The headline addition to Paragon Backup & Recovery 2012 Free is support for Windows 8. There is a wrinkle in the small print, where Paragon say “Paragon Backup and Recovery 2012 Free edition has been tested on Windows 8 Developer Preview and Consumer Preview” – so presumably if you’ve moved on to the latest Release Preview then there’s still the possibility of issues. (Although, to be fair, if you want guaranteed data security then you probably shouldn’t be using the buggy and unfinished Windows 8 in the first place.)
If you plan to use Paragon Backup & Recovery 2012 Free on a more stable operating system, though, the real reason to upgrade comes in the program’s use of Paragon’s latest performance engine, which the company claim will “deliver the fastest, most stable and effective hard disk operations”.
And if you’ve not tried the program before, it’s a surprisingly capable tool which offers basic partition management, easy drive imaging and complete and differential backups. Your data can be saved to external or network drives, DVDs or Blu-ray discs, and excellent bootable recovery environments come ready to repair common Windows startup problems, or restore recent backups to get your system working again.
Put it all together and Paragon Backup & Recovery 2012 Free really is a very polished package, which has got just a little better with today’s release. Grab your copy immediately.