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[paragon-software.com] PARAGON Hard Disk Manager 25th Anniversary - FREE

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Mar 27, 2013
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escape1975 wrote: It's under expired deals ?!

Anyways, I just found it after trying to find a free alternative to Macrium Reflect.
Not sure how it ended up expired glad that people are liking it and finding it useful. Good one
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Oct 16, 2011
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Does this securely wipe SSD's? Because I know that the disk wiping process for spinning hard drives is very damaging to SSD's.
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Oct 20, 2014
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SillyRabbit wrote: Does this securely wipe SSD's? Because I know that the disk wiping process for spinning hard drives is very damaging to SSD's.
you should only secure wipe according to the manufacturer recommendation, some have built in functionality, I have used it on samsung SSDs before. as an added protection, you can encrypt your drives with bitlocker for windows. linux has encryption options too
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Nov 19, 2014
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SillyRabbit wrote: Does this securely wipe SSD's? Because I know that the disk wiping process for spinning hard drives is very damaging to SSD's.
I believe not, it seems to just issue a trim ...

Possibly in the business version there’s random overwrite settings, but home users shouldn’t really need that :)
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Works on USB flash drives too.
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Thanks OP

This looks to be a good product, especially for free (I claimed my key)

HOWEVER, I've been using Terabyte's Image for Windows over the years. The advantage is that they support ALL operating systems including Windows Server.

Paragon and a lot of other imaging software artificially locks out imaging of server operating systems.

https://www.terabyteunlimited.com/image-for-windows.htm


Clonezilla is great as well but I've been happy with Terabyte's Image for windows as it's been supported and updated regularly. It works fine to clone MacOS as well (just not from a shadow image/while running).

Anyways, thx
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Dec 14, 2006
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Some of these features are like magic, and I wonder if I can trust it.

I just backed up my Windows 10 C: drive while running from it, and actively doing things. How? Did it make a shadow copy? Apparently: https://kb.paragon-software.com/article/89 But then I mounted it and checked it in Hard Disk Manager and it found a bunch of problems. 5235 files contain an incorrect number of links! Several segments of free clusters are marked as used. File system has allocation errors due to cross-linked files! I just scanned C: using Windows' built-in scanner and it says no errors were found. So, it seems like Paragon created a corrupt backup from an okay file system. I can however mount the image and explore and extract files inside. (See the ... menu in Disks and volumes.) Interestingly, I can see pagefile.sys and hiberfil.sys, but I can't restore them from the backup. So I guess they got excluded somehow, via the registry location in that KB article.

Another feature that's like magic is merging partitions. Theoretically it's possible to do that while keeping all data in place, but practically it's a high risk operation, as you're making large changes to partition metadata. I will not test it now.
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Thanks OP! But since nothing is truly free, why would they just give this away?
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Have happily using Paragon HDM for several years. Thanks for sharing!
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Thanks. Used to use Partition Magic but might try this out...
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Tubby wrote: Thanks OP! But since nothing is truly free, why would they just give this away?
Maybe hoping you will buy the more expensive edition for more features?
Although I still don’t know what this is missing except it being for home use only ...
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dreamlayers wrote: Some of these features are like magic, and I wonder if I can trust it.

I just backed up my Windows 10 C: drive while running from it, and actively doing things. How? Did it make a shadow copy? Apparently: https://kb.paragon-software.com/article/89 But then I mounted it and checked it in Hard Disk Manager and it found a bunch of problems. 5235 files contain an incorrect number of links! Several segments of free clusters are marked as used. File system has allocation errors due to cross-linked files! I just scanned C: using Windows' built-in scanner and it says no errors were found. So, it seems like Paragon created a corrupt backup from an okay file system. I can however mount the image and explore and extract files inside. (See the ... menu in Disks and volumes.) Interestingly, I can see pagefile.sys and hiberfil.sys, but I can't restore them from the backup. So I guess they got excluded somehow, via the registry location in that KB article.

Another feature that's like magic is merging partitions. Theoretically it's possible to do that while keeping all data in place, but practically it's a high risk operation, as you're making large changes to partition metadata. I will not test it now.
Definitely using shadow copy, I’ve backed up running systems using that before,
However it’s strange you saw errors, I wonder if it would restore properly to another drive ... hmm.

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