Anyone use Paragon Drive Backup?

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  1. darrickmartin

    darrickmartin Notebook Evangelist

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    Does anybody here use Paragon Drive Backup 9?
    I want to make a image of my main partition, but it seems the way Paragon does backups is it makes an image of the entire partition

    so even though my 144GB partition has only 50GB in use, Paragon's backup will be of the entire 144GB... even when compressed this still takes a whopping 50GB

    does anyone know if this is just how paragon works? or if theres a way to make it backup only the parts that are being used (the 50GB)?
     
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    AKAJohnDoe Mime with Tourette's

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    I have been using Paragon Drive Backup Personal 8.51. It is the only one of the major backup products I tested that would actually restore, which I consider to be a rather critical feature for any backup product to possess.

    It really reads as if your question is regarding the compression of the backup files from PDB. If your 144GB partition is only using 50GB and your backup is only 50GB it clearly is not backing up the entire partition; only the used portion.

    Quite honestly, I have never really looked into the compression options in PDB (although I have observed that there are some), since I have more than sufficient space on the USB drive I dedicated to backups.
     
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    potentv Notebook Evangelist

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    Try acronis, works wonderfully for me!
    I whole heartedly recommend it to you!
     
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    zfactor Mastershake

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    shadow protect best out there and i own just about every one of them incl acronis and paragon. shadow protect is the best there is
     
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    Isn't there an option for file compression? Your backup size at largest should never be much more than actual used space. At max compression and you should get about 50-60% size of original (or in your case only 25-30GB)
     
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    darrickmartin Notebook Evangelist

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    you are correct. i misread what it was telling me :eek:
     
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    AKAJohnDoe Mime with Tourette's

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    No worries. If you want the backups to occupy less space on the backup media, look into the compression options. My advice, though? Unless this is a commercial installation where an entire server farm or NAS is being backed up regularly, just get an external drive big enough to hold as many of your backups as you wish to retain.
     
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    beige Notebook Deity

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    guys i don't have space to backup the drive C: on my internal hard disk , the question is can i back up the image on a usb drive ? will i be able to restore that image from usb drive?
    thanks
     
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    davepermen Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Now you must be joking, right? :)


    I like the Paragon Partition Tools, used those several times back in those days where i had partitions :)

    But as I use Windows Home Server for the backups, I don't use their Drive Backup tool. But I would possibly chose it over acronis, as paragon software so far never failed on me.
     
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    AKAJohnDoe Mime with Tourette's

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    You can almost certainly backup to a USB drive; however, not all products handle the restoration from a USB drive equally.
     
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