Free disk image software – PBRFAE [ Norton Ghost & Acronis True Image alternative ]

Paragon Backup & Recovery Free Advanced Edition 2010( PBRFAE ) is a free alternative to Acronis True Image and Norton Ghost, it allows you back up any combination of hard drive or partition to a image file and restore hard drive or partition from the backed up image file. PBRFAE supports Windows 7 (32/64-bit) and Windows XP Professional (32/64-bit).

Free disk image software - PBRFAE [ Norton Ghost & Acronis True Image alternative ]

PBRFAE supports variety of operating systems and hard drives, and allows you build a bootable thumb drive or CD/DVD disk, when your windows failed to boot up, you can use the recovery boot disk to boot up and restore the saved image file to system partition.

During the installation progress, it will guide you through a step to get the PRODUCT KEY and SERIAL NUMBER, after you have filled up the online form, you will receive a new email from Paragon which contains the PRODUCT KEY and SERIAL NUMBER in a few minutes.


  • Restore an entire disk or separate partitions image.
  • Create bootable USB Flash drive, CD or DVD to recover your PC on demand.
  • Backup Capsule – You can place a backup image to a special secured place on the hard disk called the Backup Capsule that has an independent system layout (e.g. a separate partition) and will stay operable should the active file system be damaged. To avoid an accidental removing or unauthorized access of the backup data, this partition is hidden and thus cannot be mounted in the operating system.
  • Hot Backup.
  • Support for the latest hardware as well as hard disk partitioning schemes.
  • Backup to FTP servers.
  • Backup to CD/DVD und Blu-ray.
  • Mount Images.
  • Selective Restore.
  • Scheduled Tasks.
  • Microsoft VSS Support.
  • Supported File Systems:NTFS (v1.2, v3.0, v3.1), FAT16, FAT32, Linux Ext2FS, Linux Ext3FS, Linux Ext4FS, Linux Swap, HPFS, Limited read/write access to Apple HFS+ partitions.
  • Supported Hard Drives and Removable Media: Parallel ATA (IDE) HDD, Serial ATA (SATA) HDD, External SATA (eSATA) HDD, SCSI HDD, All levels of SCSI, IDE and SATA RAID controllers, USB 1.x/2.0 and IEEE 1394 (FireWire) devices, PC card storage devices, GUID Partition Table (GPT), Support large hard disks (up to 2TB, both MBR- and GPT-formatted).

Here is the full features list.

Paragon Backup & Recovery Free Advanced Edition 2010 works on Windows XP / Windows 7 /Windows Me/2000/Vista.

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