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A snapshot for Mac OS X SDK

21st January 2016
Joe Bush

Paragon Software Group has released Paragon Snapshot for Mac OS X - a snapshot technology that allows users to create block level archives of OS X volumes. With Paragon Snapshot for Mac OS X, incremental back-ups contain only the blocks that have changed instead of the entire file, the way traditional back-up and archive software work. The technology is available for licensing to developers who publish back-up software, as well as providers who specialise in disaster recovery.

On OS X, traditional back-up archives are created at the file level by Apple’s built-in Time Machine and other third party software that works in a similar fashion. Paragon Snapshot for Mac OS X is the only technology that allows users to create block level archives of OS X volumes. Recovery from images made with Paragon Snapshot for Mac OS X are at least four times faster than restoring from existing Time Machine back-ups.

Compared to file level back-ups, the software with integrated Paragon Snapshot for Mac OS X technology will also provide a higher compression rate for archived files. Among other advantages, Paragon Snapshot for Mac OS X works 100% online while OS X is running, requiring no system restart or reboot. With this Snapshot technology in place, incremental back-ups will be smaller, because the block level imaging stores only the blocks that have changed.

Once integrated, Paragon Snapshot will prove invaluable for Mac owners, providing them with an option to elevate and accelerate back-up routines. When disaster strikes, Paragon Snapshot for Mac enables hassle-free recovery from snapshot-based back-up archives, which is more efficient than recovering from file level back-ups.

Just like the company’s cross platform Universal File System Driver, Paragon Snapshot for Mac OS X supports all file systems, even those not natively supported by OS X (e.g. Windows NTFS and Linux ExtFS). Even more, being installed on the lower level than a file system, the utility can take snapshots of disks without a file system at all. It means that a third party developer using Paragon’s Snapshot technology to work with unformatted disks (e.g. with deleted volumes, etc.) can develop new approaches to address users’ needs.

Paragon Snapshot for Mac OS X allows you to:

• Quickly and easily back-up running applications and system-locked files. • Create RAW disk images. • Image any type of volume, including Windows NTFS or Linux ExtFS-formatted partitions.

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