The professional edition offers Paragon's Connect VD technology to connect virtual hard drives directly to the software.
Data backup, disaster recovery
and data migration solutions specialist Paragon Software Group announced the
release of a new version of the Hard Disk Manager Suite and Professional
The software contains hard-disk
management tools designed for PC users seeking to keep their digital data safe
and maintained in physical or virtual environments. The offering includes
functionality for partitioning, backup and recovery, copy and migration,
security and optimization, boot management, and virtualization tasks. Paragon
Hard Disk Manager 12 targets beginners as well as advanced home and home office
With a new engine supporting
the latest storage technologies, including high-capacity solid-state drives
(SSDs), the platform achieves the companys fastest recorded partitioning speed
to date, the company said.
The communication between
Hard Disk Manager and the Microsoft VSS service has also been elevated. In
addition to the option of migrating physical systems to a virtual environment
and physical to virtual (P2V) Adjust OS Wizard offered in both versions of Hard
Disk Manager 12, the professional edition offers Paragons Connect virtual
device (VD) technology to connect virtual hard drives directly to the software.
All partitioning, backup and migration tasks can be applied to virtual drives
as if they were physically connected.
For nearly two decades,
Paragon Software has consistently led the market in hard-disk management and
data safety development, pushing the discovery of more powerful and inclusive
tools that are as relevant to todays technologies as to emerging storage
standards, said Konstantin Komarov, CEO of Paragon. Hard Disk Manager 12
continues to support Paragons reputation for producing the industrys
highest-rated hard-disk maintenance and system migration utility with faster,
more flexible partition control and virtualization capabilities combined with
our other technologies into one single, very useable tool.
Updated features in Hard
Disk Manager 12 include P2P and P2V Adjust OS, which makes the operating system
start up after unsuccessful migration or virtualization with third-party tools,
and the ability to migrate between physical disks and virtual machines. This
feature migrates a physical system to a virtual environment by converting the software
environment into a virtual disk of the required virtual machine.
The platform also comes with
Paragon Connect VD technology with nondestructive read/write mode when all
changes applied to the mounted virtual drive are stored in a special snapshot
file (Professional edition only), and a new partitioning engine that carries
out all types of partitioning schemes and is compatible with all types of
modern hard drives and high-capacity SSDs.
Hard Disk Manager 12
provides support for Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) installations
of operating systems and supports split partitions, where users can split any
partition in two with desired size and proportions and choose which files and
folders are stored on the first partition and which to store on the other one.
Users can also resume operations on virtual volumes in case of disconnection or
any other unexpected situation (Professional edition only).
The updated software
provides improved write-operations by using asynchronous backup to improve
backup processing speeds. In addition, it offers encrypted backup to avoid
unauthorized access to a users backup files. The professional version also supports
new wiping algorithms.
Hard Disk Manager 12 Suite
is available for $49.95 and can be downloaded from the companys Website.
Hard Disk Manager 12 Professional is available for $99.95.
Nathan Eddy is Associate Editor, Midmarket, at eWEEK.com. Before joining eWEEK.com, Nate was a writer with ChannelWeb and he served as an editor at FierceMarkets. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.