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Paragon Software Releases Paragon Backup & Recovery Free

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 11, 2018 by itnerd

Paragon Software Group has released new Paragon Backup & Recovery Free – an easy-to-use, set-and-forget data management tool with all the essential backup and recovery functionality to fulfill the needs of PC users. This free data protection software has a revamped, intuitive UI packed with essential features. The software enables you to completely protect your PC data by creating backups of individual files, partitions, or the entire Windows system in a snap, as well as restore data in WinPE, if required. Once the user has taken a few easy steps to set up the backup, the tool can function in the automated mode.

Key features:

  • Disk Backup – Save not only disk data but also system service structures
  • Differential Backup – Save backup storage space by archiving only what’s changed since the last full sector-based image
  • Incremental Backup – Back up modified data along with a full sector-based archive
  • Flexible Restore (in WinPE) – Restore an entire disk, separate partitions, or only the files you need from previous backup images
  • Recovery Media – Create a bootable USB Flash drive, CD, or DVD to recover your PC on demand
  • Easy Recalibration – Restore contents of a 512-byte hard disk to a 4K hard disk with no additional input from your side
  • WinPE-based Recovery Environment – Create a full-fledged Windows-based recovery environment stored on bootable media.

For more advanced data management functionality, the company offers Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Windows– an all-in-one data management tool combining the backup, recovery, partition management, data migration and data wiping technologies. Earlier this year, Paragon Software also released APFS for Windows by Paragon Software,  a driver for Windows users working with Mac volumes. The software enables instant read/write access to APFS-formatted hard disk drives (HDDs), solid-state drives (SSDs), or flash drives directly on Windows PCs.

Availability: Paragon Backup & Recovery Free is available to home users at no cost at


Paragon Software Announces Free APFS to HFS+ Converter

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 3, 2018 by itnerd

Paragon Software Group has released APFS to HFS+ Converter by Paragon Software – a free system utility to work around APFS limitations by reverting back to HFS+ for specific use cases. If you are facing APFS limitations, such as incompatibility with Time Machine backups or FileVault 2 drive encryption, inability to format Fusion drives, or other drawbacks, the free APFS to HFS+ Converter by Paragon Software easily resolves the problem, reformatting volumes back to the original HFS+. To ensure maximum data safety, you can first create recovery media, boot your Mac from that volume, then convert the system volume.

How it works:

  1. Download and install APFS to HFS+ Converter by Paragon Software.
  2. Select a desired volume for conversion.
  3. Optional: Create recovery media in case of system disk conversion.
  4. Perform the conversion.

Earlier this year, Paragon Software released APFS for Windows by Paragon Software, a driver which enables Windows users to access APFS volumes on PCs. The tool enables full read and beta write access for APFS-formatted partitions. With APFS for Windows by Paragon Software, PC users are able to instantly access and write to APFS-formatted hard disk drives (HDDs), solid-state drives (SSDs), or flash drives directly on Windows PCs.

System requirements:

  • macOS 10.12 or above
  • Sufficient disk space for conversion output (based on volume size)

Availability: APFS to HFS+ Converter by Paragon Software is available free of charge at APFS for Windows by Paragon Software is available for $49.95 from, can be used on up to three PCs, and comes with a free 10-day trial.

Paragon Software Releases Image Mounter

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 20, 2018 by itnerd

Paragon Software Group has released Image Mounter by Paragon Software – a multi-format disk image mounter that enables in-depth analysis of user data. The software allows mounting RAW images and virtual drives, such as VMDK, VDI, VHD, pVHD, and VHDX. Integration with proprietary file system drivers enables smooth, high-performance operation with Linux and APFS-formatted drives under Windows. This tool targets IT professionals, researchers, and forensic experts requiring bit-to-bit copy of volumes or entire devices.


  • Mount RAW images and a variety of virtual disk images;
  • Physical level mounting of disks, including all partitions;
  • Automatic OS mounting of partitions when formatted in known formats;
  • File System Link technology to ensure cross-platform compatibility across Linux, HFS+, and APFS-formatted drives in a Windows environment;
  • Full availability of standard OS features for handling mounted disks of known formats;
  • Mount mode selection: Read-only or read-write;
  • Easy unmount in any required order.

Paragon File System Link — a set of cross-platform file system drivers — is available as a user application, self-contained kernel, embedded modules, or full-blown SDK libraries. Paragon File System Link ensures data safety, stable operation, native performance, minimal resource footprint, and consistent user experience. For OEM inquiries, please contact the Paragon Technology Center at

Availability: The preview version of Image Mounter by Paragon Software can be downloaded free from

X-plore 4.0 – Industry’s First Mobile File Manager Supporting Top Microsoft, Apple File Systems On Android

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 26, 2018 by itnerd

Paragon Software, a leading file system and storage management expert, and Lonely Cat Games, a mobile application and games developer, announce a partnership with the release of X-plore 4.0, the industry’s first mobile file manager to support removable storage media formatted with any of four top file systems: exFAT, NTFS, FAT32, and HFS+ on Android systems. Likewise, Microsoft exFAT/NTFS for USB On-the-Go by Paragon Software now supports the X-plore 4.0 file manager app, enabling Android users to perform advanced file management options on smartphone and tablet devices.

With over 11 million downloads, the feature-packed X-plore is one of the market-leading file managers for Android. By using X-plore, mobile device owners can access remote files not only in the cloud, but also on LAN storage. X-plore can display shared folders on other computers in a local area network, or access files stored on various cloud servers.The latest release delivers additional data storage options for X-plore users, such as instant access to USBs and other removable storage media formatted with the most popular Windows and Mac file system formats connected to mobile devices via USB OTG. The integrated exFAT/NTFS for USB technology enables instant access to HFS+, exFAT, NTFS, or FAT32-formatted removable storage media on smartphones, tablets, or Android TVs.

The new edition of Microsoft exFAT/NTFS for USB by Paragon Software now also integrates support for X-plore, allowing users access to even more advanced file management options. Microsoft exFAT/NTFS for USB has been fully integrated into the native user interface of both Android apps. 

Availability: X-plore is available at Google Play as free application, with possible in-app purchase of 3€ to unlock all functions. Microsoft exFAT/NTFS for USB by Paragon Software is available at Google Play: File systems can be purchased separately or together as a pack for just 9.99€. All current users of X-plore and Microsoft exFAT/NTFS for USB by Paragon Software receive free upgrades.

#PSA: Mac Users Who Didn’t Upgrade To High Sierra Can Now Get Read Only Access To APFS Volumes

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 9, 2018 by itnerd

When macOS High Sierra came out last year, it introduced a new filesystem called Apple File System or APFS. When I looked at the filesystem in detail a while back, I noted that this filesystem could only be used and accessed by Macs running High Sierra. So if you were on an earlier version of macOS and you needed info off a APFS formatted USB stick, you were out of luck.

That has now changed thanks to the folks at Paragon Software. They have now come out with a piece of software called the APFS Retrofit Kit for macOS. It promises to give users of an older version of macOS read only access to an APFS volume. Which means that you can pull a document of a USB stick and save it to the local drive of your Mac for editing. The only catch is that the drive must not be encrypted which is understandable.

The APFS Retrofit Kit for macOS is free and is available for for OS X 10.10 through macOS 10.12. I should also note that Linux and Windows versions are also available. I will be doing a review of this product in the coming weeks, but in the meantime if you try this out, please leave a comment below and share your thoughts on this.

Guest Post: Paragon Discusses How to Access Incompatible Files On Android TV

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 25, 2017 by itnerd

Movies, live sports, streaming apps, and games – Android TV delivers it all to your living room. Newer smart TV models from leading worldwide vendors such as Sony, Sharp, and Philips, as well as connected boxes like Nvidia Shield and Razer Forge TV have embraced the TV-centric flavor of Android OS. However, incompatibilities can create headaches for viewers. Video data is often saved using a variety of different file formats, and therefore can’t be properly displayed.

Kodi is a popular free and open source media player application, available for multiple operating systems and hardware platforms including televisions. The software allows users to play and view most videos, music, podcasts, and other digital media files from local and network storage media.

For users struggling to free up space on PCs and devices or to watch personal content, there is an alternative by storing files on external storage media, such as USB drives. Simply connect USB drives to the device and watch media files offline, without the need to connect to the network. This method is private, fast, easy, and takes no extra space! If you download video content to play from external storage on Android TV and want something easy to use, then Paragon USB Android is right for you.

Any media content stored on external storage file systems can be accessed and seamlessly viewed on your Android TV-supported display or device with the help of Paragon USB Android. The app can be used with any drive connected to the USB port of an Android TV screen or other Android device to resolve compatibility issues.

Paragon USB Android is the most convenient non-root method for transferring files between Android devices and Windows or Mac-formatted (i.e., exFAT, NTFS, FAT32 or HFS+) USB flash drives. Paragon Software’s cross-platform tools are based on the company’s Universal File System Driver (UFSD) technology and enable any device to communicate and share files regardless of its operating system. Specialists at Paragon Software Group have implemented the high-performance portable USB mass storage stack for any platform (Intel, ARM, MIPS, and others), so that UFSD can access USB drives via Android USB frameworks and deliver the highest data throughput rates possible without Kernel drivers.

Paragon USB Android allows Android TV users to watch HD and 4K video files from any USB storage device using Windows or macOS (NTFS, exFAT, HFS+, FAT32) file system formats directly on Android TV devices.

Android smartphone or tablet users can also use the Paragon app to free up space by uploading photos, videos, and documents stored on mobile devices to USB flash drives and view them later without compatibility problems on macOS or Windows PC.

How does Paragon USB Android work?

Paragon USB Android is a plugin for Total Commander, one of the most popular desktop file manager apps for Android. The plugin works in tandem with Total Commander and both apps are required to be installed on your Android device. In addition, you need to have a USB On-The-Go cable to connect flash drives to the device.

Follow 3 easy steps:

  1. Download Total Commander from Google Play.
  2. Download Paragon USB Android from Google Play.
  3. Connect a flash drive to the device via USB OTG.

How can you utilize the app in everyday life?

  • View files stored on USB flash drives on your smartphone or tablet;
  • Export photos and video files from the device to a thumb drive to free up space on a device’s internal storage;
  • Import photos, video files from a USB drive to mobile devices;
  • Watch videos and photos offline on mobile devices.

Paragon Migrate OS 5.0 – One-Step Migration to Storage Devices

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 24, 2016 by itnerd

Paragon Software Group announced Paragon Migrate OS 5.0, a one-step tool to help with Windows systems migration to new storage devices – solid-state drives (SSDs) and hard disk drives (HDDs). Paragon Migrate OS 5.0 instantly performs fast and safe Windows migrations and even downsizes to smaller capacity drives, thanks to advanced data exclusion capabilities. You can transfer a live system with no impact to your work, and have your partitions automatically aligned in the process, if needed. The new release fully supports Windows 10 and comes with an even more intuitive UI providing easy access to the software’s step-by-step migration wizard.

According to data analysis by Statista, SSD shipments in the last few years have increased drastically – from 39 million units in 2012 to the estimated 189.6 million in 2017. As PC users seek to take advantage of SSDs’ better access time, read/write speeds, and resistance to physical shock from drops, the challenge becomes moving massive amounts of data, applications and the operating system from the existing hard drive to a smaller SSD. Paragon Migrate OS is a handy tool that transfers any Windows version since XP to any capacity storage disk in a single operation.

Paragon’s intuitive wizard in Migrate OS simplifies the migration process, automatically downsizing the source system volume and providing intelligent selection of specific files when migrating to smaller-capacity drives, and auto-aligning copied system partitions – all without rebooting the system.

New and major features in Paragon Migrate OS 5.0:

  • NEW! Support for Windows 10;
  • NEW! Windows 10-style GUI;
  • The option to build a WinPE bootable media to do migrations or to fix various boot problems without installing the product;
  • Migration of 64-bit Windows systems configured to the uEFI-based boot mode directly, under Windows, without any work interruption or having to reboot.

Key product features include:

  • Migrates Windows to larger or smaller storage devices in a single operation;
  • With WinPE bootable media supports all Windows systems since XP, including Windows 10;
  • Migrates 64-bit Windows systems configured to the uEFI-based boot mode;
  • Automatically aligns partitions on the destination disk, if necessary;
  • Automatically detects and copies Microsoft Reserved Partition (MSR) for successful migrations of Windows 10;
  • Allows the user to exclude data during the process in order to fit in to the destination disk;
  • Processes locked (in-use) disks with Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) to migrate without rebooting Windows;
  • Includes Paragon’s time-proven move/resize functionality;
  • Guarantees safety for the system and data.

The technology that powers Paragon Migrate OS 5.0 comes from Paragon’s Hard Disk Manager, the company’s recently upgraded full-function disk management toolkit that also provides optimization of NTFS volumes, Windows migration to dissimilar hardware, backup and recovery, simplified virtualization of an existing system, and more.

Pricing & Availability:

Paragon Migrate OS 5.0 is available for a limited offer price of $13.96 (regular price $19.95) via download from or at