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MiniTool ShadowMaker Pro Review: Simple Backup

Let’s discover the qualities of MiniTool ShadowMaker Pro, backup software within everyone’s reach, in this review! Will he be promoted?

MiniTool ShadowMaker Pro is a software dedicated to data backup. This type of software is as useful as it is complex to use, at least in general. MiniTool ShadowMaker Pro is an exception revealing itself as a simple but functional product. Let’s find out why.

MiniTool ShadowMaker Pro: interface and functionality | Review

MiniTool ShadowMaker Pro is a very light program since I think less than 100MB. Its installation is really simple and does not require any particular computer knowledge. From a graphic point of view, MiniTool ShadowMaker Pro is very pleasant and integrates perfectly with the style of Windows 10. After all, it is not available for other platforms: being graphically integrated in Windows 10 is the minimum.

ShadowMaker backs up complete partitions and can even clone entire drives. The program can perform periodic backups, updating the data in the backup copy each time. This feature can be programmed and scheduled to run when the PC is not in use. The data in the backup can obviously be compressed, protected and selectively run on certain folders only. We clearly recommend that you always use the backup of the whole drive: you never know, maybe what you really need is in a different folder than the one it should be in! There is also a backup “mount” feature so you can restore only the files we need without having to restore everything.

We can choose how to perform the backup having available 3 different options: Full, Incremental, Differential. By performing the full backup, the software will go every time to perform the operation from scratch. Using the incremental backup function the software will update the previous backup with the new files inserted. And finally, the differential backup function, in our opinion the best, allows you to update the backup image with every change in the files. In practice, the first time you will perform a full backup and then keep it updated with the incremental or differential backup functionality with a great saving in terms of resources used.

The programming functionality they are also very complete. We can schedule our backup on a daily, weekly, monthly or even event basis. In this way, the management is complete, allowing the user to choose when and how to make backups so as to never find the PC slowed down due to the execution of this operation.

MiniTool ShadowMaker Pro: Extra Performance and Features | Review

The benefits offered by this program are truly excellent. We tested its speed with an M.2 SSD by copying around 500 GB from it to a classic hard drive. To carry out this operation, the program took about 40 minutes. If we had copied from SSD to SSD this time probably would have been more than halved. The speed depends a lot on the media used, of course, but the program does not create bottlenecks allowing the system units to work at their maximum capacity. The mounting and unmounting of proprietary partitions to copy only portions of data proved very fast: no waiting times.

We report the presence of different tools which make the experience of using this software even more complete. It is certainly worth the price of the ticket also by virtue of some features offered by the pro-object version of the test. Below we summarize those in our opinion more interesting:

  • Remote management
  • SSL encryption
  • Ability to make backups from the command line
  • Network boot supported
  • Backup in WinPE
  • Activity log
  • Command line in WinPE

On the official website you can find the complete list of the same.

MiniTool ShadowMaker Pro: Simple Backup | Review

In conclusion, we can only say that we are satisfied with MiniTool ShadowMaker Pro. This software manages to summarize all the most advanced backup features in a simple graphical interface without losing the ability to manage everything in the old way. MiniTool ShadowMaker Pro is the right software for any user who wants to take care of their data: making backups has never been easier. The software is then promoted, and if you are looking for your new backup program, you have found the right software for you!

Points in favor

  • Simple interface
  • Performance
  • Ability to use the command line
  • Backup scheduling management

Published by
Frank Ruffino

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