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Paragon System Backup 2010

17 Feb/10

Data Backup should be a key element in a computer system’s disaster recovery plan as it provides access to the data even if the original data on the computer system is not recoverable. Providing of course that the data is not backed up on that PC but a different device either in the cloud or locally. This even helps if the computer gets stolen or completely destroyed.

Paragon System Backup 2010 is a Windows backup software. The user has to configure a location for the backups on first startup. We ran into a little trouble in this stage as the software suggested our not yet mounted True Crypt volume for the backup storage which we could not mount because it was locked by the software. Only closing the backup software, mounting the volume and restarting the software helped overcome the issue.

The next problem we ran into after mounting the True Crypt volume was that System Backup 2010 would not allow us to select that partition for backup storage telling us that we needed about 900 Gigabytes of free storage space for our data and that we only had 987 Gigabyte at our disposal.

The program recommended buying a 1000 Gigabyte USB hard drive to use as backup storage. Part of the 987 Gigabytes on the drive were occupied with data which might be the reason why the program declined to use the drive as the backup location.

Well the problem for us now was that we could not select a backup storage location and therefor could not use the automatic snapshot creation at all as there was no option to exclude a partition, hard drive or files from the backup process. We guess that we will not be the only users who run into that problem with System Backup 2010.

The second option was to create a manual snapshot instead which was the only other option available.

Manual backup provides better options. It is possible to select or deselect partitions from the list of disks to backup. This makes it possible to only backup the main hard drive with Windows for instance and not a data drive or other drives.

The backup locations are also extended here as it is possible to backup to a local or network disk or network share. This is actually the only possible way of using the program if the automatic backup storage selection fails in System Backup 2010.

The program can calculate the required storage capacities for the snapshot

Backups can then be restored either from within Windows or by using the recovery option in the program.

Installation

A get free serial button will be displayed during installation. This button will lead to the Paragon website where a free account needs to be created to receive the product key and serial number for Paragon System Backup 2010. The key and serial will be send to the email address entered during the registration.

Positive

  • Automatic snapshot creation
  • Recovery CD
  • Email notifications

Negative

  • No drive or file filtering in the automatic backup configuration
  • No ftp or online backup locations supported
  • Can not backup single files or folders, only partitions
  • Large file size (140 Megabytes) for a rather simple tool

Paragon System Backup 2010 has been created to provide Windows users with an easy to use backup solution. It has however been simplified that much that it became unusable for some users who have lots of data on their computer system.

Several free backup programs like Comodo Time Machine provide a better way of handling this.

System Backup 2010 is available for free today at the Giveaway of the Day website. The program’s homepage is accessible here.

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