How to create complete/partial data back up using MiniTool ShadowMaker

The world has become quite scary and risky to live in. And that includes your computer systems and the data on it as well. How about a tool that would help you backup and restore your data really fast? MiniTool ShadowMaker is one such option that offers a rather simplified option for backing up and restore your data.

Backing up your data is of utmost importance if you are using a computer system for business and other tasks. You cannot be sure when one may fall into the trap of the hackers and your computer system goes haywire. An easy and powerful data backup tool will always remain handy and that is exactly what brought us to review one of the capable tools in the genre - MiniTool ShadowMaker. What is this handy tool all about and how can you use it to backup and restore your data? We will go through the features and functionality of the software in finer detail.

MiniTool ShadowMaker - An Overview

Well, the name itself should be an indication, MiniTool ShadowMaker is a tool that lets you create a backup of the complete data on your device. What makes it one of the most sought-after options is it's easy to use interface that can easily be mastered even by newbies.
If you are a Windows user and looking for a utility that offers easier options for file backup, disk backup and a system backup through a simple interface, your search should ideally end with MiniTool ShadowMaker. Apart from these common backup requirements, the tool can also handle disk-level and partition level backups. The software meets all your backup preferences - no matter whether you are looking for full, differential, incremental or scheduled backup. The best part that we liked with the tool is its easy customisation to suit your exact needs.

The Features we loved

Well, the tool is indeed one of the best with a host of features and functionality. Some of the features that will impress any computer enthusiast include the following.

Multiple Backup Options

You can use it for any of your backup requirements. If you have any specific file or folder that you think needs special attention, you can opt for File or Folder Backup. If you are wary of your system crashing as a result of faulty updates or any outside attack, you can go with the System Backup option to safeguard your system partition against issues.

Disk Cloning

Disk Cloning can be the best alternative for the faster booting up. If you have any issues with booting up of your system for any reason, Disk Clone feature as one of the excellent fallbacks. In fact, it can serve you the best when you are considering upgrading your HDD or when going for SSD up-gradation.
clone disk

Highest Degree of Data Recovery

MiniTool ShadowMaker promises to be the faster option for recovering your system. You can easily recover your systems, disks, partitions or files to the state that they were working fine with a few clicks. It comes with a WinPE Bootable Media Builder to aid you in recovering your files in cases of situations like virus attacks, physical damage, drive malfunction or serious threats like Ransomware attacks.

How to use MiniTool ShadowMaker for your system or data backup?

Well, the steps involved are quite simple and easy to understand. In fact, that is one of the plus points of the utility. Anyone with basic computer knowledge will be able to use the software with complete expertise.
Here we go with the procedure to back up your system using MiniTool ShadowMaker.
  • Download and install MiniTool ShadowMaker. Ensure that you are downloading the official version from the site. The file size just around 75 MB and the installation will complete in just under 15 minutes.
  • In the next step, choose whether you want to back up the local computer or any other remote device. If you are looking to the backup remote computer, you will need to enter the IP address of the remote computer.
  • initial screen
  • Make your selection and click on Connect.
  • The main interface does not look scary at all as you may have found in case of the other backup and restore solutions. It just greets you with a clearly visible Setup Backup option.
  • minitool setup this computer
  • Click on it and you will be taken to the next screen, which again is completely self-explanatory.
  • Choose your Source drive and Destination folders.
While you are on this page, you can check the options available for scheduling the automatic backups. Click on Schedule and you will find the options for configuring Daily, Weekly, Monthly and On Event scheduling for backup. Please note that you will need to toggle the option to ON through the button at the bottom left.
You may also choose the Scheme for the backup options. The schemes available include Differential, Incremental and Full. Yet again, you will need to toggle the functionality to ON as in the case of Scheduling.
Well, continuing the backup task that we have undertaken, you can continue with your backup through the following steps -
  • Once you have chosen the source drive and destination folders, move on to click on Backup Now
  • configure backup
  • The backup process will now begin. backup in process
    Please note that it may take time depending the size of the drive and the number of files to be backed up.
That does it. You have successfully backed up your system drive with ease. Do note that your computer may go slow as the Backup process is in progress. This will again be dependent upon the resources that your computer has and the system requirements that the tool may need.

Well, wasn't that one of the easiest methods you ever used for backing up your system? We bet it was. At least, that was what we experienced.
A host of extra features is yet another feature that we liked with the software.
additional features

The Pricing

The tool is available for free for a period of 30 days. If you are impressed with the functionality - we bet, you will - you can opt for a Pro edition available at a one-time payment.
If you are a home user, you may opt for -
MiniTool ShadowMaker Pro - One license for one PC. Chargeable at $ 29.
MiniTool ShadowMaker Pro Ultimate - One License for Three PCs, Charges at $ 79.
If you are looking for a business use where you may have multiple users, you can check out the following options -
Business Standard - One License for one PC/server. Charges are $ 129.
Business Deluxe - One license for 10 PCs/ Servers. Charges would be $ 399.

The Concluding Thoughts

Based on the time we spent with the tool, we can only conclude that MiniTool Shadowmaker is an excellent, comprehensive and easy to use tool for all your backup needs. We found none of the controls, settings or features difficult to grasp. The simple and straightforward functionality is one of the features we loved the most. That will be something the novice users will indeed love.
With the different pricing options available, we think it is a real value for money option for all your backup and restore needs. If you are not sure, you can download the trial version and find for your self.


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