this program back up an entire image of one’s hard drive? Moreover, can it perform a full backup, incremental, and differential back-ups?

  25. o(o.o)o

    I guess it’s 64bit compatible since the package includes 64bit drivers
     
    http://i52.tinypic.com/1zzgsk3.jpg
     
    Oh and from my experience with a drive backup pro 10 Christmas giveaway, winPE was a whole lot slower on my computers as opposed to the linux bootable. It loaded after about 10 minutes while in comparison, the linux recovery cd was up and backing up my partition after less than 1 minute load time.

  26. gully foyle

    Thanks, Ashraf.  While recently building a new Windows 7 64-bit system, I have had to retest many tools and find replacements for utilities which don’t function properly under W7X64.  Fortunately, for the initial backups, I used Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Free Advanced to backup at 75GB operating system partition with 30GB of files to a 4GB image in 8.5 minutes.  Failure of a W7 tweak necessitated a restore of the backup image, and in a few minutes the system was restored and running again.  Thanks for this offer; I’ll use it to upgrade the backup installation with the additional features of this version.  Once again, you offer us some of the best software under terms that allow us to easily install and re-install as necessary, just like the EASEUS Partition Master Professional Edition v6.1.1 offer which I used to partition this system’s 3 disks.

  27. Ashraf

    @Johannes Aagaard and  @Kate: AFAIK the same installer can be used for both 32-bit and 64-bit machines. Of course, I don’t have a 64-bit computer so I can’t confirm this. If any of you want to install it and confirm for the rest of us, that is greatly appreciated.
    @Kate: No, you do not have to install within the 48 hours. I should have said “install/reinstall”. My bad.

  28. Kate

    @Ashraf
    1. Do you know what’s different in Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Home SE and Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Compact?
    2. You mentioned “if you keep the installation file safe, you can reinstall the program whenever you want“.
    Key word being: reinstall. So, installing within the 48 hours promo for the first time is compulsory? I’m doing some hardware maintenance and won’t make it before Sunday.
     
    About WinPE. Mark has it right; it’s excluded, not because of the seperate download, but because it’s licensed and MS licensed for that matter – WinPE stands for Windows Preinstallation Environment. Meaning, a big cost for Paragon to be given it out for free.

  29. Troels

    I would like to know a little more about the 32/64 bit issue.
    As mentioned above: Supported OS: Windows 7 (32/64-bit)”
    But there does not exist a 64 bit installation file in the program launcher?
    Is that a problem – when using a 64 bit system?


    Thanks

  30. Sputnik

    Ashraf wrote a little bit above :
    The only difference between Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Home Special Edition and Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Home (the edition you would get if you purchased directly from Paragon Software’s website) is Special Edition does not come with the ability to create WinPE recovery media. Special Edition still has all the other features mentioned above.
    The “Paragon Backup & Recovery 2010 Free Advanced” which we may find on this site : http://www.paragon-software.com/home/db-express/ may create a bootable USB flash drive.
    What is exactly the difference between the WinPE recovery media and this USB flash drive ?
    Also, we may see that the actual software being offered here has a Backup capsule. Are the WinPE recovery media and this USB flash drive really necessary if we have this backup capsule ?
    Another question about this backup capsule is : may we access this backup capsule during the boot time, so that if our OS is totally corrupted we may reinstall an old image whitout having to go inside the OS to do so ?

  31. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    Yeah no WinPE recovery disk with the Special Edition. However, it does have the ability to create Linux based recovery media. The Linux based recovery media is not limited in any way; it ia fully functional and can do everything the main program to do.

    The only reason WinPE is not included in the Special Edition is because WinPE is a seperate download. Even when you purchase the program, WinPE does not come with it; you have to download it seperately from your account on Paragon’s website. Linux based, however, is built into the program so you can literally create a Linux based recovery CD/DVD/Flash drive in 30 seconds. In fact, I would go as far to say most people prefer Linux based recovery vs WinPE because a Linux based recovery media is easier to make.

  32. Mark

    WinPE is licensed and costs money. To distribute for free to all of us would be quite the expense.

    Common to Paragon freebees to exclude this part of their program. I hear BartPE is available and works about the same. Google it.

  33. Johannes Aagaard

    Thanks to Paragon, dotTech and Ashraf,

    One issue – when I activate the launcher.exe I noticed that an option to choose 64 bit version does not appear (usually Paragon offers both 32 and 64 bit versions in the launcher-application window).

    Is a 64 bit version available?

    For that reason I have not yet installed the software on my Win 7-64 bit.

    Btw: I can assure that the Linux bootable media works fine. You don’t need the Win PE.

    /Johannes

  34. RobCr

    The Home version says this –
    # Live backup technology allows you to create backup images without rebooting your PC
    # Selective Restore – no need to restore the entire image, you can easily extract files and folders from a backup image
    And Ashraf says there is only one thing missing in the Special Edition (the WinPE), so I figure it does create images
     
    PS I have just been perusing their list of features, to see if the bootable CD, can do all sorts of things. I am strongly beginning to doubt that it has a very functional CD
    Ah! but I digress.
    The list of features is not very clear on creating full images, so your doubts may be warranted ?

  35. Marc

    I am confused about this SE version. Can it back up an entire image of my Hard Driver or just specific files. The comparison chart does not seem to imply that capability.
    Can someone clarify this for  me? Thanks.
     

  36. RobCr

    @jumbi:
    Surely (Flying High), the Linux CD must have less functionality than the WinPE CD ?
    I surmise this, because why would Paragon, go to all the trouble to remove it in this Home Special edition ?
    “Now who could argue with that” (Blazing Saddles, in the church)

  37. RobCr

    @ebony:
    Are you referring to Backups of Files ?
    Or creating images.
    If it is the first I have my folders organized (instead of down the mineshaft of Documents and Settings), so it is a piece of cake for me to burn them to a DVD.
     
    If it is the latter, I would prefer to use external software that can run from a bootable CD. EG the FREE Seagate DiscWizard (derived from Acronis).
    I have used it many times, and used it to recover many times (even to another PC, with a little trick).
    I swear by it, provided you follow a couple of rules –
    – Save Image to an external drive (I have a 500GB 3.5″ Sata shoved vertically into a USB Docking thingy)
    – Never Rename the Images and the Folder it is in.
    – Never move or copy the image.
    – What ever hardware arrangement you used to create the image, try to mimic it when Restoring.

  38. zugshad

    hehe.. dang you RobCr,, I was just about to post that as well, just had to log in :)  but yeh… guessing he didn’t read Ashraf information fully or he would have seen how this is a “Special Addition” for the giveaway and they just took out the ability to create the bootable cd ..
     
    I too have recently been learning about the backup from boot (Was deciding between Acronis True Image and Ghost and ended up using TI) and was “advised” that it would be better to do my backup/image from boot while the OS was “asleep” so it would have less possible issues.. So, that is what I have been doing.. the only thing i use Acronis TI in live environment is to backup my AIO Thumb drive project ive been working on as ATI does not give the ability to backup the USB from boot.. Unless the addons pack gives this ability which I have not gotten/installed yet.
     
    Zug

  39. RobCr

     
    I based my declination (A new word for the Dictionary), on the last line in Ashraf’s comparison chart –
    WinPE 3.0 based Recovery environment
    And then Ashraf’s comment –
    Special Edition does not come with the ability to create WinPE recovery media
    It is of course possible that there is an identical functionality available in a Linux CD, and I have missed the comment ? ? ?
    Rob
    PS Speaking about Dictionaries, did you know that most recent Dictionaries are missing the word – ‘gullible’
     

  40. RobCr

    @________:
    I based my declination (A new word for the Dictionary), on the last line in Ashraf’s comparison chart –
    WinPE 3.0 based Recovery environment
    And then Ashraf’s comment –
    Special Edition does not come with the ability to create WinPE recovery media
     
    It is of course possible that there is an identical functionality available in a Linux CD, and I have missed the comment ? ? ?
    Rob
    PS Speaking about Dictionaries, did you know that most recent Dictionaries are missing the word – ‘gullible’
     

  41. ________

    @RobCr: “The only thing that the Home Special Edition lacks, is the bootable CD.”
    I haven’t tried it but it’s hard to believe that it lacks the capability of creating a bootable recovery media… So far, all free Paragon backup products have had this feature.

  42. o(o.o)o

    @RobCr:
    As far as I know, all Paragon drive backup programs have bootable recovery images included for the user to burn to a cd. This one does include a linux bootable image as well. Paragon simply cannot giveout winPE recovery discs for free for their freebies because of licensing issues.

    You can try this instead:
    http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=257771



    @Ashraf

    I’ve noticed that there isn’t a x64 msi after unpacking the main file. Is this giveaway for 32bit systems only?

  43. Robbie

    Good news.Have been a happy user of Backup & Recovery free edition since release. Did have some unexpected issues at first in my Win7 box with the VSS failing – can’t remember how I resolved though. My version might be from Giveaway – I do have the recovery disc tool active

  44. amozai

    Thanks a lot for sharing I know you are a great friend of Paragon because Paragon products are the most featured products on dotTech and they are really very nice products. Though their large file sizes are killing some of us here who are using slow internet connection, I’ll still give this a try.
    best regards,

  45. RobCr

    It nearly got me.
    I believe many of the functions are best done from a bootable CD (I am an ‘old woman’ where caution is concerned)
    The free version does not allow that, so it is a NI (Not Interested).
    The Home version does allow that, so it was an Interested.
    The only thing that the Home Special Edition lacks, is the bootable CD.
    So it is a NI.
    But thanks for sharing.