Nowadays, most official documents are stored on the computer system in the form of data, and the hard drive is the major storage area of a computer. But sometimes, we may suffer data loss because of some reasons including accidental removals, virus attack, Windows crash, mistaken deletion, and so on.
Therefore, it is pretty critical to keeping all the data safe and accessible at all times. We can protect our data by backing up important files, such as photos, videos, music files, and more. This is because we can easily restore the files if they are lost. But how to back up our files?
We find that MiniTool ShadowMaker is the best one to back up our files. This tool is a free powerful backup assistant compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, and Windows Servers.
MiniTool ShadowMaker is a simple and easy-to-use tool that can recover data from any storage device or drive such as hard disk, CD, DVD, etc. It is specially designed to recover all lost data in a very simple way. It is a very convenient tool for rectifying system crashes.
Main Features of MiniTool ShadowMaker 3.2
As an all-in-one tool, the most outstanding feature of MiniTool ShadowMaker is the Backup feature, but other features can help us protect data to a large extent. Now, let’s take a look at its basic and main features.
Backup is the basic feature of MiniTool ShadowMaker. By default, it backs up the Windows operating system. Besides, it allows us to back up disks and partitions, files, and folders. It can effectively manage all backup types, whether it is an incremental backup, differential backup, or full backup.
What’s more, with the help of MiniTool ShadowMaker, we can schedule a backup to prevent any data loss. Depending on our requirements, the backup schedule can be weekly, daily, or monthly. It can also be based on events. Therefore, it provides us with greater flexibility to schedule system backups.
MiniTool ShadowMaker supports us to back up data to four different paths: Administrator, Libraries, Computer, and Shared.
If we lost our data due to some reasons but we have backed up them in advance, then we can use this feature to restore our data. Especially when our computer crashes due to a virus, we can use the system image created earlier to restore the computer to a normal state.
In addition, when we try to restore the system image to another computer with different hardware, the target computer could also boot because MiniTool ShadowMaker allows us to use the Universal Restore feature to fix the incompatibility issue.
This feature allows us to synchronize files and folders to multiple locations, which can also help us to protect our data. We can use it to transfer files (even large files) at high speed. Besides, we can directly view files and folders without having to restore them like a backup image.
The Clone Disk feature is also an important feature of MiniTool ShadowMaker, which is located on the Tools page. It plays a vital role when we try to upgrade the disk to a large hard drive. We can use this feature to clone the entire disk without damaging the original data.
Also, we can use it to clone the system disk to another hard drive, and then the target disk can be as the bootable disk to boot our computer.
The Media Builder feature is also located on the Tools page, which enables us to create bootable media. When our operating system cannot start normally, the bootable media is very important so that we can use it to boot the computer into the MiniTool Recovery Environment. Then we can perform some recovery solutions.
How to Back up the Operating System Using MiniTool ShadowMaker?
It is recommended to back up our operating system when our system is running well so that we can use the system image to restore our system to its previous normal state when our system crashes. Here is a quick guide on how to back up the operating system using MiniTool ShadowMaker.
Step 1: Launch MiniTool ShadowMaker at first, then click Keep Trial. Choose whether to manage a local or remote computer and then click Connect to get the main interface.
Step 2: As we have mentioned above, MiniTool ShadowMaker backs up the system by default. But if we want to change the destination, we can just click the Destination to select the destination path.
Step 3: Click Back up Now to begin the task.We can also click Back up Later to delay the task.
After we completed all the steps above, we have backed up the operating system successfully.