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Windows 7: Acronis vs Paragon backup software.


07 Jan 2010   #11

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi manhunter,

I haven't tried the Acronis variation - but I have used Paragon Adaptive Restore - which they have had for quite a while.

It works beautifully. Takes 2 seconds to apply.

Windows on the new machine , boots up, loading the appropriate drivers as it does.

I have this Paragon product Paragon Drive Backup Server - Overview

Adaptive Restore is also included in the less expensive products.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
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08 Jan 2010   #12

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Hi manhunter,

I haven't tried the Acronis variation - but I have used Paragon Adaptive Restore - which they have had for quite a while.

It works beautifully. Takes 2 seconds to apply.

Windows on the new machine , boots up, loading the appropriate drivers as it does.

I have this Paragon product Paragon Drive Backup Server - Overview

Adaptive Restore is also included in the less expensive products.
Thanks for that SI and just to be clear does this mean you can restore an image to UNLIKE hardware and load drivers. Thanks.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Jan 2010   #13

W7 X-64 RTM,SUSE 11.1, XP PRO SP3 as a VM, VMware ESXi
 
 

Hi there
with Acronis -- YES -- I haven't tried the paragon version but another poster seems to imply that it works as well.

I'm using Acronis Workstation True Image.

Cheers
jimbo
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08 Jan 2010   #14

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

I've tried
  • ATI 11 (Western Digital)
  • ATI 2010
  • Macrium Reflect
  • Paragon
  • Windows 7 built-in
  • ATI 2010 I had too many issues with
  • Macrium worked quite well. I just don't like booting with the CD to restore all the time,
  • Paragon I found too confusing, but did seem to do a good job although images were larger than MacRe or ATI
  • Windows 7 is good, but you can't specify a folder to put image in and the images are too large.
  • ATI 11 WD is what I went back to. Basic, easy and fast...Only con is you have to have a WD hard drive.
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08 Jan 2010   #15

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Hi manhunter,

Yes , that's what it is for:

Paragon Adaptive Restore is a complete solution for migrating a Windows based system (any edition since Win2K) to a different hardware environment, either physical (P2P) or virtual (P2V). This operation will be as easy and seamless as never before.


Paragon Adaptive Restore will help you recover the operating system’s startup ability, even after an unsuccessful system virtualization by a 3-rd party utility. It also enables you to make a physical Windows-based system bootable on different hardware.


Hope it helps
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by manhunter2826 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Hi manhunter,

I haven't tried the Acronis variation - but I have used Paragon Adaptive Restore - which they have had for quite a while.

It works beautifully. Takes 2 seconds to apply.

Windows on the new machine , boots up, loading the appropriate drivers as it does.

I have this Paragon product Paragon Drive Backup Server - Overview

Adaptive Restore is also included in the less expensive products.
Thanks for that SI and just to be clear does this mean you can restore an image to UNLIKE hardware and load drivers. Thanks.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
08 Jan 2010   #16

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Hi manhunter,

Yes , that's what it is for:

Paragon Adaptive Restore is a complete solution for migrating a Windows based system (any edition since Win2K) to a different hardware environment, either physical (P2P) or virtual (P2V). This operation will be as easy and seamless as never before.


Paragon Adaptive Restore will help you recover the operating system’s startup ability, even after an unsuccessful system virtualization by a 3-rd party utility. It also enables you to make a physical Windows-based system bootable on different hardware.


Hope it helps
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by manhunter2826 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Hi manhunter,

I haven't tried the Acronis variation - but I have used Paragon Adaptive Restore - which they have had for quite a while.

It works beautifully. Takes 2 seconds to apply.

Windows on the new machine , boots up, loading the appropriate drivers as it does.

I have this Paragon product Paragon Drive Backup Server - Overview

Adaptive Restore is also included in the less expensive products.
Thanks for that SI and just to be clear does this mean you can restore an image to UNLIKE hardware and load drivers. Thanks.
Thanks SI and jim
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Oct 2010   #17

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

So the winner is Paragon?
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23 Oct 2010   #18

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Since Paragon software is being discussed here, it is appropriate for me to share my experience with Paragon Backup. ( I use the licensed version of Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2010 Suite and I always do the backup and restore from the recovery CD rather than from within Windows)

When I groomed my Zotac Zbox HD-ID11 Mini-PC (with a new Seagate Momentus 2.5" 500GB HDD installed by me) in June/July this year, I took backups using both my ShadowProtect Recovery CD as well as Paragon Recovery CD. No problems.

A month back I again tried to take the backups as a routine. This time Paragon declined saying that there are errors in the disk and I should run the appropriate tools from the manufacturer and check it.

Now ShadowProtect Recovery CD. It reported that there are some non-fatal errors but went on to create the backup.

The HDD failed the Seatools for Windows test, whereupon I downloaded and burnt the SeatoolsDOS (hmmmm...that's gonnabe the last time I burnt a CD. No more burning CDs. Only USB pendrives )

Seatools DOS did find errors in 8 blocks and repaired it. Thereafter Paragon successfully backed up the system partition.

I also have to report that I did not experience any problems in running the PC with those errors and so was unaware of it till reported by Paragon. (The system partition has only the OS and program files. Data and Media are stored in other partitions.)

Now what is the verdict? Is Shadowprotect which went on with the backup because the errors were non-fatal better or Paragon which insisted that I correct them before it could?
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23 Oct 2010   #19

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Good question. I'd rather have the backup happen than not happen. Since I am not home very ofter, and very busy when I am home, I tend to run maintenance actions at night in an unattended mode.

Which means its best if the process doesn't prompt me for anything except at the very beginning when I present, so that when I get back hours ( days ) later, I find the process is done, and check the report to see if there were any problems that I should know about. If I came home only to find "hey, non-fatal error here. Want me to continue? Click OK to continue" on the screen, I would uninstall the application and try a different one..


PS. My trial of Paragon did not go well. It tried to backup my C: drive and failed. Then I let my Netbook run out of power to test the hibernate function, and it would not boot back up. It displayed "Press F6 to start Paragon Recovery Tools" , whether I pressed it or not, the screen would go blank with just a flashing curson. I booted Windows recovery disk and ran bootrec.exe /fixmbr to get rid of Paragon, and my system started up normally.

As you may have guessed , I uninstalled Paragon first thing after I booted up.

I'm going with Acronis 2010
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23 Oct 2010   #20

XP Pro SP2 x86 & Seven x64 Enterprise
 
 

I'm using with Acronis and it's working.
So I'm fine with it.

Dunno about Paragon.
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