Hard Disk Manager
Hard Disk Manager
1.3.873

2.5

Hard Disk Manager free download for Mac

Hard Disk Manager

1.3.873
28 December 2018

Total system and disk management.

Overview

Paragon Hard Disk Manager is the ideal system- and data-management solution for Mac. Powerful backup and flexible recovery functions, everything you need for perfect partitioning, reliable data-wiping algorithms, and much more.

Features:
  • Complete hard disk management - Covers all aspects of a Mac computer life cycle, beginning from drive partitioning and regular backup to system migration, disaster recovery and secure utilization of an outdated storage. You need two or more competitive utilities to have a similar set of functions.
  • Regular data protection - Sector-level data processing through the Paragon's Snapshot enables to do live imaging of the entire Mac including OS, applications with great perfomance. Backup to VMDK opens up an easy migration to a virtual environment of VMware Fusion. Fast restore at a granular level allows to restore only needed files through the Finder by mounting backup image.
  • Bootable recovery media - Create a bootable USB-flash stick or external storage to restore OS X system volumes or accomplish drive partitioning when OS X fails to start up or SIP doesn’t allow to perform the operations.
  • Boot Camp management - Anything you may need to effectively manage your Boot Camp Windows: backup, restore, repartitioning as well as boot correction capabilities.
  • Secure wiping - 10 military and governmental data wiping standards as well as support of the "SSD Trim" function to safely erase all on-disk data or only remnants of deleted files on traditional rotating platter disks or solid state drives.

What's new in Hard Disk Manager

Version 1.3.873:
  • Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.

8 Hard Disk Manager Reviews

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Uncoy
04 June 2018

Most helpful

HDM, is a strange bird and less immediately useful than you'd think despite it's greater capability than Apple's Disk Utility. RAID support seems very thin, the incremental backups are not compatible with anything Apple (proprietary Paragon format!). What is there in HDM are file integrity checks (something like Disk First Aid and the now missing Fix Permissions routine). Had Apple not crippled Disk Utility to the point of making it useless in El Capitan/Sierra/High Sierra I'd stick with Disk Utility. HDM is an awkward but powerful attempt at a replacement. For the moment, expert users only though. Just configuring the interface to be readable is half an hour's work for a CSS designer. Why HDM has to be so ugly is a mystery to me. One attractive theme with small/medium/large typeface sizes (not all elements should be the same size of course, but they should be resized proportionally depending on your choice) would be much better than three themes with nearly infinite (but still inadequate: with larger typeface some columns remain too narrow to read all the info) customisation options.

Paragon NTFS kext is set and forget. This monster HDM is anything but. For backups I continue to prefer SuperDuper! (working in High Sierra!) which uses native Apple formats. Native backup formats give me great confidence I'll be able to access my backups in the future (Apple disk images). Who knows what the future will bring with HDM? Why Paragon had to create its own backup format is another mystery for me. Much too much world invented here syndrome in HDM.

The licensing system is a complete nightmare. I have 15 Paragon licenses for various products and I dread deploying a new license. The licensing is now only very painful (think dentist) rather than excruciating (think dungeon, medieval torture). Or maybe I'm just more expert in it. Pricing is fair, bundles are often available so big marks for selling at reasonable prices. With reasonable prices, these kind of copy protection mechanisms aren't really needed, especially for mission critical applications like disk utilities (do users really want to risk their data to an outdated or pirated disk utility, probably not).

2.5 stars for taking on a challenging task and at the very least not erasing all our data. If you check other disk utilities out there for Apple, only the very innocuous SuperDuper! (doesn't modify originals) and DiskWarrior don't have dozens of angry users waving pitchforks over lost data. I own both of those (and most of the others). Only those two get regular use, along with the benchmarking from Disk Speed Tools (the tool I use isn't a disk utility really but it's part of a suite one could use as a disk utility). Hopefully HDM will get better. v1.2.2 is already somewhat more usable and more powerful than 1.1.

Suggestion: copying the design of Apple Disk Utility circa Snow Leopard would be a much better start than this QT home rolled Slackware style look. Throw out the current UI and start over.
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Version 1.1.254
birou
02 August 2019
Worst support I ever experienced with any software or any type of product or service!! Arrogant and useless.
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Version 1.3.873
Uncoy
04 June 2018
HDM, is a strange bird and less immediately useful than you'd think despite it's greater capability than Apple's Disk Utility. RAID support seems very thin, the incremental backups are not compatible with anything Apple (proprietary Paragon format!). What is there in HDM are file integrity checks (something like Disk First Aid and the now missing Fix Permissions routine). Had Apple not crippled Disk Utility to the point of making it useless in El Capitan/Sierra/High Sierra I'd stick with Disk Utility. HDM is an awkward but powerful attempt at a replacement. For the moment, expert users only though. Just configuring the interface to be readable is half an hour's work for a CSS designer. Why HDM has to be so ugly is a mystery to me. One attractive theme with small/medium/large typeface sizes (not all elements should be the same size of course, but they should be resized proportionally depending on your choice) would be much better than three themes with nearly infinite (but still inadequate: with larger typeface some columns remain too narrow to read all the info) customisation options.

Paragon NTFS kext is set and forget. This monster HDM is anything but. For backups I continue to prefer SuperDuper! (working in High Sierra!) which uses native Apple formats. Native backup formats give me great confidence I'll be able to access my backups in the future (Apple disk images). Who knows what the future will bring with HDM? Why Paragon had to create its own backup format is another mystery for me. Much too much world invented here syndrome in HDM.

The licensing system is a complete nightmare. I have 15 Paragon licenses for various products and I dread deploying a new license. The licensing is now only very painful (think dentist) rather than excruciating (think dungeon, medieval torture). Or maybe I'm just more expert in it. Pricing is fair, bundles are often available so big marks for selling at reasonable prices. With reasonable prices, these kind of copy protection mechanisms aren't really needed, especially for mission critical applications like disk utilities (do users really want to risk their data to an outdated or pirated disk utility, probably not).

2.5 stars for taking on a challenging task and at the very least not erasing all our data. If you check other disk utilities out there for Apple, only the very innocuous SuperDuper! (doesn't modify originals) and DiskWarrior don't have dozens of angry users waving pitchforks over lost data. I own both of those (and most of the others). Only those two get regular use, along with the benchmarking from Disk Speed Tools (the tool I use isn't a disk utility really but it's part of a suite one could use as a disk utility). Hopefully HDM will get better. v1.2.2 is already somewhat more usable and more powerful than 1.1.

Suggestion: copying the design of Apple Disk Utility circa Snow Leopard would be a much better start than this QT home rolled Slackware style look. Throw out the current UI and start over.
Like (7)
Version 1.1.254
Monor82
03 December 2017
Does not install properly - and Paragon does not answer support mails I recently bought Hard Disk Manager as part of a software bundle but was not able to install it (Mac OS X 10.11.6). It continuously asked for downloading further components resulting in an error message and an endless loop. Several support requests to Paragon were ignored. Finally, I got an automatic e-mail notification, even with an Ticket ID but with no answer to my problem. Instead, I was provided a link for registering a personal account (what I did not intended to do). Obviously, Paragon does not take its customers seriously - buy their products at your own risk!
Like (1)
Version 1.1.254
Meister-Fritz
18 September 2017
Do you want to take a substantial chance? If you change partitions using this software, you will be taking a chance. How significant is that chance? If the changes make your BootCamp partition inoperable and require reinstallation is that significant enough? I cannot use a broad brush and paint everyone into that corner, but it happened to me. So make your own judgment.
Like (2)
Version 1.1.254
Lounge-Deluxe
08 August 2017
How about HDM's roadmap for support for Apple's upcoming APFS? That would be crucial to know for me before making use of today's MU Promo.
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Version 1.1.254
MichaelHaeusler
27 December 2016
I know that HDM is probably way better than Apple's Disk Utility. But I still have so many questions about this. (1) Does it have full RAID support (all versions)? (2) Can I run scripts (pre-backup, post-backup)? (3) It has incremental snapshot backups, but does it work as a full replacement for Apple's Time Machine? (4) Can I incrementally backup to a NAS? (5) What about offsite backups? (6) There seems to be a cloning backup functionality, but is it really a full replacement for Carbon Copy Cloner? CCC is great in that you clone your running boot volume, it only backs up the things that have changed, and when you need to restore, you just boot into your clone volume and restore with CCC from there. Is HDM able to do the same? Judging from their tutorials it seems to be a bit more complicated, plus some caveats like iCloud problems after restore etc. Actually, I would love to have all that functionality in one software, a substitute for Time Machine, and a substitute for CCC, a substitute for Disk Utility etc. But Paragon's information is lacking. Anyone who has used the software and can answer some of my questions?
Like (3)
Version 1.1.60
1 answer(s)
Uncoy
Uncoy
04 June 2018
I've had trouble finding a use model for HDM, despite it's greater capability than Apple's Disk Utility. RAID support seems very thin, the incremental backups are not compatible with anything Apple (proprietary Paragon format!). What is there in HDM are file integrity checks (something like Disk First Aid and the now missing Fix Permissions routine). Had Apple not crippled Disk Utility to the point of making it useless in El Capitan/Sierra/High Sierra I'd stick with Disk Utility. HDM is an awkward but powerful attempt at a replacement. For the moment, expert users only though. Just configuring the interface to be readable is half an hour's work for a CSS designer. Why HDM has to be so ugly is a mystery to me. One attractive theme with small/medium/large typeface sizes (not all elements should be the same size of course, but they should be resized proportionally depending on your choice) would be much better than three themes with nearly infinite (but still inadequate: with larger typeface some columns remain too narrow to read all the info) customisation options.

Paragon NTFS kext is set and forget. This monster HDM is anything but.
Like (1)
Tomq
22 September 2016
Needs Scheduled Backups, and RAID 0, at least
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Version 1.1.16
Jess-MacUpdate
21 July 2016
Hard Disk Manager, from Paragon Software, is undoubtedly the most complete disk-management solution I've seen. It's clear that Paragon has used everything they learned from the other utilities they create to produce a package that addresses almost every conceivable issue that might arise in disk management. Most utilities of this type can manage installations of OS X, some versions of Windows, or various flavors of Linux; Hard Disk Manager can handle them all, and provides backup and restoration functionality as well. And Hard Disk Manager can work with all types of drives, from the expected hard disks to thumb (flash) drives. It can even format and partition, as well as backup and restore, FileVault and Fusion drives. The utility relies heavily on contextual menus to access the various functions for physical disks and partitions, as well as for logical CoreStorage drives: creation, formatting, copying, and deletion of partitions; wiping--or shredding--of data or free space; redistribution of free space between partitions; volume backup using Paragon's patent-pending Snapshot technology, which provides options such as selective file/folder restoration and incremental backups which can optionally be merged with a parent backup; recovery of deleted data; repair of Windows boot issues; migration of a Boot Camp installation from one Mac to another; and even revision of Windows installations to conform to new, possibly incompatible, hardware. And no change is made immediately: all activities are queued for review and submission, so you have an opportunity to revise your changes before you commit to them. Though it may seem a small thing, I was impressed by the thought Paragon has put into the creation of this utility, providing an option to perform two extremely important functions for bootable partitions in one step: file-system-integrity check and scan-and-repair for bad disk sectors. I never could understand why creators of disk utilities forced you to perform two separate tasks to get this same result. And to "up the ante," Hard Disk Manager can perform these checks on currently booted volumes by "freezing" the OS while the checks are performed. This is facility and utility at its best. Paragon has provided incredible power at an extremely reasonable price, which equates to unparalleled value.
Like (6)
Version 1.0.65
3 answer(s)
James-/-Hans-Kunz
James-/-Hans-Kunz
19 August 2016
this software is a pure fraud..............after paying $20.- (special) receiving the registration code, install,& register, i ended up with a demo software, when i try to register again it says registration code invalid & if i try to reset the passcode i'm getting told that there is no customer with saddas email address
do not buy it until i can confirm otherwise
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Mrtomato
Mrtomato
23 August 2016
@James/Hans Kunz: Wouldn't it be more helpful if you first try to resolve your problem and THEN post something here? We aren't all waiting on your word. Paragon Software already has a well-established reputation and there's a review here from MU - fraud does not seem very likely.
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Uncoy
Uncoy
03 June 2018
Paragon's licensing process is so painful that out of the 15 licenses I own, only six or seven are deployed. I only deploy Paragon software when it's a matter of critical functionality (access to NTFS drives for a dual OS user for instance). Such great technology attached to such a backwards company. Engineers and owners are on two different planets here. Often happens with German companies. Great product design, lousy marketing. Already lost them two world wars so I don't think they plan to change.
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$39.96

2.5

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  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.10.0 or later
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