Paragon Hard Disk Manager 12 Professional - Features and Information

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Paragon Hard Disk Manager 12 Professional
Features and Information
General Usage
Final Thoughts


There is so much this Professional version of Hard Disk Manager 12 can do that we simply cannot cover it all in this brief review.  We'll cover some of the relevant features that will interest most consumers.  For all the latest and complete information, please check out the product page.  We've included some of the information for you below.

Hard Disk Manager Professional includes all facilities to help IT administrators efficiently maintain stand-alone Windows desktops and laptops through their life cycle with minimal effort:

  • New drive partitioning engine - more functions, faster, yet safer
  • Support for SSD, AFD, 2TB+ and non-512B sector size disks
  • Automatic partition alignment boosts storage performance
  • P2V, V2V, V2P, P2P, OS to SSD migration for Windows OS
  • Non-destructive Connect VD to safely manage virtual storages
  • Disaster recovery and drive re-partitioning facilities
  • Comprehensive WinPE recovery environment*


We offer effective data and storage management:

  • The fastest and safest partitioning engine on the market - our product does the job with minimal time and risk
  • Any type of migration for Windows 2000 and later platforms (P2V, P2V Restore, V2P, V2V, P2P, OS to SSD, etc.)
  • Automatic partition alignment allows to get the most of physical and virtual data storages (not all operations are supported**)
  • Enable support for modern high capacity drives (2.2TB+) under Windows XP and later platforms (GPT Loader)
  • Any backup destination, including local mounted/un-mounted partitions, external storages, CD/DVD/Blu-ray discs, network shares, SFTP/FTP servers as well as the secured hidden partition (Backup Capsule)
  • Differential and incremental backups, and exclusive file complements allows different data time-stamps with no duplication, and minimizes backup storage requirements
  • Task scheduling and scripting to chain multiple operations into one job and automate execution
  • Operation with virtual disks as if they are physical (Connect VD)
  • Fast data exchange between physical and virtual disks, between virtual disks of different vendors, or between a virtual disk and its snapshots
  • Exclusive optimization of NTFS file system (MFT defragmentation and shrinking)
  • An advanced system of filters automates the process of building up backup contents by excluding irrelevant data
  • Easy management of several operating systems on one computer
We contribute to business continuity:
  • Live imaging and migration for Windows systems with two snapshot technologies; Microsoft VSS and Paragon Hot Backup™ to guarantee fast and reliable live protection
  • Complete infrastructure for establishing a self-acting data protection system that is fully compliant with the set-and-forget backup policy
  • No hardware dependency with the next generation of Paragon Adaptive Restore™; our technology guarantees any Windows since 2000 will boot on different computer hardware (P2P) by automatically injecting the required drivers and other actions crucial for this type of migration
  • Restore at a granular level minimizes downtime if there's no need to restore an entire image; you choose only the files you want
  • Comprehensive recovery environments based on DOS, Linux, and WinPE* are available on CD/DVD/Blu-ray, thumb drives, or Backup Capsule to quickly get systems back on track when they fail to boot. They also help to retrieve valuable information from damaged hard disks and accomplish bare-metal system deployment
  • Boot problems correction without restore (Windows system registry modification in the off-line mode, MBR, BCD, and the Boot.ini file correction, etc.)
We support all hardware and software
  • Support for all latest hardware, including all SCSI, IDE and SATA RAID controllers, SSD, AFD, 2TB+ and non-512B sector size disks, Blu-ray drives, USB 1.x/2.0/3.0 and IEEE 1394 (FireWire) devices, PC card storages, and many more...
  • Support for popular virtual machines, including MS Virtual PC, VMware Workstation, VMware Fusion, and Oracle VirtualBox 4.0
  • Support for GPT (GUID Partition Table) disks
  • Support for Microsoft dynamic disks (simple, spanned, striped, mirrored, RAID-5)
  • Support for Apple Boot Camp configurations


On the next page we'll use the software to see how well it works as we start testing.