Faster, More Secure, Even More Reliable, and With Support for Virtualization and Microsoft’s
Latest Operating System
FREIBURG, Germany, February 10, 2014 –
Paragon Software Group (PSG), a leader in data backup, disaster recovery, and data
migration solutions, announces the release of
Paragon Backup & Recovery 14 Home, the most reliable and essential
backup and recovery tool for Windows PC users whether they are running Windows 8.1, Windows 2000,
or something in between. The new edition comes with a host of new and enhanced features to meet the
needs of the latest systems, including complete uEFI support, backup and recovery of BitLocker
encrypted partitions (thus protecting PC users’ data from loss and unauthorized access), and the
new pVHD (Paragon Virtual Hard Drive) format for faster and more reliable backup.
"Backup & Recovery 14 simplifies the most important part of data management - regular
backups and bare metal recovery. Mobile users using BitLocker will enjoy the ability to image their
laptops and have protection against both - data loss and unauthorized data access. The improved
image file format provides stress-free backup experience - incremental backups run 10x faster when
external media like USB 3.0,“ said Konstantin Komarov, CEO of
Paragon Software Group.
- - A 64-bit Windows OS system configured
to the uEFI boot mode can be adjusted to successfully start up on another hard disk during the copy
or restore process. Furthermore, this is accomplished directly under Windows.
- - The Linux-based recovery environment
also supports systems configured to the uEFI boot mode.
pVHD (Paragon Virtual Hard Drive) format. This Paragon technology is optimized for storing
backups of virtual and physical machines. It is very efficient in handling incremental chains, data
de-duplication and synchronization. pVHD allows backups to be up to four times smaller than the
original objects. Other benefits of pVHD include:
- - Incremental imaging is much faster and
rock-stable in comparison with the old PBF;
- - Only pVHD images can be used to do
- - Easy to use support for any virtual
containers (VMDK, VHD, etc.).
Support of Windows BitLocker to back up, restore or copy volumes encrypted by this security
Copy/Restore to dissimilar sector size. For example, copy or restore contents of a 512-byte
hard disk to a 4k hard disk with no additional action by the user.
New UIM (Universal Image Mounter) can mount (assign a drive letter to) PBF or pVHD backup
images (full and incremental) to browse their contents and retrieve data both within the program
and directly under Windows OS.
GPT/uEFI compatible Backup Capsule. Paragon's bootable backup capsule is compatible with
64-bit Windows systems residing on GPT volumes. Selecting one additional option in the Manage
Backup Capsule Wizard allows the creation of a WinPE-based bootable backup capsule to successfully
start up such a PC in case of emergency.
Improved Recovery Media Builder. Paragon’s Recovery Media Builder, a simple alternative to
Boot Media Builder, helps prepare a Linux or WinPE-based bootable environment on a USB thumb drive
or in an ISO file (previous versions only supported the creation of WinPE images on USB drives).
Unlike Boot Media Builder, it doesn’t require the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) or
Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK), although it can only be used under Windows 7 or higher.
Recovery Media Builder and Boot Media Builder are available for download from Paragon’s
Complete support of Windows Storage Spaces. Windows 8’s Storage Spaces feature makes it easy
to manage large storage pools. It provides an expandable virtual container of defined data size,
allowing users to add as many physical drives as they want until the defined virtual disk’s limit
is reached. This means storage devices can be added to a system without having to set up and manage
them individually. Backup & Recovery 14 Home fully supports this feature for easy and reliable
backup of Storage Spaces.
Improved Linux Recovery Environment. The Linux-based recovery environment is now based on
SuSe 12.3 (which supports more hardware devices) and includes:
- - P2P Adjust OS Wizard to successfully
migrate a Windows physical system to a different hardware platform (P2P migration);
- - uEFI fixup to clone, restore, migrate
64-bit Windows systems configured for the uEFI boot mode.
Windows 8.1 support. Paragon Backup & Recovery 14 Home has been fully tested on Windows
New user-friendly interface that is fully compatible with the Windows 8 streamlined,
- - Metro-style Express launcher;
- - Ribbon-based full-scale launcher.
The GUI of the Linux recovery environment has also been improved.
Paragon Backup & Recovery 14 Home is available for $39.95 at:
About Paragon Software Group
Paragon Software Group is an innovative software developer focused on two dynamic growth
markets. The company's comprehensive product line for the data storage market addresses the needs
of data security, storage and management for PCs, servers and networks. A second portfolio of
products focuses on mobile productivity applications for handheld devices. Founded in 1994, Paragon
Software Group has offices in the USA, Germany, Japan, Poland, Russia and China delivering its
solutions to consumers, small business and enterprise clients worldwide through a network of Value
Added Resellers, distributors and OEMs as well as online through the company website. Paragon
Software Group provides technology to a host of world class companies and partners including Cisco
Systems, Dell, HP, Western Digital Corp., ASUS, Seagate, LG Electronics, Logitech, Buffalo, Acer,
EMC/Iomega, Siemens, Lenovo, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, and more. For more information please
visit the company website at
Paragon Software is a trademark of Paragon Software Group. All other trademarks are the property
of their respective owners.