With the popularization of computers, many files, pictures, and videos are stored on the computers, but during the use of the computer, sometimes because of an unexpected power failure or system crash, the files we stored in the computer are lost. Therefore, it is very important to keep the data on the computer secure.
So how to ensure data security? MiniTool ShadowMaker 3.2 is a good choice, it is a piece of professional backup software for Windows. It is compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 and Windows Servers.
Since it can provide users with many powerful features and various backup modes, it is an all-in-one tool for personal computers, small, medium businesses and enterprises.
Now let’s take a look at its basic and main functions.
Main Features of MiniTool ShadowMaker 3.2
1. Local and Remote Management
It is common that we can back up our data on the local computer, and MiniTool ShadowMaker can also allow us to manage other computers remotely as long as we have their IP addresses and the target computers are on the same LAN.
2. Backup Feature
As one of the most important features of MiniTool ShadowMaker, the Backup feature allows us to back up disks and partitions, files and folders, and even the operating system. By default, this tool backs up the system and selects the backup destination. During the backup process, the backup data will be compressed to image files.
Obviously, we can notice that there are three buttons under the Backup page, and each of them is very useful.
- Schedule is used for setting automatic backup.
- Scheme is used for setting different backup schemes: Full backup, Incremental backup and Differential backup.
- Options is used for setting some advanced parameters, such as setting encryption mode, adding comments to backups, shutting down after successful backup, etc.
3. Restore Feature
The Restore feature is used to restore the backup image file that we have created using MiniTool ShadowMaker when there are some important files and data lost or deleted accidentally.
What’s more, it is very easy to restore the operating system to the original hardware or hard disk. But when we try to restore the system to a different computer, then our computers cannot boot because of the incompatibility. Luckily, we can use MiniTool ShadowMaker 3.2 to restore the backup operating system to other computers without meeting the incompatibility issue.
4. Sync Feature
The Sync feature is very useful when we try to sync files and folders to more than one location with high transferring speed (even the large files). This feature can also help us protect our data. And one more good thing is that we can view the files and folders directly without restoring them like backup images.
5. Media Builder Feature
The Media Builder feature is on the Tools page, which allows us to create bootable media. Using the bootable media can help us to boot our computer to enter the MiniTool Recovery Environment when the Windows fails to boot, and then we can perform some recovery solutions.
6. Clone Disk Feature
The Clone Disk feature is also on the Tools page, which plays an important role when we try to upgrade our disk to a large hard drive. We can use this feature to clone a whole disk and it would not bring any damage to the original data. What’s more, if there are simple volumes on dynamic disk, then we can clone the simple volumes, too.
To Back up Windows System
After knowing the main features of MiniTool ShadowMaker 3.2, then how to back up the Windows system? Here is the tutorial:
Step 1: Launch MiniTool ShadowMaker 3.2 at first, then choose whether to manage a local or remote computer and then click Connect to get the main interface.
Step 2: Go to the Backup window, then we can see system partitions are selected as well as the destination. But if we want to change the destination, we can just click the Destination to select the destination path. And it is recommended to save the system image to an external hard drive.
Step 3: Finally, click Back up Now to begin the backup task. We can also click Back up Later, then click Back up Now to restart the backup task on the Manage page.
As a professional free backup software, MiniTool ShadowMaker can safely and quickly back up our data. We can choose to manage our own computers locally or remotely. In addition, MiniTool ShadowMaker also possesses several other powerful features such as Sync, Clone Disk, and WinPE Media Builder. In order to ensure our data is secure, we can also use MiniTool ShadowMaker’s own feature for encryption.
To protect our data, regular system backups are essential, and MiniTool ShadowMaker will be our backup software of choice.