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Backup & Recovery 10 Suite
User Manual
Contents
Introduction ..................................................................................................................4
Key Features .................................................................................................................4
Product Components ..................................................................................................5
Getting Started .............................................................................................................5
Distribution .......................................................................................................................................... 5
Contacting Paragon Technology GmbH......................................................................................... 7
System Requirements ........................................................................................................................ 8
Installation .......................................................................................................................................... 9
First Start ............................................................................................................................................ 10
Building Bootable Recovery Media ............................................................................................... 15
Booting from the Linux/DOS Recovery Environment .................................................................... 17
Booting from the WinPE Recovery Environment ............................................................................ 19
Basic Concepts ..........................................................................................................23
System and Data Protection ........................................................................................................... 23
System Virtualization........................................................................................................................ 27
Paragon Hot Processing & Volume Shadow Copy Service ......................................................... 28
Dynamic Disks .................................................................................................................................. 30
GPT versus MBR ................................................................................................................................ 31
Apple Boot Camp ............................................................................................................................ 31
64-bit Support ................................................................................................................................... 31
Copy Operations ............................................................................................................................. 32
Drive Partitioning .............................................................................................................................. 32
Scheduling........................................................................................................................................ 33
Drive Backup Pro Functionality.................................................................................33
Interface Overview .......................................................................................................................... 33
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Settings Overview ............................................................................................................................ 44
Getting Information on Disks and Backup Images....................................................................... 61
Data Backup and Rescue ............................................................................................................... 67
Copy Tasks ....................................................................................................................................... 77
Partition Management..................................................................................................................... 82
Hard Disk Management .................................................................................................................. 92
Task Scheduling ............................................................................................................................... 95
Scripting ............................................................................................................................................ 99
Extra Functionality.......................................................................................................................... 101
Typical Scenarios .....................................................................................................112
Backup Scenarios .......................................................................................................................... 112
Recovery Scenarios....................................................................................................................... 139
Cloning System Hard Disk ............................................................................................................. 180
P2V Scenarios................................................................................................................................. 182
P2P Scenarios ................................................................................................................................. 199
Extra Scenarios for WinPE .............................................................................................................. 201
Troubleshooter..........................................................................................................203
Glossary ....................................................................................................................205
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Introduction
Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Suite is a complex disaster recovery and system migration solution
that combines two different approaches to the system and data security:
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The time-proved traditional, typical for the Paragon Drive Backup’s product line. Its main
characteristics are rich functionality and excellent flexibility, exactly what I-need-full-control
users like;
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And the brand new, realized in Paragon System Backup. It’s based on the minimal user
participation and simplicity and will certainly be appreciated by those who are not willing to
look into technical peculiarities, those who only need the result - guaranteed protection of the
system and data with the minimal efforts possible.
By implementing in this product all cutting edge technologies, including the next generation of
Paragon Adaptive Restore™, that provides for a successful migration of a Win2K+ physical system to
a different hardware platform (P2P) as well as support for the system virtualization (P2V), the latest
trend in the system migration, protection, and evaluation, the company has offered all the necessary
facilities to build a bullet-proof shield against any disaster.
Here in this guide you will learn about key benefits of the product, how to get it ready to use, as well
as where to find extra information on how to handle the product’s interface and accomplish typical
operations.
Our company is constantly releasing new versions and updates to its software,
that's why images shown in this manual may be different from what you see on
your screen.
Key Features
Let us list some of the product key features:
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Out-of-box automated system backup to initiate protection of your system and data on a
regular basis just after the product installation.
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Advanced notification system to keep you informed about the level of danger your system
and data are in through the color indicators (green, yellow, red) in the system tray.
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Smart backup engine to effectively distribute resources among other applications when
backing up in the automatic mode with System Backup, so you keep working on the
computer and feel no discomfort.
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P2V Copy to migrate a Win2K+ physical system to a virtual environment in the online mode.
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P2V Restore to migrate a Win2K+ physical system backed up with a Paragon disaster recovery
tool to a virtual environment.
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P2V Adjust OS to recover the startup ability after unsuccessful virtualization with a 3rd party
tool.
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Support for major virtualization software vendors including MS Virtual PC, VMware Workstation,
and VMware Fusion.
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Next generation Adaptive Restore™ (P2P Adjust OS) to successfully migrate a Win2K+ physical
system to a different hardware platform (P2P) by allowing automatic injection of all required
drivers and the other actions crucial for a migration of this kind.
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Smart Driver Injector to make the process of adding new drivers for P2V and P2P operations
smooth and easy.
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Smart Backup Wizard to secure system and data with the minimal efforts possible. With a
unique intelligent work algorithm and a highly intuitive user interface, you can easily back up
exactly what you need - the whole system, e-mail databases (MS Outlook, Express, Windows
Mail) media files or office documents of the My Documents folder, or any other files and
folders.
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Support for the latest Windows 7.
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Selective Restore to easily extract files and folders from a backup image with the Restore
Wizard without the need to restore the whole image.
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WinPE 2.1 based bootable recovery environment to enjoy support of a wider range of
hardware configurations with the option to add drivers for specific hardware on-the-fly.
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Automatic data exclusion with an advanced system of filters will help you automate the
process of building up contents of the future backup image, by excluding irrelevant data such
as movies, music, etc.
Product Components
In order to cope with different tasks, the product contains several components:
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Windows based set of utilities is the crucial part of the product. With the help of an easy to use
launcher you may find and run tasks of any complexity in the field of data and system
protection, hard disk partitioning and cloning, etc.
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Linux/DOS based recovery environment is a multi-platform bootable media that enables to
run utilities under Linux or PTS DOS, and that way to get access to your hard disk for
maintenance or recovery purposes. Both platforms have their strong sides, for instance Linux
can boast support of FireWire (i.e. IEEE1394) or USB devices. It enables to burn CD/DVD disks.
However there can be some difficulties with detecting new hardware. DOS in its turn has no
problems of that kind but is limited in features. The Linux/DOS recovery environment requires
no installation and can be of great help when the system fails to boot. Besides it offers a
Windows XP like environment.
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WinPE based recovery environment. Especially for keen followers of Windows, our product also
offers a WinPE 2.1 based bootable media. Unlike the Linux/DOS recovery environment it can
boast an excellent hardware support and the same interface as the Windows version can.
However its system requirements are much tougher.
Getting Started
In this chapter you will find all the information necessary to get the product ready to use.
Distribution
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Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Suite is distributed in two ways:
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Boxed package from Paragon Technology GmbH and resellers
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Downloadable package over the Internet at the company’s web-site
Distributive CD
The boxed package includes a distributive CD that is in fact a bootable Linux/DOS recovery
environment with auto-run of the Windows installation, thus it can be used as a ready-made solution
(see Booting from the Linux/DOS Recovery Environment). But if you’re going to run the Windows
components, you need to install them first (see Installation).
If you want to download an update/upgrade of the product, it will be in form of the downloadable
installation package as described in Online Distribution).
The WinPE recovery environment can only be obtained through the company’s
web service. You will get the required download link after the product has
been purchased.
Online Distribution
Backup & Recovery 10 Suite purchased over the Internet will be in form of an MSI package. After
installing the product you can launch the Recovery Media Builder to build the Linux/DOS or WinPE
recovery environment.
The WinPE recovery environment can only be obtained through the company’s
web service. You will get the required download link after the product has
been purchased.
Registration
Paragon Technology GmbH provides a wide range of online services through its web-portal www.paragon-software.com/support/:
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Registration of new users;
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Registration of purchased products for registered users;
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Available around-the-clock downloading center, where registered users can get product
updates/upgrades as well as all the necessary documentation;
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Downloadable free demo versions and open documentation for all users.
It is recommended to use Internet Explorer 5+ or any compatible browser.
To register as a new user
To register as a new user, please do the following:
1. Run an Internet browser and visit the page: www.paragon-software.com/my-account/;
2. Click Create of the Create a Paragon Account section;
3. Fill out a registration form;
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4. Click Register.
The most important field in the form is an E-mail address, as it serves as a login to enter the system.
Besides your access password will be sent to this address as well.
To register a new product
If you are a registered user and would like to register Backup & Recovery 10 Suite, please do the
following:
1. Run an Internet browser and visit the page: www.paragon-software.com/my-account/;
2. In the Email field of the Authorization section, enter an E-mail used for registration;
3. In the Password field enter a password received after registration;
4. Click Sign in;
5. If the user name and password are valid, you will get to your account;
6. Click Register new product of the Products section;
7. Enter your product serial number in the Serial Number field. You can find it in the product box
or obtain from your reseller. Click Next;
8. On the next page you will be asked to provide some additional data. Also you will need to
decide whether you want to get confirmation on registering the product by E-mail or not.
Click Next, and then click Finish.
That is all. The product is now registered.
How to Download Updates/Upgrades
Downloading of updates/upgrades can be fulfilled in the following way:
1. Run an Internet browser and visit the page: www.paragon-software.com/my-account/;
2. In the Email field of the Authorization section, enter an E-mail used for registration;
3. In the Password field enter a password received after registration;
4. Click Sign in;
5. If the user name and password are valid, you will get to your account;
6. Select My Downloads of the Products section to see what updates are available for you;
7. Select the desired update and click Download.
Contacting Paragon Technology GmbH
If you have any questions about the company products, please do not hesitate to contact Paragon
Technology GmbH.
Service
Visit Paragon GmbH web site
Contact
www.paragonsoftware.com
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Registration & updates webservice
www.paragonsoftware.com/support
Knowledge Base & Technical
Support
kb.paragon-software.com
Pre-sale information
sales@paragonsoftware.com
System Requirements
Windows based set of utilities
To use the Windows utilities, you should install them first. But before that, please make sure your
computer meets the following minimum system requirements:
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Operating systems: Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7 and XP SP2/Vista/7 64-bit
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Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher
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Intel Pentium CPU or its equivalent, with 300 MHz processor clock speed
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128 MB of RAM (256+ recommended)
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Hard disk drive with 100 MB of available space
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SVGA video adapter and monitor
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Mouse
Linux/DOS based recovery environment
To use the Linux/DOS recovery environment on your computer (it doesn’t matter what operating
system is installed), please make sure that it meets the following minimum system requirements:
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IBM AT compatible computer with i486 or higher CPU
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256 MB of RAM
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SVGA-compatible monitor
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Mouse (recommended)
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On-board BIOS supports booting from CD/USB first
WinPE based recovery environment
To use the WinPE based recovery environment on your computer, (it doesn’t matter what operating
system is installed), please make sure that it meets the following minimum system requirements:
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Intel Pentium III CPU or its equivalent, with 1000 MHz processor clock speed
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At least 512 MB of RAM
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SVGA video adapter and monitor
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Mouse
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Additional requirements
There may be additional requirements if you want to use advanced features:
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Network card to send/retrieve data to/from a network computer
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Recordable CD/DVD drive to burn data to compact discs
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External USB hard drive to store backup data.
Installation
As we have already mentioned only Windows components of the product require installation. So to
install Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Suite under Windows, please do the following:
1. Run Setup Application. Click on the *.MSI file. This application will guide you through the
process of the program installation. The setup utility is compiled with the InstallShield SDK,
hence it contains the standard user interface and set of installation steps.
In case there is some previous version of the program installed on the
computer, the program will offer the user to uninstall it first.
2. Starting Setup. The Welcome page informs that the application is being installed. Click the
Next button to continue.
3. Confirm License Agreement. The License Agreement page displays the Paragon License
Agreement. Read the agreement and then select the appropriate option to accept. If you do
not agree with any conditions stated there, the installation process will be interrupted. By
clicking the Print button, the License Agreement may also be printed out.
4. Provide Registration Information. On the Registration page you are to provide your product
key and serial number.
5. Provide Customer Information. On the Customer Information page you are to provide the
standard information, i.e. a user name and an organization. Besides you need to decide
whether to make the program available for all users of this computer (if several) or only for the
current one.
6. Select an Installation Folder. The Destination Folder page allows you to choose a folder where
the program will be installed. By default, the installation folder will be created as:
C:\Program Files\Paragon Software\Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Suite. To select another
folder, click the Change… button.
After you have selected the required folder, click the Next button to continue.
Do not install the program on network drives. Do not use Terminal Server
sessions to install and run the program. In both cases, the program
functionality will be limited.
7. Confirm Installation. On the Ready to Install the Program page click the Install button to start
the installation or the Back button to return to any of the previous pages and modify the
installation settings.
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8. Copying Files. The Copying Files page shows the overall progress of the installation. Click the
Cancel button to abort the setup.
9. Finishing the Installation. The Final page reports the end of the setup process. Click the Finish
button to complete the wizard.
To accomplish online backup/copy of locked partitions/hard disks the
program uses a kernel mode hotcore driver, thus the system reboot is required
to complete the installation procedure.
First Start
According to the product concept, there are two different ways you can take just after the system
restart:
1. Agree to go through the automatically launched configuration wizard of Paragon System
Backup. Actually it’s the easiest way to initiate protection of your system and data, so that’s
what we recommend you to do.
2. Disagree and manually launch the product to accomplish operations you need.
Anyway, no matter what option you’ve preferred initially, you’re free to change your mind and take
the other one any time you like. Moreover, you can use both simultaneously, thus double protect
your computer.
With System Backup
To let Paragon System Backup initiate protection of your system and data in the automatic mode,
please do the following:
You cannot work with Paragon Drive Backup Professional or any other wizard
of the product while the console of System Backup is open and vice versa.
When System Backup operates in the background however, except the case
when it’s in the process of making a backup, you’re free to do that.
1. Agree to go through its configuration wizard.
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2. If you’ve got an external USB storage device, please plug it in now. Anyway, the wizard will
prompt you to do that.
3. The wizard will analyze the disk system and then consider the most appropriate place to store
backup images. Anyway, you’re free to see results of that analysis and make your own choice
(if there are several options).
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If you’ve not plugged in an external USB storage device, the capacity of which exceeds the
amount of data of the system hard disk (highly recommended as provides for a higher level of
security), the wizard will most likely suggest creating the on-disk snapshot storage by taking
some free space from the last on-disk partition. Depending on the configuration however, it
may even state that you don’t have enough space to keep snapshots of your computer, thus
no way of protecting it.
In this case it will offer to print out a detailed instruction on all the necessary technical
characteristics of the required storage device to buy it at a local computer store. Anyway, it’s
a stub track.
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4. If the wizard has found a place to create the snapshot storage, you will need to approve it
and then confirm the suggested timetable to update the backup on a regular basis (every
week by default) or set your own.
5. That’s basically it to make the program create the snapshot storage. If you’ve got only one
partition on the disk, the program will require the system restart to accomplish the operation as
it has to do with resize of the system partition. If this is the case, System Backup will additionally
check your partition for the file system integrity during the next system restart. Please don’t
worry, it’s done on purpose.
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6. Once the snapshot storage is ready to use, the program will make an initial snapshot of your
hard disk and keep automatically updating it according to the set timetable.
No operation will automatically be accomplished if the program console is
opened, as it’s assumed that you’re in the process of making modifications.
To know more on how System Backup works, please read hints by clicking on
the links or consult the help system you can find in the program console.
Manually
To start Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Suite under Windows, please click the Windows Start button
and then select Programs > Paragon Backup & Recovery 10 Suite > Paragon Backup & Recovery.
You cannot work with Paragon Drive Backup Professional or any other wizard
of the product while the console of System Backup is open and vice versa.
When System Backup operates in the background however, except the case
when it’s in the process of making a backup, you’re free to do that.
The program provides wide opportunities in the field of hard disk structure
modification, so just to be on the safe side, please make a backup of your
data before carrying out any operation.
The first component that will be displayed is called the Launcher. In general it enables to run wizards
and utilities, to specify program settings, to visualize the operating environment and the hard disk
configuration, to launch the help system or to go to the program’s home page.
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To know more on how to handle the product’s interface and accomplish
typical operations, please consult the help system you can find in Drive
Backup Professional (Backup & Recovery > Switch to Full Scale Drive Backup
Pro).
Building Bootable Recovery Media
Recovery Media Builder can help you accomplish the following operations:
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Prepare the Linux/DOS recovery environment (included in the installation package) on
external media (CD, DVD, or flash memory) to boot and run utilities under Linux or PTS DOS,
and that way to get access to your hard disk for maintenance or recovery purposes (strongly
recommended);
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Prepare a custom Linux/DOS recovery environment by adding any data you like to the
standard image;
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Prepare a bootable recovery environment from any ISO image, including our WinPE 2.1 image
(strongly recommended);
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Create from the master CD the Linux/DOS or WinPE recovery environment on a CD/DVD disc,
or flash memory.
Below you can find how to build our WinPE 2.1 based recovery environment on a thumb drive:
1. Plug in a thumb drive of at least 250 MBs in size. Please note all data on that drive will be
deleted.
2. Launch the Recovery Media Builder.
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3. On the Wizard's Welcome page, click the Next button.
4. Select the Flash Memory option.
5. Select the User specified CD/DVD image (.iso file) option, then browse for an ISO image of our
WinPE 2.1 recovery environment or manually type in a full path to it. By selecting the Typical
option you can build our Linux/DOS recovery environment, which we highly recommend you
to do as well.
You can get an ISO image of our WinPE 2.1 recovery environment through the
company’s web service.
6. Select the required thumb drive from the list of flash memory devices available in the system
at the moment (if several).
7. You will have to confirm the operation.
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Booting from the Linux/DOS Recovery Environment
The Linux/DOS recovery environment can be used to boot your computer into Linux or PTS DOS to get
access to your hard disk for maintenance or recovery purposes. It also has the PTS DOS safe mode,
which may help in a number of non-standard situations such as interfering hardware settings or
serious problems on the hardware level. In this case, only basic files and drivers (such as hard disk
drivers, a monitor driver, and a keyboard driver) will be loaded.
Startup
To start working with the Linux/DOS recovery environment, please take the following steps:
1. Start up the computer from our Linux/DOS recovery media.
Recovery Media Builder can help you prepare the Linux/DOS or WinPE
recovery environment either on a CD/DVD disc or a thumb drive.
To automatically boot from the recovery media please make sure the onboard BIOS is set up to boot from CD/USB first.
2. Launch a boot mode you need (Normal, Safe, Low-Graphics Safe) in the Boot menu.
By default the Normal Mode will be automatically initiated after a 10 second
idle period.
3. Click on the required operation to start. Hints on the selected at the moment item will help you
make the right choice.
4. Consult the help system by pressing ALT+F1 to know more on the subject.
Boot menu
The Boot menu contains the following commands:
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Normal Mode. Boot into the Linux normal mode. This mode uses the full set of drivers
(recommended);
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Safe Mode. Boot into the PTS DOS mode. This mode can be used as an alternative of the Linux
normal mode if it fails to work properly;
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Low-Graphics Safe Mode. Boot into the PTS DOS safe mode. In this case, only the minimal set
of drivers will be included, like hard disk, monitor, and keyboard drivers. This mode has simple
graphics and a simple menu;
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Floppy Disk. Reboot the computer from a system floppy disk;
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Hard Disk 0. Boot from the primary hard disk;
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Find OS(s) on your hard disks. The program will scan hard disks of your computer to find any
bootable operating system.
To move within the menu, please use the arrow keys of the computer keyboard.
While working with the recovery environment you might experience some
inconvenience caused by possible video artifacts. It is just a result of changing
video modes and in no way will affect the program functionality. If this is the
case, please wait a bit and everything will be OK.
Normal Mode
When the Normal mode is selected, the Linux launch menu appears:
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Backup & Recovery (enables to copy and back up separate partitions or entire hard disks,
carry out basic partitioning operations, etc.);
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Simple Restore Wizard (allows restoring hard disks and partitions);
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One Button Copy Wizard (helps to carry out such a technically complicated operation as
cloning of hard disks just by pressing one button);
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File Transfer Wizard (allows coping files/folders to another disk or a partition as well as
recording them to CD/DVD);
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Boot Corrector (helps to correct the Windows System Registry without Windows being loaded);
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Network Configurator (enables to establish a network connection under Linux);
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If you are going to use network resources, first launch the Network
Configuration Wizard to establish a network connection.
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Log Saver (helps to collect and send the necessary log files to the Technical Support);
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View the mounted partitions (the list of all mounted partitions will be displayed);
The Linux/DOS recovery environment assigns drive letters to partitions the way
it is done in DOS, i.e. one after another, primary partitions at first. Thus mounted
partitions may have different drive letters from Windows.
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Eject CD/DVD;
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Command Line (allows experienced users to execute any operation);
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Reboot the computer;
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Power off the computer.
To move within the menu, please use the arrow keys of the computer keyboard.
Safe Mode
When the Safe mode is selected, the PTS DOS launch menu appears. It has nearly the same
functionality as for the Normal mode except the Network Configurator and Log Saver commands.
Besides due to certain limitations of the PTS DOS environment, there is no possibility to burn CD/DVD
disks.
Low Graphics Safe Mode
When the Low Graphics mode is selected, the PTS DOS launch menu appears. It has the same
functionality and looks similar to the Safe mode but graphically simpler.
Booting from the WinPE Recovery Environment
The WinPE recovery environment can be a real alternative to the Linux/DOS recovery environment.
Providing nearly the same level of functionality it offers an excellent hardware support and the same
interface as the Windows version does.
Startup
To start working with the WinPE recovery environment, please take the following steps:
1. Start up the computer from our WinPE recovery media.
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Recovery Media Builder can help you prepare the Linux/DOS or WinPE
recovery environment either on a CD/DVD disc or a thumb drive.
To automatically boot from the recovery media please make sure the onboard BIOS is set up to boot from CD/USB first.
2. Once it has been loaded, you will see the License Agreement. Read the agreement and then
mark the appropriate checkbox to accept. If you do not agree with any conditions stated
there, you won’t be able to use the program.
3. Once you accept the agreement, you will see the Universal Application Launcher. In general
it enables to run components of the product, load drivers for undefined hardware or establish
a network connection.
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4. Click on the required operation to start. Hints on the selected at the moment item will help you
make the right choice.
5. Consult the help system by pressing ALT+F1 to know more on the subject.
Our WinPE 2.1 based recovery environment offers excellent hardware support.
However in case it doesn’t have a driver for your disk controller, your hard
disks will be unavailable. Please consult the Adding specific drivers to WinPE
scenario to know how to tackle this issue.
Adding specific drivers to WinPE
Our WinPE 2.1 based recovery environment offers excellent hardware support. Anyway you’ve got
the option to add drivers for specific hardware with a handy dialog.
To add drivers for specific hardware, please do the following:
1. Once you accept the agreement, you will see the Universal Application Launcher. Click Add
Drivers.
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2. In the opened dialog browse for an .INF file of the required driver package located on a
floppy disk, local disk, CD/DVD or a network share. Then click the Open button to initiate the
operation.
To know how to map a network share, please consult the Configuring network
scenario.
3. You will be notified on the successful accomplishment of the operation. Click Yes to load
another driver or No to close the dialog.
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Our WinPE 2.1 recovery environment is 32-based, thus you need to use 32-bit
drivers for injection.
Basic Concepts
This chapter explains terms and ideas that show how the program works. To understand these helps
to obtain a general notion of the operation performance and makes it easier for the user to operate
the program.
System and Data Protection
The data protection issue is a growing cause of worrying for more and more people today. Indeed, it
is hardly to find a person who will be particularly happy when all precious information on the hard
disk is irreversible lost as a result of its malfunction. So how this tragedy can be prevented?
File Backup versus Sector Backup
Since the advent of the computer age people were in the search of ways to guarantee data safety.
As a result we’ve got now two principal approaches: the file-based backup and the sector-based
backup. The main difference between the two lies in the way data is treated.
A sector-based backup operates with an image (or a snapshot) of the whole disk system or its
separate partitions. It not only includes the contents of all user-made files, but additionally contains
the exact structure of directories, information about file allocation, file attributes and other related
data. Thus it enables to successfully process system or encrypted partitions of any file system type, no
matter what kind of information they contain.
In contrast, a file-based backup takes into account a file system structure and only functions on a file
or folder level. So it is very efficient when archiving separate files or folders, but in no way will help you
back up a system partition.
You should understand pretty well that each of the two approaches is only good when properly
chosen. In the comparison table below you can see when this or that approach will suit you at most.
Sector-Based Backup
File-Based Backup
Merits
It does not dependent on a particular file
system. Thus it can successfully process
system or encrypted partitions of any file
system type, no matter what kind of
information they contain.
Functioning on a file/folder level, it is ideal
for archiving separate files or folders.
It can create an exact image of a
partition, including its service data. Thus it
is ideal for a backup/restore of a system
partition or a fast deployment to a bunch
of identical computers.
It enables to automatically build up
contents of the future backup image by
using an advanced system of filters.
It allows archiving data of the same
volume with different backup policies.
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It is easy and efficient when creating
backup chains.
Demerits
Resulted backup images may contain a
lot of redundant data.
It depends on a file system structure, so
you won’t be able to process unknown
file systems.
It is ineffective when trying to maintain a
backup chain, especially when little
amount of data is being changed.
It cannot be used to back up a system
partition.
It is much slower when processing large
amount of data.
Backup Types
At the present moment the market is offering various types of backup imaging to meet the needs of
any user. Besides supporting them all, our program offers a unique backup type, called File
Increment to a Sector Backup.
Full and Differential Sector Backups
A full sector-based backup image includes all contents of a partition or a hard disk at the moment of
its creation. If you roll back your system to the initial state on a regular basis, that’s exactly what
you’re looking for. But if you want to have multiple backup archives of the same partition reflecting
certain time stamps, unchanged data will inevitable be duplicated in all archives and take
additional space on backup media. To tackle this issue there has been developed a supplementary
technique called Differential Sector Backup.
A differential archive only contains data changed since the time of creating a full archive, which
forms a base (or a parental image) in this case, thus considerably saving your system resources. It is
realized by the exact bit-wise comparison of the previous partition's data (saved in the parental
image) with the current data (that is actually the partition itself). To restore this kind of backup you
will require a full image and one of its differentials, what is very convenient.
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This function is only available for single primary and logical partitions.
Full and Incremental File Backups
A full file-based archive only contains files and folders. It is really efficient when backing up an e-mail
database or particular documents, as no redundant data is processed. But if you care about
maintaining a files history, you can benefit from one more supplementary technique called
Incremental File Backup.
An incremental archive only contains data changed since the time of creating a full or incremental
file-based archive. It is smaller and takes less time to create, but you will require the initial full image
and all of its increments to restore the latest point of this kind of backup.
File Increment to a Sector Backup
File Increment to a Sector Backup is a unique technology on the market so far that bridges two
principally different approaches of the data backup: the file-based backup and the sector-based
backup. With its help you can now create a sector-based backup of your system to get it back on
track in minutes in case of a virus attack or a hardware malfunction and then just make file-based
incremental images to the previously created sector-based backup to keep updated only
information that is critical for you. Thus you will considerably save your system resources.
Backup Storage
Our program supports all present day techniques of storing backup images. Let’s take a closer look
at them all to understand what kind of storage is able to provide better security:
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You can place a backup image to a local mounted or unmounted (without drive letter
assigned) partition. Despite the fact that it is the most convenient way, try not to use it. You
can delete your backup just by accident or lose it as a result of a hardware malfunction, or a
virus attack;
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You can place a backup image to an external mounted storage to provide for a higher level
of data protection and system independence;
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You can place a backup image to a special secured place on the hard disk called the
Backup Capsule that has an independent system layout (e.g. a separate partition) and will
stay operable should the active file system be damaged. To avoid an accidental removing or
unauthorized access of the backup data, this partition is hidden and thus cannot be mounted
in the operating system. However it won’t help you in case of a hardware malfunction;
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You can place a backup image to external media (CD/DVD) to guarantee a high level of
data protection as long as the backup media is kept secure;
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You can place a backup image to a network drive to stand a better chance of success in
case of a hard disk failure. Moreover, by storing it on a special-purpose server you may be
pretty sure nothing will happen to it;
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Finally you can place a backup image to an FTP server to provide a new level of system and
data protection.
Known Issues on FTP
1. You need to check out yourself Windows Firewall or programs of this kind let our program work
with the required port (21 by default).
2. File backup and restore to/from FTP, including the selective restore functionality are not
available.
3. SSL login/password encryption is not supported.
4. You can browse an FTP server in the passive mode only.
5. Parallel access to several FTP servers is limited - only one password for all servers is available.
Adaptive Restore
Windows family operating systems are notorious for their excessive sensibility to hardware, especially
when it turns to replacement of such a crucial device as HDD controller or motherboard – actually
Windows will most likely fail to boot as a result of this operation.
With our technology (available in the P2P Adjust OS Wizard) you can make your Windows bootable
on some other computer by allowing automatic injection of all required drivers and the other actions
crucial for a migration of this kind. Actually, this operation for Windows 2000/XP/Server 2003 and
Windows Vista/7/Server 2008 differs a bit, so does the wizard’s work algorithm.
Adaptive Restore for Windows 2000/XP/Server 2003
It actually implies three operations:
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Providing the ability to change the Windows kernel settings to the most suitable for your new
configuration. The program will automatically add all available Windows HAL and kernels to
the boot menu (the boot.ini file) to choose the required platform in case your system fails to
boot (Uniprocessor, Multiprocessor, or Old legacy PC without ACPI). You can later remove
them from the menu either under Windows or with Boot Corrector.
If you’ve got a 64-bit operating system, no options will be added to the boot
menu.
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Automatic replacement of the boot critical drivers (HDD controller, PS/2 and USB mouse and
keyboard) to the default Windows drivers to provide the maximum level of compatibility.
Once your Windows starts up, it will initiate reconfiguration of all Plug'n'Play devices, so we do
recommend you to provide the latest drivers for your motherboard and processor at this step,
as it can considerably improve the overall performance of your system.
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The option to inject 3rd party drivers to guarantee your system will start up on the new
hardware. Actually you’ve got two options, either provide a path to your own driver repository
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(collection of all drivers to your hardware devices located in one folder) for the program
automatically pick and install only those drivers required for your OS (recommended), or
manually specify drivers critical for the guaranteed startup of your system on the new
hardware.
Adaptive Restore for Windows Vista/7/Server 2008
It is based on the fact that these operating systems do not delete their distributive driver repositories
after the setup, but simply make them inactive in the Windows Registry. So thanks to our technology
these driver repositories can be made available during the restore procedure to let Windows Vista/7
or 2008 Server automatically find and install any lacking driver with no action from your side required,
what is very convenient.
Anyway, not all drivers can be found in the built-in driver repositories, especially when you’ve got to
do with specific SCSI or Serial ATA controllers. For situations of this kind you’ve got the option to inject
any 3rd party driver, either by providing a path to your own driver repository (collection of all drivers to
your hardware devices located in one folder) for the program automatically pick and install only
those drivers required for your OS (recommended), or manually specifying drivers critical for the
guaranteed startup of your system on the new hardware.
Adaptive Restore Application
Let’s consider a number of situations when the Adaptive Restore feature can help you out:
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If you need to upgrade to newer hardware while keeping all your programs and settings
intact;
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If you need to replace failed hardware and cannot find an exact match for your original
system specifications.
Known Issues
1. After transferring Microsoft Vista and later versions to different hardware, you will need to reactivate license of the system. It’s normal behavior as these systems keep tracking any
change of hardware. Re-activation is legally justified in this case, as you transfer your system to
another PC.
2. If you’ve installed several operating systems on one partition, we can only add drivers to the
latest version of OS. Microsoft highly recommends that you install an operating system on a
separate partition.
3. Please note drivers are not cached during selection. That’s why if you select a driver to add to
the system, but it’s already unavailable during the operation, the program will end the
operation with an error.
System Virtualization
With new powerful x86 computers, system virtualization has become extremely popular. It’s a
software technology that enables to run several virtual machines on one physical machine,
providing resources of that single computer are shared across several environments. As a result one
and the same physical computer can have multiple OSs and applications operating simultaneously,
thus opening up enormous opportunities for both, business and home users, exactly:
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Avoid underutilization of up-to-date powerful computers;
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Increase flexibility of a physical infrastructure;
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Provide for increased availability of hardware and applications;
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Cut expenses on hardware and energy;
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Guarantee smooth and cost saving system migration;
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Enjoy working with old applications you can’t launch on your current PC;
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Take advantage of having multiple operating systems on one Windows PC, including Linux,
Mac OS X, etc.;
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Forget about hunting for replacement of the failed hardware, and many more…
Known Issues
1. You should install integration services (e.g. VMware Tools) on the virtual system yourself. We
only guarantee its smooth startup.
2. At the startup, a virtual machine (e.g. VMware Workstation) might notify you that the used
virtual disks are of old format and require update. You can update your disks, since this
procedure involves change of a version only, nothing else. This is done on purpose not to lose
compatibility with the older versions of VMware.
3. After transferring Microsoft Vista and later versions to a virtual disk, you will need to re-activate
license of the system. It’s normal behavior as these systems keep tracking any change of
hardware. Re-activation is legally justified in this case, as you transfer your system to another
PC.
4. If you prefer to create a SCSI HDD when converting to a virtual disk of VMware Workstation or
VMware ESX Server, we pick a driver for the HDD controller just the way VMware does, i.e.
according to the found OS:
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Windows 2000/Windows XP – Buslogic;
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Windows 2003 (all editions including WinXP x64) and later versions – LSI Logic.
Thus if you will then connect the created virtual disk to a virtual machine with another type of
the adapter, the system won’t start up. Please use our P2P Adjust Wizard to install the required
driver.
5. If you convert a partition/hard disk with Windows XP to a SCSI virtual disk of VMware
Workstation or VMware ESX, it’s required to add the VMware SCSI driver from outside, since
Windows XP doesn’t have it. To do that we try to find an installed version of VMware
Workstation on your computer to extract the necessary driver. If failed to find, we will ask you
to provide a path to the VMware Tools ISO image.
6. We can smoothly convert a hard disk with several operating systems. But according to Issue 4,
when converting to a SCSI virtual disk of VMware Workstation or VMware ESX Server, for
different versions of OS, different controller drivers will be installed. VMware however cannot
emulate different hardware for each operating system of one virtual machine. To tackle this
issue, please use our P2P Adjust Wizard to install the LSI Logic driver under Windows
2000/Windows XP, then select the LSI SCSI controller for your virtual machine.
Paragon Hot Processing & Volume Shadow Copy Service
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Offline versus Online Data Processing
In the course of time there have been developed various methods of data processing. Despite
different work concept, all of them can be divided into two principal groups: offline (cold) and
online (hot) data processing techniques.
As the name infers, offline data processing can only be accomplished when the data is in consistent
state (the operating system and all the applications are completely shut down). Actually it is the most
preferable way of image creation or data cloning, since software can obtain an exclusive right to
process data that guaranties high level of operating efficiency. However, the offline data processing
is absolutely out of question when dealing with 24/7 production environments.
In contrast, online data processing enables to create a consistent snapshot even as the data is
currently modified. It is particularly useful for systems with high availability requirements, but it won’t
be accomplished until all active transactions are complete. The point is to provide a coherent state
of all open files and databases involved in a process, taking into account that applications may still
keep writing to disks. As a result an online data processing cannot boast high operating speed.
Our program supports both offline and online methods of data processing. As far as online method is
concerned it offers its own hot processing algorithm together with the possibility to use snapshot
technologies provided by the Microsoft VSS framework.
Paragon Hot Processing Technology
Paragon Hot Processing is an online copy/backup technology for Windows NT+ family operating
systems. Developed back in 2001, nowadays it is integrated with all copy/backup solutions offered
by the company.
Paragon Hot Processing is not exactly a snapshot technology, though it has much in common with it.
During an online copy/backup, the program uses the kernel mode driver HOTCORE.SYS to intercept
and control disk write activity of applications and the operating system. The hotcore driver as an
integral part of the program is installed during the setup procedure (that’s why the system reboot is
required to complete the setup procedure). For the most part the driver is in the idle mode until it is
activated with the program. While in this mode it bypasses any calls having no effect on the overall
system performance, but a few kilobytes of the system memory.
Paragon Hot Processing technology offers copy/backup of locked partitions and hard disks under
Windows NT+ family operating systems providing both high operating efficiency as well as low
hardware requirements.
It is not recommended to use Paragon Hot Processing with active SQL Server,
Exchange or Oracle databases since the backup image contents may be
corrupted.
Volume Shadow Copy Service
Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) is designed to provide the copy/backup infrastructure
for the Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/Server 2003/2008 operating systems. It offers a reliable mechanism
to create consistent point-in-time copies of data known as shadow copies. Developed by Microsoft
in close cooperation with the leading copy/backup solution vendors on the market, it is based on a
snapshot technology concept.
Initiated by a VSS aware copy/backup utility, VSS creates snapshots for the selected volumes and
represents them as virtual read-only devices, called volume shadow copies. Once the shadow
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copies are created, the copy/backup utility starts processing the data while applications keep
writing to original volumes.
Unlike Paragon Hot Processing the VSS technology provides a unique possibility to make a
synchronous snapshot of multiple volumes. This very feature can be particularly beneficial when
backing up active SQL Server 2003, Exchange 2003 or Oracle databases located on multiple
volumes the way it is recommended by Microsoft to improve the level of database performance and
reliability, thus providing 100-percent data consistency.
To use VSS it is necessary to have a mounted 300 MB+ NTFS partition.
Dynamic Disks
As you probably know, MS-DOS, Microsoft Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP/Vista/Server 2003/2008
support four primary partitions per physical hard disk, one of which can be extended. Certainly there
is the possibility to create logical drives within the extended partition. Such types of disks are called
basic. Windows XP Professional, Windows 2000, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2003/2008 follow
the same strategy: You can have a maximum of four primary partitions, one of which can be an
extended partition with logical drives. However, these operating systems also introduce a new disk
configuration type - dynamic disk - which must be understood to effectively configure and manage
hard disks.
Dynamic disk is a physical disk that doesn't use partitions or logical drives. Instead, it contains only
dynamic volumes. Regardless of what format you use for the file system, only Win2K computers can
access dynamic volumes directly. However, computers that aren't running Win2K can access the
dynamic volumes remotely when connected to the shared folders over the network.
Dynamic disks can co-exist on a system with basic disks. The only limitation is that you cannot mix
Basic and Dynamic disks on the same hard drive.
There are five types of dynamic volumes: simple (uses free space from a single disk), spanned
(created from free disk space that is linked together from multiple disks), striped (a volume the data
of which is interleaved across two or more physical disks), mirrored (a fault-tolerant volume the data
of which is duplicated on two physical disks, and RAID-5 volumes (a fault-tolerant volume the data of
which is striped across an array of three or more disks).
With dynamic storage, you can perform disk and volume management without the need to restart
Windows.
Limitations:
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Dynamic disks are not supported on portable computers.
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Dynamic disks are not supported on Windows XP Home Edition-based computers.
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You cannot create mirrored volumes or RAID-5 volumes on Windows XP Home Edition,
Windows XP Professional, or Windows XP 64-Bit Edition-based computers.
Thus, the dynamic disk is a new way of looking at hard disk configuration. Dynamic disks offer you
more management flexibility without the partition limitation of basic disks. Dynamic disks can contain
an unlimited number of volumes, but they cannot contain partitions or logical drives. Dynamic
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storage can be particularly beneficial for large-scale businesses when dealing with many physical
hard disks involving complex setup.
GPT versus MBR
GUID Partition Table (GPT) is the next generation of a hard disk partitioning scheme developed to lift
restrictions of the old MBR. Being a part of the Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) standard proposed
by Intel to replace the outdated PC BIOS, it offers a number of crucial benefits:
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Up to 128 primary partitions for the Windows implementation (only 4 in MBR);
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The maximum allowed partition size is 18 exabytes (only 2 terabytes in MBR);
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More reliable thanks to replication and cyclic redundancy check (CRC) protection of the
partition table;
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A well defined and fully self-identifying partition format (data critical to the platform operation
is located in partitions, but not in un-partitioned or hidden sectors as this is the case with MBR).
Apple Boot Camp
Boot Camp is a special utility to help you set up a dual boot system (Mac OS X and 32-bit Windows
XP/Vista) on Intel-based Macs. It enables to securely re-partition your hard disk (resize an existing
HFS+ partition to create a separate partition for Windows) and then launch the installation process.
With Boot Camp all the necessary drivers will be at your disposal. Moreover after Windows has been
installed it will serve as a boot manager to choose what operating system to start up.
It is strongly recommended not to modify the hard disk configuration with
Windows Disk Manager. Otherwise it may lead to unexpected consequences,
right up to BSOD and inability to boot in Windows XP/Vista. Please use our
program to correctly update both MBR and GPT.
64-bit Support
The bulk of software today is written for a 32-bit processor. It can meet the requirements of almost
any end user. However that is not the case when dealing with servers processing large amounts of
data with complex calculations of very large numbers. That is where 64-bit architecture comes into
play.
It can boast improved scalability for business applications that enables to support more customer
databases and more simultaneous users on each server. Besides a 64-bit kernel can access more
system resources, such as memory allocation per user. A 64-bit processor can handle over 4 billion
times more memory addresses than a 32-bit processor. With these resources, even a very large
database can be cached in memory.
Although many business applications run without problems on 32-bit systems, others have grown so
complex that they use up the 4 GB memory limitation of a 32-bit address space. With this large
amount of data, fewer memory resources are available to meet memory needs. On a 64-bit server,
most queries are able to perform in the buffers available to the database.
Some 32-bit applications make the transition to the 64-bit environment seamlessly others do not. For
instance, system-level utilities and programs that provide direct hardware access are likely to fail. Our
program offers a full-fledged support of the 64-bit architecture providing fault-tolerant work for such
system dependent modules as Hot Processing.
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Copy Operations
Hard drive duplication nowadays is becoming highly popular among PC users. That is due to some
definite advantages it can offer. First of all, many people clone hard disks just to back up data for
security reasons. The present day copy utilities enable to successfully transfer all on-disk information
including standard bootstrap code and other system service structures, thus maintaining the
operating system’s working capability. In case of a system malfunction, the user can get the system
back on track in minutes. No additional configuration is required, what is very convenient.
The second possible application is the upgrade of a hard disk to a new one. The capacity of a
modern hard drive doubles every two years, thus opening up new possibilities for software
developers. As a result programs become more complicated and require considerable amount of
free space. One day the user realizes that there is no more free space left on the hard disk and the
only way out is to upgrade. Usually that means that besides purchasing a new hard disk, the user is to
face a large re-installation procedure spanning several days of tedious work. But all of this can be
avoided just by copying the contents of the old hard disk to a new one proportionally resizing the
partitions.
And the last but not least is the copying of hard disks for cloning purposes. It may be of great use
when setting up similar computers. There is no need for a system administrator to install an operating
system from scratch on every one of them. It is enough just to configure one and then clone it to the
others.
Drive Partitioning
As you probably know a hard drive is to be split into one or more partitions, since it cannot hold data
until it is carved up and space is set aside for an operating system. Until recently most PCs used to
have just one partition, which filled the entire hard disk and contained an OS. The situation has
changed however, thanks to new cost-effective high capacity hard drives, thus opening up
numerous possibilities for PC users, such as editing video, archiving music, backing up CD images,
etc. Huge increase in space is great, but it poses a number of problems, most important of which are
effective data organization and speed.
Large drives are always going to take longer to search than smaller volumes, and an operating
system is going to have its work cut out both finding and organizing files. It is for this reason that many
people decide to invest in multiple hard drives, but there is an easy solution – drive partitioning.
Partitioning lets you divide a single physical drive into a number of logical drives, each of which
servers as a container with its own drive letter and volume label, thus enabling the operating system
to process data more efficiently. Besides partitioning makes it possible to organize data so that it is
easy to find and manage. You can set aside, for instance, 40 GB of a 160 GB hard drive for the OS,
70 GB for storing video and another 50 GB for your favorite music collections to provide transparent
data storage.
It is also worth mentioning to that with a hard drive properly partitioned, such routine operations as
files de-fragmentation or consistency check will not be that annoying and time-consuming any
more.
By detaching the OS from the rest of the data you can tackle one more crucial issue – in case of a
system malfunction, you can get the system back on track in minutes by recovering it from a backup
image located on the other partition of the hard drive.
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But that is not all drive partitioning may be used for. If you are willing to play games in Windows while
browsing the Internet in Linux, 100-percent sure that no virus will attack your PC, drive partitioning is a
necessity. In order to run several OSs on a single hard drive you are to create a corresponding
number of partitions to effectively delineate the boundaries of each OS.
Scheduling
The automation of operations is particularly effective when you have to repeat a sequence of
actions on a regular basis. For example, developing a specific project on a day-to-day basis and
having to make a backup every evening so as not to lose the valuable data, you will really
appreciate, when this kind of routine operations will be carried out automatically without your
participation.
Another aspect of any automation process is that it allows an optimization of your computer’s workload. This is especially important when operations require a considerable amount of computer
resources – processor time, memory and more. A number of tasks, which can decrease the
performance, can be run during the night or whenever the computer has the least work-load to
perform.
The program has a special tool for scheduling. You can set out a timetable for any operation and it
will start at a specified time without interrupting your current activity.
Drive Backup Pro Functionality
Interface Overview
This chapter introduces the graphical interface of the program. The design of the interface precludes
any mistake being made on the part of the user. Most operations are performed through the system
of wizards. Buttons and menus are accompanied by easy understandable icons. Nevertheless, any
problems that might occur while managing the program can be tackled by reading this very
chapter.
General Layout
When you start the program, the first component that is displayed is called the Launcher. It enables
to run wizards and dialogs, to specify program settings, to visualize the operating environment and
the hard disk configuration.
The Launcher’s window can be conditionally subdivided into several sections that differ in their
purpose and functionality:
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1. Main Menu
2. Tool Bar
3. Virtual Operations Bar
4. Common Tasks Bar
5. Explorer Bar
6. Disk Map
7. Legend Bar
8. Status Bar
A number of panels offer similar functionality with a synchronized layout. The program enables to
conceal some of them to simplify the interface management.
All panels are separated by vertical and horizontal expandable sliders, allowing the user to customize
the screen layout.
Main Menu
The Main Menu provides access to the entire functionality of the program. The available functions
are as listed below:
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MENU ITEM
FUNCTIONALITY
Tools
View Logs…
View logs on the carried out operations
Send Log Files
Compress and send the log to the Paragon Support Team
Recovery Media Builder…
Restore the system even when the current operating system
cannot boot anymore
Check Recovery Disks…
Verify the recovery media for integrity and ability to boot from
File Transfer Wizard…
Transfer data from any media
Settings...
Edit the general settings of the program
Exit
Exit the program
Changes
Generate Script…
Generate a script for the task
Save to Scheduler…
Schedule pending operations
Undo `the last virtual
Cancel the last virtual operation on the List of Pending Operations
operation`
operation`
Cancel the last undo virtual operation on the List of Pending
Operations
View Changes…
Display the List of Pending Operations
Apply Changes
Launch the real execution of virtual operations
Discard All Changes
Cancel all virtual operations on the List of Pending Operations
Reload Disk Info
Refresh the current information about disks
Redo `the last virtual
Wizards
Undelete Partitions…
Recover an accidentally deleted partition
Smart Backup…
Back up exactly what you need - the whole system, e-mail
databases (MS Outlook, Express, Windows Mail) media files or
office documents of the My Documents folder, or any other files
and folders
Back up Disk or Partition…
Create a sector-based archive of an entire hard disk or separate
partitions
Schedule Backup…
Set a timetable for a disk or partition backup
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Differential Backup…
Create a differential to a partition backup
Create a File Complement…
Create an increment to a full partition backup
Back up Files…
Create a file-based archive of your files and folders
Schedule File Backup…
Set a timetable for a file backup
Create a File Increment…
Create an increment to a file backup
Restore…
Restore an entire hard disk, separate partitions, or files from the
backup image
P2P Adjust OS…
Make your system bootable on different hardware
Manage Backup Capsule…
Create and manage the backup capsule
Check Archive Integrity…
Perform integrity check for the required backup image
Cyclic Backup…
Automate a partition backup
P2V Copy…
Migrate a Win2K+ physical system to a virtual environment in the
online mode.
P2V Restore…
Migrate a Win2K+ physical system backed up with a Paragon
disaster recovery tool to a virtual environment.
P2V Adjust…
Recover the startup ability after unsuccessful virtualization with a
3rd party tool.
One Button Copy Wizard
Create a hard disk copy just by pressing one button
Copy Hard Disk…
Create a hard disk copy
Schedule Hard Disk Copy…
Set a timetable for a hard disk copy
Copy Partition…
Create a partition copy
Schedule Partition Copy…
Set a timetable for a partition copy
Hard Disk
Back Up Hard Disk…
Create a backup archive of the selected hard disk
Burn Hard Disk to CD or
DVD…
Back up the selected hard disk and burn the resulted image to
CD/DVD
Restore Hard Disk…
Restore the selected hard disk from a backup image
Convert to Basic…
Convert a dynamic MBR disk containing simple volume(s) into a
basic MBR disk
Convert to Basic MBR…
Convert a basic or a dynamic GPT disk containing simple
volume(s) into a basic MBR disk
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volume(s) into a basic MBR disk
Update MBR
Update MBR (Master Boot Record) of the selected hard disk
Change Primary Slots…
Modify the primary partitions enumeration for the selected hard
disk
Copy Hard Disk…
Create a copy of the selected hard disk
Edit/View Sectors…
View/edit sectors of the selected hard disk
Properties…
Get in-depth information on the properties of selected hard disk
Partition
Create Partition…
Create a partition
Format Partition…
Format a partition
Delete Partition…
Delete a partition
Back Up Partition…
Create a backup archive of the selected partition
Burn Partition to CD or
DVD…
Back up the selected partition and burn the resulted image to
CD/DVD
Restore Partition…
Restore the selected partition from a backup image
Assign Drive Letter…
Assign drive letter to the selected partition
Remove Drive Letter…
Remove drive letter for the selected partition
Hide Partition…
Make the selected partition unavailable for the operating system
Unhide Partition…
Make the selected partition available for the operating system
Mark Partition as Active
Make the selected partition bootable by default
Mark Partition as Inactive
Make the selected partition non-bootable by default
Change Volume Label…
Change volume label of the selected partition
Change Serial Number…
Change serial number of the selected partition
Change Partition ID…
Change identifier of the selected partition
Test Surface…
Test surface of the selected partition/block of free space
Check File System
Check the selected partition for possible file system errors
Integrity…
Edit/View Sectors…
View/edit sectors of the selected partition
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Properties…
Get in-depth information on the properties of selected partition
View
Layouts
Manage the Launcher layout with several predefined profiles
Toolbar
Manage the Tool Bar representation: show / hide standard and
navigation buttons, text labels and large icons
Status Bar
Display the Status Bar
Common Tasks Bar
Display the Common Tasks Bar
Disk Map Legend
Display the Disk Map legend
Disk Map Location
Select whether the Disk Map will be located on the top of the
main window or at the bottom
Help
Help
Open the Help system (you can also do it by pressing F1)
About
Open the dialog with information about the program
The Main Menu contents available at the moment may vary depending on the
selected object.
Tool Bar
The Toolbar provides fast access to the most frequently used operations:
BUTTON FUNCTIONALITY
Back up a hard disk or partition
Back up files
Restore a disk, partition, or files
Copy a hard disk
Copy a partition
Open the Help system
Virtual Operations Bar
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The program supports previewing the resulting layout of hard disks before actually executing
operations (so-called virtual mode of execution). In fact, when the virtual mode is enabled, the
program does not accomplish operations immediately, but places them on the List of Pending
Operations for later execution.
The Virtual Operations Bar enables to manage pending operations.
BUTTON FUNCTIONALITY
Cancel the last virtual operation on the List of Pending
Operations
Cancel the last undo virtual operation on the List of
Pending Operations
Display the List of Pending Operations
Launch the real execution of virtual operations
Cancel all virtual operations on the List of Pending
Operations
Virtual mode is an effective way of protection from any troubles, since no
operations will be executed until clicking the Apply button for confirmation,
thus giving a second chance to weigh all pros and cons of this or that
particular operation. The program politely reminds the user that there are
unsaved changes by showing the following window:
Common Tasks Bar
The Common Tasks Bar is located on the left side of the main window. It is intended for easy access
to the program's wizards.
The bar contains several tabs named Basic Backup/Restore Tasks, Advanced Backup Tasks,
Virtualization Tasks, Copy Tasks, Tools and News and Documentation. Each of these contains a
separate button bar which can be folded by clicking it.
Basic Backup/Restore Tasks
Starting the Sector Backup Wizard to create an archive of a hard disk
or separate partitions.
Starting the File Backup Wizard to create an archive of particular files
and folders.
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Starting the Sector Backup Wizard with the preset scheduling option.
Starting the File Backup Wizard with the preset scheduling option.
Starting the Restore Wizard to restore a hard disk, separate partition,
or files from the backup image.
Advanced Backup Tasks
Starting the Differential Backup Wizard to create a differential to a
partition backup.
Starting the Incremental Backup Wizard to create an increment to a
file or partition backup.
Virtualization Tasks
Starting the P2V Copy Wizard to migrate a Win2K+ physical system to
a virtual environment in the online mode.
Starting the P2V Restore Wizard to migrate a Win2K+ physical system
backed up with a Paragon disaster recovery tool to a virtual
environment.
Starting the P2V Adjust OS Wizard to recover the startup ability after
unsuccessful virtualization with a 3rd party tool.
Copy Tasks
Starting the One Button Copy Wizard to clone a hard disk with one
click.
Starting the Copy Hard Disk Wizard to copy a hard disk.
Starting the Copy Partition Wizard to copy a partition.
Tools
Starting the Manage Backup Capsule Wizard to create, resize or
delete the backup capsule.
Starting the Recovery Media Wizard to create a Linux/DOS bootable
media which can be used to get access to your hard disk for
maintenance or recovery purposes.
Starting the Check Recovery Disk Wizard to verify recovery media for
integrity and ability to boot from.
Starting the Check Archive Integrity Wizard to verify backup archives
for consistency.
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Starting the Synthetic Backup Wizard to change any property of an
existing archive (splitting, password protection, compression level,
etc.) without accomplishing the backup operation.
Starting the File Transfer Wizard to transfer data from any media.
Besides it provides access to Paragon backups as regular folders to
browse through their contents or copy required files.
News and Documentation
Launching the help system (you can also do it by pressing F1).
Opening the page which contains information about the program.
This page will be displayed in the Explorer Bar.
Opening a brief review on the Paragon Scripting Language.
Disk Map
The Disk Map is displayed in the Explorer Bar when the Disk View tab is selected. It is located either at
the top or at the bottom of the window, depending on the state of the Disk Map Location option
(Main Menu: View > Disk Map Location).
As the name infers, the Disk Map displays the layout of physical and logical disks. Physical disks are
represented with rectangle bars that contain small-sized bars. These small-sized bars represent logical
disks. Their color depends on the file system of the appropriate partition.
Large-sized bars display the following information about physical disks:
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Manufacturer,
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Model.
Small-sized bars display the following information about logical disks:
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Serial number,
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Drive letter,
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Total size,
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File system.
Furthermore, it is possible to estimate the used disk space by looking at the size of the bar’s shaded
area. The program offers to choose from several types of the disk layout scaling. It’s done especially
to increase the program usability. For instance, if you’ve got a high capacity hard drive containing
both very large (more than 100 GB) and rather small (less than 10 GB) partitions, you can select the
logarithmic type to make all partitions readable, otherwise (selecting the linear type) you won’t be
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able to see small partitions at all, but thing strips. On the other hand, if the proportional disk layout is
critical for you, the linear type is exactly what you need.
Nevertheless there’s a compromise solution – linear scaling with the minimal limit to small partitions. So
if a partition is too small it will remain readable.
Just click on the arrow icon on the top right side of the Disk Map to select the desired scaling type.
Disk Map is synchronized with the Explorer Bar. Thus by selecting a disk on the Disk Map, the Explorer
Bar will automatically display detailed information on it.
The drag-and-drop functionality is not available when the logarithmic type of
the disk layout is selected.
Explorer Bar
The Explorer Bar is located in the center of the main window which emphasizes its importance. The
bar displays reference information including:
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The help system;
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General information on the product including its name, version and a list of helpful links;
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Detailed information about disks selected on the Disk Map;
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List of scheduled operations;
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List of scripts;
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List of archives;
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Volume Explorer utility;
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Disk Editor utility.
According to these categories the Explorer Bar has several tabs:
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Disk View, which offers the user the following options:
- Disk Editor to view/edit sectors of the selected partition/hard disk;
- Volume Explorer to browse and export contents of the selected partition/hard disk;
- Properties to view detailed information on the selected partition/hard disk in the bright
graphical form.
You can switch between these three components by clicking tabs on the left
side of the Explorer Bar.
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Scheduled Tasks, which gives the user the possibility of browsing and editing scheduled
operations and the program scripts.
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Archives, which enables to manage the Archive Database.
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Help, which contains the program help and general information on the product.
You can access the desired information by clicking on the appropriate tab.
The Explorer Bar is a fully-functional embedded HTML browser, which offers the possibility to address,
for example, the company's website to look through important technical notes or download the
latest updates without having to close the program.
The program help is also HTML-oriented. You can read it and follow external links from to get
additional information.
To easily navigate through browsed pages, the program provides the following functionality:
BUTTON FUNCTIONALITY
Return to the previously
browsed page
Open the next browsed page
Stop loading the current page
Refresh the contents of the
current page
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current page
Legend Bar
The Legend Bar explains the color scheme used for disk and partition presentation. You can hide (or
show) the bar with the appropriate Main Menu item: View > Disk Map Legend. When it is activated it
can be found at the bottom of the Explorer Bar.
The program distinguishes between the following types of known file systems:
- FAT16/32,
- NTFS,
- Linux Ext2/3/4,
- Linux ReiserFS,
- Apple HFS.
Status Bar
This is the bottom part of the main window. The Status Bar displays menu hints, for each item the
cursor points to.
The user can hide (or show) the bar with the appropriate Main Menu item: View > Status Bar.
Settings Overview
The Settings dialog is available from the Main Menu: Tools > Settings. All the settings are grouped into
several sections, which functions are described in the following paragraphs. The list of sections is
placed on the left side of the dialog. By selecting a section from the list, you can open a set of
options.
To get a detailed description to any setting, control, or field of the program just
click the hint button and then the object you need.
General Options
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This section contains a set of general options that will be taken into account during any operation
carried out with the program:
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Enable data loss protection. Mark the checkbox to make the program work in the fail-safe
mode (also referred to as the data-loss protection mode), which ensures reliability for
operations by maintaining a special journal. In case of a hardware malfunction, power
outage or an OS failure happened in the middle of a data-sensitive operation (resize, move,
merge, redistribute, change cluster size, etc.), the program will ask to insert the bootable
recovery media and automatically complete the interrupted operation, thus reviving the
corrupted partition.
It is strongly recommended to enable this option.
Backup Image Options
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This section contains a set of options that will be taken into account during backup/restore
operations:
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Control archive integrity. Mark the checkbox to guarantee that all backup images created
with the program are 100 percent flawless. If you decided not to control the archive integrity,
the backup operation would take about 3-5% less time.
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Set image file names automatically. Mark the checkbox to make the program automatically
set a file name for every volume of a complex backup image. Otherwise you will need to do it
manually during the backup operation.
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Compression level. From the pull-down list you can select the desired compression level for
backup images that will be used by default.
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Enable image splitting. Mark the checkbox to automatically split every backup image to
volumes of a particular size.
Splitting images enables to tackle problems caused by a maximum file size
limitation of some file systems.
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Maximum split size. With the spinner control you can specify a maximum size for backup
volumes.
Partitioning Options
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This section contains a set of options that will be taken into account during partitioning operations:
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Enable 64 KB cluster size for FAT16. Mark the checkbox to enable 64KB clusters for FAT16
partitions. Thus you will be able to create FAT16 partitions up to 4GB in size
Due to the maximum cluster size of 32KB for Windows 95/98/ME or MS DOS,
FAT16 partitions larger than 2GB are not reliably accessible under these
operating systems.
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Request confirmation before partition deletion. Mark the checkbox to activate an additional
security mechanism. Thus when going to delete a partition you will be automatically
requested to enter its label.
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Request confirmation when converting FAT16 to FAT32. Mark the checkbox to automatically
request confirmation before converting FAT16 to FAT32. There are a number of situations when
this kind of conversion is the only way out to accomplish the operation. For instance, you are
going to migrate your system to a larger hard disk with the proportional resize of existing
partitions, what is very convenient. As a result you can get original FAT16 partitions go beyond
the 4GB limit. Thus without conversion to FAT32, this operation will in no way be possible to
accomplish. The same goes for any copy hard disk/partition or restore hard disk/partition
operation involving an extra upsizing.
General Copy and Backup Options
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This section contains a set of options that will be taken into account during copy and backup
operations:
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HDD raw processing. Mark the checkbox to copy/back up a hard disk in the sector-by-sector
mode, thus ignoring its information structure (e.g. unallocated space or unused sectors of
existing partitions will be processed as well). This can help to avoid problems with hidden data
created by certain applications or the system administrator. However, it will take more time to
accomplish the operation.
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Partition raw processing. Mark the checkbox to copy a partition in the sector-by-sector mode
to successfully process unknown file systems. However it is not recommended to enable this
option when working with supported file systems as it takes more time to accomplish the
operation.
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Perform incremental copy. Mark the checkbox to only copy changes on the hard disk from
the moment of the last copy operation. The program will perform comparison between a
previous copy of the hard disk and its current state. Only sectors that are different will be
updated, thus considerably decreasing the amount of data to write.
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Skip OS auxiliary files. Mark the checkbox to skip OS auxiliary files (like pagefile.sys, hiberfil.sys,
etc.), thus reducing the operation time and the resulted size of the backup image.
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Skip archive files stored in archive library. Mark the checkbox to skip backup images
registered in the archive database, thus reducing the operation time and the resulted size of
the backup image.
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By clicking the link at the bottom of the window you can jump to the
Copy/Backup Exclude Options.
CD/DVD Recording Options
This section contains a set of options that will be taken into account during CD/DVD burn operations:
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Burn every CD/DVD to the end. By default, the program does not create ISO 9660 compliant
burning sessions, as it processes data on-the-fly and can only estimate the resulted session size.
That’s why no third party tool will get access to the recorded data. To tackle the issue, mark
the checkbox to make the program create a standard Disk-at-Once session. It may slow
down the burning process, as every CD/DVD will be recorded up to the end, no matter how
much actual information to contain.
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Recording speed. The user may define how fast a CD/DVD will be recorded (minimum, normal
and maximum). Besides there is an automatic mode when the program will set the most
appropriate speed for every CD/DVD.
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Bootable ISO image. That’s the image to be placed together with the backup data. By
default, the program offers its own bootable ISO image, which contains a Linux/DOS recovery
environment. However, the user is free to use any bootable ISO image.
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CD/DVD boot capability. The program enables to choose whether any recorded CD/DVD will
be bootable, or only the first one for a session, or without that function at all.
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Folder where the ISO image is to be placed. When the user decides not to physically burn a
CD/DVD, but create an ISO image file, this very folder will be used to contain these images.
Hot Processing Options
In this section you may configure the hot processing mode:
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Enable hot processing. Mark the checkbox to enable the so called hot data processing mode
that is specially designed to process data without restarting your operating system.
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Hot processing technology. From the pull-down list you can select the required hot processing
technology.
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Always use hot processing. Select the option to process partitions without making them
locked. Thus you will be able to keep working with them as usual.
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Use hot processing only when partition is locked. Select the option to use the hot processing
only when partitions are locked and cannot be processed without restarting the computer.
Please keep in mind, that once you start any operation on a partition in this mode, it will
automatically be locked by the program, thus you won't be able to keep working with it as
usual.
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Hot processing temporary drive. Here you can select a disk drive that will be used to store the
temporary hot backup data (by default – C:).
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Attempts to start VSS. Here you can set how many attempts to start Microsoft VSS the program
is to do before automatically rebooting the system and accomplishing the operation in a
special boot-up mode.
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Timeout between attempts (in seconds). Here you can set a time period between different
attempts to start Microsoft VSS.
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Switch between hot processing technologies. Mark the checkbox to automatically switch
between Paragon Hot Processing and Microsoft VSS if one of them is unavailable at the
moment.
By clicking the link at the bottom of the window you can jump to the Run
during Backup Options.
Run during Backup Options
In this section you can specify external applications to execute at various phases of the backup
process. It can be particularly useful when imaging systems with high availability requirements (MS
SQL, MS Exchange, etc.), since it enables to create a consistent snapshot even as the data is
currently modified. The point is to provide a coherent state of all open files and databases involved
in a backup, taking into account that applications may still keep writing to disks.
Actually the backup process consists of two phases: the preparation phase (snapshot) and the datacopying phase. There are three points of the backup when external commands/programs can be
launched:
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Execute at the beginning of the backup process before taking a snapshot. Here you can
specify an executable file that will help you to prepare running applications for taking a
snapshot. It may contain specific commands/programs to delete unnecessary files, suspend
services, flush transactions or caches, etc. Everything depends on the used applications.
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Execute after taking a snapshot. Here you can specify an executable file that will run just after
taking a snapshot. It may contain specific commands/programs, e.g. to resume the previously
suspended services, etc. Everything depends on the used applications.
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Execute after finishing the backup process. Here you can specify an executable file that will
run after the backup process has been accomplished. It may include commands/ programs
that will move the backup image to a particular location, etc.
By clicking the link at the bottom of the window you can jump to the Hot
Processing Options.
By clicking the Browse button you can get into the browser-like window to choose an executable file.
The program provides the ability to work with three types of executable files (.exe, .bat, .cmd). It is up
to the user to write batch files to safely prepare applications for backup. There are some certain
general requirements for that:
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All programs and commands must execute sequentially and finish before the .bat file
completes its work.
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It is recommended to use external commands/programs in the following format - Start/wait
program.exe. The wait option will help to start an application and wait until it completes its
work. This will guarantee that all included commands/programs complete their execution
before the batch file does.
This function is only available when the Hot Processing mode is enabled.
The program enables to set parameters for an executable file directly from the
line. However, if the file path contains word gaps it is necessary to enclose it in
quotes in order to make the program distinguish between the path and the
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used parameters.
By clicking the link at the bottom of the window you can jump to the Hot
Processing Options.
E-Mail Options
This section contains a set of options that will be taken into account during the Send log files and
Send e-mail notification operations:
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Outgoing mail server (SMTP). To send messages by using the built-in mail client, it is necessary
to have access to a computer running an SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) server. All
outgoing messages are first sent to the SMTP server, which in its turn delivers them to the
required recipients. The address may be represented as a traditional Internet host name (e.g.:
mail.com) or as an IP numeric address (e.g. xxx.xxx.xxx.xx).
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User e-mail address. Specify an e-mail address that has been assigned by the Internet Service
Provider or organization's e-mail administrator.
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My outgoing server requires authentication. Activate the option to allow the program to make
authentication on the server before sending messages.
- User name. Enter the name that will be used to log in to the e-mail account.
- Password. Enter the password that will be used to access the mail server.
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Send e-mail notification on apply. Specify an e-mail to send notifications on the carried out
operations.
- Send mail in HTML format. Activate the option to create messages in the HTML format instead
of plain text.
- Send complete report after applying operations. Activate the option to create an in-depth
report on the carried out operations and send it after performing the last operation.
- Send graphical view of the disk sub-system before and after apply. Activate the option to
allow the program to attach two pictures of the disk layout made before and after the
operation is completed.
By clicking the link at the bottom of the window you can jump to the Operation
Dependency Options.
Operation Dependency Options
This section contains a set of options that will be taken into account when the Send e-mail
notification on apply function is enabled. By marking/unmarking a checkbox opposite the required
operation you can choose whether to receive an e-mail notification on its completion or not.
You won't be notified if an operation requires the system restart.
Virtual Mode Options
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In this section you may configure the virtual mode:
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Allow virtual mode. Mark the checkbox to enable the virtual mode. It is an effective way of
protection from any troubles, since no operation will be executed until confirmation, thus
giving you a second chance to weigh all pros and cons of this or that particular operation.
We strongly recommend you to enable this mode.
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Close progress dialog automatically. Mark the checkbox to automatically close the progress
dialog after accomplishing operations.
File System Conversion Options
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This section contains a set of options that will be taken into account when converting FAT and NTFS
file systems. By default, the program takes locale (regional) settings from the system. Problems might
occur however because of different standards for file names and file time stamps (Created, Modified
and Last Access Time) of NTFS and FATxx file systems.
To tackle problems of that kind you can manually set:
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Time zone to use during the convert operation. NTFS keeps file timestamps in GMT (Greenwich
Mean Time) while FAT uses a fixed local date and time. The program takes proper account of
these differences and enables to adjust timestamp values.
An incorrectly chosen time zone might lead to inability to launch certain
software.
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Language for file names to use during the convert operation. NTFS stores file names in Unicode
while FAT/FAT32 uses ANSI to save short file names (also called the DOS aliases). The
codepage information is required for the correct conversion of non-English file names from
Unicode to ANSI and vice versa.
An incorrectly chosen codepage will certainly result in corruption of nonEnglish file names.
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Request confirmation of settings before NTFS < - > FAT/FAT32 conversion. Mark the checkbox to
automatically display the local settings dialog to check and modify (if necessary) the default
parameters before launching the convert file system operation.
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Copy/Backup Exclude Options
In this section the program enables to specify what data should be automatically ignored during
copy and sector-based backup operations. You can filter certain files or folders either by the manual
selection or by creating masks, what is more preferable. Thus you will be able to effectively manage
contents of your backup images or partition/hard disk copies.
By default, there are no available filters. To create a filter, please click the Add Category… button.
In the opened dialog the program allows the user to define the following parameters:
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Name. Give to the filter any name you like, but try to use an informative one;
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Filter. Press the Browse button to select files or folders you would like to be excluded or specify
a filter mask by using * or ? wildcards;
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Description. Add a short description to the filter not to miss it up later.
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Click the OK button and you will get a new item on the list of filters. By marking/unmarking a
checkbox opposite its name you can choose whether to use it or not.
By clicking the link at the bottom of the window you can jump to the General
Copy and Backup Options.
File Backup Exclude Options
In this section you can find a lot of ready-made exclude filters to effectively control contents of your
file-based backup images. Please note, by selecting certain filters you specify what data will be
ignored during file-based backup operations, thus you specify the data you’d like not to be added
to the resulted archives.
Anyway you’ve got the option to create your own filter by clicking the Add category… button.
In the opened dialog the program allows the user to define the following parameters:
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Name. Give to the filter any name you like, but try to use an informative one;
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Filter. Press the Browse button to select files or folders you would like to be excluded or specify
a filter mask by using * or ? wildcards;
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Description. Add a short description to the filter not to miss it up later.
Click the OK button and you will get a new item on the list of filters. By marking/unmarking a
checkbox opposite its name you can choose whether to use it or not.
File Backup Include Options
In this section you can find a lot of ready-made include filters to effectively control contents of your
file-based backup images. Please note, by selecting certain filters you specify what data will be
processed during file-based backup operations, thus you automatically ignore files that do not
match, so they won’t be added to the resulted archives.
Anyway you’ve got the option to create your own filter by clicking the Add category… button.
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In the opened dialog the program allows the user to define the following parameters:
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Name. Give to the filter any name you like, but try to use an informative one;
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Filter. Press the Browse button to select files or folders you would like to be excluded or specify
a filter mask by using * or ? wildcards;
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Description. Add a short description to the filter not to miss it up later.
Click the OK button and you will get a new item on the list of filters. By marking/unmarking a
checkbox opposite its name you can choose whether to use it or not.
Log Files Options
In this section you can specify a storage life span for the stubact.log file:
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Infinite not to empty the file ever;
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Minimal to have the file emptied all the time;
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Custom to set a certain storage life span for the file. Please note, once the defined period has
been expired, the file will be emptied.
We strongly recommend you not to choose the Minimal option, as in case of
having problems with the program, our Support Team won’t be able to study
operation logs, thus help you out.
Getting Information on Disks and Backup Images
The program provides some helpful tools to get information on the properties of disks and
peculiarities of existing backup images.
Viewing Disk Properties
The main tool to view in-depth information on the properties of hard disks is the Disk Map. It
represents the actual state of the computer’s hard disks.
Generally the hard disks are represented on the map by rectangular bars, which also contain smallsized bars. The small-sized bars represent logical disks (partitions). When you select a large-sized bar,
the Explorer Bar displays information about the disk in a bright, graphical form.
The model and serial number of the disk serve as the title of the browsed page. The disk layout is
shown in form of a circular graph, where the color of a sector corresponds to a file system of an
appropriate partition. On the right you may see a table, which contains the following information:
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Type of hard disk (basic or dynamic),
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Total size (in GB),
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Information on geometry of the disk (amount of sectors per track, heads and cylinders).
Below there is a list of available wizards. If you click a corresponding record the appropriate wizard
will be started. All default values for the operation parameters will correspond to the disk’s settings.
The list of wizards contains a detailed description of tasks that can be performed by the wizard. This
nullifies the possibility of selecting the wrong wizard.
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When you select a small-sized bar (i.e. corresponding to a logical disk) the Explorer Bar will display
information on it as well. The page title will contain a drive letter, which is assigned to the disk. The
disk layout graph will be colored in accordance with the volume ratio of the used space to the free
space (the light colored sector). The table on the right will contain the following information:
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Volume label (if available),
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Type of the logical disk,
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File system (represented by the color of the graph and the selected bar),
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Total size, used space and free space (in GB or MB).
Below there is a list of wizards, which may be called for this disk. All default values of parameters will
correspond to the disk settings.
Viewing Image Properties
General information on backup archives can be obtained either with the help of the Restore Wizard
or the Archive Database:
Using the Restore Wizard
There are several ways to launch the Restore Wizard:
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In the Main menu: select Wizards > Restore…
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In Common Tasks bar: click the Restore item of the Wizards menu
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Select a hard disk/partition and then click the Restore an image of the entire disk/Restore the
logical disk from an image link on the Explorer Bar page.
At first, the wizard displays the Welcome page – simply click the Next button at the foot of the dialog
window.
The next page refers to Browse for Archive. By clicking the Switch to Archive List View link, you can
see a list of images contained in the Archive Database (if any).
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To get a clear-cut picture on properties of the required image, just click on it and the section below
will (i.e. Archive File Details) display a short description, including:
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Information on a type of the archive contents (whether it is sector-based or file-based),
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Whether the archive is compressed or not,
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Whether the archive is password protected or not,
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The date, when the archive was created.
In addition, there are some special graphical flags to indicate crucial properties:
FLAG FUNCTIONALITY
Disk archive
Partition archive
File archive
MBR archive
System archive
Encrypted archive
Compressed archive
Complex archive
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Filtered archive
Differential archive
Incremental archive
File increment to a partition
archive
To easily manage images in the Archive Database, the program provides the following functionality:
BUTTON FUNCTIONALITY
Refresh the contents of the database
Show only existing archives
Add the selected archive to the
database
Delete the selected archive from the
database
Besides you may filter backup archives to decide whether to show only file, partition or hard disk
archives. To do that, please select the required filter in the left top corner of the page.
By clicking the Switch to File View link, you can find the required image in the browser-like window.
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The section below (i.e. Archive File Details) displays a short description of the selected image,
including:
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Information on a type of the archive contents (whether it is sector-based or file-based),
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Whether the archive is compressed or not,
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Whether the archive is password protected or not,
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The date, when the archive was created.
Moreover, on this page you’ve got the possibility to create new folders, delete existing files/folders or
map network drives by clicking the appropriate buttons.
The next page (i.e. What to restore) displays detailed information about the contents of the archive.
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If you want to restore the image contents, click the Next button. In order to cancel, click the Cancel
button.
Using the Archive Database
To open the Archive Database, click the appropriate tab in the Explorer Bar. The database window
can be conditionally subdivided into several sections that differ in their purpose and functionality:
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1. Explorer Bar that displays properties of the selected image.
2. Volume Explorer that enables to access the selected image as a regular
folder to explorer its contents or to retrieve certain files.
3. Archive List that displays a list of images contained in the Archive
Database (if any). Besides the program provides all the necessary
functionality to manage backup images in the database (add, delete,
mount, refresh, etc.)
All panels offer a synchronized layout and are separated by vertical and
horizontal expandable sliders, allowing the user to customize the screen
layout.
Data Backup and Rescue
In this chapter you will find all the information necessary to establish a reliable data protection
system.
Creating Backup Images
We have already mentioned that the most prevalent way to protect valuable data is to create
backup copies (backup images in terms of the program) of it. Depending on a type of information
you need to protect and the way this information should be processed, the program offers a number
of handy backup wizards and dialogs.
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Wizard Work Algorithm
To make your job with the program as easy and convenient as possible, all backup wizards share
similar work algorithm. So let us just take as an example the Sector Backup Wizard to describe it in
detail.
By going through steps of the wizard, you configure all the necessary settings to launch the backup
operation. To minimize the possibility of making any mistake, the wizard provides auxiliary information
on every single option. Moreover you can get an in-depth description to any setting, control, or field
of the wizard just by clicking the hint button and then the object you need.
Startup
There are several ways to start the Sector Backup Wizard:
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In the Main Menu: select Wizards > Back up a Disk or Partition…
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On the Common Tasks Bar: click the Back up a Disk or Partition item of the Wizards menu.
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In the Toolbar: click the Back up a Disk or Partition button.
Setup
The wizard offers the following steps to accomplish the backup operation:
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The object to back up. You can back up either an entire disk or separate partitions of the disk
(primary, extended or logical). In case of backing up an entire disk, you’ve got the possibility
to include into the image such disk elements as the Master Boot Record (MBR) and the first
track of the hard disk. This can be very helpful for serious disk recovery procedures.
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Backup destination. The wizard allows saving backup archives to local or network drives, to
physical partitions (without drive letters assigned), to FTP Severs, the Backup Capsule or
burning them to CD/DVDs. You need to select a destination, taking the estimated archive size
and available space on the backup destination into account.
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Name and location of the resulted image. Provide a file name for the new image and its exact
location. The program automatically offers an easy to understand name containing the date
and the time of the archive creation, which can anyway be modified.
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The program automatically calculates size of the future archive and informs
the user about space available on the selected destination.
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Archive Comment. You can add some additional description to the archive that will later help
to distinguish it from the others.
In addition, there is the possibility to make further detailed settings (although the default values will
do in most cases). To activate the advance mode, you need to mark the appropriate option on the
second page of the wizard. When it is marked, the next page enables to define:
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Whether the archive integrity will be controlled.
Checking archive integrity enables to guarantee that all backup images
created with the program are 100 percent flawless. Nevertheless if you
decided not to control the archive integrity, the backup operation would take
about 3-5% less time.
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Whether image file names will be set automatically in complex archives.
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Compression level for the backup image (including the No compression variant).
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Whether the archive will be split (if yes, you can set the maximum size for the archive files).
Splitting images enables to tackle issues caused by a file size limitation of
some file systems.
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Whether the archive will be protected by password.
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Whether the selected disk (or the selected partition) will be copied in the sector-to-sector
mode (including unused sectors as well).
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Whether the OS auxiliary files (pagefile.sys, hyberfil.sys) will be included in the backup image.
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Whether backup images stored in the Archive Database will be processed during the backup
operation.
Skipping backups of the Archive Database may considerably decrease the
resulted image file and time to carry out the operation.
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Recording speed when the user wants to burn the backup image onto CD/DVDs.
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ISO image folder where the archive that is to be recorded on a disc, is placed.
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Whether the operation will be performed without rebooting the system. The program needs to
reboot the system in order to have exclusive access to processing data. In a Windows
environment this is difficult to achieve because even when all the other applications are
closed, the system service programs are still running. However, there is a way to avoid
rebooting. The mode of processing the backup operation without rebooting is named Hot
Processing. You can also define specific parameters for the Hot Processing mode.
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The data to be automatically excluded from the resulted backup.
By default the program will take into account exclude filters set in the Settings
dialog.
Result
After the backup operation is completed you receive an image of the selected disk (or the selected
partition). This image is placed into the specified destination, its features defined by the wizard.
Dialog Work Algorithm
All backup dialogs share similar work algorithm as well. Unlike wizards, settings of a backup dialog
concentrate on a single page. That’s why it cannot boast high level of the self-descriptiveness.
Anyway with the context sensitive hint system you can get an in-depth description to any setting,
control, or field of the dialog just by clicking the hint button and then the object you need.
We recommend the program’s dialogs for experienced users mostly.
So let us just take as an example the Partition Backup Dialog to describe its work algorithm.
Startup
In order to start the operation you should take the following steps:
1. Select a partition on the Disk Map;
2. Call the Partition Backup Dialog to set up the operation. There are several ways to do it:
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Select in the Main menu: Partition > Back Up Partition.
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Call the popup menu for the selected partition (right click of the mouse button) then select
the menu item: Back Up Partition…
Setup
Initially the program suggests some consistent values for all parameters. In most cases, you can just
press the Backup button to confirm the operation.
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Archive Name. The program automatically offers an easy to understand name containing the
date and the time of the archive creation, which can anyway be modified.
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Archive Description. You can add some additional description to the archive that will later
help to distinguish it from the others.
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Compression Level. From the pull-down list you can select the desired compression level for
the backup image (including the No compression variant).
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Archive Destination. Here you can manually enter a path where to place the future backup
image to or press the Browse button to find the required location.
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Password Protection. By setting a password you can protect contents of the archive against
unauthorized access.
In addition, there is the possibility to make further detailed settings (although the default values will
do in most cases). To activate the advance mode, you need to click the More options button at the
foot of the dialog page, so you will be able to define:
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Whether the operation will be performed without rebooting the system. The program needs to
reboot the system in order to have exclusive access to processing data. In a Windows
environment this is difficult to achieve because even when all the other applications are
closed, the system service programs are still running. However, there is a way to avoid
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rebooting. The mode of processing the backup operation without rebooting is named Hot
Processing. You can also define specific parameters for the Hot Processing mode.
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Whether the archive will be split (if yes, you can set the maximum size for the archive files).
Splitting images enables to tackle problems caused by a maximum file size
limitation of some file systems.
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Whether image file names will be set automatically in complex archives.
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Whether the OS auxiliary files (pagefile.sys, hyberfil.sys) will be included in the backup image.
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Whether the selected partition will be copied in the sector-to-sector mode (including unused
sectors as well).
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Whether backup images stored in the Archive Database will be processed during the backup
operation.
Skipping backups of the Archive Database may considerably decrease the
resulted image file and time to carry out the operation.
By default the program will take into account exclude filters set in the Settings
dialog. You’ve got no option to change them directly from this dialog.
Result
After the backup operation is completed you receive an image of the selected partition. This image
is placed into the specified destination, its features defined by the dialog.
Available operation scenarios:
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Backing up a hard disk or partition to the Backup Capsule
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Backing up a hard disk or partition to external media (CD/DVD)
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Backing up a hard disk or partition to a network drive
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Backing up a hard disk or partition to an FTP server
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Backing up a dual boot Mac to an external USB drive
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Backing up files to a local mounted/unmounted (without drive letter assigned) partition
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Creating a differential to a full partition backup
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Creating an increment to a full partition backup
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Creating an increment to a full file backup
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Backing up with Smart Backup Wizard
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Creating a cyclic partition backup
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Merging a full partition backup with one of its differentials
Restoring System and Data
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The program includes a convenient and reliable restore wizard. With its help you can restore all types
of backup images created with the program. It provides easy to understand instructions to configure
and perform all the necessary settings. Moreover you can get an in-depth description to any setting,
control, or field of the wizard just by clicking the hint button and then the object you need.
Startup
There are several ways to start the Restore Wizard:
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In the Main Menu: select Wizards > Restore…
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On the Common Tasks Bar: click the Restore item of the Wizards menu.
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In the Toolbar: click the Restore Wizard button.
Setup
The wizard offers the following steps to accomplish the restore operation:
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A backup image to be restored. The Browse for Archive page enables to find a backup image
you need.
By clicking the Switch to Archive List View link, you can see a list of images contained in the
Archive Database (if any).
To get a clear-cut picture on properties of the required image, just click on it and the section
below will (i.e. Archive File Details) display a short description.
To know more on the subject, please consult the Viewing Image Properties
chapter.
By clicking the Switch to File View link, you can find the required image in the browser-like
window. The section below (i.e. Archive File Details) will also display a short description of the
selected image.
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Moreover, on this page you’ve got the possibility to create new folders, delete existing
files/folders or map network drives by clicking the appropriate buttons.
To know more on the subject, please consult the Viewing Image Properties
chapter.
File Backup Restore
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Data to restore. You’ve got the option to restore not only the entire archive, but separate
items of it (the so called selective restore functionality) by marking checkboxes next to the
data items you need.
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A place to restore. From the pull-down list you can choose whether to restore contents of the
backup image to its original location or specify some other one.
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Besides if you select the Original location option, you can additionally define whether to
replace already existing files during the restore operation (good for recovering presumably
corrupted files) or leave them intact (good for recovering accidentally deleted files).
Sector Backup Restore
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Data to restore. You’ve got the option to restore not only the entire archive, but separate
items of it (the so called selective restore functionality) by marking checkboxes next to the
data items you need.
If you select separate files or folders to restore, the wizard will continue working
as though you’ve got to do with a file backup.
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A place to restore. Selecting the destination, please note - all contents on the disk selected for
restoring purposes will be deleted during the operation.
To help you get a clear-cut picture of the operation outcome, the program allows inspecting
the resulted disk layout.
Restoring Partition:
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Size of the restored volume and free space before and after it on the disk.
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Drive letter assignment after restore. The pull-down list contains vacant drive letters that can
be associated with the restored partition.
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Restoring Hard Disk:
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Copy data and resize partitions proportionally. If this option is activated, the program
proportionally changes the size of partitions keeping their relative order intact. The option can
be useful when restoring to a larger hard disk.
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Perform surface test. Define whether the surface test will be accomplished during the
operation or not.
All contents on the disk selected for restoring purposes will be deleted during
the operation.
Result
The wizard will restore the archived data, and make it available to use in the operating system.
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additionally complete the P2P Adjust OS Wizard.
Available operation scenarios:
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Restoring a hard disk from the bootable Backup Capsule
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Restoring a system partition from external media (CD/DVD)
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Restoring a system partition from a network drive
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Restoring a system partition from a local drive
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Restoring a dual boot Mac from an external USB drive
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Restoring a file increment
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Restoring a file increment to a partition backup
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Copying of data from the corrupted system disk to another hard disk
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Burning of data from the corrupted system disk to CD/DVD
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Copying of data from a backup to the corrupted system partition
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Restoring separate files and folders from a backup
Copy Tasks
In this chapter you will find all the information necessary to make a copy of a hard disk or a separate
partition.
Cloning Hard Disks
You can clone a hard disk of any file system. During the hard disk copying process, the program
moves controlling records of used partitioning scheme, the bootstrap code and on-disk partitions.
That’s why this operation cannot be substituted by simply copying all on-disk partitions.
The program offers two wizards that can help to clone a hard disk, i.e. the Copy Hard Disk Wizard
and the One Button Copy Wizard. Both wizards provide nearly identical functionality, but different in
the work concept.
Copy Hard Disk Wizard
The Copy Hard Disk Wizard is a traditional-like wizard. By going through its steps, you configure all the
necessary settings to launch the copy operation. To minimize the possibility of making any mistake,
the wizard provides auxiliary information on every single option. Moreover you can get an in-depth
description to any setting, control, or field of the wizard just by clicking the hint button and then the
object you need.
You need at least two hard disks to carry out this operation.
Startup
There are several ways to start the Copy Hard Disk Wizard:
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In the Main Menu: select Wizards > Copy Hard Disk…
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On the Common Tasks Bar: click the Copy Hard Disk item of the Wizards menu.
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In the Toolbar: click the Copy Hard Disk button.
Setup
The wizard offers the following steps to accomplish the copy hard disk operation:
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The hard disk to copy. Select a hard disk you want to copy.
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The target hard disk. Select a hard disk (if several) where all data of the source disk will be
copied to.
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Copy parameters. The wizard enables to specify the following options:
Copy options
- HDD raw copy to copy the hard disk in the sector-by-sector mode, thus ignoring its
information structure (e.g. unallocated space or unused sectors of existing partitions will be
processed as well). This can help to avoid problems with hidden data created by certain
applications or the system administrator. However, it will take more time to accomplish the
operation.
- Partition raw copy to copy the on-disk partitions in the sector-by-sector mode to successfully
process unknown file systems. However it is not recommended to enable this option when
working with supported file systems as it takes more time to accomplish the operation.
- Perform incremental copy to only copy changes on the hard disk from the moment of the
last copy operation. The program will perform comparison between a previous copy of the
hard disk and its current state. Only sectors that are different will be updated, thus
considerably decreasing the amount of data to write.
- Change masks for files to exclude from copy to manage contents of the resulted duplicate.
By default the program will take into account exclude filters set in the Settings dialog. If you
need to change them, please mark the checkbox and specify additional filters on the next
page of the wizard.
Resize options
- Remove free blocks between partitions not to keep blocks of free space between partitions
on the targeted hard disk.
- Copy data and resize partitions proportionally to make the program proportionally change
the size of partitions keeping their relative order intact. The option can be useful when
upgrading the hard disk to a larger one.
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Verification options
This section allows you to define whether the Surface and/or the Writing verification tests will
be accomplished during the operation.
Result
After the operation is completed, you receive a fully functional duplicate of the existing hard disk.
To make a Win2K+ operating system bootable on different hardware, please
additionally complete the P2P Adjust OS Wizard.
Available operation scenarios:
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Cloning System Hard Disk
One Button Copy Wizard
The One Button Copy Wizard is a new approach of accomplishing such a technically complicated
operation as cloning of a hard disk. In fact with its help you can do it just by pressing one button.
Restrictions
So to successfully accomplish the operation your system should meet the following requirements:
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At least two hard disks, one of which should contain data and the other is empty
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The destination hard disk should have enough space to take contents of at least first partition
of the source disk
Startup
There are several ways to start the One Button Copy Wizard:
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In the Main Menu: select Wizards > One Button Copy Wizard…
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On the Common Tasks Bar: click the One Button Copy Wizard item of the Wizards menu.
Setup
If your system meets the mentioned above requirements, the wizard will automatically accomplish
the copy operation after a ten-second pause.
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There are a number of options you can modify:
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HDD raw copy to copy the hard disk in the sector-by-sector mode, thus ignoring its information
structure (e.g. unallocated space or unused sectors of existing partitions will be processed as
well). This can help to avoid problems with hidden data created by certain applications or the
system administrator. However, it will take more time to accomplish the operation.
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Partition raw copy to copy the on-disk partitions in the sector-by-sector mode to successfully
process unknown file systems. However it is not recommended to enable this option when
working with supported file systems as it takes more time to accomplish the operation.
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Perform incremental copy to only copy changes on the hard disk from the moment of the last
copy operation. The program will perform comparison between a previous copy of the hard
disk and its current state. Only sectors that are different will be updated, thus considerably
decreasing the amount of data to write.
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Change masks for files to exclude from copy to manage contents of the resulted duplicate.
By default the program will take into account exclude filters set in the Settings dialog. If you
need to change them, please mark the checkbox and specify additional filters on the next
page of the wizard.
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Copy without free space blocks to arrange partitions one after another.
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Resize proportionally to proportionally change the size of partitions keeping their relative order
intact.
To do that, press the Pause button, to continue execution press Start. To interrupt the operation, press
the Cancel button.
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Result
After the operation is completed, you receive a fully functional duplicate of the existing hard disk.
To make a Win2K+ operating system bootable on different hardware, please
additionally complete the P2P Adjust OS Wizard.
Cloning Partitions
You can duplicate partitions to protect oneself from downtime in case of a system malfunction or for
cloning sample partitions. The program enables to duplicate all partition data including files, the
exact structure of directories and file system metadata (location of files, security information, access
quotas, etc.).
The Copy Partition Wizard will help you copy a partition of any file system. To minimize the possibility
of making any mistake, the wizard provides auxiliary information on every single option. Moreover
you can get an in-depth description to any setting, control, or field of the wizard just by clicking the
hint button and then the object you need.
Startup
There are several ways to start the Copy Partition Wizard:
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In the Main Menu: select Wizards > Copy Partition…
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On the Common Tasks Bar: click the Copy Partition item of the Wizards menu.
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In the Toolbar: click the Copy Partition button.
Setup
The wizard offers the following steps to accomplish the copy partition operation:
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The partition to copy. Select a partition you want to copy.
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Destination disk. Select a hard disk with enough unallocated space to perform the operation.
The program enables to copy a partition to a block of free space, which is
smaller than the partition itself, taking into account only actual amount of
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data.
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Copy parameters. The wizard enables to specify the following options:
- Partition size. Define the size (in Mb) of the copied partition.
- Free space before. Define the position (in Mb) of the copied partition relative to the
beginning of the available range of disk space.
- Free space after. Define the amount of trailing free space (in Mb) at the end of the available
range of disk space.
Partition size and position may also be defined by using the drag-and-drop
technique. To do that, just carry out the required operation on the Disk Map.
Result
After the operation is completed you receive a fully functional duplicate of the existing partition.
To make a Win2K+ operating system bootable on different hardware, please
additionally complete the P2P Adjust OS Wizard.
Partition Management
In this chapter you will find all the information necessary to carry out partitioning operations
supported by the program.
Basic Partitioning Operations
Here you can learn how to accomplish basic partitioning operations (create, format, delete).
Creating Partitions
The program provides the ability to create a new partition by using the DOS partitioning scheme. This
operation can be accomplished with the Create Partition Dialog.
Restrictions
1. Do not use the Create Partition function in order to undelete the last deleted partition.
2. The program cannot create new partitions on Dynamic Disks. The current version of the
program supports only hard disks that use the DOS partitioning scheme (in Windows 2000 and
XP these disks are named Basic Disks).
3. According to the rules of the DOS partitioning scheme, the following combinations of partitions
cannot be created:
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Two Extended Partitions on one hard disk
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Five or more Primary partitions on one hard disk
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If there is an Extended Partition on the disk, only three Primary partitions are allowed
4. The program allows creating new partitions only within blocks of un-partitioned space. It
cannot convert a free space on an existing partition to a new partition.
Startup
In order to start the operation you should take the following steps:
1. Select a block of free space on the Disk Map;
2. Call the Create Partition Dialog to set up the operation. There are several ways to do it:
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Select in the Main Menu: Partition > Create Partition.
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Call the popup menu for the block of free space (right click of the mouse button) then
select the menu item: Create Partition.
Setup
Initially the program suggests some consistent values for all parameters. In most cases, you can just
press the Yes button to confirm the operation.
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Define whether the partition will be Primary, Extended or Logical. You can choose the desired
partition type from the pull-down list. As a matter of fact, the available alternatives
fundamentally depend on the selected block of free space - within the Logical free space,
only Logical partitions can be created; Within the Primary free space, both Primary partitions
or the Extended Partition can be created.
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Partition Size. Define the size (in Mb) of the new partition.
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Free space before. Define the position (in Mb) of the new partition relative to the beginning of
the block of free space.
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Free space after. Define the amount of trailing free space (in Mb) at the end of the new
partition.
Partition size and position may also be defined by using the drag-and-drop
technique. To do that, just carry out the required operation on the Disk Map.
The virtual operations are to be available.
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File system for new partition. From the pull-down list select a file system the newly created
partition will be formatted to, otherwise the partition will remain unformatted (so that it will not
be ready to use).
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Volume label. Enter a label for the selected partition in this textual field. It is an irrelevant
parameter usually used for drive identification.
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Drive letter assignment. The pull-down list contains vacant drive letters that can be associated
with the newly formatted partition.
In addition, there is the possibility to make further detailed settings (although the default values will
do in most cases). To activate the advance mode, you need to click the More options button at the
foot of the dialog page. Depending on the chosen file system, the following options become
available:
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Use OS built-in routine. Mark the option to restrict the available values according to the used
OS.
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Whether the surface test will be performed. Define the level of the surface check to make the
program find bad and unstable sectors and mark them unusable in the file system metadata.
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The amount of sectors per boot. This parameter is available exclusively for FAT16 and FAT32 file
systems. Set the number of sectors to be reserved for the boot area on the partition with this
spinner control.
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The amount of root entries. This parameter is available exclusively for FAT16 file system. Set the
maximum amount of files/directories to be placed in the Root Directory on the FAT16 partition.
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The amount of sectors per cluster. Define the Cluster Size for the formatted partition with this
spinner control.
Number of available options depends on the selected file system type.
Result
After the operation is completed you receive a fully functional partition.
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Formatting Partitions
Any partition should contain some file system to be used for keeping data. The process of installing a
file system is commonly known as formatting. A huge variety of file systems have been developed
these days.
Supported File Systems
The program provides the ability to format partitions of the following file systems:
- FAT12 & FAT16
- FAT32
- NTFS
- Ext2
- Ext3
- Linux Swap v. 2
- Apple HFS
This operation can be accomplished with the Format Partition Dialog.
Startup
In order to start the operation you should take the following steps:
1. Select a partition on the Disk Map;
2. Call the Format Partition Dialog to set up the operation. There are several ways to do it:
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Select in the Main Menu: Partition > Format Partition.
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Call the popup menu for the selected partition (right click of the mouse button) then select
the menu item: Format Partition.
Setup
Initially the program suggests some consistent values for all parameters. In most cases, you can just
press the Format button to confirm the operation.
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File system. From the pull-down list select the desired file system type. In fact, the program
displays only those file systems that can correctly be placed to the selected partition, taking its
capacity into account.
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Volume label. Enter a label for the selected partition in this textual field. It is an irrelevant
parameter usually used for drive identification.
In addition, there is the possibility to make further detailed settings (although the default values will
do in most cases). To activate the advance mode, you need to click the More options button at the
foot of the dialog page. Depending on the chosen file system, the following options become
available:
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Use OS built-in routine. Mark the option to restrict the available values according to the used
OS.
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Whether the surface test will be performed. Define the level of the surface check to make the
program find bad and unstable sectors and mark them unusable in the file system metadata.
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The amount of sectors per boot. This parameter is available exclusively for FAT16 and FAT32 file
systems. Set the number of sectors to be reserved for the boot area on the partition with this
spinner control.
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The amount of root entries. This parameter is available exclusively for FAT16 file system. Set the
maximum amount of files/directories to be placed in the Root Directory on the FAT16 partition.
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The amount of sectors per cluster. Define the Cluster Size for the formatted partition with this
spinner control.
Number of available options depends on the selected file system type.
Result
After the operation is completed you receive a fully functional partition formatted to the specified
file system.
Deleting Partitions
With the Delete Partition Dialog you can delete a partition on a hard disk partitioned with the DOS
partitioning scheme. Unlike the majority of other utilities (Windows Disk Manager included), the
program can not only remove references to the deleted partition from the Partition Table, thus
making it unavailable for the operating system, but also enables to irreversibly destroy its data. This
feature will guarantee security of your personal information.
Startup
In order to start the operation you should take the following steps:
1. Select a partition on the Disk Map;
2. Call the Delete Partition Dialog to set up the operation. There are several ways to do it:
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Select in the Main Menu: Partition > Delete Partition.
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Call the popup menu for the selected partition (right click of the mouse button) then select
the menu item: Delete Partition.
Setup
Initially the program suggests you just to remove references to the selected partition from the
Partition Table.
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Enter the volume label to confirm deleting. To confirm deletion of the selected partition, enter
its Volume Label. The current volume label is displayed above.
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Do not ask volume label next time. Mark the option to inhibit confirmation next time you start
the dialog.
To additionally destroy the on-partition data, click the More options button at the foot of the dialog
page, so you will be able to define:
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Select the byte mask…. The HEX value spinner control enables to set a two-figure
hexadecimal character value ("00" by default). The available range is from "00" to "FF". It is
synchronized with the ASCII value.
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Specify the number of wiping passes. You can choose a number of passes for the wiping
pattern.
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Verify wipe results. You can also choose whether to carry out residual data verification or not
specifying the percentage of sectors to check.
Result
By default, the operation takes only a fraction of a second. However, the program waits until
Windows completes the modification of the disk layout. In case you decide to wipe the on-partition
data as well, the operation will take much longer, depending on the set wipe parameters.
Advanced Partitioning Operations
Here you can learn how to accomplish advanced partitioning operations (undelete).
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Undeleting Partitions
When simply deleting a partition (without additional wiping) disk management software only
removes references to it in the Partition Table, thus leaving the possibility to recover it later.
The program enables to find and recover these partitions. A restored partition will be fully functional,
as long as other partitions were not created, moved or exceeded the disk space occupied by that
partition. That is why the program offers this function only for blocks of free space.
The operation can be accomplished with the Undelete Partition Wizard.
Startup
There are several ways to start the Undelete Partition Wizard:
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In the Main Menu: select Wizards > Undelete Partitions…
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On the Common Tasks Bar: click the Undelete Partition item of the Wizards menu.
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Select a block of free space on the Disk Map and click the Recover Lost Partitions item on the
page that appears in the Explorer Bar.
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Call the popup menu for the block of free space (right click of the mouse button) then select
the menu item: Recover Lost Partitions…
Setup
The wizard offers the following steps to accomplish the undelete partition operation:
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Free blocks to scan for lost partitions. Choose a free block from a tree-like list of available hard
disks.
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Search method. By default, the wizard selects the fastest search method for your operating
system. In most cases that will do to find any accidentally deleted partition. However if you're
under Windows XP for instance (the Conventional Search option is selected), but the deleted
partition you're looking for has been created with the Disk Management utility under Vista, the
wizard won't be able to find this partition, unless you manually select the appropriate option
(Quick Search for Partitions Created by Vista or Later OS). Moreover if the wizard still fails to
find the partition you need, you can select the Thorough Search option to scan every single
sector in the specified search area to get the most accurate results.
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To know more on the available search methods, please use the context
sensitive hint system.
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File system filter. By default, the wizard will search for all known file systems. However, by
clicking on the appropriate option on the second page of the wizard, you can specify only
those file systems you need.
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A partition to undelete (if several). By default, the program searches records of any deleted
partition ever existed on the selected block of free space. So you can get several partitions to
choose from.
Most likely the required partition will be found first. If so, you may abort the search operation
by pressing the Stop search button.
Result
After the operation is completed you receive a fully functional partition.
Changing Partition Attributes
This chapter explains how you can change partition attributes (Active flag, Hidden flag, Partition ID,
Volume Label, etc.).
Mark Partition Active/Inactive
The program enables to set an active/inactive flag for primary partitions of a hard disk. By default, an
operating system will boot only if its partition is active or bootable.
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In order to mark a partition active/inactive you should take the following steps:
1. Select a primary partition on the Disk Map.
2. Call the Mark Partition Active/Inactive Dialog to set up the operation. There are several ways
to do it:
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Select in the Main Menu: Partition > Mark Partition as Active/Inactive.
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Call the popup menu for the selected partition (right click of the mouse button) on the Disk
Map, then select the menu item: Mark Partition as Active/Inactive.
3. The operation will be performed immediately after confirmation.
There can only be one active partition on a hard disk, otherwise your
operating system will fail to boot.
Hide/Unhide Partition
The program allows you to hide/unhide primary and logical partitions. By default, an operating
system does not mount hidden partitions, thus preventing access to their contents.
In order to hide/unhide a partition you should take the following steps:
1. Select a partition on the Disk Map.
2. Call the Hide/Unhide Partition Dialog to set up the operation. There are several ways to do it:
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Select in the Main Menu: Partition > Hide/Unhide Partition.
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Call the popup menu for the selected partition (right click of the mouse button) on the Disk
Map, then select the menu item: Hide/Unhide Partition.
3. The operation will be performed immediately after confirmation.
It is strongly recommended not to hide the system partition. Otherwise your
operating system will fail to boot.
Set Label of a Partition
The Partition Label is a small textual field (up to 11 characters) that is located in the partition's boot
sector. It is detectable by any partitioning tool and is used for notification purposes only.
In order to change a partition label you should take the following steps:
1. Select a partition on the Disk Map.
2. Call the Change Volume Label dialog to set up the operation. There are several ways to do it:
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Select in the Main Menu: Partition > Modify > Change Volume Label.
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On the Explorer Bar: click on the current volume label.
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Call the popup menu for the selected partition (right click of the mouse button) on the Disk
Map, then select the menu item: Change Volume Label.
3. Enter a label for the selected partition.
4. The operation will be performed immediately after confirmation.
Change Partition ID
Partition ID is a file system identifier. It is saved in the Partition Table and is used to quickly detect a
partition of the supported type. By manually changing its value, you can manipulate accessibility of
partitions.
In order to change a partition ID you should take the following steps:
1. Select a partition on the Disk Map.
2. Call the Change Partition ID dialog to set up the operation. There are several ways to do it:
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Select in the Main Menu: Partition > Modify > Change Partition ID…
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On the Explorer Bar: click on the current partition ID.
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Call the popup menu for the selected partition (right click of the mouse button) on the Disk
Map, then select the menu item: Change Partition ID…
3. Set a new ID for the selected partition.
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Predefined ID. Select from the pull-down list the required ID.
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Enter ID manually. With the spinner control set the required ID value. It has to be a 1-2
digit hexadecimal number.
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4. The operation will be performed immediately after confirmation.
Change Serial Number of a Partition
FAT16, FAT32, and NTFS file systems include the Serial Number parameter. A partition's serial number is
saved in the boot sector. Its value is generated while formatting.
The program enables to modify the serial number parameter for FAT16, FAT32, or NTFS partitions
without re-formatting.
In order to change a serial number you should take the following steps:
1. Select a partition on the Disk Map.
2. Call the Change Partition Serial Number dialog to set up the operation. There are several ways
to do it:
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Select in the Main Menu: Partition > Modify > Change Serial Number.
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On the Explorer Bar: click on the current serial number.
3. Enter a new serial number for the selected partition. It should contain 8 hexadecimal figures
(0..9 or A..F). The operation cannot proceed until you enter all 8 symbols.
4. The operation will be performed immediately after confirmation.
Hard Disk Management
In this chapter you will find all the information necessary to carry hard disk operations supported by
the program (Update MBR, Convert to Basic, Change Primary Slot).
Updating MBR
The program enables to overwrite the current bootable code in the MBR (Master Boot Record) by
the standard bootstrap code. This can help to repair a corrupted bootable code of a hard disk
resulted from a boot virus attack or a malfunction of boot management software.
In order to update MBR of a hard disk you should take the following steps:
1. Select a hard disk on the Disk Map.
2. Call the Update MBR dialog to set up the operation. There are several ways to do it:
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Select in the Main Menu: Hard Disk > Update MBR.
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Call the popup menu for the selected hard disk (right click of the mouse button) on the
Disk Map, then select the menu item: Update MBR.
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3. The operation will be performed immediately after confirmation.
Converting Dynamic MBR to Basic
The program allows you to convert a dynamic MBR disk containing simple volumes into a basic one
while keeping its contents intact.
In order to convert a dynamic MBR disk into basic you should take the following steps:
1. Select a dynamic MBR disk containing simple volumes on the Disk Map.
2. Call the Convert to Basic dialog selecting in the Main Menu: Hard Disk > Convert to Basic…
3. Set the required number of primary partitions if necessary. According to the DOS partitioning
scheme a hard disk can have up to four Primary partitions. If there is an Extended partition on
the disk, only three primary partitions are allowed. That is why if a dynamic disk contains
several simple volumes the program enables to choose the number of primary partitions. The
rest of them if any will automatically be converted to logical disks within the Extended
partition.
The program can only process dynamic disks containing solid simple volumes
(without extension).
Converting GPT to Basic MBR
The program allows you to convert a basic or a dynamic GPT disk containing simple volumes into a
basic MBR disk while keeping its contents intact.
In order to convert a basic or a dynamic GPT disk into a basic MBR disk you should take the following
steps:
1. Select a basic or a dynamic GPT disk containing simple volumes on the Disk Map.
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2. Call the Convert to Basic MBR Hard Disk dialog selecting in the Main Menu: Hard Disk >
Convert to Basic MBR Hard Disk…
3. Set the required number of primary partitions if necessary. According to the DOS partitioning
scheme a hard disk can have up to four Primary partitions. If there is an Extended partition on
the disk, only three primary partitions are allowed. That is why if a GPT disk contains several
volumes the program enables to choose the number of primary partitions. The rest of them if
any will automatically be converted to logical disks within the Extended partition.
The program can only process dynamic GPT disks containing solid simple
volumes (without extension).
Changing Primary Slot
Different operating systems apply different approaches to enumeration of the primary partitions.
In Linux:
In Linux, every partition has a special symbolic name that encodes a hard disk containing a partition,
and a partition itself. Partitions are addressed and accessed by using their symbolic names. Symbolic
names are automatically generated by Linux in accordance with the order of hard disks in BIOS and
the order of partition records in the Partition Table. Thus changing enumeration of the primary
partitions can lead to changing of paths to some important resources.
In DOS:
The last versions of MS-DOS use a rather sophisticated algorithm for a drive letter assignment. A drive
letter, which is assigned to a partition, depends on the order of records in the Partition Table. Thus
changing enumeration of the primary partitions affects the drive letters assignment. In early versions
of MS-DOS, it could even lead to the unavailability of a partition.
The program provides the ability to change enumeration of the primary partitions. This feature will
allow you to fix problems concerning an inappropriate order of partitions.
In order to modify enumeration of the primary partitions you should take the following steps:
1. Select a hard disk on the Disk Map.
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2. Call the Change Primary Slot dialog to set up the operation. There are several ways to do it:
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Select in the Main Menu: Hard Disk > Change Primary Slot.
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Call the popup menu for the selected hard disk (right click of the mouse button) on the
Disk Map, then select the menu item: Change Primary Slot.
3. In the opened dialog you can see the current enumeration of the primary partitions of the
selected hard disk in the Partition Table. To help you distinguish partitions from one another,
the program provides the following parameters for every partition:
- Slot
- Volume
- Partition type
- File system
- Partition size
- Volume label
There are two buttons on the right to move the selected partition up and down within the
primary part of the Partition Table.
4. The operation will be performed immediately after confirmation.
Task Scheduling
Automation of operations can really help you out when you’ve got to accomplish certain routine
operations on a regular basis as it enables to execute them without your involvement while
optimizing your computer’s work-load.
Setting a Timetable
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Thanks to the embedded Scheduler, you can set a timetable for execution of any operation. It has
two categories for time settings (these correspond to appropriate items in the Schedule type menu):
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Initiating the operation by an event:
- One time only (i.e. the Once item)
- When the system starts (i.e. the At System Startup item)
- When the user logs on (i.e. the At Logon item).
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Initiating the operation periodically (i.e. Daily, Weekly, Monthly).
You need to select one of the variants. Depending on your choice, the scheduler displays a form
that enables to set a timetable.
To run the task in the log-off mode, please specify administering login info by
following the appropriate link in the left lower corner of the page.
The Shutdown System on Complete option enables to automatically switch off
the computer on the successful accomplishment of the operation.
Managing Tasks
All scheduled tasks are placed in a separate list, which can be retrieved by clicking the Scheduled
Tasks tab in the Explorer Bar:
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On every task you can get in-depth information, including:
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The task name
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The full path to the generated script of the task
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Scheduled time of launch
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Statistics on the last launch
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Scheduled time of the next launch
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Used account information
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Comments to the task
To easily manage tasks, the program enables to arrange them according to a certain characteristic
just by clicking on the required property.
This feature can be particularly beneficial when the Scheduled Tasks list
contains too many items.
You can also enable/disable, rename, delete, refresh or modify properties of the selected task.
Task Editor
With the Task Editor you can easily modify properties of scheduled tasks. To do that, you should take
the following steps:
1. Select a task on the Scheduled Tasks list.
2. Call the Task Editor dialog. There are several ways to do it:
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Click the Properties button on the Scheduled Tasks list.
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Call the popup menu for the selected task (right click of the mouse button), then select
the menu item: Properties.
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3. In the opened dialog window you can see two tabs - General and Schedule. Click the
General tab to modify:
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Full path to the macro-command program-interpreter, which describes the scheduled
task;
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Command line for starting the interpreter (i.e. the task described in macro-language)
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Comments referring to the task
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The option of enabling/disabling the task.
By clicking the Schedule tab you can modify the task timetable.
In order to apply the changes, you need to click the Apply button at the foot of the dialog.
Creating a Scheduled Task
You can set a timetable for execution of any operation. For backup and copy operations the
program offers handy wizards, while all the others can be scheduled with the Save to Scheduler
dialog.
To create a scheduled task you should take the following steps:
1. Make sure the virtual mode of execution is enabled;
2. Carry out with the program all operations you need to schedule;
3. Call the Save to Scheduler dialog in the Main Menu: Tools > Save to Scheduler…;
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4. In the opened dialog enter the required task name and specify the task timetable;
5. The operation will be performed immediately after confirmation.
This command is unavailable if there are no operations on the List of Pending
Operations.
Scripting
The program actions can also be represented in form of a script. The script describes the appropriate
operation with macro-language commands. There is an interpreter utility - SCRIPTS.exe, which is
included in the program installation package. This utility works in the unattended mode, which
enables to automate operations.
Startup
You have no need to write a script since the program has a convenient interface for such a task. In
order to generate a script on the base of the entered parameters of the required operation, you
should take the following steps:
1. Make sure the virtual mode of execution is enabled;
2. Carry out with the program all operations you need to be scripted;
3. Call the Generate Script dialog in the Main Menu: Tools > Generate Script….
Setup
Initially the program suggests some consistent values for all parameters. In most cases, you can just
press the Generate button to confirm the operation.
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Script file name and location. By default, the program offers to add the script to the Task List
with a name containing its creation date and time. Unmark the Add to Task List checkbox to
define an exact location and a filename for the script file. The default file extension that is
reserved for scripting files is .psl, which however can be modified.
In addition, there is the possibility to make further detailed settings (although the default values will
do in most cases). To activate the advance mode, you need to click the More options button at the
foot of the dialog page, so you will be able to define:
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Interaction with the user. Mark the option to pause the script interpreter during the execution
to prompt the user’s confirmation or other input. Otherwise the program will not stop using
default values for parameters if needed.
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Commit after each operation. Mark the option to commit changes after each operation.
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Check for errors after each operation. Mark the option to insert a special code in script, which
checks the status of the last executed operation and stops the script processing if there are
errors of any kind.
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Discard all operations on close. Mark the option to empty the List of Pending Operations after
generating the script.
Result
After the operation is completed you receive a new script file. It is placed into the specified
destination, its features defined in the dialog.
This command is unavailable if there are no operations on the List of Pending
Operations.
To learn more about scripts please consult the Paragon Scripting Language
manual.
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Extra Functionality
This chapter describes the supplementary functionality available in the program.
View Partition/Hard Disk Properties
The program enables to obtain in-depth information on the properties of hard disks and partitions.
Besides the general information, such as capacity, used space or file system type it provides the
possibility to get info on hard disk geometry, cluster size, exact partition location, etc.
There are several ways to get properties on a partition/hard disk:
1. Choose a partition/hard disk on the Disk Map, then select in the Main Menu: Partition/Hard
Disk > Properties…;
2. Call the popup menu for the selected partition/hard disk (right click of the mouse button) on
the Disk Map, then select the menu item: Properties…
In the opened dialog information will be grouped according to its properties, thus by clicking tabs
you can get information you need.
Volume Explorer
Volume Explorer is a special tool to browse and export contents of the local mounted/unmounted
volumes formatted to FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, Ext2FS, Ext3FS, ReiserFS file systems. Besides it enables to
access Paragon backups as regular folders to explorer their contents or to retrieve certain files.
To launch the Volume Explorer you should click Disk View tab in the Explorer Bar and then choose
Volume Explorer:
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Call the popup menu for the selected file/folder (right click of the mouse button) to export it to some
other location (local or network drive, etc.).
Available Operation Scenarios:
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Restoring separate files and folders from a backup
File Transfer Wizard
File Transfer Wizard is designed to make such operations as copying of separate files/directories or
burning of them to CD/DVD as easy and convenient as possible. It may be of particular use in case
of a system malfunction, caused either by a virus attack or files corruption, in order to get the system
back on track again. Besides it provides access to Paragon backups as regular folders to browse
through their contents or copy required files.
Startup
There are several ways to start the File Transfer Wizard:
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Select in the Main Menu: Tools > File Transfer Wizard.
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Select the Transfer Files item of the Wizards menu on the Common Tasks Bar.
Setup
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The wizard offers the following steps to accomplish the transfer operation:
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Place to look for files/directories. Select a source disk from the pull-down list in the left pane of
the page. The program enables to process both mounted and unmounted (without drive
letter assigned) partitions. Besides it is possible to map a network drive.
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Object(s) of operation. Choose files/directories you want to copy and place them to
Clipboard by pressing the Add button. To delete a file/directory from the Clipboard, select it in
the Clipboard pane and press the Remove button. You can also create a new folder, rename
or irreversibly delete existing files/directories of the left pane by pressing the appropriate
buttons.
Files/directories deleted from the Clipboard remain intact on source disks.
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Destination to store the object(s). The File Transfer Wizard allows copying data to local or
network drives, to physical partitions (without drive letters assigned), or burning them to
CD/DVDs. Choose the way the data will be stored.
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Revision of changes. The Transfer Summary page provides structurally divided information on
all the actions made in the wizard. Check the changes and come back to any step of the
wizard (if necessary) by following the required hyperlink.
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Result
After the operation is completed the required data will be placed into the specified destination.
Available Operation Scenarios:
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Copying of data from the corrupted system disk to another hard disk
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Burning of data from the corrupted system disk to CD/DVD
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Copying of data from a backup to the corrupted system partition
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Restoring separate files and folders from a backup
Mount Partition
The program enables to assign or remove drive letters of existing formatted partitions.
Assign Drive Letter
In order to mount a partition you should take the following steps:
1. Select a partition on the Disk Map.
2. Call the Add Drive Letter dialog to set up the operation. There are several ways to do it:
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Select in the Main Menu: Partition > Assign Drive Letter…
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Call the popup menu for the selected partition (right click of the mouse button) on the Disk
Map, then select the menu item: Assign Drive Letter…
3. Specify a drive letter for the selected partition. Initially the program suggests some consistent
value for this parameter. So you may just press the Yes button to confirm the operation.
However you can manually define the required letter by selecting it from the pull-down list of
available drive letters.
4. The operation will be performed immediately after confirmation.
Remove Drive Letter
In order to un-mount a partition you should take the following steps:
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1. Select a partition on the Disk Map.
2. Call the Remove Drive Letter dialog to define appropriate settings. There are several ways to
do it:
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Select in the Main Menu: Partition > Remove Drive Letter.
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Call the popup menu for the selected partition (right click of the mouse button) on the Disk
Map, then select the menu item: Remove Drive Letter.
3. The operation will be performed immediately after confirmation.
Modifying drive letter of the system partition will result in inability to boot the
operating system.
After having processed partitions with installed software, some programs may
not run properly.
Mount Archive
The program provides the ability to assign a drive letter to a partition backup image. As a result of
the operation you will get a new read-only partition in the system to easily browse through its
contents and copy the required information even with the standard Windows tools.
Assign Drive Letter
In order to mount an archive you should take the following steps:
1. Select a backup image in the Archive Database.
2. Call the Mount Archive dialog to set up the operation. There are several ways to do it:
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Select in the Main Menu: Archives > Mount the Selected Archive.
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On the Explorer bar: select the Mount Archive item.
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Call the popup menu for the selected image (right click of the mouse button), then select
the menu item: Mount the Selected Archive…
3. Specify a drive letter for the selected backup image. Initially the program suggests some
consistent value for this parameter. So you may just press the Yes button to confirm the
operation.
However you can manually define the required letter by selecting it from the pull-down list of
available drive letters.
4. The operation will be performed immediately after confirmation.
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The current version of the program allows the user to mount archives of
separate partitions only.
There is no possibility to mount archives located on physical (unmounted)
partitions or in the bootable capsule.
Archives will only be mounted for the current session and won’t be available
after the system restart.
It is strongly recommended not to un-mount backup images with Windows
Disk Manager or other third side software.
Remove Drive Letter
In order to un-mount a backup image you should take the following steps:
1. Select a backup image in the Archive Database.
2. Call the Unmount Archive dialog to set up the operation. There are several ways to do it:
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Select in the Main Menu: Archives > Unmount the Selected Archive.
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On the Explorer bar: select the Unmount Archive item.
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Call the popup menu for the selected image (right click of the mouse button), then select
the menu item: Unmount the Selected Archive…
3. The operation will be performed immediately after confirmation.
Test Surface
The program enables to test surface of existing partitions and blocks of free space for bad or
unstable sectors. If found any it automatically marks them unusable in the file system metadata, thus
minimizing the risk of data loss.
In order to start the surface test you should take the following steps:
1. Select a partition or a block of free space on the Disk Map.
2. Call the Test Surface dialog to set up the operation. There are several ways to do it:
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Select in the Main Menu: Partition > Test Surface…
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Call the popup menu for the selected partition (right click of the mouse button) on the Disk
Map, then select the menu item: Test Surface…
3. From the pull-down list choose the level of the surface check.
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4. The operation will be performed immediately after confirmation.
Check File System Integrity
The program allows you to check integrity of a file system. It can be used to detect possible file
system errors before performing any operation on a partition.
To start the system integrity check you should take the following steps:
1. Select a partition on the Disk Map
2. Call the Check File System Integrity dialog to set up the operation. There are several ways to
do it:
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Select in the Main Menu: Partition > Check File System Integrity
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Call the popup menu for the selected partition (right click of the mouse button) on the Disk
Map, then select the menu item: Check File System Integrity.
3. Initially the program suggests some consistent values for all parameters. In most cases, you can
just press the Yes button to confirm the operation.
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Scan for and attempt to recover bad sectors. Mark the checkbox to additionally
process sectors marked bad in the file system metadata for the purpose of their
possible recovery.
4. The operation will be performed immediately after confirmation.
Check Archive Integrity
The program provides the ability to check integrity of a backup image. The function allows
distinguishing between valid and corrupted images before using them. The Check Archive Integrity
Wizard will help you do that.
Startup
There are several ways to start the Check Archive Integrity Wizard:
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In the Main Menu: select Wizards > Backup Utilities > Check Archive Integrity…
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On the Common Tasks Bar: click the Check Archive Integrity item of the Wizards menu.
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Select a backup image in the Archive Database, then call the popup menu for it and choose
the menu item: Check Archive Integrity…
Setup
The wizard offers the following steps to accomplish the operation:
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An archive to verify. The Browse for Archive page enables to find a backup image you need.
By clicking the Switch to Archive List View link, you can see a list of images contained in the
Archive Database (if any).
To get a clear-cut picture on properties of the required image, just click on it and the section
below will (i.e. Archive File Details) display a short description.
To know more on the subject, please consult the Viewing Image Properties
chapter.
By clicking the Switch to File View link, you can find the required image in the browser-like
window. The section below (i.e. Archive File Details) will also display a short description of the
selected image.
Moreover, on this page you’ve got the possibility to create new folders, delete existing
files/folders or map network drives by clicking the appropriate buttons.
To know more on the subject, please consult the Viewing Image Properties
chapter.
Result
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After the operation is completed you can see results of the check.
Check Recovery Discs
You’ve got the ability to check whether backup media created with the program is 100 percent
error-free and ready to use. The Check Recovery Disc Wizard will help you do that.
Startup
There are several ways to start the Check Recovery Disc Wizard:
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In the Main Menu: select Tools > Check Recovery Discs…
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On the Common Tasks Bar: click the Check Recovery Discs item of the Wizards menu.
Startup
The wizard offers the following steps to accomplish the operation:
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CD/DVD drive. Select from the pull-down list of available CD/DVD devices the required drive
to use during the operation.
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Set whether to eject the disk after the operation is completed or not.
Result
After the operation is completed you can see results of the check.
Edit/View Sectors
With the built-in Edit/View Sectors tool the program enables to view/edit sectors on existing
partitions/hard disks providing the possibility to directly access and modify sectors, save and restore
sectors from specified files, navigate through the system metadata, etc.
In order to edit/view sectors of a hard disk/partition you should take the following steps:
1. Select a hard disk/partition on the Disk Map.
2. Call the Edit/View Sectors dialog to set up the operation. There are several ways to do it:
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Click the Disk View tab and then choose Disk Editor.
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Select in the Main Menu: Partition/Hard Disk > Edit/View Sectors.
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Call the popup menu for the selected partition/hard disk (right click of the mouse button)
on the Disk Map, then select the menu item: Edit/View Sectors.
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Careless use of the Edit Sectors function may result in the irreversible data
corruption.
Send Log Files
The program enables to simplify the procedure of sending support requests to the Paragon Support
Team. In case of having difficulties with handling the program, you, with the help of this very function,
can address the company support engineers and provide them with all the information they need
such as the disk layout, performed operations, etc. in order to tackle the encountered problem.
Information of that kind is stored in Log files.
In order to send log files to the Paragon Support Team you should take the following steps:
1. Call the Send Log Files dialog in the Main Menu: Tools > Send Log Files;
2. Provide a customer name and a product serial number;
3. Give a detailed description on the encountered problem.
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By clicking the Send button the built-in mail client will generate a template request with attached
compressed log files and then send it to the Paragon Support Team.
Log Files
Log files are simple textual files that can be opened by any text editor. There are several log files
automatically generated by the program:
Stubact.log
Contains in-depth information on parameters and performance of all
operations carried out by the program
Pwlog.txt
Besides brief overview on operations it also contains detailed
information about the state of all hard disks
Cdb.log
Contains low-level information on the CD/DVD devices used in the
system
BioNTlog.txt
It is an OS-dependent supplementary log file derived from Bioxx.dll. It
may contain valuable information on Windows family operating
systems
or Bio95log.txt
Log files do not contain any confidential information on the operating system
settings or the user documents.
The Send Log Files function is only available when outgoing mail server (SMTP)
and the user e-mail address are properly set. To learn more about it please
consult the Settings Overview chapter.
View Logs
With a handy dialog you can study logs on any operation carried by the program. To make this job
as easy as possible, all the information is structurally divided, besides there is the possibility to see the
disk layout before and after an operation, what is very convenient.
In order to view logs on carried out operations call the View Logs dialog in the Main Menu: Tools >
View Logs…
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Typical Scenarios
This chapter lists a number of the most frequently used scenarios that may be accomplished with the
program. You can find here useful recommendations and descriptions of operations.
Backup Scenarios
Creating the Backup Capsule
Let us take a computer of a rank and file user who is most likely to have only one hard disk with only
one partition (the only partition is always system). Suppose that there is enough free space on the
hard disk to create the backup capsule as well. It can be created with the Manage Backup Capsule
Wizard:
1. Click the Manage Backup Capsule item of the Wizards menu (any of the ways described
earlier can also be used here).
2. On the Wizard's Welcome page, click the Next button.
3. Select a place on the disk where the backup capsule will be created. It can be created as a
primary partition or as a logical drive within an extended partition. It can be inserted into any
place on the hard disk: at the end (preferable), at the beginning or somewhere in the middle
between other partitions.
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By default, the program allows the user to create the backup capsule only as
the last primary or as the last logical drive within the extended partition.
However, by activating the advance mode on the first page of the wizard you
can remove this restriction that in its turn might result in some boot problems.
4. Set the size for the backup capsule. It will be created at the expense of free space of the
selected disk.
There is no restriction on the size of the backup capsule, merely depending on the available
space of the hard disk and the capacity needed for the backup.
If the wizard cannot find enough free space in one block, it will redistribute free space, joining
all free space blocks together into one united block and moving partitions if necessary. If the
total amount of free space is still not enough, it is possible to split a fragment of space from
one of the existing partitions, thus resizing it.
If the partition is locked and cannot be resized, the wizard makes the system
reboot to create the backup capsule and automatically boots the system
again. (The rebooting mechanism is different for different versions of Windows).
5. Activate the bootable recovery environment if needed. With its help you will get the choice to
boot directly from the backup capsule for maintenance or recovery purposes every time you
start up the computer.
This operation will result in overwriting of the current MBR, thus in case of
having a third side boot manager, it will be removed. To avoid that you can
save the current MBR with the help of the Edit/View Sectors tool.
The backup capsule can only be bootable if it is located on the bootable
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device (assigned in the BIOS).
6. Start the operation (by clicking the Next button) or return to correct the settings.
After the operation is completed you can place backup archives into the created backup capsule.
This operation can also be accomplished with the WinPE recovery
environment.
Backing up a hard disk or partition to the Backup Capsule
To back up an entire hard disk or a separate partition and then place the resulted image into the
backup capsule, please do the following:
1. Create the backup capsule with the Manage Backup Capsule Wizard.
2. Click the Back up a Disk or Partition item of the Wizards menu (any of the ways described
earlier can also be used here).
3. On the Wizard's Welcome page, click the Next button.
4. On the What to back up page, mark the appropriate option opposite a hard disk’s name or a
partition’s name depending on the chosen task.
You’ve got the option to modify the default backup settings by marking the
appropriate checkbox on this page.
By default the program will take into account exclude filters set in the Settings
dialog.
5. On the Backup Destination page, select the Save data to the Backup Capsule option.
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6. Edit the archive name if necessary.
Please take into account values of the parameters Estimated archive size and
Space available on backup destination - if the archive size exceeds the
available space, delete outdated backups from the Backup Capsule or resize
it with the Manage Backup Capsule Wizard.
7. Add comments to your backup describing its contents.
8. Choose whether to accomplish the operation immediately, set a time table for it, or generate
a script.
9. On the Backup Summary page review all parameters of the operation and modify them if
necessary. Click the Next button to start the backup process.
This operation can also be accomplished with the Linux/DOS or WinPE
recovery environments.
Backing up a hard disk or partition to external media (CD/DVD)
To back up an entire hard disk or a separate partition and then burn the resulted image to CD/DVD,
please do the following:
1. Click the Back up a Disk or Partition item of the Wizards menu (any of the ways described
earlier can also be used here).
2. On the Wizard's Welcome page, click the Next button.
3. On the What to back up page, mark the appropriate option opposite a hard disk’s name or a
partition’s name depending on the chosen task.
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You’ve got the option to modify the default backup settings by marking the
appropriate checkbox on this page.
By default the program will take into account exclude filters set in the Settings
dialog.
4. On the Backup Destination page, select the Burn the data to CD or DVD option.
5. Select a recordable device on the list of available CD/DVD devices and edit the archive
name, if necessary.
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Please take into account the Estimated archive size value. It can give you a
hint about the number of CD/DVD discs required for the operation.
6. Add comments to your backup describing its contents.
7. Choose whether to accomplish the operation immediately, or generate a script.
8. On the Backup Summary page review all parameters of the operation and modify them if
necessary. Click the Next button to start the backup process.
This operation can also be accomplished with the Linux/DOS or WinPE
recovery environments.
Backing up a hard disk or partition to a network drive
To back up an entire hard disk or a separate partition and then place the resulted image to a
network share, please do the following:
1. Click the Back up a Disk or Partition item of the Wizards menu (any of the ways described
earlier can also be used here).
2. On the Wizard's Welcome page, click the Next button.
3. On the What to back up page, mark the appropriate option opposite a hard disk’s name or a
partition’s name depending on the chosen task.
You’ve got the option to modify the default backup settings by marking the
appropriate checkbox on this page.
By default the program will take into account exclude filters set in the Settings
dialog.
4. On the Backup Destination page, select the Save data to local/network drives option.
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5. Map a network disk to place your backup image to:
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Call the Map Network Drive dialog by clicking the appropriate button;
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Click the standard browse button [...] to browse for the required network share or manually
enter a path to it;
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Define a letter from the pull-down list of available drive letters;
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Mark the checkbox to make this connection permanent. Otherwise it will only be available
for the current Windows session;
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Click the Connect as user button at the foot of the dialog page to specify a user name
and password to access the selected network share if necessary.
6. Edit the archive name if necessary.
Please take into account values of the parameters Estimated archive size and
Space available on backup destination - if the archive size exceeds the
available space, another network drive needs to be selected.
7. Add comments to your backup describing its contents.
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8. Choose whether to accomplish the operation immediately, set a time table for it, or generate
a script.
9. On the Backup Summary page review all parameters of the operation and modify them if
necessary. Click the Next button to start the backup process.
This operation can also be accomplished with the Linux/DOS or WinPE
recovery environments.
Backing up a hard disk or partition to an FTP server
To back up an entire hard disk or a separate partition and then place the resulted image to an FTP
server, please do the following:
1. Click the Back up a Disk or Partition item of the Wizards menu (any of the ways described
earlier can also be used here).
2. On the Wizard's Welcome page, click the Next button.
3. On the What to back up page, mark the appropriate option opposite a hard disk’s name or a
partition’s name depending on the chosen task.
You’ve got the option to modify the default backup settings by marking the
appropriate checkbox on this page.
By default the program will take into account exclude filters set in the Settings
dialog.
4. On the Backup Destination page, select the Save data to FTP locations option.
5. Set up parameters for the required FTP location.
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- Archive location. Type in a full path to the required FTP location;
- Name. Set a name for the FTP server (optional);
- Login. Enter a login to access the FTP server;
- Password. Enter a password to access the FTP server. Click Remember password to save it
next time you back up to this location;
- Port. Specify the required port (21 by default) and click Use Active Mode if necessary;
When ready, click the arrow button opposite the archive location field to check out you’ve
got access to the FTP location.
You need to check out yourself Windows Firewall or programs of this kind let
our program work with the required port (21 by default).
6. If yes, you’ll get a new item on the list named after the selected FTP location. By clicking the +
icon you can browse it to specify a more exact location for your backup image.
7. Edit the archive name if necessary.
8. Add comments to your backup describing its contents.
9. Choose whether to accomplish the operation immediately, set a time table for it, or generate
a script.
10. On the Backup Summary page review all parameters of the operation and modify them if
necessary. Click the Next button to start the backup process.
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This operation can also be accomplished with the WinPE recovery
environment.
Backing up a dual boot Mac to an external USB drive
To back up a dual boot Mac (Mac OS X and Windows XP/Vista/7) and then place the resulted
image to an external USB drive, please do the following:
1. Start up the computer from our Linux/DOS recovery media.
Recovery Media Builder can help you prepare the Linux/DOS or WinPE
recovery environment either on a CD/DVD disc or a thumb drive.
To automatically boot from the recovery media please make sure the onboard BIOS is set up to boot from CD/USB first.
2. Connect an external USB drive to the computer.
3. Restart the computer. It will be automatically started up into the Linux recovery environment
(Normal Mode), since it’s the only mode that provides support for Mac computers.
4. In the Linux launch menu select Backup and Recovery.
5. Launch the Backup Wizard by selecting in the Main Menu of the program: Wizards > Backup
Wizard.
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6. On the Wizard's Welcome page, click the Next button.
7. On the What to back up page, select your Mac hard disk.
8. On the Backup Destination page, select the Save data to any local drive or a network share
option.
9. Select an external USB drive as a backup destination.
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10. Edit the archive name if necessary.
Please take into account values of the parameters Estimated archive size and
Space available on backup destination - if the archive size exceeds the
available space, another drive needs to be selected.
11. Add comments to your backup describing its contents.
12. Choose whether to accomplish the operation immediately or generate a script.
13. On the Backup Summary page review all parameters of the operation and modify them if
necessary. Click the Next button to start the backup process.
This operation can also be accomplished with the WinPE recovery environment
or under Windows.
Backing up files to a local mounted/unmounted (without drive letter assigned) partition
To back up required files or folders and then place the resulted image to a local
mounted/unmounted drive, please do the following:
1. Click the Back up Files item of the Wizards menu (any of the ways described earlier can also
be used here).
2. On the Wizard's Welcome page, click the Next button.
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3. On the What folders and files to back up page you can see a list of all partitions (both
mounted and unmounted) available in the system. Mark a checkbox opposite a file, folder or
even a whole partition to build up contents of the future backup image.
4. On the Backup Destination page, select a local mounted/unmounted (without drive letter
assigned) disk as a backup destination.
5. Edit the archive name if necessary.
6. Specify include masks. The program includes a lot of ready-made filters to effectively control
contents of your backup images.
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You can also create your own filter by clicking the Add category… button.
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Name. Give to the filter any name you like, but try to use an informative one;
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Filter. Press the Browse button to select files or folders you would like to be included or
specify a filter mask by using * or ? wildcards;
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Description. Add a short description to the filter not to miss it up later.
Click the OK button and you will get a new item on the list of filters. By marking/unmarking a
checkbox opposite its name you can choose whether to use it or not.
By setting an include mask, you automatically ignore files that do not match to
it, thus they won’t be added to the backup image.
7. Specify exclude masks. The program includes a lot of ready-made filters to effectively control
contents of your backup images.
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8. Add comments to your backup describing its contents.
9. Choose whether to accomplish the operation immediately, set a time table for it, or generate
a script.
10. On the Backup Summary page review all parameters of the operation and modify them if
necessary. Click the Next button to start the backup process.
This operation can also be accomplished with the WinPE recovery
environment.
Creating a differential to a full partition backup
To update an image of the selected partition, please do the following:
1. Click the Differential Partition Backup item of the Wizards menu.
2. On the Wizard's Welcome page, click the Next button.
3. On the Browse for Archive page, specify the required full (base) partition archive:
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By clicking the Switch to Archive List View link, you can see a list of images contained in the
Archive Database (if any).
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To get a clear-cut picture on properties of the required image, just click on it and the
section below will (i.e. Archive File Details) display a short description.
To know more on the subject, please consult the Viewing Image Properties
chapter.
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By clicking the Switch to File View link, you can find the required image in the browser-like
window. The section below (i.e. Archive File Details) will also display a short description of
the selected image.
To know more on the subject, please consult the Viewing Image Properties
chapter.
4. The Archive Content page displays detailed information about the contents of the archive. It
includes a full description of properties about the partition. In addition, there is the possibility to
modify backup settings. To activate the advance mode, you need to mark the appropriate
option at the foot of the page.
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5. On the Backup Destination page, select where you want to place your backup image.
6. Edit the archive name if necessary.
Please take into account values of the parameters Estimated archive size and
Space available on backup destination - if the archive size exceeds the
available space, another drive needs to be selected.
7. Add comments to your backup describing its contents;
8. Choose whether to accomplish the operation immediately, set a time table for it, or generate
a script.
9. On the Backup Summary page review all parameters of the operation and modify them if
necessary. Click the Next button to start the backup process.
After the operation is completed you receive a differential backup of the selected partition. It is
placed into the specified destination (a local or network disk, the Backup Capsule or a CD/DVD
disc), its features defined by the wizard.
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This operation can also be accomplished with the WinPE recovery
environment.
Creating an increment to a full partition backup
To update only files you need since the last full partition backup, please do the following:
1. Click the Create File Complement… item of the Wizards menu.
2. On the Wizard's Welcome page, click the Next button.
3. On the Browse for Archive page, specify the required full (base) partition archive:
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By clicking the Switch to Archive List View link, you can see a list of images contained in the
Archive Database (if any).
To get a clear-cut picture on properties of the required image, just click on it and the
section below will (i.e. Archive File Details) display a short description.
To know more on the subject, please consult the Viewing Image Properties
chapter.
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By clicking the Switch to File View link, you can find the required image in the browser-like
window. The section below (i.e. Archive File Details) will also display a short description of
the selected image.
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To know more on the subject, please consult the Viewing Image Properties
chapter.
4. On the What folders and files to back up page you can see contents of the selected partition
archive. Mark a checkbox opposite a file or folder to build up contents of the future
incremental image.
5. Specify include masks. The program includes a lot of ready-made filters to effectively control
contents of your backup images.
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You can also create your own filter by clicking the Add category… button.
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Name. Give to the filter any name you like, but try to use an informative one;
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Filter. Press the Browse button to select files or folders you would like to be included or
specify a filter mask by using * or ? wildcards;
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Description. Add a short description to the filter not to miss it up later.
Click the OK button and you will get a new item on the list of filters. By marking/unmarking a
checkbox opposite its name you can choose whether to use it or not.
By setting an include mask, you automatically ignore files that do not match to
it, thus they won’t be added to the backup image.
6. Specify exclude masks. The program includes a lot of ready-made filters to effectively control
contents of your backup images.
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7. Add comments to your backup describing its contents.
8. Choose whether to accomplish the operation immediately, set a time table for it, or generate
a script.
9. On the Backup Summary page review all parameters of the operation and modify them if
necessary. Click the Next button to start the backup process.
After the operation is completed you receive an incremental backup of the selected partition
archive containing information specified in the wizard. It is placed into the same destination as the
base image.
This operation can also be accomplished with the WinPE recovery
environment.
Creating an increment to a full file backup
To update a file backup, please do the following:
1. Click the Incremental File Backup item of the Wizards menu.
2. On the Wizard's Welcome page, click the Next button.
3. On the Browse for Archive page, specify the required full (base) file archive:
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By clicking the Switch to Archive List View link, you can see a list of images contained in the
Archive Database (if any).
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To get a clear-cut picture on properties of the required image, just click on it and the
section below will (i.e. Archive File Details) display a short description.
To know more on the subject, please consult the Viewing Image Properties
chapter.
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By clicking the Switch to File View link, you can find the required image in the browser-like
window. The section below (i.e. Archive File Details) will also display a short description of
the selected image.
To know more on the subject, please consult the Viewing Image Properties
chapter.
After the operation is completed you receive an incremental backup of the selected file archive. It is
placed into the same destination as the base image.
This operation can also be accomplished with the WinPE recovery
environment.
Backing up with Smart Backup Wizard
To let Smart Backup Wizard help you back up exactly what you need and then place the resulted
image to the required location, please do the following:
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1. Click the Smart Backup item of the Wizards menu (any of the ways described earlier can also
be used here).
2. On the Wizard's Welcome page, click the Next button.
3. On the What to back up page, click on the section you find answering to your task.
- Disk or Partitions to create a sector-based backup of the whole disk system, or only separate
partitions;
- E-mail to create a file-based backup of e-mail databases, accounts and address books of
MS Outlook, MS Express, and Windows Mail;
- Media Files to create a file-based backup of all media files (photo, video, music, etc) stored
in the My Documents folder;
- Documents to create a file-based backup of all office documents stored in the My
Documents folder;
- Other Files and Folders to create a file-based backup of any files and folders.
4. Depending on your choice you’ll either need to specify more exactly the object of operation
and then choose location for the resulted backup (relevant for Disk or Partitions or Other Files
and Folders), or just choose location for the resulted backup (for all the others).
To know more on how to specify the object of operation for sector and file
backups as well as location for the resulted backup file, please consult the
other backup scenarios.
5. Add comments to your backup describing its contents.
6. Choose whether to accomplish the operation immediately, set a time table for it, or generate
a script.
7. On the Backup Summary page review all parameters of the operation and modify them if
necessary. Click the Next button to start the backup process.
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Creating a cyclic partition backup
To automate the partition backup process, please do the following:
1. Launch the Cyclic Backup Wizard by selecting in the Main Menu: Wizards > Backup Utilities >
Cyclic Backup...
2. On the Wizard's Welcome page, click the Next button;
3. On the What to back up page, select a partition you want to make a cyclic backup of;
The current version of the program enables to make a cyclic backup of only
one partition at a time.
4. On the Backup Destination page, select a mounted/unmounted partition, a network share, or
an FTP server to place backup images to.
5. Edit the archive name if necessary.
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Please take into account values of the parameters Estimated archive size and
Space available on backup destination - if the archive size exceeds the
available space, another drive needs to be selected.
6. Add comments to your backup describing its contents.
7. Set a timetable for the operation.
To know more on the subject, please consult the Task Scheduling chapter.
8. On the Cyclic backup type page, choose the way of creating a cyclic backup:
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Base type. Every image created during the operation will be made as a full archive.
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Differential type. Every first image will be made as a full (base) archive and all the others
will be differentiated from it. This operation requires much less space, thus considerably
saving your system resources.
By setting the Maximum disk space to store images and the Maximum number of images to
store parameters you may define when the operation will be cycled. That means that on
exceeding these two parameters the oldest archives will be automatically overwritten (if
choosing the Differential type only differential images will be overwritten).
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9. On the Backup Summary page review all parameters of the operation and modify them if
necessary. Click the Next button to start the backup process.
The operation will run according to the set timetable. The resulted backup images will be placed into
the specified destination (a local or a network disk), its features defined by the wizard.
Merging a full partition backup with one of its differentials
To merge a full partition backup with one of its differentials, thus getting a new full partition archive,
please do the following:
1. Click the Synthetic Backup item of the Wizards menu.
2. On the Wizard's Welcome page, click the Next button.
3. On the Browse for Archive page, you only need to specify the required differential archive.
The program then will automatically find its base image:
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By clicking the Switch to Archive List View link, you can see a list of images contained in the
Archive Database (if any).
To get a clear-cut picture on properties of the required image, just click on it and the
section below will (i.e. Archive File Details) display a short description.
To know more on the subject, please consult the Viewing Image Properties
chapter.
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By clicking the Switch to File View link, you can find the required image in the browser-like
window. The section below (i.e. Archive File Details) will also display a short description of
the selected image.
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To know more on the subject, please consult the Viewing Image Properties
chapter.
4. On the Synthesis Settings page you can additionally modify any property of the selected
backup image if necessary. To accomplish our task we have no need to change anything at
all.
5. On the Synthetic Archive Destination page, select where you want to place the resulted
backup image.
6. Edit the archive name if necessary.
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Please take into account values of the parameters Estimated archive size and
Space available on backup destination - if the archive size exceeds the
available space, another drive needs to be selected.
7. Add comments to your backup describing its contents;
8. On the Synthesis Summary page review all parameters of the operation and modify them if
necessary. Click the Next button to start the backup process.
After the operation is completed you receive a new full partition archive. It is placed into the
specified destination (a local or network disk, or a CD/DVD disc), its features defined by the wizard.
This function is currently unavailable for modification of entire hard disk
backups.
This operation can also be accomplished with the WinPE recovery
environment.
Recovery Scenarios
Fixing MBR after a boot virus attack
Let’s assume that the MBR (Master Boot Record) of your hard disk has been corrupted as a result of a
boot virus attack, thus your system fails to boot.
To fix the MBR of your hard disk, please do the following:
1. Start up the computer from our Linux/DOS recovery media.
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Recovery Media Builder can help you prepare the Linux/DOS or WinPE
recovery environment either on a CD/DVD disc or a thumb drive.
To automatically boot from the recovery media please make sure the onboard BIOS is set up to boot from CD/USB first.
2. In the boot menu select Normal Mode to use the Linux recovery environment (more
preferable) or Safe Mode to use the PTS DOS recovery environment (in case you’ve got
problems with Linux). Moreover you’ve got the option to boot into the Low-Graphics Safe
Mode (PTS DOS safe mode) to cope with a serious hardware incompatibility. In this case, only
the minimal set of drivers will be included, like hard disk, monitor, and keyboard drivers. This
mode has simple graphics and a simple menu.
By default the Normal Mode will be automatically initiated after a 10 second
idle period.
3. In the Linux launch menu select Boot Corrector. You can find it in PTS DOS as well.
4. On the Wizard's Welcome page, select the Correct the Master Boot Record (MBR) option.
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5. On the next page choose the required hard disk from the pull-down list (if several) and then
select the Update the MBR executable code option.
6. Confirm the operation.
7. After the operation is completed click the Report button to see a well informative summary
page. The program also enables to store the resulted report. To do that, just press the Save
button and choose the exact location in the opened dialog.
8. Click the Finish button to close Boot Corrector.
9. Reboot the computer.
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Fixing Windows startup ability
Let’s assume that due to an unknown reason your Windows fails to complete the startup procedure.
At first everything seems quite OK, you can see the standard startup messages on the screen, but at
some moment it hangs up.
To fix your Windows startup ability, please do the following:
1. Start up the computer from our Linux/DOS recovery media.
Recovery Media Builder can help you prepare the Linux/DOS or WinPE
recovery environment either on a CD/DVD disc or a thumb drive.
To automatically boot from the recovery media please make sure the onboard BIOS is set up to boot from CD/USB first.
2. In the boot menu select Normal Mode to use the Linux recovery environment (more
preferable) or Safe Mode to use the PTS DOS recovery environment (in case you’ve got
problems with Linux). Moreover you’ve got the option to boot into the Low-Graphics Safe
Mode (PTS DOS safe mode) to cope with a serious hardware incompatibility. In this case, only
the minimal set of drivers will be included, like hard disk, monitor, and keyboard drivers. This
mode has simple graphics and a simple menu.
By default the Normal Mode will be automatically initiated after a 10 second
idle period.
3. In the Linux launch menu select Boot Corrector. You can find it in PTS DOS as well.
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4. On the Wizard's Welcome page, select the Search for Windows installations to correct option.
5. On the next page choose the required Windows installation from the list of found installations
(if several), then select the Edit the Boot.ini file option. If you’re not sure which installation you
need, please use the Properties button to get more info on the selected item.
6. Examine the file – maybe that’s where the problem is. If it contains a mistake, correct it by
using the appropriate buttons.
7. If the Boot.ini file does not contain any mistake, please return to the Correct Windows
Installations page to correct drive letters in the Windows System Registry.
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8. On the next page choose a hard disk from the pull-down list (if several), then the required
partition. If you’re not sure which installation you need, please use the Properties button to get
more info on the selected item.
9. Click the Edit Letters button to correct an existing drive letter or assign a new one in the
Windows System Registry.
10. Once you’ve assigned the appropriate drive letter, close the dialog, then click the Apply
button.
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11. Confirm the operation.
12. After the operation is completed click the Report button to see a well informative summary
page. The program also enables to store the resulted report. To do that, just press the Save
button and choose the exact location in the opened dialog.
13. Click the Finish button to close Boot Corrector.
14. Reboot the computer.
Restoring a hard disk from the bootable Backup Capsule
Let’s assume that your computer fails to boot because of a virus attack or corruption of some system
critical files. But you’ve got the bootable backup capsule containing a backup of your hard disk.
That’s just enough to easily get your system back on track again.
To restore your hard disk from a backup image contained in the backup capsule when the current
OS is down, please do the following:
1. Start up the computer from the bootable backup capsule. By default, the program offers to
use the F1 hot key to boot from it.
This scenario implies that the backup capsule is bootable.
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2. In the boot menu select Normal Mode to use the Linux recovery environment (more
preferable) or Safe Mode to use the PTS DOS recovery environment (in case you’ve got
problems with Linux).
By default the Normal Mode will be automatically initiated after a 10 second
idle period.
3. In the Linux launch menu select the Simple Restore Wizard. You can find the same wizard in PTS
DOS as well.
4. On the Wizard's Welcome page, click the Next button.
5. On the What to Restore page, you can see a list of available images (if several). Most likely the
required archive will be there too. If not, click the standard browse button [...] to find it. When
you find your image, double click on it to proceed.
6. On the Image Properties page, make sure that you select the correct image by viewing the
provided information about the archive.
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7. On the next page specify a hard disk to restore the image to (if several in your computer). By
default, the program offers to restore the archive exactly where it belongs. That’s what we
actually need.
You can also make the program resize the on-disk partitions proportionally if necessary by
marking the appropriate checkbox.
All contents on the disk selected for restoring purposes will be deleted during
the operation.
8. On the Restore Summary page you can see your hard disk layout before and after the
operation. Click the Next button to initiate the restore process.
9. In the Progress window you can see in real-time a detailed report on all actions carried out by
the program.
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10. After completing the operation close the wizard and reboot the computer.
This operation can also be accomplished with the WinPE recovery
environment.
To make a Win2K+ operating system bootable on different hardware, please
additionally complete the P2P Adjust OS Wizard.
Restoring a system partition from external media (CD/DVD)
Let’s assume that your computer fails to boot because of a virus attack or corruption of some system
critical files. But you’ve got a backup of your system partition on a bootable DVD disc. That’s just
enough to easily get your system back on track again.
To restore your system partition from a backup image located on CD/DVD when the current OS is
down, please do the following:
1. Insert a CD/DVD disc containing the previously prepared backup image into a CD/DVD drive
(the BIOS must be enabled to boot the system from the CD/DVD device).
This scenario implies that you have got a bootable archive on your CD/DVD.
In case the backup image is stored on several CD/DVD disks, please insert the
first one.
2. Restart the computer.
3. In the boot menu select Normal Mode to use the Linux recovery environment (more
preferable) or Safe Mode to use the PTS DOS recovery environment (in case you’ve got
problems with Linux). Moreover you’ve got the option to boot into the Low-Graphics Safe
Mode (PTS DOS safe mode) to cope with a serious hardware incompatibility. In this case, only
the minimal set of drivers will be included, like hard disk, monitor, and keyboard drivers. This
mode has simple graphics and a simple menu.
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By default the Normal Mode will be automatically initiated after a 10 second
idle period.
4. In the PTS DOS launch menu select the Simple Restore Wizard. You can find the same wizard in
Linux as well.
5. On the Wizard's Welcome page, click the Next button.
6. On the What to Restore page, you can see a list of available images (if several). Most likely the
required archive will be there too. If not, click the standard browse button [...] to find it. When
you find your image, double click on it to proceed.
7. On the Image Properties page, make sure that you select the correct image by viewing the
provided information about the archive.
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8. On the next page specify a hard disk, then one of its partitions to restore the image to (if
several in your computer). By default, the program offers to restore the archive exactly where
it belongs. That’s what we actually need.
All contents on the partition selected for restoring purposes will be deleted
during the operation.
9. On the Partition Start and Size page you can change size of the partition and its location if
necessary.
10. On the Restore Summary page you can see your hard disk layout before and after the
operation. Click the Next button to initiate the restore process.
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11. In the Progress window you can see in real-time a detailed report on all actions carried out by
the program.
12. After completing the operation close the wizard, and then reboot the computer.
This operation can also be accomplished with the WinPE recovery
environment.
To make a Win2K+ operating system bootable on different hardware, please
additionally complete the P2P Adjust OS Wizard.
Restoring a system partition from a network drive
Let’s assume that your computer fails to boot because of a virus attack or corruption of some system
critical files. But you’ve got a backup of your hard disk on a remote backup server. That’s just enough
to easily get your system back on track again.
To restore your system partition from a backup image located on a network drive, please do the
following:
1. Start up the computer from our WinPE recovery media.
Recovery Media Builder can help you prepare the Linux/DOS or WinPE
recovery environment either on a CD/DVD disc or a thumb drive.
To automatically boot from the recovery media please make sure the onboard BIOS is set up to boot from CD/USB first.
2. Once it has been loaded, read the agreement and then mark the appropriate checkbox to
accept.
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If you do not agree with any conditions stated there, you won’t be able to use
the program.
3. Once you accept the agreement, you will see the Universal Application Launcher. Select the
Restore Wizard.
4. On the Restore Wizard's Welcome page, click the Next button.
5. On the Browse for Archive page you need to specify the required backup image. So you
should take the following steps to do that:
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Select Network as a backup destination;
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Map a network disk where your archives are placed:
- Call the Map Network Drive dialog by clicking the appropriate button;
- Click the standard browse button [...] to browse for the required network share or
manually enter a path to it;
- Define a letter from the pull-down list of available drive letters;
- Click the Connect as user button at the foot of the dialog page to specify a user name
and password to access the selected network share if necessary.
You can also map a network disk with Network Configurator.
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Choose the required archive in the browser-like window. The Archive File Details section
displays a short description of the selected image.
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6. The What to Restore page displays detailed information about the contents of the archive.
Select the required item to restore. In our case it is the first partition of the disk.
7. On the Where to Restore page specify a hard disk, then one of its partitions to restore the
image to (if several in your computer). By default, the program offers to restore the archive
exactly where it belongs. That’s what we actually need.
All contents on the partition selected for restoring purposes will be deleted
during the operation.
8. On the Restore Results page you can see the resulted disk layout. Besides there’s the possibility
to change size of the partition and its location if necessary as well as assign a particular drive
letter.
9. On the next page of the wizard confirm the operation by selecting the appropriate option.
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10. In the Progress window you can see in real-time a detailed report on all actions carried out by
the program.
Mark the checkbox at the bottom of the window to automatically switch off the computer on
the successful accomplishment of the restore operation.
11. After completing the operation close the wizard, and then reboot the computer.
This operation can also be accomplished with the Linux/DOS recovery
environment.
To make a Win2K+ operating system bootable on different hardware, please
additionally complete the P2P Adjust OS Wizard.
Restoring a system partition from a local drive
Let’s assume that your operating system gives trouble after having installed brand new software. But
you’ve got a backup of the system partition on a local disk. That’s just enough to easily roll it back to
the point when run smoothly.
To restore your system partition from a backup image located on a local disk, please do the
following:
1. Click the Restore item of the Wizards menu (any of the ways described earlier can also be
used here).
2. On the Restore Wizard's Welcome page, click the Next button.
3. On the Browse for Archive page, specify the required archive:
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By clicking the Switch to Archive List View link, you can see a list of images contained in the
Archive Database (if any).
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To get a clear-cut picture on properties of the required image, just click on it and the
section below will (i.e. Archive File Details) display a short description.
To know more on the subject, please consult the Viewing Image Properties
chapter.
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By clicking the Switch to File View link, you can find the required image in the browser-like
window. The section below (i.e. Archive File Details) will also display a short description of
the selected image.
To know more on the subject, please consult the Viewing Image Properties
chapter.
4. On the Where to Restore page specify a hard disk, then one of its partitions to restore the
image to (if several in your computer). By default, the program offers to restore the archive
exactly where it belongs. That’s what we actually need.
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All contents on the partition selected for restoring purposes will be deleted
during the operation.
5. On the Restore Results page you can see the resulted disk layout. Besides there’s the possibility
to change size of the partition and its location if necessary as well as assign a particular drive
letter.
6. Complete the wizard and then apply the pending changes.
7. The program will require the system restart to accomplish the operation in a special boot-up
mode. Click the appropriate button to agree.
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8. In the Progress window you can see in real-time a detailed report on all actions carried out by
the program.
After completing the operation the program will automatically reboot the computer.
This operation can also be accomplished with the Linux/DOS or WinPE
recovery environments.
To make a Win2K+ operating system bootable on different hardware, please
additionally complete the P2P Adjust OS Wizard.
Restoring a dual boot Mac from an external USB drive
Let’s assume that your Mac fails to boot because of a hard disk malfunction. But you’ve got a
backup of your hard disk on an external USB drive. Just replace the failed disk with a new one and
carry out a bare metal restore.
To restore a dual boot Mac from a backup image located on an external USB drive, please do the
following:
1. Start up the computer from our Linux/DOS recovery media.
Recovery Media Builder can help you prepare the Linux/DOS or WinPE
recovery environment either on a CD/DVD disc or a thumb drive.
To automatically boot from the recovery media please make sure the onboard BIOS is set up to boot from CD/USB first.
2. Connect an external USB drive to the computer.
3. Restart the computer.
4. In the boot menu select Normal Mode to use the Linux recovery environment, since it’s the
only mode that enables to work with USB devices.
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By default the Normal Mode will be automatically initiated after a 10 second
idle period.
5. In the Linux launch menu select the Simple Restore Wizard.
6. On the Wizard's Welcome page, click the Next button.
7. On the What to Restore page, click the standard browse button [...] to find the required
archive. When done, double click on it to select.
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8. On the Image Properties page, make sure that you select the correct image by viewing the
provided information about the archive.
9. On the next page specify a hard disk to restore the image to.
All contents on disk selected for restoring purposes will be deleted during the
operation.
10. On the Restore Summary page you can see your hard disk layout before and after the
operation. Click the Next button to initiate the restore process.
11. In the Progress window you can see in real-time a detailed report on all actions carried out by
the program.
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12. After completing the operation close the wizard, and then reboot the computer.
Restoring a file increment
Let’s assume that you’re busy with developing some project and you make file increments of it on a
day-to-day basis not to lose valuable information. So you’ve got a file backup chain. One day you
understand that the job of the last three days is a complete and utter failure. Don’t give up – recover
your project to the state when everything’s ok.
To restore a file increment, please do the following:
1. Click the Restore item of the Wizards menu (any of the ways described earlier can also be
used here).
2. On the Restore Wizard's Welcome page, click the Next button.
3. On the Browse for Archive page, specify the required file increment:
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By clicking the Switch to Archive List View link, you can see a list of images contained in the
Archive Database (if any).
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To get a clear-cut picture on properties of the required image, just click on it and the
section below will (i.e. Archive File Details) display a short description.
To know more on the subject, please consult the Viewing Image Properties
chapter.
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By clicking the Switch to File View link, you can find the required image in the browser-like
window. The section below (i.e. Archive File Details) will also display a short description of
the selected image.
To know more on the subject, please consult the Viewing Image Properties
chapter.
4. On the How to Restore page specify the way your archive will be restored. In our case we’d
rather restore contents of the backup to its original location with replacing existing files as well.
5. Complete the wizard and then apply the pending changes.
6. In the Progress window you can see in real-time a detailed report on all actions carried out by
the program.
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This operation can also be accomplished with the WinPE recovery
environment.
Restoring a file increment to a partition backup
Let’s assume that your operating system gives trouble because of a virus attack. But you’ve got a
backup of your system partition on a local disk. Besides you make file increments of your documents
and e-mail database to that backup on a regular basis. That’s just enough to easily roll everything
back to the point when run smoothly.
To restore your system partition with a file increment from a backup image located on a local disk,
please do the following:
1. Click the Restore item of the Wizards menu (any of the ways described earlier can also be
used here).
2. On the Restore Wizard's Welcome page, click the Next button.
3. On the Browse for Archive page, specify the required file increment archive to your system
partition backup:
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By clicking the Switch to Archive List View link, you can see a list of images contained in the
Archive Database (if any).
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To get a clear-cut picture on properties of the required image, just click on it and the
section below will (i.e. Archive File Details) display a short description.
To know more on the subject, please consult the Viewing Image Properties
chapter.
•
By clicking the Switch to File View link, you can find the required image in the browser-like
window. The section below (i.e. Archive File Details) will also display a short description of
the selected image.
To know more on the subject, please consult the Viewing Image Properties
chapter.
4. On the How to Restore File Complement page select whether you want to restore both, the
partition archive and the desired file increment or just the file increment. In our case we
choose the first option.
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5. On the Where to Restore page specify a hard disk, then one of its partitions to restore the
image to (if several in your computer). By default, the program offers to restore the archive
exactly where it belongs. That’s what we actually need.
All contents on the partition selected for restoring purposes will be deleted
during the operation.
6. On the Restore Results page you can see the resulted disk layout. Besides there’s the possibility
to change size of the partition and its location if necessary as well as assign a particular drive
letter.
7. Complete the wizard and then apply the pending changes.
8. The program will require the system restart to accomplish the operation in a special boot-up
mode. Click the appropriate button to agree.
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9. In the Progress window you can see in real-time a detailed report on all actions carried out by
the program.
After completing the operation the program will automatically reboot the computer.
This operation can also be accomplished with the WinPE recovery
environment.
Copying of data from the corrupted system disk to another hard disk
To retrieve valuable information from your hard disk and copy it to another hard disk when the
system fails to boot, please do the following:
1. Connect the second hard disk to the computer.
2. Start up the computer from our Linux/DOS recovery media.
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Recovery Media Builder can help you prepare the Linux/DOS or WinPE
recovery environment either on a CD/DVD disc or a thumb drive.
To automatically boot from the recovery media please make sure the onboard BIOS is set up to boot from CD/USB first.
3. In the boot menu select Normal Mode to use the Linux recovery environment (more
preferable) or Safe Mode to use the PTS DOS recovery environment (in case you’ve got
problems with Linux). Moreover you’ve got the option to boot into the Low-Graphics Safe
Mode (PTS DOS safe mode) to cope with a serious hardware incompatibility. In this case, only
the minimal set of drivers will be included, like hard disk, monitor, and keyboard drivers. This
mode has simple graphics and a simple menu.
By default the Normal Mode will be automatically initiated after a 10 second
idle period.
4. In the Linux launch menu select the File Transfer Wizard. You can find the same wizard in PTS
DOS as well.
5. On the Wizard's Welcome page, click the Next button.
6. Select a disk where the files you need are stored from the pull-down list in the right pane of the
page.
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7. Select files you want to copy and place them to Clipboard by pressing the left arrow-button.
Click the Calc button to estimate the resulted data size.
8. On the Select Destination Type, choose the way the data will be stored. Select the Save data
to any local drive or a network share item.
9. On the Select Destination Path page, select a hard disk to copy the data to by pressing the
standard browse button [...].
10. On the Transfer Summary page check all parameters of the operation. Click the Next button
to accomplish the operation.
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11. In the Progress window you can see in real-time a detailed report on all actions carried out by
the program.
12. After the operation is completed, close the wizard by pressing the appropriate button.
13. Turn off the computer.
This operation can also be accomplished with the WinPE recovery
environment.
Burning of data from the corrupted system disk to CD/DVD
To retrieve valuable information from your hard disk and burn it to CD/DVD when the system fails to
boot, please do the following:
1. Start up the computer from our Linux/DOS recovery media.
Recovery Media Builder can help you prepare the Linux/DOS or WinPE
recovery environment either on a CD/DVD disc or a thumb drive.
To automatically boot from the recovery media please make sure the onboard BIOS is set up to boot from CD/USB first.
2. In the boot menu select Normal Mode to use the Linux recovery environment, since it’s the
only mode that enables to burn CD/DVD discs.
By default the Normal Mode will be automatically initiated after a 10 second
idle period.
3. In the Linux launch menu select the File Transfer Wizard. You can find the same wizard in PTS
DOS as well.
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4. On the Wizard's Welcome page, click the Next button.
5. Select a disk where the files you need are stored from the pull-down list in the right pane of the
page.
6. Select files you want to copy and place them to Clipboard by pressing the left arrow-button.
Click the Calc button to estimate the resulted data size.
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7. On the Select Destination Type, choose the way the data will be stored. Select the Burn data
to CD/DVD item.
8. On the Choose a Recorder page, select a recorder from the list of available devices and then
set a volume label by entering it in the appropriate field.
9. On the Transfer Summary page check all parameters of the operation. Click the Next button
to accomplish the operation.
10. In the Progress window you can see in real-time a detailed report on all actions carried out by
the program.
11. After the operation is completed, close the wizard by pressing the appropriate button.
12. Turn off the computer.
This operation can also be accomplished with the WinPE recovery
environment.
Copying of data from a backup to the corrupted system partition
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The system fails to boot since some files are damaged. If you have a backup of the system partition,
you can recopy these files to make the system be operable again:
1. Start up the computer from our Linux/DOS recovery media.
Recovery Media Builder can help you prepare the Linux/DOS or WinPE
recovery environment either on a CD/DVD disc or a thumb drive.
To automatically boot from the recovery media please make sure the onboard BIOS is set up to boot from CD/USB first.
2. In the boot menu select Normal Mode to use the Linux recovery environment (more
preferable) or Safe Mode to use the PTS DOS recovery environment (in case you’ve got
problems with Linux). Moreover you’ve got the option to boot into the Low-Graphics Safe
Mode (PTS DOS safe mode) to cope with a serious hardware incompatibility. In this case, only
the minimal set of drivers will be included, like hard disk, monitor, and keyboard drivers. This
mode has simple graphics and a simple menu.
By default the Normal Mode will be automatically initiated after a 10 second
idle period.
3. In the Linux launch menu select the File Transfer Wizard. You can find the same wizard in PTS
DOS as well.
4. On the Wizard's Welcome page, click the Next button.
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5. Select a disk where the system backup is stored from the pull-down list in the right pane of the
page.
6. Double click on the required backup to open.
7. Select files you want to copy and place them to Clipboard by pressing the left arrow-button.
Click the Calc button to estimate the resulted data size.
8. On the Select Destination Type, choose the way the data will be stored. Select the Save data
to any local drive or a network share item.
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9. On the Select Destination Path page, select your system disk to copy the data to by pressing
the standard browse button [...].
10. On the Transfer Summary page check all parameters of the operation. Click the Next button
to accomplish the operation.
11. In the Progress window you can see in real-time a detailed report on all actions carried out by
the program.
12. After the operation is completed, close the wizard by pressing the appropriate button.
13. Turn off the computer.
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This operation can also be accomplished with the WinPE recovery
environment.
Restoring separate files and folders from a backup
The program provides a very convenient option to access backup archives and restore only data
you need (the so called selective restore functionality). This operation can be accomplished either
with the Restore Wizard, File Transfer Wizard or Volume Explorer.
Restore Wizard
To restore separate files and folders from a backup image with the Restore Wizard, please do the
following:
1. Start up the computer from our WinPE recovery media.
Recovery Media Builder can help you prepare the Linux/DOS or WinPE
recovery environment either on a CD/DVD disc or a thumb drive.
To automatically boot from the recovery media please make sure the onboard BIOS is set up to boot from CD/USB first.
2. Once it has been loaded, read the agreement and then mark the appropriate checkbox to
accept.
If you do not agree with any conditions stated there, you won’t be able to use
the program.
3. Once you accept the agreement, you will see the Universal Application Launcher. Select the
Restore Wizard.
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4. On the Restore Wizard's Welcome page, click the Next button.
5. On the Browse for Archive page choose the required archive in the browser-like window. The
Archive File Details section displays a short description of the selected image.
6. On the next page specify what you need to extract from the backup by marking checkboxes
next to the required data items. At the right lower corner of the window you can see the
resulted amount of the selected data.
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7. On the How to Restore page specify the way the selected data will be restored. In our case
we’d rather restore contents of the backup to its original location with replacing existing files
as well.
8. On the Restore Summary page review all parameters of the operation and modify them if
necessary.
9. On the next page of the wizard confirm the operation by selecting the appropriate option.
10. In the Progress window you can see in real-time a detailed report on all actions carried out by
the program.
11. After completing the operation close the wizard, and then reboot the computer.
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This operation can also be accomplished under Windows.
File Transfer Wizard
To restore separate files and folders from a backup image with the File Transfer Wizard, please do the
following:
1. Call the popup menu for the required backup image (right click of the mouse button) in the
Archive Database and then select the menu item: Restore File from Archive. Thus you
automatically open it with the File Transfer Wizard.
2. Select files you want to copy and place them to Clipboard by pressing the left arrow-button.
3. On the Select Destination Type, choose the way the data will be stored. Select the Save data
to any local drive or a network share item.
4. On the Select Destination Path page, specify the exact place to copy the data to.
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5. On the Transfer Summary page check all parameters of the operation. Click the Next button
to accomplish the operation.
6. After the operation is completed, close the wizard by pressing the appropriate button.
Volume Explorer
To restore separate files and folders from a backup image with Volume Explorer, please do the
following:
1. Click the Disk View tab and then choose Volume Explorer;
2. Browse for the required archive and then open it by double click of the left mouse button.
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3. Call the popup menu (right click of the mouse button) for a file/folder you need and then
select the Export item.
4. Select a place on the disk where the file/folder will be extracted to.
5. Click the OK button to accomplish the operation.
The current version of the program does not enable to access file archives with
Volume Explorer.
Cloning System Hard Disk
To migrate your system hard disk to a larger disk, please do the following:
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1. Connect both source and destination disks to the computer.
2. Turn on the computer.
3. Click the Copy Disk item of the Wizards menu (any of the ways described earlier can also be
used here).
4. On the Wizard's Welcome page, click the Next button.
5. On the Select Hard Disk to Copy page, select a source disk (a hard disk you want to copy).
6. On the Select Target Hard Disk page, select a destination disk (a hard disk to copy contents of
the source disk).
During the operation all contents of the destination disk will be deleted.
7. On the next page of the wizard, define the copy options. In our case we’d rather copy data
with a proportional resize to occupy the entire disk. Besides we recommend you to enable the
surface test to make sure your new hard disk is flawless.
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8. On the Revise Copy Results page review all parameters of the operation.
9. Complete the wizard and then apply the pending changes.
10. When copying is completed, shut down the computer.
11. Disconnect (physically) the source hard disk.
12. Boot the computer from the destination hard disk.
This operation can also be accomplished with the Linux/DOS or WinPE
recovery environments.
To make a Win2K+ operating system bootable on different hardware, please
additionally complete the P2P Adjust OS Wizard.
P2V Scenarios
Virtualizing the current system
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Let’s assume that you’re about to migrate to a brand-new hardware platform with the latest
operating system available for it. Your current system is quite obsolete, but you still need access to
some of its software. You don’t want to waste time re-installing the old software to the new system,
and you do know for sure that the bulk of it won’t work anyway. The best way out is to virtualize your
old system.
But before you start, please make sure the following conditions are met:
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Your hard disk has enough free space to store a virtual image of your Windows (depends
on the system).
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You’ve got one of the supported virtualization software (MS Virtual PC, VMware
Workstation, or VMware Fusion). You can get MS Virtual PC for free if you’ve purchased
Windows 7 Professional or higher and have got a CPU with the Intel-VT or AMD-V support).
As for VMware - you can purchase it online or at a local software store.
To make a virtual disk out of your current system, please do the following:
1. Click the P2V Copy item of the Wizards menu (any of the ways described earlier can also be
used here).
2. On the Wizard's Welcome page, click the Next button.
3. Select either an entire hard disk or only the system partition you want to make a virtual disk of.
It’s pretty enough to select the system partition only to make your Windows
start up in a virtual environment. However that doesn’t guarantee all your
applications will work, as they can be installed on the other partitions of the
disk.
4. Choose your virtualization software vendor and a number of additional parameters, including.
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Type of the virtual disk. You can either create an IDE or a SCSI virtual disk (relevant for
VMware only);
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Create a split disk. You can choose whether to automatically cut the resulted virtual
image to files of 2 GBs or not (available for VMware only);
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Pre-allocate all disk space. You can choose whether to pre-allocate all space of the
future virtual disk, or do it dynamically;
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Not all vendors may be available to choose. If the capacity of the selected
object exceeds the maximum capacity for a certain virtual disk, its vendor will
be shadowed.
5. Depending on your choice the next page of the wizard enables to set the following
parameters:
For a separate partition
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Size of the virtual disk. By default the program offers to create a virtual disk exactly the
size of the selected object, which you can upsize however. Please note, you can only
increase size of the resulted virtual disk;
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Take all space for the partition. If you upsize the resulted virtual disk, you can choose
whether to occupy the whole disk space by that partition or not;
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Adjust OS to virtual hardware to make sure the operating system will be bootable after
the operation.
For a hard disk
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Size of the virtual disk. By default the program offers to create a virtual disk exactly the
size of the selected object, which you can resize however.
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Resize partitions proportionally. If you upsize the resulted virtual disk, you can make the
program proportionally change the size of partitions keeping their relative order intact.
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Adjust OS to virtual hardware to make sure the operating system will be bootable after
the operation.
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The maximum limit you can downsize the virtual disk is the capacity of its first
partition.
6. On the next page of the wizard set a file name for the resulted virtual disk and its location.
Besides you can also provide a path to the integration package of your virtualization software.
It’s strongly recommended to provide a path to VM Tools/Additions ISO image
if you transfer Windows XP to a VMware SCSI disk, otherwise your system won’t
boot after the operation.
7. The wizard will provide a detailed report on successful accomplishment of the operation. You
can save it by clicking the appropriate button.
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Now you can connect the resulted virtual disk to your virtual machine. Your system has been
virtualized.
You need to close the program to unlock the virtual disk. Otherwise you won’t
be able to connect it to a virtual machine.
Virtualizing system from its backup image
Let’s assume that your system has been corrupted as a result of a hardware failure. You realize it’s
been quite obsolete and it’s next to impossible to replace the damaged hardware devices.
Migration to a new hardware platform seems the best way out, if not for one thing – you still need
access to your software, but you do know for sure that the bulk of it won’t work on the new platform.
Luckily you’ve got a backup image of your old system made with Paragon software – that’s just
enough for its virtualization.
But before you start, please make sure the following conditions are met:
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You’ve got a backup image of your Windows.
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Your hard disk has enough free space to store a virtual image of your Windows (depends
on the system).
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You’ve got one of the supported virtualization software (MS Virtual PC, VMware
Workstation, or VMware Fusion). You can get MS Virtual PC for free if you’ve purchased
Windows 7 Professional or higher and have got a CPU with the Intel-VT or AMD-V support).
As for VMware - you can purchase it online or at a local software store.
To make a virtual disk out of your old system backed up with a Paragon disaster recovery tool, please
do the following:
1. Click the P2V Restore item of the Wizards menu (any of the ways described earlier can also be
used here).
2. On the Wizard's Welcome page, click the Next button.
3. On the Browse for Archive page, specify the required archive:
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By clicking the Switch to Archive List View link, you can see a list of images contained in the
Archive Database (if any).
To get a clear-cut picture on properties of the required image, just click on it and the
section below will (i.e. Archive File Details) display a short description.
To know more on the subject, please consult the Viewing Image Properties
chapter.
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By clicking the Switch to File View link, you can find the required image in the browser-like
window. The section below (i.e. Archive File Details) will also display a short description of
the selected image.
To know more on the subject, please consult the Viewing Image Properties
chapter.
4. On the next page specify exactly what you need to virtualize, only the system partition or the
entire hard disk (in case you have to do with a hard disk backup image).
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When having to do with a hard disk backup image, it’s pretty enough to select
the system partition only to make your Windows start up in a virtual
environment. However that doesn’t guarantee all your applications will work,
as they can be installed on the other partitions of the disk.
5. Choose your virtualization software vendor and a number of additional parameters, including.
•
Type of the virtual disk. You can either create an IDE or a SCSI virtual disk (relevant for
VMware only);
•
Create a split disk. You can choose whether to automatically cut the resulted virtual
image to files of 2 GBs or not (available for VMware only);
•
Pre-allocate all disk space. You can choose whether to pre-allocate all space of the
future virtual disk, or do it dynamically;
Not all vendors may be available to choose. If the capacity of the selected
object exceeds the maximum capacity for a certain virtual disk, its vendor will
be shadowed.
6. Depending on your choice the next page of the wizard enables to set the following
parameters:
For a separate partition
•
Size of the virtual disk. By default the program offers to create a virtual disk exactly the
size of the selected object, which you can upsize however. Please note, you can only
increase size of the resulted virtual disk;
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Take all space for the partition. If you upsize the resulted virtual disk, you can choose
whether to occupy the whole disk space by that partition or not;
•
Adjust OS to virtual hardware to make sure the operating system will be bootable after
the operation.
For a hard disk
•
Size of the virtual disk. By default the program offers to create a virtual disk exactly the
size of the selected object, which you can resize however.
•
Resize partitions proportionally. If you upsize the resulted virtual disk, you can make the
program proportionally change the size of partitions keeping their relative order intact.
•
Adjust OS to virtual hardware to make sure the operating system will be bootable after
the operation.
The maximum limit you can downsize the virtual disk is the capacity of its first
partition.
7. On the next page of the wizard set a file name for the resulted virtual disk and its location.
Besides you can also provide a path to the integration package of your virtualization software.
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It’s strongly recommended to provide a path to VM Tools/Additions ISO image
if you transfer Windows XP to a VMware SCSI disk, otherwise your system won’t
boot after the operation.
8. The wizard will provide a detailed report on successful accomplishment of the operation. You
can save it by clicking the appropriate button.
Now you can connect the resulted virtual disk to your virtual machine. Your old system has been
virtualized from its backup image.
You need to close the program to unlock the virtual disk. Otherwise you won’t
be able to connect it to a virtual machine.
Making system bootable on virtual hardware
Let’s assume you had to migrate to a new hardware platform. Willing to conserve your system, you
decided to virtualize it with a 3rd party tool, but unsuccessfully - you got a virtual disk as a result of the
operation, but the system was failing to start up. You had nothing to do but forget about your old
system. With our program you’ve now got the option to make your virtualized system bootable.
To recover bootability after migrating your physical system to a virtual disk with a 3rd party tool,
please do the following:
1. Click the P2V Adjust OS item of the Wizards menu (any of the ways described earlier can also
be used here).
2. On the Wizard's Welcome page, click the Next button.
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3. Browse for the required virtual disk.
4. Provide a path to the integration package of your virtualization software.
It’s strongly recommended to provide a path to VM Tools/Additions ISO image
if you transfer Windows XP to a VMware SCSI disk, otherwise your system won’t
boot after the operation.
5. The wizard will provide a detailed report on successful accomplishment of the operation. You
can save it by clicking the appropriate button.
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Now your virtualized system is 100-percent bootable.
You need to close the program to unlock the virtual disk. Otherwise you won’t
be able to connect it to a virtual machine.
Connecting virtual disks
With our program you can only create virtual disks not virtual machines. Thus to work with your
virtualized system, first you need to connect its virtual disk to a virtual machine. Actually you’ve got
two options:
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Connect the virtual disk to an existing virtual machine;
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Connect the virtual disk to a new virtual machine.
Below you can see how to accomplish these operations with VMware Workstation. If you’ve got to
do with another virtual machine, the work algorithm will be very much alike. Anyway, to know more
on the subject, please consult documentation that comes with your virtual software.
Connecting virtual disks to an existing virtual machine
To connect a VMware Workstation virtual disk to an existing virtual machine, please do the following:
1. Open an existing VMware Workstation virtual machine.
2. Please make sure its guest OS is the same as on your virtual disk, otherwise you may face
hardware incompatibility problems.
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3. Click Add… to connect your virtual disk to the machine.
4. In the opened dialog select Hard Disk as the required hardware type to add.
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5. On the next page select Use an existing virtual disk.
6. Browse for your virtual disk.
7. Click Finish to complete the operation. Most likely you will be asked to convert your virtual disk
to a new format. You can update your disks, since this procedure involves change of a version
only, nothing else. To know more on the subject please consult the Known Issues chapter.
8. That’s all. You can now launch the virtual machine.
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Connecting virtual disks to a new virtual machine
To connect a VMware Workstation virtual disk to a new virtual machine, please do the following:
1. Click New Virtual Machine.
2. On the Wizard's Welcome page, click the Next button.
3. On the next page select Typical.
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4. Select the required guest OS. Please make sure it’s the same as on your virtual disk, otherwise
you may face hardware incompatibility problems.
5. Provide a name and location for your virtual machine.
6. The wizard will offer you to create a virtual disk. As you cannot skip it, click Next to complete
the operation.
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7. Edit settings of the newly created machine.
8. Select the default virtual disk and click Remove to delete.
9. Click Add… to connect your virtual disk to the machine.
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10. In the opened dialog select Hard Disk as the required hardware type to add.
11. On the next page select Use an existing virtual disk.
12. Browse for your virtual disk.
13. Click Finish to complete the operation. Most likely you will be asked to convert your virtual disk
to a new format. You can update your disks, since this procedure involves change of a version
only, nothing else. To know more on the subject please consult the Known Issues chapter.
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14. That’s all. You can now launch the virtual machine.
P2P Scenarios
Making system bootable on different hardware
Let’s assume you had to migrate to a new hardware platform. You just connected your system hard
disk to the brand new PC and tried to start up the operating system - you do know for sure now that
this operation had been doomed to failure from the very beginning. With our program you can easily
tackle this naughty problem.
But before you start, please make sure the following conditions are met:
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You’ve got drivers for the new hardware ready to use, not zipped or in .exe files.
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Your OS is unrolled on the new computer, not in a backup image.
To recover bootability after migrating your physical system to different hardware, please do the
following:
1. Start up the computer from our WinPE recovery media.
Recovery Media Builder can help you prepare the Linux/DOS or WinPE
recovery environment either on a CD/DVD disc or a thumb drive.
To automatically boot from the recovery media please make sure the onboard BIOS is set up to boot from CD/USB first.
2. Once it has been loaded, read the agreement and then mark the appropriate checkbox to
accept.
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If you do not agree with any conditions stated there, you won’t be able to use
the program.
3. Once you accept the agreement, you will see the Universal Application Launcher. Launch P2P
Adjust OS Wizard.
Our WinPE 2.1 based recovery environment offers excellent hardware support.
However in case it doesn’t have a driver for your disk controller, your hard
disks will be unavailable. Please consult the Adding specific drivers scenario to
know how to tackle this issue.
4. On the Wizard's Welcome page, click the Next button.
5. From the list of all found Windows based operating systems (if several) select one you need to
adjust to your new hardware. If you’re willing to adjust them all, just re-launch this wizard for
each.
The wizard can only work with Microsoft Windows 2000 and later operating
systems.
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6. Choose whether you’re going to add drivers for the new hardware to the selected operating
system or not and the way it’s to be done. Actually you’ve got three options:
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Upload drivers automatically from the provided driver repository. Generally together with
new hardware you get its drivers for different operating systems on removable media
(mostly CD or DVD). By collecting all these drivers in one folder you can let the wizard
automatically pick and install only those required for your OS (recommended);
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Upload drivers manually. If you know exactly what drivers your operating system is lacking
to successfully start up, you can manually provide them for the wizard.
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Do not upload drivers. And finally you can just refuse providing 3rd party drivers.
We prefer the wizard to decide what drivers are to be installed.
7. Browse for a folder with drivers for the new hardware or type in a full path to it manually.
8. Apply the changes by confirming the operation.
After the operation is completed your system will be bootable on the new hardware.
Extra Scenarios for WinPE
Configuring network
If your local network has a DHCP server, a network connection will be automatically configured once
our WinPE recovery environment has been started up. Otherwise you will need to do it manually with
a handy dialog by providing an IP address, a network mask, default gateway, etc. Besides with its
help you can easily map network shares.
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To manually set up a network connection and map a network share, please do the following:
1. Once you accept the agreement, you will see the Universal Application Launcher. Click
Configure Network.
2. In the opened dialog provide an IP address, a network mask, default gateway, etc. for your
network device.
3. Click the Network drivers tab to map a network share.
4. Click Map Network Drive and provide all the necessary information to map a network share in
the opened dialog:
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Click the standard browse button [...] to browse for the required network share or manually
enter a path to it;
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Define a letter from the pull-down list of available drive letters;
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Click the Connect as user button at the foot of the dialog page to specify a user name
and password to access the selected network share if necessary.
By clicking Disconnect Drive… you can delete an existing network share if necessary.
5. Click the Network identification tab to change a network name of your computer (generated
automatically) and a workgroup name.
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6. By default, the wizard saves all network settings in the netconf.ini file located on the WinPE
RAM drive, thus it will only be available until you restart the computer. However, you can just
once configure your network device and then save this file to some other destination, for
instance a local drive, and this way avoid constant re-configuration, just by providing a path
to it. So Click Save to file to save the netconfig.ini file to the required destination.
Saving log files
The program enables to simplify the procedure of sending support requests to the Paragon Support
Team. In case of having difficulties with handling the program, you, with the help of this very function,
can address the company support engineers and provide them with all the information they need
such as the disk layout, performed operations, etc. in order to tackle the encountered problem.
Information of that kind is stored in log files.
To prepare a log files package, please do the following:
1. Once you accept the agreement, you will see the Universal Application Launcher. Click Log
Saver.
2. In the opened dialog browse for the required location of the log files package or manually
provide a full path to it. Click Collect to initiate the operation.
Log files do not contain any confidential information on the operating system
settings or the user documents.
Troubleshooter
Here you can find answers to the most frequently asked questions that might arise while using the
program.
1. I try to run an operation, but the program claims my partition is in use and suggests restarting
the computer.
There are a number of operations that cannot be performed while your partition is in use (or
locked in other words). Please agree to reboot your machine to make the program
accomplish the operation in a special boot-up mode.
2. I run an operation and restart the machine as required, but it just boots back into Windows
without accomplishing the operation.
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Please run 'chkdsk /f' for the partition in question.
3. I cannot create a new partition on the disk.
There can be a number of reasons for that:
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The program cannot create a new partition on a dynamic disk, but only on a hard disk
that uses the DOS partitioning scheme.
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According to the rules of the DOS partitioning scheme, the following combinations of
partitions cannot be created:
- Two Extended Partitions on one hard disk;
- Five or more Primary partitions on one hard disk;
- If there is an Extended Partition on the disk, only three Primary partitions are allowed.
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The program allows creating new partitions only within blocks of un-partitioned space. It
cannot convert a free space on an existing partition to a new partition.
4. I cannot copy a partition.
There can be a number of reasons for that:
- The source or target disk you select is a dynamic disk;
- 4 primary partitions (or three primary partitions and an extended one) already exist on the
target disk.
5. I need to copy a partition. But when selecting a place where to make a copy, I always get a
crossed circle sign no matter which partition is selected.
The program enables to copy a partition only to a block of un-partitioned space. If you don’t
have a block of free space on your hard disk, please delete or reduce an existing partition to
accomplish the operation.
6. I cannot do anything with my USB flash drive. I get a crossed circle sign when trying to select
any area on it.
Some USB flash drives don't have the MBR (Master Boot Record), that’s the cause of your
problem. To fix the issue please use the Update MBR function of our program or 'fixmbr' of the
Windows installation disc to write a standard code to your flash drive.
7. When trying to back up my system the program asks to restart the computer.
Most likely the Hot Processing mode is disabled. Please make it active in the program settings.
8. When backing up a partition with the VSS (Volume Shadow Copy Service) mode, the program
throws "VSS could not be started for processed volume".
Most likely you try to back up a FAT32 partition, which is not supported by VSS. Please use the
Paragon Hot Processing mode instead.
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9. I cannot back up my hard disk to an external hard drive. Once started, the operation is
aborted with the following error: Hard Disk management, Error Code 0x1100a. What is wrong
here?
The problem is that the Microsoft VSS service is set as the default Hot Processing mode in the
program. But this service has not been started in your WindowsXP/Windows2003/Vista. Please
start this service (right click on My Computer > Manage > Services > find Microsoft Volume
Shadow Copy Service and make it active. Set also to start it automatically).
10. When running a backup operation with the Paragon Hot Processing mode enabled, I get an
error: error code 0x1200e "Internal error during Hot Backup"
Most likely your hard disk contains bad blocks. Please fix the issue with your HDD
manufacturer's tool.
You can find a name of the tool you need here: http://kb.paragon-software.com
11. When running a backup operation with the Microsoft VSS mode enabled, I get the following
error: error code 0x12016 "VSS: can't read volume data”
Most likely your hard disk contains bad blocks. Please fix the issue with your HDD
manufacturer's tool.
You can find a name of the tool you need here: http://kb.paragon-software.com
12. When trying to back up to a network share, I get the following error: "i/o error" or "can't
open/create file"
Please check whether you’ve got a permission to write to the selected destination or not.
13. When trying to restore a backup archive, I get the following error: "Can't restore to current
selection" or "Archive does not fit"
Most likely you’re trying to restore a backup of the whole hard disk to a partition or vice versa.
14. I set up a timetable for a task, but it fails to execute.
There can be a number of reasons for that:
- Windows Task Scheduler does not work properly. Check whether it is so or not by scheduling
a simple task (call Notepad through scheduling);
- You don’t have permission to write to the selected backup destination.
Glossary
Active Partition is a partition from which an x86-based computer starts up. The active partition must
be a primary partition on a basic disk. If you use Windows exclusively, the active partition can be the
same as the system volume.
In the DOS partitioning scheme, only primary partitions can be active due to limitations of the
standard bootstrap.
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The term backup originates from the time when the best way to protect valuable information was to
store it in form of archives on external media. It’s become now a general notion to mean making
duplications of data for protection purposes.
Bootable Archive is created by adding a special bootable section when backing up the data to
CD/DVDs. Thus you will be able to restore the data from these archives without having to run the
program, but by simply booting from these CD/DVDs.
Cluster is the smallest amount of disk space that can be allocated to hold a file. All file systems used
by Windows organize hard disks based on clusters, which consist of one or more contiguous sectors.
The smaller the cluster size, the more efficiently a disk stores information. If no cluster size is specified
during formatting, Windows picks defaults based on the size of the volume. These defaults are
selected to reduce the amount of space that is lost and the amount of fragmentation on the
volume. A cluster is also called an allocation unit.
Extended Partition is a partition type you create only on a basic MBR (Master Boot Record) disk.
Extended partition is used if you want to create more than four volumes on a disk, since it may
contain multiple logical drives.
File System Metadata. The servicing structures of a file system, which contain information about
allocating files and directories, security information etc, are named the file system metadata. It is
invisible for users and regular applications because its accidental modification usually makes a
partition unusable.
Hard Disk Geometry. Traditionally, the usable space of a hard disk is logically divided into cylinders,
cylinders are divided into tracks (or heads), and tracks are divided into sectors.
The triad of values {[Sectors-per-Track], [Tracks-per-Cylinder], [Amount-of-Cylinders]} is usually named
the Hard Disk Geometry or C/H/S geometry.
Tracks and cylinders are enumerated from "0", while sectors are enumerated from "1". These disk
parameters play an essential role in the DOS Partitioning scheme.
Modern hardware uses an advanced scheme for the linear addressing of sectors, which assumes
that all on-disk sectors are continuously enumerated from “0”. To allow backward compatibility with
older standards, modern hard disks can additionally emulate the C/H/S geometry.
Hidden Partition. The concept of a "hidden" partition was introduced in the IBM OS/2 Boot Manager.
By default, an operating system does not mount a hidden partition, thus preventing access to its
contents.
A method of hiding a partition consists in changing the partition ID value saved in the Partition Table.
This is achieved by XOR-ing the partition ID with a 0x10 hexadecimal value.
Master File Table (MFT) is a relational database that consists of rows of file records and columns of file
attributes. It contains at least one entry for every file on an NTFS volume, including the MFT itself. MFT is
similar to a FAT table in a FAT file system.
MBR & 1st track of the hard disk is the 0th sector of the disk. MBR (Master Boot Record) contains
important information about the disk layout:
- The used partitioning scheme;
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- The starting records of the Partition Table;
- The standard bootstrap code (or the initial code of boot managers, disk overlay software or boot
viruses).
Generally, the 0th sector is used for similar purposes in all existing partitioning schemes.
The MBR capacity is not sufficient to contain sophisticated boot programs. That’s why the on-boot
software is allowed to use the entire 0th track of the disk. For example, boot managing utilities such
as LILO, GRUB and Paragon Boot Manager are located in the 0th track.
Partition ID (or File system ID) is a file system identifier that is placed in the partition. It is used to quickly
detect partitions of supported types. A number of operating systems completely rely on it to
distinguish supported partitions.
Partition ID is saved in appropriate entries of the Partition Table and takes only 1 byte of space.
Partition Label (or Volume Label) is a small textual field (up to 11 characters) that is located in the
partition's boot sector. This value is used for notification purposes only. It is detectable by any
partitioning tool including the DOS FDISK utility.
Modern operating systems save it within a file system, e.g. as a special hidden file. Thus it is able to
contain a relatively large amount of text in multiple languages.
Partitioning Scheme is a set of rules, constraints and format of the on-disk structures to keep
information on partitions located on a hard disk.
There are known several partitioning schemes. The most popular of them is the so-called DOS
partitioning scheme. It was introduced by IBM and Microsoft to use multiple partitions in the disk
subsystems on IBM PC compatible computers.
Another popular partitioning scheme is the so-called Logical Disks Model (LDM) that originates from
the UNIX mainframe systems. Veritas Executive accommodates a simplified version of LDM to the
Windows 2000 operating system.
Windows 2000 and XP support two quite different partitioning schemes: the old DOS partitioning
scheme and the new Dynamic Disk Management (DDM). The problem is that earlier versions of
Windows do not support DDM. In addition, most hard disk utilities do not support it as well.
Recovery Media is a CD/DVD disc, a USB flash card or even a floppy disk from which you can boot
for maintenance or recovery purposes.
Root Directory is the top-level directory of a formatted logical drive to include other files and
directories. In modern file systems (Ext2/Ext3, NTFS and even FAT32) it does not differ from other
directories. This is not the case for old FAT12 and FAT16 file systems.
Serial Number. In the DOS partitioning scheme, every hard disk and every partition has a 32-bit serial
number represented by an 8-figure hexadecimal value. It is stored in the MBR and its value is
assigned when the MBR sector is initialized by Microsoft standard disk managing tools, such as
Windows Disk Administrator and the FDISK utility.
In fact, a hard disk's serial number is not important for most operating systems and software. It is
known that Windows NT, 2000 and XP store its value in the database of assigned drive letters.
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A partition's serial number is stored in its boot sector (in FAT16, FAT32 and NFTS file systems). Its value is
assigned when the partition is formatted. It does not play an important role for most operating
systems and software as well.
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