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The downloadable Hard Disk Manager 15 Professional from Paragon includes everything you need for cutting-edge data management and opens up professional system administration options. Tools such as high-performance file exclusion filters for efficient backup and recovery operations, the Paragon partitioning engine, the capability of editing virtual hard disks, Hyper-V guest system backup functions, the scripting option, and expanded support for virtual machines.
System and Data Backup
Handles your backup tasks automatically: backs up entire system, individual partitions, or selected files. Automates frequently used operations and benefit from a variety of virtual backup containers. Offers a full selection of backup options (sector and file-based, differential or incremental backups or special file complements).
Password protection keeps sensitive data safe from unauthorized access. For data requiring additional security, the Hard Disk Manager 15 Professional also supports drives encrypted with BitLocker.
Partitioning and Optimization
Handles any hard disk partitioning task and helps make optimal use of hard disk space. No matter if you are preparing a hard disk for use with multiple operating systems or redistributing storage space between several different partitions, you can always get top performance out of SSDs and hard disks with 4 K sectors and RAID volumes.
Paragon ConnectVD allows you to work with virtual hard drives and is an indispensable function for anyone who uses virtual environments. ConnectVD makes it easy to manage virtual drives for anything from partitioning or MFT defragmentation to data exchange. Advanced mode puts precise analysis and repair tools at your fingertips, allowing you to fix booting problems or analyze hard drive status.
Recovery and Adaptation
The Universal Image Mounter (UIM) gives you full access to your secured files at all times. You can simply map a backup archive as a network drive and the files it contains will already be accessible, just like they would be with a normal hard disk.
Migration and Virtualization
Virtualize your running system or quickly and easily convert an existing backup into a virtual machine. Copy existing virtual machines with just a few clicks and adapt them for use with a different hypervisor (e.g. from VMware Workstation to MS Hyper-V). This even works with failed virtualizations which were conducted using software from other suppliers.
Paragon Recovery Medium
You can fire up your PC with the bootable Paragon recovery environment and load in an existing backup, secure important data or rectify booting errors. The new Recovery Media Builder 3.0 makes it extremely easy and flexible to create your own personal recovery environment. You can use the advanced options and already add your network configuration and network drive while you're still creating the recovery medium.
Dependable Data Wiping
You are able to restore data you have deleted even if the hard drive has been physically destroyed. With the Hard Disk Manager's wiping function, you can free up storage space and make sure the data's been deleted. Just use Paragon's efficient wiping algorithms or develop your own one. It gives you wiping functions for SSDs and erases SSD data safely without shortening the SSD's service life.
The Microsoft Hypervisor Hyper-V has been included in every Windows installation since Windows 8. The new Hard Disk Manager 15 Professional can back up Hyper-V guest systems without the Hard Disk Manager having to be installed on the virtual system in questions (agentless backup). This allows you protect multiple Hyper-V systems from a central location, even when offline or while a Hyper-V system is running.
Many operations* which the Hard Disk Manager 15 Professional offers can also be used on drives which were encoded with Microsoft's encryption BitLocker technology.
Note:The following operations are allowed on volumes encrypted by BitLocker: backup/restore partitions, copy partitions, delete partitions, change drive letter, change volume label, hide/unhide partitions, enable/disable partitions, change serial number, change partition ID, surface test and check file system integrity.
File-Level Backup/Restore for Virtual Containers (pVHD, VHD, VHDX, VMDK)
Paragon's backup imaging technology now opens up the option of creating file-level virtual containers (full, incremental, as well as file complements), thus offering users rock-stable, high-performance technology to protect system and data on sector-level and file-level.
Refactored P2V Restore Wizard
You can now use virtual containers (pVHD, VHD, VHDX, VMDK). It is the suitable solution to do P2V out of backup image scenarios. The use of virtual containers significantly improves the performance and usability for P2V migration operations.
Revised Graphical User Interface (GUI)
Legacy functions that deal with the old Paragon's backup container (.pbf) are hidden by default but can be called through a legacy view.
Major Backup Techniques
Sector and file level backups with differential or incremental updates as well as a file complement.
Smart Backup Wizard
Back up exactly what you need, with the backup technique automatically chosen according to the type of data you wish to protect.
Easily extract files and folders from a backup image through the restore wizard without the need to restore an entire image.
Hot Processing Options
Live backup is a key feature for any backup software. It is highly flexible, having improved configuration for two different methods of hot processing: Paragon HotBackup and Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS).
Backup and Restore to or from FTP/sFTP
You can directly write your backups to an FTP server. Using sFTP, the data transfer to the external server will be protected and encrypted.
Incremental Backup to VD
Back up changes since the full or the incremental image. It's allowed to maintain several incremental chains based on one full image, provided each chain contains changed data of a particular backup object. To effectively manage backup contents and cut on backup storage requirements, the last increment in the chain is allowed to merge with the previous one, thus updating its contents.
Retention Wizard for VD
Set up unattended backup operations involving regular creation of full or incremental virtual containers controlled by backup data retention policies. This tool is fully compliant with the so called set-and-forget backup strategies:
It can process separate partitions or entire hard disks.
It can do full and incremental images.
Incremental Disk Imaging
Increments contain data changed since the time of creating a full archive, and thus allowing saving more time and the backup storage. With this type of disk imaging method our company has introduced technology that boosts efficiency of the network backup by 200%.
Improved Write-Operations by using Asynchronous Backup
Improve the speed of the backup processing by using asynchronous writing operations.
Encryption and Password Protection for Backups
To avoid unauthorized access to your backup files, you can easily encrypt them within our backup wizards.
GPT/uEFI Compatible Backup Capsule
Build a WinPE-based bootable backup capsule for your 64-bit Windows system resided on GPT to successfully start up PC from it in case of emergency.
P2P Adjust OS Wizard
Migrate a Windows physical system to a different hardware platform (P2P).
Disaster Recovery for Apple Boot Camp
Protect dual-boot Macs from the Windows side or in the Linux or WinPE recovery environments.
UIM (Universal Image Mounter)
Mount pVHD backup images to browse their contents and retrieve data both, in the program and directly under Windows OS.
Three types to choose from, based on the Linux, DOS, and WinPE*, available on CD/DVD/Blu-ray, thumb drives or backup capsule.
Note :*P2P Adjust OS is only available for WinPE bootable recovery environment (WinPE bootable media can be created with the help of Paragon Recovery Media Builder 3.0 .
The high-performance partition engine is compatible with all new generations of data devices.
Basic and Advanced Partitioning
Create, format, delete, undelete, hide or unhide partition, set partition active/inactive, set, change or remove drive letter, change hard disk partition label (Volume Label), convert file systems without formatting, check file system integrity, and run complete surface test.
You can separate OS and data or different types of data by splitting one partition to two different partitions of the same type and file system.
Consolidate disk space from two adjacent partitions (NTFS, FAT16/FAT32) into a single and larger partition.
Redistribute Free Space
Increase free space on one partition by utilizing the on-disk unallocated space and the unused space of other partitions.
Automatic Partition Alignment
Optimize performance of your hard disk during partitioning/copy operations and restore a backup image to new hard drives (not all operations are supported).
Convert Dynamic to Basic MBR Disks
Convert a dynamic MBR or GPT disk containing simple volume into a basic MBR disk.
Convert Basic MBR to Basic GPT Disks
Enjoy all benefits of partitioning scheme with minimal effort.
Convert basic GPT to basic MBR disks
Convert a basic GPT disk containing simple volume into a basic MBR disk.
Fix most of the system boot problems that result from human or program error.
Easily manage several operating systems on one computer (32-bit version only).
HFS File Systems Conversion
Convert any version of NTFS file system to Apple HFS and vice versa without reformatting.
Full Range of Copying Operations
Copy a full hard disk, SSDs or a separate partition and resize a partition while copying.
Copy/Restore to Dissimilar Sector Size
Copy or restore contents of a 512-byte hard disk to a 4k hard disk with no additional actions from your side.
File Exclude for Copy HDD
When copying a partition or a complete hard drive to a new device, you can now easily exclude data from the copy process.
Support of GPT drives and modern high capacity disks (2.2TB+) under Windows XP for storing data.
Migrate OS to Dissimilar Hardware
Migrate existing systems and make them bootable in a new hardware environment.
P2V Copy / P2V Adjust OS
Migrate a physical system to a virtual environment in the online mode and make the OS start up after unsuccessful migration or virtualization with third-party tools.
Restore a physical system from a backup directly to a virtual environment.
V2V / V2P
Migrate a virtual system from one virtual environment to another, or migrate a virtual system to a physical environment.
Connect a virtual disk as if it's an ordinary physical disk and open up all physical-disk functionality in a virtual environment.
Read-Only Mode for Virtual Disks
Mount a virtual disk in read-only mode to make sure no data is altered on the virtual disk during copy or other operations.
Resume Operations on Virtual Volumes
Hard Disk Manager is now able to resume any operation with a virtual volume in case of disconnection or any other unexpected situation.
Support for Major Virtual Machines
MS Virtual PC, VMware Workstation 10.0, VMware Fusion, and Oracle VirtualBox 4.
Destroy all on-disk information or only remnants of deleted files/directories with 10 wiping methods: a custom algorithm, the US DoD 5220.22-M military standard, Russian GOST R 50739-95, US Navy, British HMG Infosec, German VSItR, Australian ASCI 33, Guttman's, Schneier's and Paragon's Algorithm.
Support for Apple HFS+
Resize, create, format, or get read only access to this file system through your program.
Support for the HDD Standards
Enjoy support for AFD (Advanced Format Drive), 2TB+ and non-512B sector size drives.
Complete uEFI Support
Adjust your 64-bit Windows system configured to the uEFI boot mode to start up OS on another hard disk after copy/restore, or in a virtual environment after P2V migration in Windows, WinPE or Linux.
Support for USB 3.0
Manage external hard drives by using all the benefits of a USB 3.0 interface.
Check FS Integrity and Data Loss Policies
Specify the acceptable balance between operation performance and risk of data loss.
The user interface is now fully compatible with the Windows 8 streamlined, tile-oriented interface, offering a Metro-style Express Launcher and a ribbon-based full scale launcher.
Table of Contents
Supported Computer Bus Interfaces
Complete uEFI support
Parallel ATA (Parallel Advanced Technology Attachment)
SATA (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment)
External SATA (eSATA)
USB (Universal Serial Bus) 1.x/2.0/3.0
IEEE 1394 (FireWire)
All types of RAIDs (hardware and software)
PC or PCMCIA Card (Personal Computer Memory Card International Association)
2.2 TB+ hard disk drives
AFD (Advanced Format Drive)
Non-512B sector size drives
SSD (Solid State Drive)
Supported File Systems
NTFS (v1.2, v3.0, v3.1)
Other file systems (in the sector-by-sector mode)
With BitLocker encrypted hard disks
Supported Partitioning Schemes
Windows Storage Spaces Support
MBR (Master Boot Record)
GPT (GUID-Partition Table)
Microsoft Dynamic Disk (simple, spanned, striped, mirrored, RAID-5)
For Windows Installation
CPU: Intel Pentium or compatible, 300 MHz or higher processor
RAM: At least 256 MB (512 MB or greater recommended)
Disk space: 250 MB
Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher
For WinPE Environment
Intel Pentium III CPU or its equivalent, with 1000 MHz processor clock speed
At least 1 GB of RAM
SVGA video adapter and monitor
For Linux/DOS Environment
CPU: Intel Pentium or compatible, 300 MHz or higher processor
256 MB of RAM
SVGA video adapter and monitor
Supported Operating Systems
Windows XP Professional
Windows XP Home
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