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Hard Disk Manager 15 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

  • New  Agentless protection of Hyper-V guest machines

  • Windows 10, Server 2012 R2 and GPT/uEFI support

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Hard Disk Manager 15 Premium: Your features and benefits!



New Features

New  Windows 10 Support

Supports the latest Windows 10

New  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.

New  File-level backup/restore for virtual containers (pVHD, VHD, VHDX, VMDK)
New  Improved Export VD Container Wizard

helps to burn a VD container to removable media (CD, DVD or Blu-ray disk). This new option allows making copies of your backup images portable and easily acceptable on other computers.

New  Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) support

A symmetric block algorithm used by the U.S. government is available now to protect your personal data. This option is available only for VD containers.

New  System state data backup support

A special option will help you automatically back up all critical system settings alongside with some important applications data while ignoring other data stored on the system partition. This way you can create an optimal backup image of system state to get the system and Microsoft applications quickly back on track.

Update  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.

New  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, Server 2003 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
New  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.

New  Wiping SSD

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

New  Wipe reports auto-save option

allows automatically saving the wipe reports to the specified folder.

Backup and Disaster Recovery Features

Partitioning and Optimization Features

Data Copy and Migration Features

Virtualization Features

Data Wiping Features

Supported Technologies and Operating Systems

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 WinPE1 environment
For Linux/DOS environment

Supported Operating Systems

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows XP SP3
  • Windows Server 2012 R1
  • 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
  • VMware ESX 5.x and higher
  • VMware ESXi 4.x and higher
  • VMware ESXi 5.x and higher
  • VMWare vSphere ESX/ESXi 4.x/5.x


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
  • VMware Workstation 10.0
  • VMware Server
  • VMware Fusion

Supported Virtual Machines for P2V Scenarios

  • Microsoft Virtual PC
  • Microsoft Virtual Server
  • Microsoft Hyper-V
  • VMware Workstation 10.0
  • VMware Fusion
  • VMware ESX Server
  • VMWare vSphere ESX/ESXi 4.x/5.x
  • 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/pVHD)

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

  • reFS
  • With Bitlocker encrypted hard disks
  • 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

  • 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 (During the installation additional free space (up to 1GB) will be required)
  • Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher

For WinPE1 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


1 P2P Adjust OS is only available for WinPE bootable recovery environment (WinPE bootable media can be created with the help of Paragon Recovery Media Builder 3.0
2 In combination with Apple Boot Camp configuration only with the bootable WinPE CD / DVD possible. Macs cannot be booted from the Paragon WinPE recovery environment on a USB stick.
3 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.
4 Boot Corrector is only available for bootable recovery environments.



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