If you’re looking for a comprehensive software toolset for hard drives, the Paragon Hard Disk Manager 12 (available in Suite and Professional editions) is arguably one of the better offerings out there. The Suite edition targets home and home office users, and contains over 20 tools in one package, offering a full range of backup, recovery, partitioning, and migration solutions. The Professional edition sports several higher-end features, such as a GPT loader, and the abilities to do scripting, synthetic and cyclic backups, and defrag and compact an MFT.
When Windows 8 went on sale on October 26, Paragon Hard Disk Manager 12 wasn’t compatible with the new OS. But this is no longer the case now as Paragon has just issued a major update to both the Paragon Hard Disk Manager 12 Suite and Professional editions.
Besides full Windows 8 support, some of the new and updated features include:
Hard Disk Manager 12 Suite is available for US$49.95, and Hard Disk Manager 12 Professional is available for US$99.95. Both can be bought and downloaded from Paragon's website. The just-announced update is available free of charge to existing Hard Disk Manager 12 customers at https://www.paragon-software.com/account/login.htm?from=my-account.