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Hard Disk Manager 14 Premium

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

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Hard Disk Manager 14 Premium: Your features and benefits!



Backup and Disaster Recovery

New  Enhanced backup format

Paragon introduces a 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 de-duplication and synchronization.


What you get by using pVHD:

- Incremental imaging works much faster and rock-stable in comparison with the old PBF (10x faster increments to network shares);

- Instant virtualization ready. pVHD can be used to emulate a virtual disk container, thus allowing startup of the backed up system directly out of the backup image without restore;

- Besides pVHD, you're allowed to back up directly to any virtual container (VMDK, VHD, etc.)

New  Incremental Backup to VD

Create complex incremental chains, where each new increment describes the changes between the current state of the backup object (the entire system, a particular disk or volume) and the previous state. Moreover there's the option to create several chains based on one base image, provided each chain contains changed data of a particular 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.

New  Cyclic Backup to 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. Unlike Cyclic Backup that works with PBF images, Cyclic Backup to VD offers more flexibility in configuring regular backup routines:

- It can process separate partitions or entire hard disks;

- It can do full and incremental images;

- Its retention mechanism is more efficient

New  Support of Windows BitLocker

Back up, restore, copy or change properties of volumes encrypted by this security feature. Combination of BitLocker and pVHD enables to achieve exceptional protection of OS and personal data from unauthorized access and from data loss

Update  UIM (Universal Image Mounter)

Apart from PBF images, Universal Image Mounter enables to mount (assign a drive letter to) New pVHD backup images (full, incremental, and encrypted) to browse their contents and retrieve data both, in the program and directly under Windows OS

Update  Application-level exludes

Increased backup performance, minimized backup storage requirements, and elimination of interference with special-purpose backup tools by automatic exclusion of MS Exchange, SQL, SharePoint, Hyper-V, or VMware Server from the backup process

All commonly used backup techniques

Sector and file level backups with differential or incremental (sector-level increments) updates as well as an exclusive file complement. New From this version on you can back up either to the traditional PBF or one of the supported virtual containers (pVHD, VHD, VHDX, VMDK)

Wide range of backup destinations

Locally mounted/un-mounted partitions, external storages, CDs/DVDs/Blu-ray discs, network shares, SFTP/FTP servers as well as a secure hidden partition (Backup Capsule)

Live imaging

Protect Windows systems online using Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) or Paragon Hot Processing to guarantee fast and reliable live protection

Smart Backup

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

Selective Restore

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

Archive Database

Easily manage multiple backup images (get properties, add, delete, mount, etc.)

Synthetic Backup

Change any property (merge a given differential image with its full image, split/un-split, compress/de-compress, etc.) of an existing backup without carrying out a physical backup operation

Backup encryption and password protection

Password protection for archives prevents unauthorized access to personal data

Update  Comprehensive recovery environments*

Available environments are based on Linux, DOS, and WinPE, available on CD/DVD/Blu-ray, USB flash drives, and Backup Capsule. New From this version on the P2P Adjust OS, uEFI fixup, and Connect VD functions are available on the Linux based recovery environment

Exchange Granular Recovery

Get transparent access to backup mail databases of MS Exchange Server 2003/2007/2010,  using the standard facilities of MS Outlook 2003/2007/2010 for easy and fast data recovery at a granular level

Boot Corrector

Fix most system boot problems that can be the result of human error, program error, or a boot virus activity under Linux or WinPE

Migration and Virtualization

Drive Partitioning and Optimization

Additional Functions

System Requirements

Supported Operating Systems
Additional Requirements
Supported Hypervisors for Connect VD
Supported Virtual Machines for P2V Scenarios
Supported Virtual Hard Drive Types
Supported Computer Bus Interfaces
Supported Storages
Supported File Systems
Supported Partitioning Schemes
For Windows installation
For WinPE** environment
For Linux/DOS** environment

Supported Operating Systems

  • New Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows XP SP3
  • Windows Server 2012 R1
  • New Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows 2011 Small Business Server
  • Windows Server 2008 Family
  • Windows Server 2003 Family
  • Windows 2000 Professional
  • Windows 2000 Server Family

Additional Requirements

  • Installed Visual Studio C++ 2010 Runtime Library (comes with the installation package)
  • Installed Microsoft .NET 4.0 or later (you should download and install it yourself)
  • Installed Visual Studio C++ 2005 SP1 Runtime Library if using Server 2003 SP2 (you should download and install it yourself)

Supported Hypervisors for Connect VD

For remote connection to virtual hard drives:


  • VMware ESX 4.x and higher
  • New VMware ESX 5.x and higher
  • VMware ESXi 4.x and higher
  • VMware ESXi 5.x and higher


For direct access to virtual hard drives: 


  • Microsoft Virtual PC 2007
  • Microsoft Windows Virtual PC
  • Microsoft Virtual Server
  • Microsoft Hyper-V R1/R2
  • Oracle Virtual Box 1.0-4.x
  • VMware Player
  • Update VMware Workstation 10.0
  • VMware Server
  • VMware Fusion

Supported Virtual Machines for P2V Scenarios

  • Microsoft Virtual PC
  • Microsoft Virtual Server
  • Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Update VMware Workstation 10.0
  • VMware Fusion
  • VMware ESX Server
  • Oracle VirtualBox 4.0

Supported Virtual Hard Drive Types

  • VMware - Virtual Machine Disk Format (VMDK)
  • Microsoft - Virtual Hard Disk (VHD)
  • Oracle - Virtual Desktop Image (VDI)
  • Paragon’s backups (PBF/NewpVHD)

Supported Computer Bus Interfaces

  • Parallel ATA (Parallel Advanced Technology Attachment)
  • SATA (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment)
  • External SATA (eSATA)
  • SCSI (Small Computer System Interface)
  • 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 Storages

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

Supported File Systems

  • New reFS
  • 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)

Supported Partitioning Schemes

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

For Windows installation

  • CPU: Intel Pentium or compatible, 300 MHz or higher processor
  • RAM: At least 256 MB of RAM (512 or greater recommended)
  • Disk space: 250 MB*
  • Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher


* During the installation additional free space (up to 1GB) will be required.

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

For Linux/DOS** environment

  • CPU: Intel Pentium or compatible, 300 MHz or higher processor
  • 256 MB of RAM
  • SVGA video adapter and monitor
  • Mouse


* Automatic partition alignment is always active during create/move operations, active during redistribute free space/resize operations only when the left partition boundary is affected, active during copy/restore operations with resize only.

** Linux/DOS and WinPE bootable media can be created with the help of Paragon Boot Media Builder or Paragon Recovery Media Builder add-on.


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