Software
MiniTool ShadowMaker
PROS
Being available in a free version that has all the features the average user needs.
Installs with just one process running in the background.
Interface is clean, logical, and not unattractive.
CONS
No CDP
BOTTOM LINE
MiniTool ShadowMaker helps me a lot. Being available in a free version that has all the features the average user needs makes me very happy.
Protection
Fair
Usability
4 / 5
User Interface
4 / 5
CPU/RAM/Storage
Fair Usage

Panny

Level 1
MiniTool announced the release of MiniTool ShadowMaker Pro 2.0 in late May. It is an all-in-one data protection and disaster recovery solution for me. I can rely on backup files to restore operating systems to a normal state once a disaster occurs, a system crash, hard drive failure, mistaken operation, Windows update, and more.

This software offers simple interface and guided me through the whole process flow. New user like me can easily back up system/disk/files/folders with a few clicks.

As mentioned in a press release , the software has 4 essential backup features.

File/Folder Backup: Users who pay great attention to some files or folders can choose this feature since it can movesome files or folders from Users, Libraries, or This PC to another safe place.

Disk/Partition Backup: If users save lots of important files in the same location, this feature is recommended to create a disk/partition backup image.

Disk Clone: This feature can copy a hard drive in only a few clicks. If users want to upgrade HDD to SSD, this feature is recommended. And, disk cloning is significant for instant boot up.

System Backup: Windows cannot boot after serious virus invasion, human errors or after an unstable Windows update.This feature is designed to backup system drive completely including system partition, system reserved partition and EFI system partition. All data including applications, drivers, computer settings, system files and boot files will be imaged. When a system crashes, users can keep their PC running after restore with WinPE based Bootable Media Builder.

In the main interface of MiniTool ShadowMaker Pro 2.0, the partition for system boot is selected by default, users need to specify a place in "Destination Folder" section to back up the system.

Other Useful Tools of MiniTool ShadowMaker
  1. Manage Remote Computer: Users can manage another computer remotely by inputting the IP address of the computer in the same LAN.
  2. Schedule and Event Trigger Backup: Customize backup schedule. Set up MiniTool ShadowMaker to back up daily, weekly, monthly or on event.
  3. WinPE Bootable media builder and PXE server: Users can effectively restore operating system back to its prior state when computer fails to boot, and boot many computers from micro system in network.
  4. Boot Menu: Restore system without a bootable media.
  5. 3 Backup Schemes: MiniTool offers full backup, incremental backup, differential backup to manage disk space usage by deleting the specified backup image file versions.
  6. Mount/Dismount Image: Mount images as virtual drives to access them as if they were physical drive in Windows Explorer. Dismount drive images as the virtual disk to save considerable system resources.
  7. Back up using Command Line: Advanced users select Command Shell to open Windows built-in cmd.exe and then perform task or function in Windows PE.
  8. Network Booting: Set client PCs to boot from the same network.
  9. Universal Restore: Universal Restore guarantees successful boot when users are restoring Windows system image to a computer with a dissimilar processor, motherboard, or chipset.
  10. Password Protection and AES Encryption: Add password protection (3 data encryption levels None, Normal, AES128) to safeguard the image backup files.
  11. Verify Backup after Creation: Check the integrity of the backup immediately after the backup completes.
  12. Network Booting: Set all client PCs to boot from the same network without installing MiniTool ShadowMaker Pro 2.0.
Check out the official website.
 

redsworn

Level 3
Verified
I've tested the free version on VM a while back. Surprisingly, it has similar set of features with AOMEI Backupper. Even some of the texts are identical. It made me wonder if this is just a rebranded version of AOMEI Backupper. ShadowMaker has completely different UI though. Personally I feel the UI was confusing and a bit unintuitive to use.

That being said, I think ShadowMaker should perform and produce similar results like AOMEI Backupper. A decent alternative nonetheless.
 

Panny

Level 1
I've tested the free version on VM a while back. Surprisingly, it has similar set of features with AOMEI Backupper. Even some of the texts are identical. It made me wonder if this is just a rebranded version of AOMEI Backupper. ShadowMaker has completely different UI though. Personally I feel the UI was confusing and a bit unintuitive to use.

That being said, I think ShadowMaker should perform and produce similar results like AOMEI Backupper. A decent alternative nonetheless.
It seems like you an advocator of Backupper, I have no idea if there's any relation between MiniTool ShadowMaker and Aomei, but I have used other software by MiniTool, the disk management software like MiniTool Partition Wizard and data recover software like MiniTool Power Data Recovery.
 

redsworn

Level 3
Verified
It seems like you an advocator of Backupper, I have no idea if there's any relation between MiniTool ShadowMaker and Aomei, but I have used other software by MiniTool, the disk management software like MiniTool Partition Wizard and data recover software like MiniTool Power Data Recovery.
No, I didn't try to advocate one over the other. I've tested a handful of backup/imaging software. I just wanted to share my personal experience when I tested this. It's all based from my personal feeling and judgement, so take it with a grain of salt.

Backup/imaging software is a critical aspect in our system. You need to test them out to see if it's suitable for you and if it has all the features you need.
 

Panny

Level 1
No, I didn't try to advocate one over the other. I've tested a handful of backup/imaging software. I just wanted to share my personal experience when I tested this. It's all based from my personal feeling and judgement, so take it with a grain of salt.

Backup/imaging software is a critical aspect in our system. You need to test them out to see if it's suitable for you and if it has all the features you need.
OK, I will, thank you so much for your recommendation.
 

Lula Green

New Member
I've tested minitool shadowmaker to backup my system to either external disk and NAS. It worked like a charm. Great tool.
 
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Panny

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I've tested minitool shadowmaker to backup my system to either external disk and NAS. It worked like a charm. Great tool.
Thanks for your support, we look forward to your amazing advice and suggestion. Have a nice day!