Paragon Backup & Recover Advanced

Paragon Backup & Recover Advanced

Enterprise options for home backup, By Paragon Software Group (Non-Commercial Freeware)

+ USB recovery media
+ Affordable cost
+ Ease of use
– No bundled cloud storage

Paragon Backup & Recovery Advanced offers a flexible solution to simplify complex backup solutions. With the Create Backup Job wizard, guidance is provided to what will be backed up, and where the data will be stored.

This software covers all the usual backup processes, and can easily create complex routines, including automated backup. A standout feature is the WinPE recovery media, which in the worst case scenario comes to the rescue for when your PC refuses to even boot. Via a bootable USB stick, users can rescue files, fix boot problems, and even perform a restoration to get up and running again in a jiffy.

There is a free tier, and the cost of the fuller-featured Advanced tier is $29.95 (£21, AU$40).

Paragon Backup & Recovery generates a backup of your data including operating system, application and personal files. The backup target can be another internal hard-drive, external storage such as CD/DVDs and portable disks, network storage as well as secured hidden partitions. Every file is copied sector-by-sector. A boot sector copy within the backup makes it easy to move from an old to a new hard-drive as the operating system doesn’t need to be re-installed. During recovery partition sizes are automatically adjusted if the new disk-drive has a different size. Paragon Backup & Recovery now supports SSD Drives and hard-disks larger than 2TB. E-Mailing can be set up to inform about the status of backup or recovery.