Hard Disk Manager

Storage lifecycle maintenance for stand-alone virtual or physical Windows® Server

  • Innovative backup imaging technology (pVHD, VHD, VMDK) significantly improves automatic backup routines
  • One integrated and comprehensive solution for backup and disaster recovery, partitioning, migration and data management
  • Connection and work with virtual containers as if they were physical disks for partitioning, backup and maintenance
  • Windows 8.1, Server 2012 R2 and GPT/uEFI support


Hard Disk Manager is a sector-level backup solution designed to ensure business continuity and keep your business up and running. Hard Disk Manager is ideal for protecting entire servers, databases and virtual machines and is optimized for fast backup/restore, server migrations and bare metal recovery.

Ultimate Backup & Disaster Recovery

  • Innovative backup imaging technology – for users it’s available as a new backup image container pVHD (Paragon Virtual Hard Drive) format – a special VHD, optimized for storing backups of virtual and physical machines. It’s very efficient in handling incremental chains, data deduplication and synchronization. Besides pVHD, the new technology enables to back up directly to any virtual container (VMDK, VHD, etc.)
  • Back up exactly what you need, and with the best suited backup technique – recommended automatically based on the type of data you wish to protect
  • No hardware dependency with Paragon Adaptive RestoreTM
  • Easily recover files, databases, mailboxes, emails and other items
  • Comprehensive recovery environments based on DOS, Linux, and WinPE*
  • Boot problem correction without restore

Fast Image Backup

  • Live imaging and migration of Windows systems with two snapshot technologies – Microsoft VSS and Paragon Hot BackupTM to guarantee fast and reliable live protection
  • Differential and incremental backups, and exclusive file complements to minimize storage requirements and optimize backup speeds
  • Scheduled and unattended backup operations that are fully compliant with set-and-forget backup policies
  • Advanced backup options like Cyclic Backup and Synthetic Backup to secure your data

Full-range Hard Disk Partitioning

  • The fastest and safest partitioning engine on the market – the product does the job with minimal time and risk
  • Exclusive flexibility: merge partitions, redistribute free space, split one partition to two different, undelete partition and more advanced options
  • Perform hard disk drive editing tasks
  • Manage several operating systems on one environment

Seamless Migration

  • Upgrade storages with minimal impact on business activities
  • Fast migration to new HDDs or SSDs
  • Migrate any Windows OS since XP to a similar or different hardware configuration

Efficient Optimization

  • Automatic partition alignment optimizes the drive for performance and longevity (not all operations are supported)
  • Exclusive optimization of NTFS file system (MFT defragmentation and shrinking)

Secure Wiping

  • Easily erase all live data so it cannot be recovered with any existing technology
  • 10 wipe algorithms including military and government data erasure standards of several countries to destroy all on-disk information or only remnants of deleted files / directories without affecting the used data
  • Wipe exactly what you need – hard disks or separate partitions (primary, extended, logical)

Supported Technologies and Operating Systems

  • Support for any Windows OS since XP SP3 including the latest Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Support of GPT/uEFI configurations to successfully clone, migrate, or restore a 64-bit Windows system configured to the uEFI-based boot mode; to fix uEFI related boot problems
  • Support for SSDs and AFDs (2TB+, non-512B sector size)
  • Support for GPT (GUID Partition Table) disks
  • Support for Microsoft dynamic disks
  • Support for Apple Boot Camp configurations
  • Microsoft Storage Spaces support
  • BitLocker support

Features
Benefits

Agentless protection of Hyper-V guest machines
Unlike traditional backup tools designed to work with physical machines, our product can operate at the virtualization layer, employing MS VSS (Volume Shadow Copy Service) to agentlessly backup/restore any guest machine of Hyper-V. Thus our solution doesn’t need an agent on a target virtual machine to create its point-in-time copy including its configuration, operating system, apps, etc.


File-level backup/restore for virtual containers (pVHD, VHD, VHDX, VMDK)
Paragon’s innovative backup imaging technology now opens up the option of creating file-level virtual containers (full, incremental, as well as file complements), thus offering users rock-stable, high-performance technology to protect system and data not only on sector-level, but file-level as well.


Refactored P2V Restore Wizard
Instead of the old PBF-based backup images, you can now use virtual containers (pVHD, VHD, VHDX, VMDK). It’s the ideal solution to do P2V out of backup image scenarios. The use of virtual containers significantly improves the performance and usability for P2V migration operations.


Revised Graphical User Interface (GUI)
The GUI of Hard Disk Manager 15 has been revised. It is now easier to find particular functions. Legacy functions that deal with the old Paragon’s backup container (.pbf) are hidden by default but can be called through a special legacy view.


Wiping SSD
Wipe SSDs of most manufactures very user-friendly and permanently!


Paragon Recovery Media Builder 3.0
Instead of two utilities downloaded from Paragon’s website (BMB and RMB), the new RMB 3.0 is now embedded into the product. Combining the best of the two utilities, it can boast more options, usability, and stability: Prepares Linux or WinPE-based bootable environment on a USB thumb drive, in an ISO or PXE image Doesn’t obligatory require Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) or Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) on Windows 7 and later platforms Can build WinPE-based media on Windows XP, Vista, if there’s WAIK installed in the system Allows injecting additional drivers for storage devices, network controllers, USB controllers, or system during setup Enables to set up a network connection with a pre-mounted network share during setup Prepares hybrid (both, uEFI and BIOS compatible) 64-bit recovery environment on flash or in an ISO image

Any existing backup techniques
Sector and file level backups with differential or incremental updates as well as an exclusive file complement


Any backup destination
Local mounted/un-mounted partitions, external storages, CD/DVD/Blu-ray discs, network shares, FTP/SFTPs servers as well as the secured hidden partition (Backup Capsule)


Smart Backup Wizard
Back up exactly what you need, with the best backup technique automatically chosen according to the type of data you wish to protect


Agentless protection of Hyper-V guest machines
Unlike traditional backup tools designed to work with physical machines, our product can operate at the virtualization layer, employing MS VSS (Volume Shadow Copy Service) to agentlessly backup/restore any guest machine of Hyper-V. Thus our solution doesn’t need an agent on a target virtual machine to create its point-in-time copy including its configuration, operating system, apps, etc.


Backup to VD Wizard
Back up separate partitions or entire hard disks to the pVHD (Paragon Virtual Hard Drive) format – a special VHD, optimized for storing backups of virtual and physical machines


Restore from VD Wizard
Restore entire hard disks, separate partitions, or certain files and folders from pVHD (available under Windows, WinPE1, and Linux)


File-level backup/restore for virtual containers (pVHD, VHD, VHDX, VMDK)
Paragon’s innovative backup imaging technology now opens up the option of creating file-level virtual containers (full, incremental, as well as file complements), thus offering users rock-stable, high-performance technology to protect system and data not only on sector-level, but file-level as well.


Incremental Backup to VD
Back up changes since the full, or the latest incremental image. It’s allowed to maintain several incremental chains based on one full image, provided each chain contains changed data of a particular backup object(s). To effectively manage backup contents and cut on backup storage requirements, the last increment in the chain is allowed to merge with the previous one, thus updating its contents. Incremental imaging for virtual containers (pVHD, VHD, VMDK) works much faster and rock-stable in comparison with the old PBF


Retention Wizard for VD
Set up unattended backup operations involving regular creation of full or incremental virtual containers controlled by special backup data retention policies. This tool is fully compliant with the so called set-and-forget backup strategies:It can process separate partitions or entire hard disks It can do full and incremental images


Incremental disk imaging
Unlike differentials, increments may not only contain data changed since the time of creating a full archive, but one of its increments as well, thus allowing to save more time and the backup storage. With this type of disk imaging method our company has introduced an innovative technology that boosts efficiency of the network backup by 200%


Selective Restore
Easily extract files and folders from a backup image through the Restore Wizard without the need to restore an entire image


P2P Adjust OS Wizard
Successfully migrate a Windows physical system to a different hardware platform (P2P).


Hot Processing Options
Live backup is a key feature for any backup software. The product has a highly flexible, improved configuration for two different methods of hot processing: Paragon HotBackup and Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS)


Backup and Restore to or from FTP/sFTP
Directly write your backups to an FTP server. Using sFTP, the data transfer to the external server will be protected and encrypted


GPT/uEFI compatible Backup Capsule
Build a WinPE-based bootable backup capsule for your 64-bit Windows system resided on GPT to successfully start up PC from it in case of emergency


Improved write-operations by using asynchronous backup
Improve the speed of the backup processing by using asynchronous writing operations


Encryption and password protection for backups
To avoid unauthorized access to your backup files, you can easily encrypt them within our backup wizards


Comprehensive recovery environments
Three types to choose from, based on the latest Linux, DOS, and WinPE1, available on CD/DVD/Blu-ray, thumb drives or Backup Capsule


Disaster recovery for Apple Boot Camp
Protect dual-boot Macs from the Windows side or in the Linux or WinPE recovery environments

Partitioning Engine
Paragon implemented a completely new engine for all partitioning tasks. The result is a very strong partitioning engine that works generically with all modern hard drive technologies


Basic and Advanced Partitioning
Create, format, delete, undelete, hide or unhide partition; set partition active/inactive; set, change or remove drive letter; change hard disk partition label (Volume Label); convert file systems without formatting; check file system integrity; run complete surface test


Split partitions
You can separate OS and data or different types of data by splitting one partition to two different partitions of the same type and file system


Merge Partitions
Consolidate the disk space, from two adjacent partitions (NTFS, FAT16/FAT32), into a single, larger partition


Redistribute Free Space
Increase free space on one partition by utilizing the on-disk unallocated space and the unused space of other partitions


Automatic partition alignment
Optimize performance of your hard disk during partitioning/copy operations and restoring a backup image to new hard drives (not all operations are supported)


Convert dynamic to basic MBR disks
Convert a dynamic MBR or GPT disk containing simple volume(s) into a basic MBR disk


Convert basic MBR to basic GPT disks
Enjoy all benefits of the newest partitioning scheme with minimal effort


Convert basic GPT to basic MBR disks
Convert a basic GPT disk containing simple volume(s) into a basic MBR disk


Boot Corrector
Fix most of the system boot problems that result from human or program error, or a boot virus activity


HFS file systems conversion
Convert any version of NTFS file system to Apple HFS and vice versa without reformatting

Copy/Restore to dissimilar sector size
Copy or restore contents of a 512-byte hard disk to a 4k hard disk with no additional actions from your side


Full range of copying operations
Copy a full hard disk or a separate partition, and resize a partition while copying


Migrate OS to SSD
Move any Windows OS since XP from a regular hard disk to a fast SSD (Solid State Drive) even of a smaller capacity, thanks to advanced data exclusion capabilities


GPT Loader
Support of GPT drives and modern high capacity disks (2.2TB+) under Windows XP for storing data


File exclude for Copy HDD
When copying a partition or a complete hard drive to a new device, you can now easily exclude data you want to exclude from the copy process


Migrate OS to dissimilar hardware
Migrate existing systems and make them bootable in a new hardware environment


Convert dynamic to basic MBR disks
Convert a dynamic MBR or GPT disk containing simple volume(s) into a basic MBR disk


Convert basic MBR to basic GPT disks
Enjoy all benefits of the newest partitioning scheme with minimal effort


Convert basic GPT to basic MBR disks
Convert a basic GPT disk containing simple volume(s) into a basic MBR disk


Boot Corrector
Fix most of the system boot problems that result from human or program error, or a boot virus activity


HFS file systems conversion
Convert any version of NTFS file system to Apple HFS and vice versa without reformatting

P2V Copy / P2V Adjust OS
Migrate a physical system to a virtual environment in the online mode and make the OS start up after unsuccessful migration or virtualization with third-party tools


Refactored P2V Restore Wizard
Instead of the old PBF-based backup images, you can now use virtual containers (pVHD, VHD, VHDX, VMDK). It’s the ideal solution to do P2V out of backup image scenarios. The use of virtual containers significantly improves the performance and usability for P2V migration operations.


P2V Restore
Restore a physical system from a backup directly to a virtual environment


V2V / V2P
Migrate a virtual system from one virtual environment to another, or migrate a virtual system to a physical environment


Connect VD
Connect a virtual disk as if it’s an ordinary physical disk and open up all physical-disk functionality in a virtual environment


Read-only mode for virtual disks
Mount a virtual disk in read-only mode to make sure no data is altered on the virtual disk during copy or other operations


Resume operations on virtual volumes
Hard Disk Manager is now able to resume any operation with a virtual volume in case of disconnection or any other unexpected situation


Support for major virtual machines
MS Virtual PC, VMware Workstation 10.0, VMware Fusion and Oracle VirtualBox 4

Data Wiping
Destroy all on-disk information or only remnants of deleted files/directories with 10 wiping methods: a custom algorithm, the US DoD 5220.22-M military standard, Russian GOST R 50739-95, US Navy, British HMG Infosec, German VSItR, Australian ASCI 33, Guttman’s, Schneier’s and Paragon’s Algorithm


Wiping SSD
Wipe SSDs of most manufactures very user-friendly and permanently!

Support for Apple HFS+
Not only resize, but also create, format, or get read only access to this file system through our program


Complete uEFI Support
Adjust your 64-bit Windows system configured to the uEFI boot mode to successfully start up OS on another hard disk after copy/restore, or in a virtual environment after P2V migration in Windows, WinPE** or Linux


Support for the latest HDD standards
Enjoy support for AFD (Advanced Format Drive), 2TB+ and non-512B sector size drives


Support for USB 3.0
Manage external hard drives more effectively by using all the benefits of a USB 3.0 interface


BitLocker Support
Back up, restore or copy volumes encrypted by this security feature


Windows Storage Spaces Support
Copy, back up, restore, or resize Windows Storage Spaces directly in our program


Check FS Integrity and Data Loss Policies
Specify the acceptable balance between the operation performance and the risk of data loss


Revised Graphical User Interface (GUI)
The GUI of Hard Disk Manager 15 has been revised. It is now easier to find particular functions. Legacy functions that deal with the old Paragon’s backup container (.pbf) are hidden by default but can be called through a special legacy view.


System Requirements


Supported Operating Systems
Windows 8.1
Windows 8
Windows 7
Windows Vista
Windows XP Professional
Windows XP Home
Windows 2000 Professional SP4


Supported Storages
2.2TB+ hard disk drives
AFD (Advanced Format Drive)
Non-512B sector size drives
SSD (Solid State Drive)
HDD
CD-R/RW
DVD-R/RW
DVD+R/RW
DVD+/-R (DL)
BD-R
BD-RE


Supported Partitioning Schemes
Windows Storage Spaces Support
MBR (Master Boot Record)
GPT (GUID-Partition Table)
Microsoft Dynamic Disk (simple, spanned, striped, mirrored, RAID-5)


For WinPE environment
Intel Pentium III CPU or its equivalent, with 1000 MHz processor clock speed
At least 1 GB of RAM
SVGA video adapter and monitor
Mouse



Supported Computer Bus Interfaces
Complete uEFI support
Parallel ATA (Parallel Advanced Technology Attachment)
SATA (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment)
External SATA (eSATA)
SCSI
iSCSI
USB (Universal Serial Bus) 1.x/2.0/3.0
IEEE 1394 (FireWire)
All types of RAIDs (hardware and software)
PC or PCMCIA Card (Personal Computer Memory Card International Association)


Supported File Systems
NTFS (v1.2, v3.0, v3.1)
FAT16
FAT32
Linux Ext2FS
Linux Ext3FS
Linux Ext4FS
Linux Swap
Apple HFS+
Other file systems (in the sector-by-sector mode)
With BitLocker encrypted hard disks


For Windows installation
CPU: Intel Pentium or compatible, 300 MHz or higher processor
RAM: At least 128 MB (256 MB or greater recommended)
Disk space: 250 MB
Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher


For Linux/DOS environment
CPU: Intel Pentium or compatible, 300 MHz or higher processor
RAM: 256 MB or greater recommended
SVGA video adapter and monitor
Mouse