Use Paragon's Backup Tools With Windows BitLocker to Protect Against Data Loss and Unauthorized Access

The Purpose of Supporting Windows BitLocker

Freiburg, (PresseBox) - Approximately 60% of all computers sold worldwide today are portable. Portable computers are taken everywhere: home, vacations, or business trips. It makes them an easy target for criminals, especially for the private data they contain. Flash drives are also an easy theft target. Even a failed hard drive that you send back to your vendor for warranty is a potential threat to your private intellectual property. How can your personal data be protected? With one word - encryption!

About BitLocker

Data encryption has gone mainstream with Windows BitLocker, an optional security feature that enables data protection on volumes with 128/256-bit AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) encryption. It first appeared in Windows Vista Enterprise and Vista Ultimate to protect the contents of hard disks from offline attacks - for example, when a hard disk is stolen and connected to another computer to retrieve the data it contains. To learn more on the subject, please visit: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-vista/bitlocker-drive-encryption-overview

Important take-away: Windows BitLocker is ideal for protecting personal data from unauthorized access.

About Paragon's Backup Solutions

Paragon's backup solutions have been well known in the IT marketplace for nearly 20 years. In the latest product editions (i.e. Hard Disk Manager 14, Protect & Restore 3.0), the company introduced an innovative disk imaging technology in the form of a new backup container format pVHD (Paragon Virtual Hard Drive). pVHD is a proprietary VHD, optimized for storing backups of virtual and physical machines. It's also very efficient in handling incremental chains, data de-duplication and synchronization.

Here are some of the important features behind this brand-new technology:

- Incremental images are completed much faster and offer superior stability in comparison to the legacy PBF format (10x faster increments to network storage).
- Users may alternatively back up directly to any supported virtual container (VMDK, VHD, etc.).
- Backups are optimized for immediate virtualization scenarios. You can connect Paragon's backups directly as a virtual hard drive to launch the backed up system in a virtual environment without restore.

In general, if you compare Paragon's solutions with the Windows native backup/restore utilities, Paragon is much more efficient and flexible {2x faster backup, 2x better data compression, 3x better RTO [Recovery Time Objective], wider customization options, multi-platform recovery environments, etc}. To learn more about this, please see Comparing Paragon's Backup Tools with Windows-native Backup (below).

Important take-away: Paragon's backup solutions are much more efficient than the Windows native utilities in protecting OS and personal data from multiple types of loss.

BitLocker and Paragon's Backup

Windows BitLocker can protect sensitive data from theft, but not data corruption or accidental deletion as a result of a hardware failure, virus attack or human error. However, Paragon's solutions support those scenarios and can recover data from volumes encrypted by BitLocker, allowing backup, restore or copying of their contents as well as a number of other partitioning operations. For more information, please consult the Operations Available for BitLocker Encrypted Volumes chapter.

Important take-away: Combining Windows BitLocker and Paragon's backup capabilities provides exceptional protection of OS and personal data from unauthorized access and data loss.

BitLocker and Paragon's Backup Protect Against Data Loss and Unauthorized Access

Turning on BitLocker

To encrypt volumes through BitLocker, your computer must meet certain requirements, which vary depending on the type of drive you're encrypting (a local data, a system volume, a flash drive, etc.).

Unlocking BitLocker Encrypted Volumes

Paragon's solutions enable users to accomplish a number of operations on volumes encrypted by Windows BitLocker, but only after the volumes are unlocked. Locked volumes will be recognized in the program's interface as 'Not formatted' until they've been unlocked. The user can unlock these types of volumes only through Windows-native features:

- Windows graphical user interface,
- The manage-bde command line tool, which is available from both Windows and the WinPE recovery media.

Thus the first action required before working with a BitLocker encrypted volume will be to unlock in either Windows or the WinPE recovery media. Let's consider both options under Windows 8 and the WinPE 4.1 based recovery environment.

On how to use BitLocker and Paragon's backup tools, please visit: http://download.paragonsoftware.

com/doc/HDM_Bitlocker_wrkshp12-10-13.pdf

Comparing Paragon's Backup Tools with Windows-native Backup

Target System: Windows 7 x64 Enterprise, residing on an MBR hard disk (120 GB), that includes System Reserved (100 MB, non-encrypted) and Volume C:, (30 GB in size, where 15 GB is used, encrypted by BitLocker). The recovery key is on a NTFS formatted flash drive.

Backup

- Windows Backup (system image): 24 minutes; resulting backup size is 9.7 GB.
- pVHD (System Reserved + Volume C:): 9 minutes, 13 seconds; resulting backup size is 5 GB.

As you can see, Paragon's backup solution creates full system backups approximately 3x faster, while the resulting backup is 47% smaller in size.

Incremental Backup

- Windows Backup (system image): 3 minutes, 43 seconds; resulting backup size is 500 MB.
- pVHD (System Reserved + Volume C:): 1 minute, 09 seconds; resulting backup size is 369 MB.

Paragon's incremental imaging to pVHD is 4x faster, while the resulting image is ¼ smaller.

Restore

- Windows Backup (restore of the entire system from an increment): 35 minutes, 20 seconds
- pVHD Restore (restore of the entire system from an increment): 18 minutes, 39 seconds.

Paragon's incremental restore from pVHD is approx. 2x faster.

Operations Available for BitLocker Encrypted Volumes

The following operations are currently supported on volumes encrypted by BitLocker:


Backup Partition;
Restore Partition;
Copy Partition;
Delete Partition;
Change Volume Label;
Add/Remove Drive Letter;
Hide/Unhide Partition;
Mark Partition as Active/Inactive;
Change Serial Number;
Change Partition ID;
Test Surface;
Check File System Integrity;
Properties.


About Paragon's Hard Disk Management Product Line

Paragon Software Group offers a wide range of essential solutions to manage today's hard drives. The product line includes Paragon Backup & Recovery Home, Migrate OS to SSD, Partition Manager, Drive Copy, Virtualization Manager, Paragon Alignment Tool 4.0 Professional and others.

Paragon Hard Disk Manager 14 (Home, Professional, Business, Premium)

Paragon Hard Disk Manager 14 (HDM) is the best-selling, all-inclusive data management tool for Windows users to maintain and administer PCs and work stations with minimal effort over their entire life cycle. Paragon Hard Disk Manager comes in 4 editions - Home, Professional, Business and Premium. The editions cover data management needs of PC users, IT enthusiasts and all types of organizations (SMBs and large enterprises). Hard drives can be partitioned and data can be backed up using a variety of backup routines no matter whether they are in physical or virtual environments. HDM 14 supports dynamic drives and presents users with the ideal solution for modern hard disk management. Providing support for Windows BitLocker, HDM 14 Professional edition allows users to protect valuable or private data not only from accidental loss but also from unauthorized access. HDM 14 delivers faster data protection than the native Windows feature, as well as data recovery of BitLocker encrypted partitions.

HDM 14 introduces the pVHD format optimized for storing backups of virtual and physical machines. Now users have the option to backup data either as PBF files or in the new pVHD (Paragon Virtual Hard Drive) format. pVHD is very efficient in handling incremental chains, data deduplication and synchronization. With pVHD, backups may be up to four times smaller than the original objects. The introduction of pVHD has also made incremental imaging work ten times faster and with greater stability compared with the traditional PBF format, thus allowing easy and efficient backup to network storage.

HDM 14 allows data transfer to SSDs. The software offers source partition size reduction and the option of excluding some data from the transfer. Previously not allowed, the contents of a 512-byte hard disk now can be easily copied or restored to a 4K hard disk.

HDM 14 offers complete uEFI support under Windows, WinPE, and Linux, including a uEFI-compatible backup capsule. P2V Assistant also supports physical uEFI configurations allowing users to migrate from physical systems to virtual environments with just a few clicks.

Major New Features:

Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2 compatibility BitLocker support - for volume backup, restore, copy, hide/unhide, delete, and much more (available in the Professional editon only)

Windows Storage Spaces support - easily manage large storage pools

Windows 8.1 compatible Adaptive Restore

New pVHD backup container format - Paragon's proprietary image format is a better approach for desktop virtualization and disaster recovery. The platform-independent format helps reconstuct a Windows or Linux-based PC, including partition layout, partition data, and boot data. An image can be mounted as a virtual hard drive for use with a virtual machine. pVHD images can easily be converted to VHD, VHDx, or VMDK formats

Updated Universal Image Mounter (UIM) - enables mounting of pVHD and PBF backup images (full and incremental) to browse their contents and retrieve data via HDM 14 or directly from Windows. Also provides a convenient way to mount archives as virtual hard drives or virtual partitions for use with virtual machines.

WinPE 4.1 based recovery environment

Two ways to create WinPE-based recovery environment: either create a 'white label' WinPE recovery environment using AIK/ADK or build your own private recovery media using Windows recovery image.

Updated WinPE Recovery Media Builder - prepares either Linux- or WinPE-based bootable environment on a flash drive or in an ISO file without requiring the Windows ADK or WAIK be installed

Complete uEFI support in Windows, WinPE, and Linux, including uEFI compatible backup capsule

Updated Linux-based recovery environment - now based on SUSE 12.3, with an updated user interface and support for all varieties of modern hardware configurations including uEFI and legacy BIOS computers

Copy/Restore to dissimilar sector size - easily copy or restore contents of a 512-byte hard disk to a 4K hard disk with no additional actions required

ReFS support to take images of ReFS partitions

Supports VMware Workstation 10.0

For more information, please visit products sites:

Paragon Hard Disk Manager 14 Home: http://www.paragon-software.com/home/hdm-personal/

Paragon Hard Disk Manager 14 Professional: http://www.paragon-software.com/home/hdm-professional/

Paragon Hard Disk Manager 14 Business: http://www.paragon-software.com/small-business/hdm-business/

Paragon Hard Disk Manager 14 Premium: http://www.paragon-software.com/medium-large-business/hdm-premium/

Paragon Software Group

Paragon Software Group is an innovative software developer focused on two dynamic growth markets. The company's comprehensive product line for the data storage market addresses the needs of data security, storage and management for PCs, servers and networks. A second portfolio of products focuses on mobile productivity applications for handheld devices. Founded in 1994, Paragon Software Group has offices in the USA, Germany, Japan, Poland, Russia and China delivering its solutions to consumers, small business and enterprise clients worldwide through a network of Value Added Resellers, distributors and OEMs as well as online through the company website. Paragon Software Group provides technology to a host of world class companies and partners including Cisco Systems, Dell, HP, Western Digital Corp., ASUS, Seagate, LG Electronics, Logitech, Buffalo, Acer, EMC/Iomega, Siemens, Lenovo, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, and more. For more information please visit the company website at www.paragon-software.com

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