Paragon Backup & Recovery 12 Home is a very comprehensive backup tool with a vast array of professional backup and disk management features.
The program can back up a hard drive's master boot record, its first track, individual partitions or complete drives, for instance. It can also run file-based backups on the files and folders you specify. You can run a quick backup of your documents, music, videos, music or other media files. And there's even an E-mail backup, that will save your messages, accounts and address book (Outlook, Outlook Express and Windows Mail are supported).
You're able to run full, differential or incremental backups, the latter including only new or modified files for improved performance. A scheduler allows backup jobs to be run when you're not around. And your backup files can be saved to local, external or remote drives, FTP servers, or burned to CD, DVD or Blu-ray discs.
Virtualisation support allows you to copy your entire system to a virtual drive (all the main formats are supported), ready for use in your virtualisation tool of choice.
Restoring data from backups is easy. You can selectively restore just the files and folders you need from within the program (even if they're held within a complete hard drive image). And if you purchase the program then you'll be able to create a recovery disc to restore your system drive even if Windows will no longer start (though beware, that is not possible in this trial version - don't rely on it as your main backup tool).
There are a host of useful extras, from basic hard drive partitioning tools, to an Undelete Wizard, secure drive wiping option, hard drive sector editor, and more.
And this 12th edition of the program includes even more improvements. It can create incremental disk images, helping to save backup time and storage space; you get the latest backup engine, for even better performance; and it supports the very latest hard drives, including AFD's and hard drives over 2TB in size.
Paragon even claim the program works under Windows 8, although we'd be more cautious about that, as they're still saying it was only tested under the old "Developers' Preview" edition, and others have reported problems. We've sure this will be resolved by the Windows 8 release date, but if you plan to try the program out on a Windows 8 installation earlier, be sure to test it very carefully.
Paragon Backup & Recovery 12 Home is an excellent backup program, but if you don't need everything it offers then check out Backup & Recovery 2012 Free: it's similar, and won't cost you anything at all