After choosing a backup source, it's time to tell the program the destination media where you want to store the data. There are four scheduling options: Daily, On-demand, Weekly, and One Backup.
I chose an external Seagate Free Agent Go Flex Desk. The last doesn't seem necessary, since you'd just use the Create single backup option for that.
And the latest version saves users from having to worry about whether they should save backups as PVHDs (Paragon Virtual Hard Drives) or some other format.
Of course the higher your setting, the less disk space is used, but the longer processing will take. For daily backups, you can have the program retain the last seven backups, with one full and six incremental backups performed. Ironically, though, the new version is actually more consumer friendly than the last, with new Wizards to take you through the most common backup scenarios.In the past I've been underwhelmed with Paragon's file-and-folder backup software, especially in contrast with the company's excellent disk-partitioning tools.In that program, you can just choose a simple full backup, without concerning yourself with nitpicky details, but the curious can still unveil many advanced options. This isn't explicitly available in Paragon, though as mentioned, you can choose to only include certain file types.Backup Performance A full backup of my test hard drive, which contained 14.1GB of data and programs, took 5 minutes and 3 seconds, a minute faster than Acronis True Image 2017's 6 minutes and 6 seconds.Paragon presents an easy-to-use interface, but Acronis, by comparison, does a better job of hiding advanced settings.Acronis also offers the option to send you notifications about backup activity.It also means you can use encryption and password protection.Paragon's virtual operation provides a layer of protection, so that you won't overwrite disk data until you confirm the action.The company is aggressive about updating the product, now in its 16th version.In addition to Windows 10 support, the software supports UEFI startup, Bit Locker, virtual drives, and Windows Storage Spaces.