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Paragon Backup & Recovery 2014 Free (64-bit)

Back up selected partitions or your entire hard drive quickly and easily

by Mike Williams

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License: Free, for personal-use only
Operating Systems: Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (64 bit)
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Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 07 February 2014
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Paragon Backup and Recovery 2014 Free
The new virtual backup format is front and centre in Paragon 2014.

In our experience free backup tools often have annoying restrictions, especially when they come from commercial companies who really want you to upgrade. Paragon Backup and Recovery 2013 Free is an exception, though: the program comes packed with functions and features, more than enough to satisfy the demands of many PC users.

After choosing the drive you'd like to back up, and the archive destination (which can be a local or network drive, CDs, DVDs or Blu-ray discs), for instance, there are all kinds of options on offer. So you can choose to exclude particular file types from the backup in a click or two; set your archive compression level; password-protect your backup for security; set up CD/ DVD/ Blu-ray disc burning options, and more.

A comprehensive scheduler means your backup job can be automatically run at system startup, logon, daily, weekly or monthly.

Switch to the Advanced Mode and you'll find even more options, including the ability to create differential backups of your drive, as well as a useful set of partitioning tools (there's everything you need to create, format, move, resize, hide, unhide, delete and otherwise organise your partitions).

None of this gets in your way, though - in fact you don't even get to see most of these options unless you go looking. If you're happy with the default settings then a helpful wizard will walk you through the process of setting up a backup job with the absolute minimum of hassle.

And restoration is just as straightforward. It's easy to restore anything from a single file within your backup to an entire image, and the program's Recovery Builder helps you build a bootable recovery disc so you'll be able to restore your backups even if your PC is corrupted and won't boot. Note you'll need to download this separately after registering the product - log into your Paragon account and choose My Downloads to access this.

The latest 2014 edition adds full support for Windows 8.1, Storage Spaces and UEFI. It also introduces a New Backup Format tab, allowing users more flexibility with backing up by using a new pVHD (Paragon Virtual Hard Drive) format. There’s also a refreshed UI and updated recovery media builder added, allowing users to create a Linux-based recovery disc.

Verdict:

Paragon Backup and Recovery 2014 Free comes packed with options, yet remains easy to use, and the program maintains its position as the best free drive backup tool

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Ashampoo Burning Studio 2013 (v11.0.6)

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Ashampoo Burning Studio 2013 is a compact, simple, but surprisingly feature-packed disc burning suite.

The program makes it easy to create simple data discs and audio CDs, for instance: just drag and drop your files onto the list area and you'll be burning the finished disc in a couple of clicks.

That's just the start, though. Burning Studio 2013 can also create data discs with customised, interactive multi-page menus, perfect if you'd like a more professional way to share and present the disc contents.

A built-in backup tool allows you to create backups which may be encrypted, compressed, and span several CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays.

And there are modules to create VCD or SVCD video projects; burn video DVDs or Blu-ray discs from prepared folders; create, browse or burn disc images (ISO, CUE/ BIN and Ashdisc formats are supported); copy discs, erase them, design and print disc covers, labels and booklets, and more.

The focus throughout is on ease of use, though, and so Ashampoo Burning Studio 2013 remains very straightforward, whatever you're doing. Most disc projects are created via the same simple interface, and for the most part all you have to do is drag and drop the necessary files. But experts will find more advanced options are only a click away, and if you need to then you can set ISO and UDF version, enable Joliet, make a disc bootable and more.

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