Paragon Software Offers Hard Disk Manager 2010
Paragon Software Group, a provider of data security and data
management solutions, announced the release of Hard Disk Manager 2010
for home users, available in two editions, Suite ($49.95) and
Professional ($99.95). The software provides tools SMBs (small and
midsize businesses) need to manage their hard drives, including
partitioning, backup and restore, migration, optimization and
defragmentation, hard drive disposal, boot management and system
The complete package is accessible from one interface, which the
company said it designed with user-friendliness in mind. It allows
users to migrate an existing drive or partition to a new one, as well
as to different hardware. It is also possible to maintain physical
environments and drives, in addition to a variety of well-known virtual
environments and types of virtual drives. In addition, Hard Disk
Manager 2010 is a disk management tool that provides full support for
Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system.
In addition to the all-in-one features of partitioning and
backup/restore, advanced users of Hard Disk Manager 2010 Professional
will also find tools for full-range maintenance for virtual machines.
The software allows users to migrate to a virtual environment (P2V) and
manage it offline (without turning on virtual machine). Paragon
encourages small business users to utilize the P2V technologies to
migrate from physical hardware to a virtual environment and make the
operating system and all applications installed hardware-independent.
Using the P2V function, the company argues businesses can make their
old system bootable on any type of new hardware or partially different
hardware than what it was originally configured for.
The Professional edition includes features such as the
ability to change the cluster size of a file system, reducing wasted
space on the hard drive, converting MBR (master boot record) dynamic
volumes to MBR basic partitions and the ability to convert a basic or a
dynamic GUID Partition Table (GPT) disk, a standard for the layout of
the partition table on a physical hard disk, into a basic MBR disk.
Professional edition also includes synthetic backup, which allows users
to change any property, such as merge a given differential image with
its full image, split/un-split, compress/de-compress, etc.) of an
existing archive without carrying out a physical backup operation.
Businesses that purchase Professional edition also get the benefits of
cyclic backup, which establishes an automatic data backup that is
fully compliant with the Set-and-Forget Backup Policy, as well as
incremental copy functionality and a host of virtualization and
migration features like P2V functionality and Connect VD, which
connects a supported virtual disk to Paragon's program for data
management and transfer.
Late last year, the company released
its latest disaster recovery, system migration and virtualization
software program, Backup & Recovery 10 Suite. The solution mirrors
the characteristics of Paragon's Drive Backup Professional product line
with a minimalist "set-and-forget" policy found in Paragon's System
Backup. The Suite offers recovery environments in Windows Native Mode,
WinPE, Linux and DOS, provides virtualization support and includes
support for Windows 7. Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Suite is
available for $69.95.