Acronis True Image 2013 vs Paragon Hard Disk Manager 12
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Comparison: Acronis True Image 2013 vs Paragon Hard Disk Manager 12

Backing up the data on a personal computer is the single most important way a user can protect the important information they keep there. Having a reliable method of backing up this data, helps ensure that it can easily be restored in the event something catastrophic happens to the computer. Investing in a top notch software suite to complete the job is a smart idea. Check the best backup software 2013 review.

Detailed below are the pros and cons of two of the most popular choices for this task: Acronis True Image 2013 and Paragon Disk Manager 12 Suite.
True Image 2013 interface
Acronis True Image 2013

Pros

- Range of options to back up: Choose to back up individual partitions, folders, files or the entire drive.

- Choose storage of backups: The backed up information can be stored on one of three places: a disk inserted in the computer, a disk connected to the computer or within the 250GB of cloud-based storage that is included free with Acronis. More cloud-based storage is available for purchase, if necessary.

- Shared synchronization: Acronis True Image 2013 allows users to synchronize their data across a variety of options. Folders can be synchronized on the home computer that has the software installed on it, folders on other computers can be synchronized and multiple users can share the effects of synchronization.

- Manipulate disks: Use it to delete data from disks, add drivers to the disk that allow for accessing larger disks and clone partitions.

Cons

- Allows changes to disk structure without warning: Acronis makes non-standard modifications to the disk that some people might not know how to fix. If the software is not able to fix them, third-party disk tools are unlikely to be able do so either due to the non-standard modifications made by the software.

- Uses wizards: While the use of wizards can be advantageous for many tasks, it can slow down the entire process of making a bootable emergency CD.
Paragon Hard Disk Manager 12 interface
Acronis True Image 2013 interface
Paragon Hard Disk Manager 12 Suite interface
Paragon Disk Manager 12 Suite (read review)

Pros

- Allows manipulation of partitions: Defragment, create, merge, re-size, clone or split partitions.

- Easy to use data management tools: Burn a copy of files and folders to optical media using the user-friendly wizards included with Paragon.

- Make an emergency CD that is bootable without using a wizard to do so.

- Restore Windows boot configuration: Easily repair damaged boot configurations with the emergency disc.

- Uses wizards: Paragon uses wizards to walk the user through the most commonly used tasks.

- Makes more complex tools harder to find: Rather than having the more complex tools easily accessible, Paragon hides them behind some unobtrusive icons. This makes it less likely that unwanted changes are accidentally made.

- Safety is emphasized: The Paragon software uses wizards to guide users through the use of safe tools while including plenty of warnings before users are able to use the tools that can potentially damage the disk.

Cons

- User interface isn't as elegant as some others: Using a simple two-column list, Paragon sorts categories on the left with their respective tasks on the right.

- Animation appears clunky while software is performing tasks.
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