Paragon Software Debuts New Version of Hard Disk Manager for Mac – a Powerful Tool to Manage macOS Storage Now with High Sierra, APFS Support

Paragon Software releases Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Mac — a full-featured software to protect and manage your macOS system, now with High Sierra 10.13 and APFS (Apple File System) support. This utility covers all aspects of a Mac’s life cycle, from drive partitioning and regular backup to system migration, flexible disaster recovery options, and secure wiping of recycled storage. The new edition allows users to bypass System Integrity Protection (SIP) limitations, so Hard Disk Manager operations are no longer inhibited by it. Any operation with a system disk can be performed, even when SIP is enabled. The current release doesn’t yet include APFS backup functionality, which is anticipated in the next product update.

Sector-level data processing via Snapshot allows users to perform migration of an entire Mac — including the operating system, applications, and files — without interrupting your daily routine. Advanced functionality includes the resizing of partitions, redistribution of free space, and other advanced disk operations.

New Features:

New! macOS High Sierra 10.13 support

New! Detect and display APFS on a disk map

New! Resize (shrink and increase) of APFS container

New! Bypass SIP technology

New! Bootable media creation on 10.13 (APFS and HFS+)

Key Features:

  • Sector-level backup through Snapshot delivers superior backup and recovery speed, plus overall performance. Paragon’s Snapshot performs live imaging of the entire Mac, including OS, applications and files, all without a system restart.
  • Incremental imaging is the most efficient backup method for keeping data up-to-date by excluding duplicates and minimizing the backup storage footprint for several timestamps of the same data.
  • Free space redistribution on adjacent partitions without restarting Mac.
  • Apple Core Storage: Backup and restore any type of Core Storage configurations including FileVault 2 (Full Disk Encryption) and Fusion Drive.
  • Boot Media Builder: Create a bootable USB thumb drive or external drive to restore macOS system volumes or accomplish drive partitioning outside of macOS.
  • Disk cloning: Transfer not only macOS, but Boot Camp Windows volumes as well, resizing partitions proportional to the size of the target disk or any way you need it while copying.
  • Wide restore options include restore of macOS, Boot Camp Windows, any set of data partitions, or an entire Mac to the original or new location; fast restore of individual files by mounting backup images in read-only mode; restore with various resize options.
  • Virtualization ready: Back up your Mac into a VMDK container and launch the system in VMware Fusion environment or vice versa.
  • Data wiping: Irreversibly destroy information on a volume, or only remnants of deleted files and directories on the disk.
  • Data containers support (VMDK or VHD): Hard Disk Manager supports pVHD (Paragon Virtual Hard Drive), a special VHD image optimized for backups of virtual and physical machines. pVHD eliminates the limitations of standard virtual drive formats, such as a poor compression ratio, integrity control, and encryption capabilities. As a result, it creates backups that are up to four times smaller than original backup objects!
  • Fix Windows boot issues: If Windows OS volume refuses to boot after replacing a failed hardware device, boot virus activity, or other issue, our boot repair tools can be used prior to taking more radical actions.
  • Partition schemes support: Hard Disk Manager supports GUID Partition Table (GPT), Master Boot Record (MBR), and hybrid (GPT+MBR) partition schemes, and allows easy non-destructive conversion between them.
  • Rich file system support: Create, format, resize, change properties of HFS+, NTFS, ExtFS, FAT, and exFAT partitions. Resize of an APFS container is also now possible.

System Requirements: OS X 10.7 or later.

Pricing & Availability: Paragon Hard Disk Manager for Mac is available for immediate download as a free 10-day trial or can be purchased direct for $39.95 at http://www.paragon-software.com/home/hdm-mac/. For other macOS tools, please visit Paragon’s Mac Toolbox at http://www.paragon-software.com/mac/

New Microsoft exFAT/NTFS for USB On-the-Go by Paragon Software Supports SAF, Delivers Advanced Android File Management Options

Paragon Software releases the third edition of Microsoft exFAT/NTFS for USB On-the-Go by Paragon Software. This application enables an instant, non-root method for transferring files between any Android devices — smartphones, tablets, or Android TVs — and HFS+, exFAT, NTFS, or FAT32-formatted USB flash drives. The new edition supports Android Storage Access Framework (SAF) and comes with new UI options for easier data management. Microsoft exFAT/NTFS for USB by Paragon Software now utilizes the native, built-in Android file manager, providing users more flexibility in accessing USB OTG storages directly – without the need to install additional applications. What’s more, the SAF integration in Microsoft exFAT/NTFS for USB by Paragon Software allows users to access data from USB flash drives directly from SAF-supported third-party applications, such as messaging, cloud storage services, Gmail clients, and others.

The user interface has been updated with new control options that make browsing and opening photos, movies, and documents on-the-go easier than ever. By selecting “Manage Files,” users can easily transfer files from USB devices or between onboard memory and USB, as well as perform file operations including copy, move, rename, delete, and share.

How can you utilize the app in everyday life?

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

New features:

  • Paragon File System Link as Android SAF Document Provider;
  • Integration with built-in Android file manager;
  • Direct access to external storage media without installing third-party utilities such as Total Commander;
  • Advanced third-party applications support:
  • attach files to e-mail via Gmail;
  • upload files to cloud storage via Google drive, Yandex.Disk, Dropbox;
  • send files to contacts directly in WhatsApp, Telegram, Skype.

How Microsoft exFAT/NTFS for USB by Paragon Software works:

  1. Install Microsoft exFAT/NTFS for USB by Paragon Software on your Android device(s).
  2. Connect USB flash drive via USB OTG and mount the necessary file system.
  3. Tap “Browse” and select the desired option:
  4. “Open files” to view files;
  5. “Manage files” to copy, move, delete, or rename files.
  6. To choose your USB volume, tap the hamburger menu and select Paragon File System Link.

For users who prefer to work with Total Commander, Plugin for Total Commander functionality remains the same. Watch this video to see how it works https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoD6B6EN4J4 

Availability: Microsoft exFAT/NTFS for USB by Paragon Software is available at Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.paragon.tcplugins_ntfs_ro&referrer=utm_source%3Dpress-release. File systems can be purchased separately or as a pack for just $9,99.

Free APFS Retrofit Kit for macOS Grants Instant Access to APFS-Formatted Storage on Legacy HFS+ Mac Systems

Paragon Software releases the new, free APFS Retrofit Kit for macOS – a system driver which enables read-only access to APFS (Apple File System) volumes under macOS 10.12 or earlier versions. For Mac users working on legacy versions of Mac OS X and macOS where APFS is natively not supported, the tool allows instant, read-only access to APFS-formatted data stored on hard disk drives, solid-state storage, or flash thumb drives.

Once installed, the driver requires no additional interaction from the user. The software delivers:

  • Stable Operation: Fail-safe operation across compatible hardware and software systems for general-purpose and specialized applications.
  • Data Safety: Protection of data integrity, along with prevention of accidental data corruption or loss.
  • Guaranteed Performance: Steady, balanced throughput with effective flow control, reduced overhead, and no data congestion.
  • Efficient Use: Thrifty usage of processor, memory, and disk resources.

Availability:

To download APFS Retrofit Kit for macOS, please visit https://www.paragon-software.com/business/apfs-kit-mac/ No registration is required.

New VM Backup Addresses IT Needs of SMBs

Paragon Software releases VM Backup for small and medium-size businesses seeking an affordable, reliable tool to handle the entire IT management cycle for VMware vSphere. The technology protects your business-critical applications and data while guaranteeing business continuity and includes the essential disaster recovery for entry-level VMware environments.

Small organizations can start with VMware vSphere® Essentials Kit. The basic license covers six CPUs. You get the industry-leading virtualization platform to suit most of your IT needs at a very affordable price. Request your one-month free evaluation copy with full support now: https://www.paragon-software.com/business/vmbackup/

Major Update to Microsoft NTFS for Mac by Paragon Software Refines Support for macOS High Sierra

Today we release an important update to Microsoft NTFS for Mac by Paragon Software  – a software utility that grants ultra-fast, transparent read/write access to Windows-formatted NTFS hard drives, SSDs, and thumb drives under macOS. This release delivers improved support for macOS 10.13 High Sierra in conjunction with the latest update from Apple. macOS High Sierra is designed to be secure by default and includes several architectural changes, including a new file system and user-approved, third-party kernel extensions. Microsoft NTFS for Mac by Paragon Software now provides full support for Secure Kernel Extension Loading, which enables users to install the application and evaluate its benefits without any additional interaction with System Preferences.

New features and enhancements:

  • Support for Secure Kernel Extension Loading;
  • Improved functionality of “Set as startup” option;
  • Login via Facebook now fully available for macOS High Sierra;
  • Service APFS volumes hidden by default;
  • Enhanced stability and performance improvements;
  • Bug fixes for macOS 10.10.

Paragon Software Introduces New Linux File Systems for Windows: High-Speed Access to ExtFS, Btrfs, XFS from Your Windows PC

Paragon Software releases Linux File Systems for Windows. Now you can easily access disks and partitions formatted under the most common Linux file systems directly from your Windows PC. Linux File Systems for Windows by Paragon Software offers high-speed access to Linux file systems and supports Secure Boot protocol — there’s no need to turn off the driver when working with Linux volumes.

Features:

  • Create, read, modify, copy, delete files on ExtFS volumes.
  • Read files on Btrfs, XFS volumes.
  • Full support for Secure Boot protocol.

Supported Operating Systems:

  • Windows 7, 8/8.1, 10 (x64/x86)
  • Windows Server 2008, 2012, 2016 (x64)

Availability:

Download a 10-day trial version from https://www.paragon-software.com/home/linuxfs-windows/. The trial period can be extended by sharing a post about the product on Facebook.

If you have already purchased Paragon ExtFS for Windows or Paragon ExtFS for Windows Professional, you can upgrade your product free via MyParagon account at https://my.paragon-software.com/#/login.

New users can purchase Linux File Systems for Windows for $19.95.

About Paragon Software

Since 1994, Paragon Software has been delivering reliable software products and technology solutions that every day help users, IT professionals, and businesses keep data healthy and safe. We offer file systems and storage management, deployment and migration of heterogeneous appliances and systems, data protection, business continuity and disaster recovery for hybrid environments. Our global business partners include AJA, Asus, QNAP, Western Digital, ZTE, and many others.

Introducing APFS for Linux – Industry-first ISV Driver to Deliver Apple File System Support

Today we release APFS for Linux—the industry’s first driver that allows OEM solutions and embedded systems to access Apple File System volumes from Linux. This technology is already available for licensing to manufacturers of information appliances (e.g., set-top units, smart TVs, PVRs), infotainment and surveillance systems, medical equipment, network appliances (such as routers, switches, WAPs), and other devices.

  

Key features:

  • Use shell scripts to build, install, and uninstall the driver,
  • List and read APFS volumes formatted with macOS,
  • Read files up to 100GB in size,
  • Read resident and fragmented files,
  • Read file metadata and access rights.

Key benefits:

  • Easily evaluate how it fits into your technical and business needs,
  • Integrate APFS for Linux with other file system drivers by Paragon Software,
  • Contact Paragon engineering team to help with technical questions;
  • Contact Paragon business team to help with solution design, integration, and maintenance.

Availability:

To download the technology preview version APFS for Linux, please visit https://www.paragon-software.com/business/apfs-linux/

About Paragon Software

Since 1994, Paragon Software has been delivering best-of-breed solutions to enable assorted file systems across heterogeneous platforms and environments.
Carefully designed for data safety, robust performance, and unobtrusive operability, this technology powers users and businesses across the world, including Belkin, Bosch, Cisco, D-Link, Dell, Toshiba, HP, Western Digital Corp., ASUS, Seagate, LG Electronics, Logitech, Buffalo, Acer, EMC/Iomega, Siemens, Lenovo, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, and ZTE.

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Paragon Software Group Releases Hard Disk Manager Version 16 with Redesigned UI, New Backup Wizards and 35 Key Features for Home Users!

Paragon Software Group releases the latest edition of Paragon Hard Disk Manager 16 – a complete all-in-one software to protect, maintain, and manage PC data. This software assembles more than thirty advanced data management technologies, including partitioning, boot correction, file and image backup, disk copying, secure data wiping (including on SSDs), and flexible recovery options. Even more, the most essential easy-to-use backup and recovery functionality is available free of charge — including Recovery Media Builder in case of data loss. Additional backup and partitioning features are available at the cost for advanced users. The new release offers a completely redesigned, intuitive UI, new handy graphics to represent feature sets, and advanced functionality to accomplish system and data management tasks easier than ever. Complete backup strategies save time and effort in configuring regular backup jobs for entire computers, individual volumes, or files. In addition to regular backups, the new release allows users to restore older copies of data files from archives created by earlier software editions.

The latest edition of Paragon Hard Disk Manager 16 also provides advanced users full control via additional backup strategy settings. The new Create Backup Job Wizard makes complex backup processes simple and ultra-fast, allowing users to define automatic backup jobs by selecting from predefined strategies. Create Backup Job Wizard has several built-in automatic backup strategies to choose from, or users can create their own. When creating your own backup strategies, users specify the start time (daily, weekly, monthly, or at specific events, such as system start or user login), adjust the number of increments created, define a strategy for deleting old archives, and control other options, such as shutting down the PC after backup. Another handy new feature is the creation of network connections, which are used to save backups on networked storage.

Despite the name, Paragon Hard Disk Manager is not only great for hard disk drives but also for solid state drives (SSDs) and virtual disks. This utility helps the home user backup and restore anything with an exact replica of a selected partition or system disk; manage partitions; permanently wipe sensitive data; and migrate specific files or the entire operating system to different storage devices. In the event of data loss, powerful restore options allow users to easily recover anything from the full system to individual files or folders. In case of boot-related problems like file system corruption or hard drive failure, the free Recovery Media Builder included in the basic version helps users create a backup that might later restore files in case booting into Windows the normal way is not possible. Most importantly, if ransomware or other malware encrypts files, the user can safely recover data using the Recovery Media Builder and restore the system to normal quickly and effortlessly.

Key features:

  • Supports Windows 10 Fall Creators Update;
  • Complete backup strategies save time and effort when configuring regular backup jobs for entire computers, individual volumes, or files;
  • Fast and safe migrations of Windows OS single partitions or entire disks to new storage devices, even those of smaller capacity;
  • Easiest, fastest, and most rock-solid drive partitioning of physical and virtual hard disk drives on the market;
  • Fix most boot issues in a couple of minutes without turning to restore or other advanced actions;
  • Permanent irreversible data erasure from any storage media type with SSD Trimming and wiping algorithms;
  • Completely new UI helps manage systems easier than ever;
  • Define scenario-based backup jobs;
  • Quick standalone/single time backups;
  • All wizards redesigned to cover more scenarios. The new UI combines wizards into modules representing a specific feature set to guide users to the right selection:

Backup & Recovery:

  • Create single backup;
  • Create backup job;
  • Restore backup;
  • File Transfer Wizard.

Partition Manager:

  • Undelete partitions;
  • Split partition;
  • Redistribute free space;
  • Merge partitions;

Disk Wiper:

  • Wipe disks or partitions;

Drive Copy:

  • Migrate (with Copy HDD and Copy partition);
  • Redesigned Express view provides ad hoc access to all wizards, each organized by color;
  • Direct control over partitioning: Move and resize partitions via drag and drop in “My Computer” disk map view or launch specific tasks via dialog:
  • Test partition surface;
  • Change primary slots;
  • Convert file system;
  • Set partition as active/inactive;
  • Convert to MBR/GPT disk;
  • Change volume label;
  • Format volume;
  • Delete volume;
  • Check File System integrity;
  • Create volume;
  • Move partition;
  • Resize partition;
  • Change drive letter;
  • Hide/unhide partition;
  • Make partition Active/Inactive;
  • Convert to logical/primary;
  • View/Edit sectors;
  • Compact MFT;
  • Defragment MFT;
  • Change partition serial number;
  • Connect virtual disk.
  • Redesigned “Show advanced properties dialog;”
  • Separate whole computer backup scenario allows users to back up all data on a PC worry-free in just three clicks;
  • Restore several objects (disks, partitions, files) in a single pass without repeatedly running wizards multiple times;
  • Fast migration to new HDDs & SSDs.

Additional functionality is also available for $79.95. Differences between basic and advanced functionality can be found at https://www.paragon-software.com/home/hdm-windows/#features

System requirements:

Windows 7 SP1 and later.

Availability:

Paragon Hard Disk Manager Version 16 is available for free download at https://www.paragon-software.com/home/hdm-windows/ Basic functionality is available free of charge. Advanced functionality is available for $79.95.

Paragon NTFS for Mac 15 supports macOS 10.13 High Sierra and is now available as a free update to all Paragon NTFS for Mac 15 customers!

Paragon NTFS for Mac is the industry’s fastest, high-performance, multilingual utility that solves interoperability issues between macOS and Windows. The 15th edition announced earlier this year comes with a completely new, ultra-fast engine guaranteeing advanced support of the latest NTFS file systems, including Windows 10 system compression. The new UI makes is easier than ever to access information and manage the system. Now Paragon NTFS for Mac 15 provides full fledged read and write support of NTFS formatted volumes on macOS High Sierra and is available for download at https://www.paragon-software.com/landing-pages/ntfs-mac/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=ntfs14-15-en&utm_campaign=rss-ntfs14-15-en