A hard drive is the main storage area of a computer and it can be failing to cause data loss. Actually, data loss can occur in multiple ways because of some reasons including accidental error, disaster, theft, physical failure of the PC, virus, and threats, etc.
You can extend your data protection by backing up important files, for example, photos, videos, music files, financial documents and more. That way you won’t spend more money on recovering files if they are deleted accidentally or inadvertently changed, but you can recover files from the backup for free.
At times, you may also encounter system breakdown due to some reasons like a virus, computer failure, mistaken operations, etc. If you have taken a system backup, you can also restore your system to a normal state.
To back up your computer to keep it safe, you will be saving much work with a reliable third-party utility. We have tried MiniTool ShadowMaker 2.0 back in year 2018, and the latest version of the software came to 3.1.
MiniTool ShadowMaker 3.1
As an excellent backup software, MiniTool ShadowMaker 3.1 is reliable, safe, professional, and compatible with multiple Windows systems.
It is an all-in-one program for personal computers, small, medium businesses and enterprises since it can provide users with many powerful features and various backup modes.
Now, let’s take a look at its basic and main features.
Main Features of MiniTool ShadowMaker 3.1
Backup and Restore
By default, MiniTool ShadowMaker 3.1 backs up the Windows operating system. In addition, it allows users to back up partitions, disks, files, and folders. During the backup process, the backup content will be compressed to an image file.
Once computer accidents happen, you can restore your PC from the created backup image to the state. Especially when the system crashes, you can perform a system image recovery rather than OS reinstallation.
If you try to restore your system image to another computer with different hardware, the target computer could also boot since MiniTool ShadowMaker 3.1 allows you to perform the incompatibility issue fix with the Universal Restore feature.
In addition to backing up files to an image, MiniTool ShadowMaker 3.1 added another backup method to protect your data. It is file sync. It allows you to sync your files and folders to another location for backup. The source and target contents are identical. This software currently supports one-way file sync.
MiniTool ShadowMaker 3.1 allows you to clone the entire system disk or data disk to another hard drive for disk update or disk backup. After a system disk clone, the target disk can be as the bootable disk to boot your PC.
For disk imaging, MiniTool ShadowMaker enables you to create three types of backup, including full backup, incremental backup, and differential backup. The latter two refers to creating backups for only newly added or changed data. During backups, you can set the backup software to delete old backup versions to perform disk space management.
For file sync and disk imaging backup, these two methods allow you to create automatic backups to keep your PC well.
Win-PE Bootable Builder and Boot Menu
MiniTool ShadowMaker 3.1 allows you to create a bootable CD/DVD disc, USB hard drive or USB flash drive when the PC can run properly. Once the operating system fails to boot to the desktop, you can boot the PC from the created media and then perform a restore.
Additionally, you can also add MiniTool Recovery Environment to the boot menu so that you can directly go to Win-PE, without any disc or drive in the event of system corruption.
All of the information is on the main features of MiniTool ShadowMaker 3.1. To learn more about the software upgrade history, go to its official website.
To Back up Files
To keep data safe, you should back up files. Here is what you should do:
Step 1: Run MiniTool ShadowMaker 3.1. Then, choose the Connect button in the local backup mode to continue.
Step 2: In the Backup window, you can see system partitions are selected. To back up files, you should click the Source section to choose items that you need to back up. Next, go to Destination to choose a path – an external hard drive, USB flash drive, NAS, etc. can be available.
Step 3: Finally, click Back up Now to start the backup task.
To sum up, in comparison with its former versions, the latest MiniTool ShadowMaker 3.1 added some new features, and yes, there are indeed features that are worth giving special nods to, but not them all. MiniTool ShadowMaker 3.1 is more comprehensive backup software, offers extended protection for your data security. You will be expecting more to come.