ShadowMaker Free 4.5

Best free backup software for Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7 all editions.

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Free Backup & Cloning & Restoring Software

As free backup software for Windows, MiniTool ShadowMaker safely backs up your files, folders, systems, disks, and partitions to internal/external hard drives, USB drives, and shared folders. To make things easy, this Windows backup software offers automatic backup options and gives the best way to save your hard disk space. With MiniTool ShadowMaker, you get simple and comprehensive PC protection.

What's New in Version 4.5?

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  • The free version now supports registration.
  • The default startup interface is now minimized.
  • Added a percentage display for backup progress.

Highlighted Features

Reliable Backup Solution

Reliable Backup Solution

As the best free backup software for Windows, MiniTool ShadowMaker quickly back up files & folders, systems, hard drives, and partitions in case of any accidents.

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Quick System Restore

Quick System Restore

Restore system, drives, and files to the previous state when something goes wrong. Quickly get your system up in the event of system crash or hardware failure.

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Automatic File Sync

Automatic File Sync

Automatically sync files, folders, even the open files & folders to local drives and other locations to keep files saved in two locations the same and available.

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Safe Disk Clone

Safe Disk Clone

MiniTool ShadowMaker offers a free disk clone solution to help create an exact copy of a hard drive to a secondary one with just a few clicks.

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Flexible Backup Schedule

Flexible Backup Schedule

Set automatic backups with this free Windows backup software. You can schedule each backup to take place daily, weekly, monthly, or when you log out.

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Smart Backup Management

Smart Backup Management

This free backup software allows you to manage hard drive space intelligently by automatically deleting outdated backup images and retaining the latest backup versions.

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Additional Features of MiniTool ShadowMaker

Create Bootable Rescue Media

Create bootable CD/DVD, USB flash drive, or USB external hard drive to restore system to the previous state when computer fails to boot.

Encrypt Backup Images

This system backup software offers further data protection by encrypting essential backup images. Password is required to access encrypted images.

Add Boot Menu

Add this PC backup software to the boot menu so that you can restore system without a bootable USB drive or a bootable CD/DVD.

Back up Remote Computer

Protect computers in the same LAN. With MiniTool ShadowMaker, you can easily connect and manage backup & recovery of multiple computers on your PC.

Compare MiniTool ShadowMaker Editions

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  • Free
  • ProMonthly SubscriptionLicense is valid for one-month usage starting from the purchase date. This subscription will be automatically renewed unless licensee unsubscribes before the next term.
  • ProAnnual SubscriptionLicense is valid for one-year usage starting from the purchase date. This subscription will be automatically renewed unless licensee unsubscribes before the next term.
  • Pro UltimatePerpetual LicenseLicense is valid for lifetime usage starting from the purchase date.
  • Free
  • USD $ 9.99/month

    Normally $20.00

  • USD $ 3.00/month

    Normally $10.00

  • USD $ 79.00

    Normally $158.00

  • License type
  • 1 license for 1 PC
  • 1 license for 2 PCs
  • 1 license for 3 PCs
  • Support Windows 7/8/8.1/10/11
  • File backup & restore
  • System backup & restore
  • Partition backup & restore
  • Disk backup & restore
  • Sync file & locate
  • Clone system disk
  • Clone non-system disk
  • Clone dynamic disk (simple volume)
  • Full/differential backup scheme
  • Support Universal Restore
  • Back up in WinPE
  • Restore in WinPE
  • Sync in WinPE
  • Clone in WinPE
  • Manage backups in WinPE
  • Manage sync in WinPE
To run MiniTool ShadowMaker on Windows Server environment, choose Business Editions.

Tech Specification

Hardware Requirements

Processor Pentium 1 GHz, 1GB RAM for 32-bit OS, 2GB RAM for 64-bit OS, 1.5 GB free disk space

Supported Operating Systems

Windows 7/8/8.1/10/11 all editions

Supported File Systems

exFAT, FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, Ext2/3/4

Supported Storage Media

HDD, SSD, USB External Disks, Hardware RAID, Network Attached, Storage (NAS), Home File Server

MiniTool ShadowMaker FAQ

What is MiniTool ShadowMaker?

MiniTool ShadowMaker is all-in-one system backup software and it is designed to easily back up Windows, files & folders, disks, and partitions. Also, disk cloning and file sync are supported. Moreover, it can help you to customize the backup schedule and manage disk space taken up by the image files.

Is MiniTool ShadowMaker free?

MiniTool ShadowMaker offers a free edition for you to back up your computer to keep it safe.

Does Windows 10 have built-in backup software?

In Windows 10, you can use its built-in backup software – Backup and Restore (Windows 7) to create a system image and back up files. Besides, its File History can also be used to back up files.

Editor Reviews

I’m always happy when a program makes backup quick and easy. MiniTool ShadowMaker makes me very happy. Being available in a free version that has all the features the average user needs makes me even happier.

Choosing the right backup software could save you hours of frustration. MiniTool ShadowMaker is very simple to use and makes setting up auto backups refreshingly straightforward.

MiniTool ShadowMaker Free is a handy backup program for Windows. It is compatible with all recent versions of the system, and can be used to create individual or regular backups of disks (including the system disk).

MiniTool ShadowMaker is a backup management software solution designed to simplify the creation and management of backups. It enables users to effortlessly create backups and restore them completely without any issue or problem such as data loss or missing information.

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