Free Paragon Partition Manager 9.5 Professional (for a limited time)!

Paragon is known for the quality software it makes. So when I hear about a chance to get one of their software for free… I almost faint with excitement I am very happy. Until now the only major, besides Giveaway of the Day giveaways, copy of Paragon software I have been able to attain for free legally is Paragon Hard Disk Manager 8.5 SE. Today I am here to tell you about how you can get Partition Manager 9.5 Professional for free! However please note Paragon Partition Manager 9.5 Professional is only available for free from August 7th, 2009 to August 11, 2009 midnight BST (British Summer Time). If you do not download and register it between that time you are out of luck – sorry (go back to Paragon Hard Disk Manager 8.5 SE or try EASEUS Partition Master [the link to EASEUS Partition Master is a review of the Pro version but a very similar free version is also available])! However if you do download it and have registered it, you should be able to uninstall/reinstall it at your leisure as long as you keep the .EXE file and registration information safe.

Before I spill the beans on how to get it, let me give you an quick overview of what this software can do:

User Friendly Fault Minimizing Interface

  • Graphical representation of the data to gain a better understanding.
  • Two-level user interface to satisfy the needs of the most demanding customer.
  • Comprehensive wizards to simplify even the most complex operations.
  • Resize partitions directly on the Disk Map with the drag-and-drop technique.
  • A context sensitive hint system for all functions of the program.
  • Previewing the resulting layout of hard disks before actually executing operations (so-called virtual operations).

Backup Facilities

  • Support of all present day techniques to store backup images:

- Backup The term backup originates from the time when the best way to protect valuable information was to store it in form of archives on external media. It’s become now a general notion to mean making duplications of data for protection purposes. to local mounted/unmounted (without drive letter assigned) partitions;

- Backup to a special secured place on the hard disk called the Backup Capsule that has an independent system layout (e.g. a separate partition) and will stay operable should the active file system be damaged. To avoid an accidental removing or unauthorized access of the backup data, this partition is hidden and thus cannot be mounted in the operating system;

- Backup to external media (CD/DVD) to guarantee a high level of data protection as long as the backup media is kept secure;

- Backup to a network drive to stand a better chance of success in case of a hard disk failure.

  • Sector backup to save not only all on-disk information but also the system service structures. It is ideal for making a backup image of an entire hard disk or system partitions to guarantee the operating system’s working capability.

Restore Facilities

  • Restore an entire disk, separate partitions or only files you need from the previously created backup image.
  • Restore with Shrink to restore a backup image to a free block of smaller size taking into account only the amount of actual data of the image.

Copy Facilities

  • Partition/hard disk copy to successfully transfer all on-disk information including standard bootstrap code and other system service structures, thus maintaining the operating system’s working capability.

Boot Management Facilities

  • Boot Manager Setup Wizard to easily manage several operating systems on one computer.

Partition/Hard Disk Management Facilities

  • Basic functions for initializing, partitioning and formatting hard disks (create, format, delete). Instead of the standard Windows disk tools, the program supports all popular file systems.
  • Express Create Partition Wizard to create a new partition in the most appropriate place of your hard disk, format it to NTFS and then make it available in the system by assigning a drive letter.
  • Merge Partitions Wizard to consolidate the disk space, which originally belongs to two adjacent partitions (NTFS, FAT16/FAT32), into a single, larger partition.
  • Redistribute Free Space Wizard to increase free space on one partition by up-taking the on-disk unallocated space and the unused space of other partitions.
  • Express Resize Partitions Wizard to increase free space on one partition by up-taking the unused space of an adjacent partition of your hard disk (including partitions of Apple Boot Camp).
  • NTFS hot resize upward to enlarge an NTFS partition (system, locked) without rebooting Windows and interrupting its work.
  • Convert a file system (FAT16/32, NTFS, Ext2/Ext3) without reformatting.
  • Mount a partition (assign a drive letter) of any file system type to make it available for your operating system.
  • Modify file system parameters (make active/inactive, hide/unhide, change serial number In the DOS partitioning scheme, every hard disk and every partition has a 32-bit serial number represented by an 8-figure hexadecimal value. It is stored in the MBR and its value is assigned when the MBR sector is initialized by Microsoft standard disk managing tools, such as Windows Disk Administrator and the FDISK utility. In fact, a hard disk’s serial number is not important for most operating systems and software. It is known that Windows NT, 2000 and XP store its value in the database of assigned drive letters. A partition’s serial number is stored in its boot sector (in FAT16, FAT32 and NFTS file systems). Its value is assigned when the partition is formatted. It does not play an important role for most operating systems and software as well. , partition ID or File system ID is a file system identifier that is placed in the partition. It is used to quickly detect partitions of supported types. A number of operating systems completely rely on it to distinguish supported partitions. Partition ID is saved in appropriate entries of the Partition Table and takes only 1 byte of space. , volume label or Partition Label is a small textual field (up to 11 characters) that is located in the partition’s boot sector. This value is used for notification purposes only. It is detectable by any partitioning tool including the DOS FDISK utility. Modern operating systems save it within a file system, e.g. as a special hidden file. Thus it is able to contain a relatively large amount of text in multiple languages. , etc.).
  • Install New OS Wizard to make your system ready to install a new operating system.
  • Install Windows OS Wizard to get your Intel-based Mac ready to install Windows either as a sole operating system with the option to back up your Mac partition, or as a second operating system, thus making a dual-boot system.
  • Undelete Partitions Wizard to recover an accidentally deleted partition.

File System Optimization Facilities

  • 27 defragmentation strategies available to defragment FAT and NTFS file systems.
  • MFT Master File Table is a relational database that consists of rows of file records and columns of file attributes. It contains at least one entry for every file on an NTFS volume, including the MFT itself. MFT is similar to a FAT table in a FAT file system. defragmentation and shrinking to improve performance of NTFS.
  • Safe Defragmentation Mode to guarantee data loss free defragmentation of any version of NTFS and FAT.
  • Low free space defragmentation (less than 1% of the free space required) to successfully defragment almost full disks.

Auxiliary Facilities

  • File Transfer Wizard to make such operations as transferring of files/directories or burning of them to CD/DVD as easy and convenient as possible. Providing access to Paragon backups as regular folders, it may also help to replace corrupted data from a previously created image in case of an operating system failure.
  • Volume Explorer is a handy tool when you have different file systems on the disk, whether they contain an operating system or just data. Volume Explorer will let you explore a file system of any type and provide access to the necessary files and directories regardless of their security attributes.
  • Recovery Media Builder to create a Linux/DOS bootable media, which can later be used to boot and recover your computer in case of an operating system failure. Moreover, with its help you can save data from partitions of your hard disk directly to compact discs or burn ISO-images. The utility supports various formats of laser discs: CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, DVD-R, DVD+R double layer, Blu-ray and can handle multi-session burning.
  • Network Configuration Wizard to establish a network connection under Linux either to save a backup of a partition/hard disk or just several files on a network computer or retrieve a previously made backup from a network computer for recovery purposes.

Holy crap that is a lot of words explaining the features in very complicated ways don’t you agree? As they say “a picture is a worth a thousand words”:

2009-08-06_222639

2009-08-06_222647

2009-08-06_222651

2009-08-06_222658

2009-08-06_222703

2009-08-06_225443

2009-08-06_231216

Okay still confused about this software? Let me put it even more simply: it kicks ***. Great software.

Paragon Partition Manager 9.5 Pro works on 32 and 64 bit versions of Windows 2000, XP, and Vista. If you need Windows 7 support you will need to purchase the latest v10.0 ($80 for Pro or $40 for Personal).

To get Paragon Partition Manager 9.5 Pro for free, do the following:

  • Visit VNUNET’s promotion page and download it (Vista 64 bit users download this one). The download size is 119 MB (very large unfortunately).

Update: please be patient – the download site is going very slow!

Update2: Screw this. If VNUNET has a problem with this they can contact me directly. It is their own **** fault for having sucky servers – I tried my best to direct you to their website as per their wishes but now I am afraid many people will miss out on this. Here are some mirrors to download this program:

Paragon Partition Manager Pro
Paragon Partition Manager Pro (Vista 64-bit only)

Download Paragon Partition Manager Pro from those mirrors at your own risk. I did not create the mirrors so I cannot verify the uploader did not modify the original files to add malicious crap before uploading them.

Update3: This promo has ended so I am removing the above mirror links.

  • Once you finish downloading it, install it.
  • During installation there will be a screen like the following:

2009-08-06_221354

Click on “Get Free Serial” and the registration page will open in your web browser. Enter the required information:

2009-08-06_221145

2009-08-06_221209

Feel free to use your real e-mail because Paragon does not spam. Or if you must, you can make use of Mailinator or 10MinuteMail anti-spam services.

  • Once you have hit “Submit” go check your e-mail for an e-mail from “eservice@paragon-software.com” with the subject of “A letter from Paragon”. In the e-mail you will find your product key and serial number:

2009-08-06_221332

  • Copy and paste them in their respective areas in the installation window and finish installing.
  • Restart your computer after installation.
  • Enjoy your new (and free) copy of Paragon Partition Manager 9.5 Pro!

If you have any questions or problems please post below – I will try to help. Or you can drop by http://twitter.com/paragonsoftware to get help from the developers of this software.

Share this post

Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

45 comments

  1. summersa

    Hi, I need this software to split my HDD to C and D. Does anybody know whether the Get Free Serial is still operative.
    I would hate to download 100 megs and then find out that it was worthless.
    Many thanks
    summersa

  2. Rob

    @Peter:
    Thanks Peter, your info is spot on.
    I have installed it in my two PCs.
    I burned the iso (that you pointed me to) on one of them.
    And used a Paragon option in the other PC to burn the same CD.

    Both PCs are 2004 and can die (others have in the past)
    I used the Key that I got from Paragon for one of the PCs to install the program in the other PC.
    That worked.
    When one of the PCs dies, I will find out if it only worked because it was 18th Oct.

    Thanks again,
    Rob

  3. Peter

    @Rob:
    Hi Rob

    It’s like the earlier giveaway. What is missing is the winPE recoverycd, but the linux-like are included. After installation there is a file called bootcd.iso. The default installationpath for this file, in the english version on windows xp would be:
    C:\Program Files\Paragon Software\Partition Manager 9.5 Professional\iso

    Peter

  4. Rob

    @Peter:
    I believe that one should do as much of the operations as you can from a bootable CD.
    (Some are happy to do it all from within Windows, but I believe that increases the risk of stuff ups, if your Windows plays up during the operation.)
    I followed your link, and it appears that the version offered does not allow running from a bootable CD.
    Am I corect ?

  5. Pixeleyed

    Ashraf – In regard to the Filedropper links, where did you get them from? If the md5 and SHA-1 hash numbers of those files are verified against the official VNU downloads, does that mean the Filedropper downloads are safe? In other words, if the Filedropper downloads were tampered with, would that ensure that the hash numbers would definitely change?

  6. Mike

    Having finally downloaded the software yesterday (5 hours for the download), I realized today that I had the 32-bit version and needed the 64-bit. Sigh! Went back to the site to download the 64-bit, and no issues whatsoever–and the download is at 50 or 60 Kb/second. Don’t know if it’s just because it’s a different day or the 64-bit download, but if you weren’t able to get the software earlier, you may want to try again.

  7. Mags

    Thought I’d give the vunet site another try yesterday, same problem, 0 kb.

    So tried to contact them re the problem, but after hitting submit, it took me back to the contact page, so don’t know if it went through or not, and if it did, I haven’t heard anything back from them up to this point.

    Anyway THX for the alt link, tried that and it worked! Installed and registered on Vista Premium without any problems.

    BTW, I ran a scan on the .msi file before installing, nothing was found.

  8. Mags

    Well……. thought I had the problem solved. But no……

    I cleared all my cookies and cache and tried again. Same thing happened as the first time I tried to download, (which I forgot to mention previously) It came up with the save window, so saved to disk, but the .msi file showed 0 Kb, and that is what happened the second time. I tried.

    After the first try, I clicked on the alternate link to try to download, and that is the one that keeps wanting the password.

    I’m about to give up!

  9. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    @Mags: I just tried it… it didn’t ask me for a login password o_O.

    At this point I am so frustrated with VNUNET’s fail download links, I would allow alternative mirrors to be posted but I could get in trouble legally =(.

  10. Roger

    This is *apparently* the exact same version as the most recent one from GOTD. They both identify as build 7267 (13.12.08). However, the GOTD installation file is some 32Mb smaller than this one. I don’t have a clue about why that is.

    Be advised that the GOTD version explicitly does *NOT* support 64-bit versions of Windows. I presume that also applies to this version. I don’t have a 64-bit system to test.

  11. Bruce Fraser

    Surely the Paragon people must realize their lone server is getting hammered, and almost no one is able to download anything. The five days will be up and they will have gained are a lot of frustrated users who loathe the name Paragon. Where’s the sense in this?

  12. Rob

    Farrukh,your welcome.

    Also you have helped me, as I was, previously, having to remember to return to the web page to see if there were recent comments.
    I now know to tick the checkbox for –
    ‘Notify me of followup comments via e-mail’
    All I have to do, in the future, is remember to tick it.
    There should be an option in the profile that says –
    ‘Always tick it for me’
    or
    It should notice if we are over 65, and just tick it anyway.

  13. Mike

    I realize that scads of people have been trying to download this, but ridiculously low download speeds followed by timeouts (if you even can get a download to begin)–my last attempt stalled at 11 minutes to go. And now I’m back at another attempt, currently showing 8.5 hours to go at 3.8 KB/sec …

  14. Tortuga

    Hello Everybody

    Darn, I never think of checking the “Notification Reply” case!!!
    Thanks Farrukh for reminding me :D
    That Mediafire link from Rob would have been very helpful!! Instead I wasted almost 9hrs!! :( sigh

    I started clicking the dwld link at ~21heures, but always got an error.
    Then at 1h52am(!!) finally succeeded to start the dwld.
    Well, never saw such slowness – at between 5.14k/s & 10.8k/s, instead of my usual speed 250-750k/s. So it took till 5h33 to finish!! Indeed!!!

    Anyway, just saying anybody that wants this soft needs to be a bit patient … ;-)

    @Ashraf:
    Thank You for the link u posted for the comparison.
    But … I can’t find any reference in that page to the 9SE version (the one from GOTD) nor to the 9.5 Promo version.
    I must be blind :)

    Peace

  15. Farrukh

    @Rob:
    Hey Rob,
    Thanks a bunch buddy :)
    Before Ashraf removed your links, I got these in my e-mail (via comments reply notifications) and was able to download via MediaFire link you provided.

    Now installed and registered fine on my machine.

    Thanks to Ashraf as well :).

  16. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    @Jaap: That is odd. I also run Home Premium 32-bit and it install just fine. You may have a program on your computer that was conflicting.

    My best suggestion is to drop by twitter.com/paragonsoftware and get help if you really want this software (which you may not because it seems you have EASEUS already =))

  17. Jaap

    I finally succeeded in downloading the msi file and began the installation on one of my computers (Vista Home Premium 32-bits); got the serial by e-mail; entered the required information.
    Everything seemed to go well, but when the installation was almost completed (say at 99%), the monitor suddenly went black! ‘No signal’. Nothing happened anymore.
    I had to shut down the pc with the power button.
    When I restarted the pc, I got a BSOD (blue screen), with the advice to check the hard disk.
    I restarted again and was given the opportunity to choose System Restore. Yes! That helped! Paragon Partition Manager was automatically removed. I won’t try again to install this program. Instead I will stick with Acronis True Image 11 for backups/images and Easeus Partition Master for partitioning.
    I don’t know what went wrong. The installation file was not corrupt. I checked that (MD5 sum).
    There was no panic, because just one week ago I made a full backup (read: image) of the C: partition with Acronis True Image and that program has saved me more than once.

  18. Ashraf
    Author/Mr. Boss

    @amnesia and @Tortuga: : The changelog for Paragon Partition Manager Pro does not list v9.5 so I really don’t know but if I were to guess I would say probably not worth upgrading if v9 does it all for you. However if I were you I would upgrade to v9.5 anyway cause its more new =). Yes you should uninstall prior versions.

    Changelog for it at http://www.paragon-software.com/home/pm-professional/release.html

    @Farrukh: They will keep changing the download link. It isn’t a torrent now… please try now =).

    @Rob: I appreciate your effort but please respect VNUNET’s wishes.

    @Everyone: When I have dotTech exclusive freebies I expect people to follow my request to not link directly to the downloads or host a mirror. VNUNET has asked the same for this freebie:

    This is NOT freeware. Incisive Media are licensed distributions through Paragon Software. Do not mirror this promotion. Do not link directly to the download on the server. The link is subject to constant change.

    I ask that everyone respect that please. If you can’t get the download right now, just be patient – the download is available for four days and the link will keep changing so you can grab it at another time.

  19. Rob

    That link tries to download but just stalls.

    However see this page –
    [Removed by Ashraf: VNUNET specifically asks for no one to link directly. I expect people to follow my rules on my exclusive freebies and it is only fair I enforce the rules of others for their websites.]
    which has two links
    I tried this one –
    [Removed by Ashraf: VNUNET specifically asks for no one to link directly. I expect people to follow my rules on my exclusive freebies and it is only fair I enforce the rules of others for their websites.]
    and has finished downloading at over 100 KB/sec

    Now my next challenge is to work out what the difference is between all of Paragon’s products.

  20. Tortuga

    Hello Ash :D
    Big thanks for the find! Great to see you around again!!!!

    I have the same question as Amnesia.
    I installed the 2009SE version from GOTD last time it was offered, in April.09.

    Two questions:
    •1- Is the difference btwn the 2 versions worth it?
    •2- If u think this version is better, should one uninstall the GOTD version prior to installing this one?

    Peace

    PS: BTW I also have EASEUS Partition Master Pro v3.5, also from April.
    And of course, the other 2 Paragon SW: Drive Copy & Drive BkUp.
    Yes I know, its a lot of stuff, can’t decide which to uninstall …
    Suggestions will be more than welcomed! :)

  21. amnesia

    OK, I reread the info on the download page. It is a torrent file now.

    “Note that we’ve had to replace the direct link with a torrent file due to the number of people linking directly to the download on our server.”

  22. Farrukh

    @amnesia:
    Thanks for the reply.
    Can you please check it again and get the download link?
    if you don’t like to post it here in comments, kindly mail me at [Removed by Ashraf. Reason: Dude you want to get spammed? Lol never post your private e-mail in a public setting if avoidable.]

    Best regards

  23. Farrukh

    A.O.A Ashraf,
    from the link you specified in your article, following download link is provided on that page:

    [Removed by Ashraf: VNUNET specifically asks for no one to link directly. I expect people to follow my rules on my exclusive freebies and it is only fair I enforce the rules of others for their websites.]

    It seems that it is giving a .torrent file. Unfortunately, torrents are banned on the network where I’m working.

    So I can’t download it :(. Please correct me if I’m going in wrong direction

    Is there any other link to get the .msi file?

    Best regards
    Farrukh