MiniTool ShadowMaker Pro 3.0 Review

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MiniTool ShadowMaker Pro 3.0 brings easy file backup, system backup and disk/partition backup to Windows users. It comes with clear interface and works fast. In addition, this data backup software offers full, differential, incremental and scheduled backups that really make it easy to customize your backup plan.

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Constantly creating/saving backups of your PC data/documents/files is really important; so that in any case of data loss, you’ll be able to access your files again easily without having to seek for a data recovery software. The Minitool ShadowMaker Pro 3.0 is an exquisite backup software that is totally free for everyone to use. Now, you do not have to stress yourself or pay a price to create a safe copy of your PC data files. There are many alternatives to this anyway, but, you must upgrade to a pro/paid version before you can run a comprehensive full backup of your files. Nevertheless, there is a paid version of this software that comes with further tools.

MiniTool ShadowMaker Pro

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This is an ultimate PC backup tool developed by MiniTool. Here at dopitech, we have written quite some reviews on Minitool products because we often find them helpful. The ShadowMaker backup software is reliable for creating safe PC backups, you can also restore these backups with this software. Additionally, there are other utility activities you can perform using this software. Here, read our comprehensive MiniTool ShadowMaker Pro 3.0 Review; a free, helpful Windows PC backup software.

Features of the Minitool ShadowMaker Pro Software

  • Excellent PC backup tool
  • Backup restore tool
  • Mount or dismount image files
  • Creates bootable media
  • Add boot menu
  • Clone disk

Minimum System Requirements

CPU: Pentium 1 GHz or later

Memory (RAM): 1GB RAM (32 bit OS) and 2GB RAM (64 bit OS)

Hard Disk Space:  At least 1.5 GB free disk space

Additional Requirement: A working keyboard & mouse


Supported File Systems Supported Storage Media
FAT32 USB External Disks
NTFS Hardware RAID
Ext2/3/4 Network Attached Storage (NAS)
Home File Server

MiniTool ShadowMaker Pro 3.0 Review

I got to know about this software some months back. But then, I didn’t really succumb to use it immediately as I already have a working free backup software. Fast-forward towards the ending of November I had to launch this tool and it seems like I was missing out all this while; not because my previous backup software was not good, but this one appears more intuitive and simpler than the former. This free PC backup software is very useful & effective for the purpose which it is meant to serve.

With the MiniTool ShadowMaker I made a deliberate backup to ascertain how fast and effective it was; well, it was quite fast. Also, I was able to synchronize my local folders easily with this tool. There are other functions I was able to do with the ShadowMaker 3.0 which I’d be sharing how i did them on this article.

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  • Clear and intuitive interface
  • Fast processing speed
  • Comes with quite some useful addon tools
  • Effective backup, restore, and synchronizing tool


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  • The free version is so much limited
  • More optimization is needed on the full screen and minimize software window
  • Not available for Mac OS systems



Quick highlights of Minitool ShadowMaker Pro 3.0

  • Essential Backup Features
  • The file and folder Sync feature helps to merge files & folders to other locations for more security of the data
  • Schedule backup feature will automatically save a copy of your system data routinely so that in cases of data loss, you’ll have backup files to restore and keep working
  • Clone disk option lets you imitate disks or copy your default hard drive. Come in especially when trying to upgrade HDD to SSD.
  • Capable of restoring data loss due to the following; Blue screen error,Ransomware attack, System/OS crash, Human error,Natural disaster, Hard drive failure
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Pricing and Availability

Unfortunately, Mac users won’t be able to use this tool as it is only available for windows. The full pricing details of this software is available on the image below.

ShadowMaker pricing

How to backup data with Minitool ShadowMaker Pro 3.0

Launch the software

Download Minitool ShadowMaker Pro 3.0, install it on your Windows PC and then launch it to start using immediately. Right on the software window, click on “set a backup” or toggle to the “backup” module.

Create your backup instantly

Minitool Pro 2 First, choose the disk/partition, file or folder you wish to backup, afterward, select a destination folder or drive.

Note: the destination folder or drive must be an external storage device; ShadowMaker 3.0 won’t allow you to save backup files on the same drive or folder where the initial file has been.

After you have defined a destination folder, click on the “Back up now” button which is at the bottom of the software window. However, you can manage how your backup should save or run using the various options available at the bottom area of the software window.

What else?

If you did all i said above, then, simply sit back and wait for the backup to complete. However, you can view the real-time process of how fast/slow the ShadowMaker Pro 3.0 is running you backup by toggling to the “manage” module.

Restoring a backup with Minitool ShadowMaker Pro 3.0

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Just in the same simple steps as you would run a backup, that’s actually how you’d also restore a backup with this tool.

  • Launch the software
  • Go to the “restore” tab
  • Click on the “add backup” button
  • Locate and import a backup file/ISO image
  • Start restoring immediately

Other things you can do with Minitool ShadowMaker Pro?

  • Add boot menu
  • Clone disks
  • Media builder
  • Mount or dismount images

Final words

I will freely recommend this software to anyone looking for a good backup software. This is a multifunction utility app for Windows PC users. The pro version is much recommended as you won’t experience any limitations as with the free version.

Originally posted on January 3, 2019 @ 7:51 am

Samuel Odamah

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