First let me say that I do not work for or have any affiliation with Paragon, so I have no reason to perfer it over any other software.
Although Acronis is a good product I have had much better luck with the Paragon software. I recently did a study for the company I work for about backup software products so I tried all that were not enterprise solutions. Our company produces equipment that are PC controlled and these systems with our own software have a very complicated configuration that requires a huge amount of time to set up properly (as in Weeks, not hours) so having a good backup solution is extremely important. When doing the testing I found that Acronis failed at scheduled, and non-scheduled, network backups more frequently than it succeded. I am not sure why, but Acronis was my first procuct of choice so I was really dissapointed that it failed so frequently. Paragon however almost never fails. This being the case we proceeded to test Paragon to make sure that it was compatible with our software. No Problem!
Reasons Why I chose Paragon over Acronis:
2. Help they offered.
3. Selection of products. Hard Drive Manager 11 is the best.
4. Options that Acronis offered for a price were included with Paragon, Like "Restore to Dissimilar Equipment", and RAID support, Win PE Recovery (Windows Pre-Install Enviornment).
5. More Tools for Geeks like us. Hard Drive Manager can do many things with the hard drive. Re-partition on the fly, Clone, Wipe the drive, Defrag, make VMDs (virtual Disks), as in Physical to Virtual, Virtual Adjust (so that it will make sure that it will work on the VM software that you are using). It can Clone from any size Drive to any size Drive, it doesn't have to be larger, it can be smaller as long as the data fits, Win PE recovery enviornment(Windows Pre-install Enviornment).
6.Trial Software proved its Superiority for me.
7. Last but not least Price. Paragon is cheaper than Acronis by a good margin. Also if you want all the extras that Arconis offeres that can double your cost. With Paragon it is all included. Hard Drive Manager Pro is kind of expensive, but they offer other products line Hard Drive Manager Suite that is about 1/2 the price, and does almost all the things that Pro does. They have a comparison on their web site that you can use to compare. Also you can find Backup and Restore Home version for around $20 depending on if you can find it on sale or not and "Restore to Dissimilar Equipment" is still included.
Give it a look and try.
Edited by fblittle, 12 December 2011 - 01:39 PM.