Backing up is always an essential method to keep one’s computer safe. In order to back up data and files, one can choose the Windows snap-in tool or a piece of third-party software.
This post will introduce a piece of professional backup software – MiniTool ShadowMaker, I tried before with an older version back in 2018, and the latest version comes to 3.1. It is the Windows backup software and provides recovery solutions with its Restore feature.
Besides the backup and restore feature, the program also has many other functions that are user-friendly. To learn about this program well, I will talk about the main features of this program and have a look at how it works.
The Main Features of MiniTool ShadowMaker 3.1
As the professional backup software, MiniTool ShadowMaker 3.1 can back up files, folders, disks, partitions, and the operating system. It is designed to back up the OS. In addition, MiniTool ShadowMaker enables us to create an automatic backup so as to provide better protection for your data and computer.
Apart from that, MiniTool ShadowMaker 3.1 provides three different backup schemes. You can choose to change it with your actual needs.
The Restore feature is closely connected with the Backup feature. This feature provides some recovery solutions with the backup images created before. In particular, if the system is crashed, you can restore it to a normal state with the system image created before.
The Sync feature allows you to synchronize the file to other locations such as external hard drives or removable USB flash drives so as to provide better protection for data.
As to the Sync feature, it is the same as the ‘Copy’ feature of Windows to keep data safe. However, it would not create an image file, thus you can view the content of when the sync process is finished. The Sync feature can sync large files at a very fast speed.
Create Bootable Media
MiniTool ShadowMaker 3.1 has another user-friendly feature – Media Builder. This feature enables you to create a bootable disc or a USB drive, which can be used to boot the computer to enter MiniTool Recovery Environment when the computer can’t boot from the operating system and perform some recovery solutions.
Disk clone is another essential feature of MiniTool ShadowMaker 3.1, which is significant for hard drive upgrading. If you want to upgrade their hard drives, you can choose to clone the OS from HDD to SSD without data loss rather than reinstalling the operating system. That way, it would be convenient for you who want to upgrade their hard drive.
This feature is used to solve some incompatibility problems. If you try to restore the system image to a different computer or different hardware, the computer may fail to boot. Then you can boot the computer from the bootable media and enter the MiniTool Recovery Environment. You can see this feature only in MiniTool ShadowMaker 3.1 Bootable Edition.
MiniTool ShadowMaker is available for Windows Home, Servers and Workstations users. And there are various editions for MiniTool ShadowMaker 3.1.
We just list the main features of MiniTool ShadowMaker and it also has some other features.
How to Create System Image to Safeguard Your PC?
In this section, I will show you how to create a system image to safeguard your PC.
Step 1: Install MiniTool ShadowMaker, launch it and click Keep Trial. Then click Connect in This Computer to enter its main interface.
Step 2: MiniTool ShadowMaker chooses the backup source and destination automatically. It chooses the OS as the backup source by default. Hence, there is no need for us to choose by ourselves. However, if we want to change the backup source and destination, we can click the Source module and Destination module to continue.
Step 3: After selecting the backup source and destination, we can click Back up Now to start the task immediately. Or we can click Back up Later, but we need to restart it on the Manage page.
Waiting for a while, creating a system image task will be finished. With this system image, we can perform some recovery solutions like restoring files or restoring the computer to a normal state when some accidents happen.
The all-in-one software – MiniTool ShadowMaker 3.1 is a good assistant to safeguard our PC and data. Its powerful features will give you an extraordinary experience.