Paragon Backup & Recovery 2010 Free Advanced Edition is the unwieldy name for a useful and free utility to back up complete Windows installations

Try and say "Paragon Backup & Recovery 2010 Free Advanced Edition" five times quickly. We dare you. On second thought, we dare you to remember it for five seconds.

Okay, we’re kidding... mostly. Despite the long-winded moniker, BR2010FAE (pronounced by yours truly as Bur-Two-Ten-Fay, or Bur-Fay for short since I already know what year it is) is a very competent imaging/backup program with a number of useful features not commonly found in freebies.

In fact, it's a bit hard to believe that they give Paragon Backup & Recovery 2010 Free Advanced Edition away.

The familiar Paragon interface is based on the Windows XP look and is also easy to use.

Paragon Backup & Recovery 2010 Free Advanced Edition will create a full image of your operating system partition, but also lets you set filters to skip backing up music and movies or other non-essential files (assuming you're not a musician or videographer) to save space in your images. Handy if you want to back up to an 8GB thumb drive or the like.

And, as is all the rage these days, Paragon Backup & Recovery 2010 Free Advanced Edition can create backups as virtual hard drives for Microsoft's Virtual PC (a free download), as well as VMWare Workstation and Fusion.

It's the same technology found in Paragon's Go Virtual. Transferring via FTP is not something most users are used to anymore, though it's a common way to transfer websites, but Paragon Backup & Recovery 2010 Free Advanced Edition will back up and restore via FTP.

Paragon Backup & Recovery 2010 Free Advanced Edition will also back up to CD or DVD and across the network. There's a handy feature in Paragon Backup & Recovery 2010 Free Advanced Edition called Backup Capsule, which is a small, hidden partition that contains an image backup.

You may restore from it using the recovery media Paragon Backup & Recovery 2010 Free Advanced Edition lets you create (flash drive or CD).

Note: You must get a product key and serial number from Paragon's site to install the program. This file is free for non-commercial use only.

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Paragon Backup & Recovery 2010 Free Advanced Edition: Specs

  • Windows 2000/XP (32/64-bit)/Vista (32/64-bit)/7 (32/64-bit)
  • Intel Pentium or compatible, 300MHz or higher processor
  • 256MB RAM
  • 100MB drive space
  • Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher
  • PATA, SATA, SCSI and IDE HDD, up to 2TB
  • USB 1.1/2.0 and FireWire devices
  • GUID Partition Table (GPT)
  • NTFS (v1.2, v3.0, v3.1), FAT16/32, Linux Ext2FS/Ext3FS/Ext4FS/Swap/HPFS
  • limited read/write access to Apple HFS+ partitions
  • Windows 2000/XP (32/64-bit)/Vista (32/64-bit)/7 (32/64-bit)
  • Intel Pentium or compatible, 300MHz or higher processor
  • 256MB RAM
  • 100MB drive space
  • Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher
  • PATA, SATA, SCSI and IDE HDD, up to 2TB
  • USB 1.1/2.0 and FireWire devices
  • GUID Partition Table (GPT)
  • NTFS (v1.2, v3.0, v3.1), FAT16/32, Linux Ext2FS/Ext3FS/Ext4FS/Swap/HPFS
  • limited read/write access to Apple HFS+ partitions

OUR VERDICT

Paragon Backup & Recovery 2010 Free Advanced Edition is a great freebie. Between it and the free version of Partition Manager I'm not sure how Paragon plans to make any money. Windows 7 users can accomplish much the same thing with the built-in Windows Backup, albeit without a couple of bells and whistles, but Windows XP users should grab Paragon Backup & Recovery 2010 Free Advanced Edition for sure. Maybe now, before they forget the name.

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