How to Back up Partition with MiniTool ShadowMaker [MiniTool Wiki]

Partition backup will back up all your files on the selected partitions into a compressed image file. If you have important files saved on a specific partition, it is recommended to do partition backup as data loss can happen unexpectedly. Besides, MiniTool ShadowMaker can back up NTFS partition range from 512 byte to 2 MB cluster size.

Step 1. Launch MiniTool ShadowMaker to enter the main interface.

Step 2. Click the Backup tab in the left panel. Under Backup, click the SOURCE part.

click the SOURCE part

Step 3. Then click Disk and Partitions from the pop-up window.

click Disk and Partitions

Step 4. Under the Disk Backup part, choose the disk that contains partitions you want to back up. Then check the partition(s) in which you have saved important files as the backup source. Then, click OK.

choose the partition you want to backup

Note: Each time MiniTool ShadowMaker only allows backing up partitions located on the same disk. 

Step 5. Then return to the Backup page, and click the DESTINATION part.

Step 6. Select the destination path. MiniTool ShadowMaker allows you to back up your computer to multiple places:

1. User account folder

Click the User tab, and all the folders under your user account folder will be displayed. Choose one folder as the destination location. If you back up the system partition, it’s not recommended to choose User as the destination since it belongs to the system drive.

the User tab

2. Computer

Under the Computer tab, all drives that Windows can detect will be listed. And you can choose a partition on your internal hard drive, external hard drive, or removable USB flash drive as the target place to store the backup image file. It’s recommended to choose an external hard drive partition as the backup image storage location.

the Computer tab

3. Libraries

Click the Libraries tab and folders under C:\User\Public will be listed. Choose one folder to store the backup image file. If you back up the system partition, it’s not recommended to choose Libraries as the destination since it belongs to the system drive.

the Libraries tab

4. Shared

Besides, you are allowed to back up your partition to the shared folder via an IP path or network path. First, you need to turn on the network discovery and file sharing and create the shared folder.

Turn on the network discovery and file sharing:

  1. Go to Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Centre > Advanced sharing settings.
  2. Turn on network discovery and file sharing under Private, Public, and All Networks.

turn on file sharing and network discovery

Create the shared folder:

  1. Create a shared folder called LLL, and then create a subfolder called DDD. (Here, LLL and DDD are examples and you can change the folder name)
  2. Right-click the shared folder to choose Properties. Then, click the Sharing tab and click Share....
  3. Click the arrow to choose Everyone to share with and click Add. Choose Read/Write under Permission Level and click Share.
  4. Go to the Sharing tab again. Click Advanced Sharing... and check the Share this folder box. In the same window, click the Permissions button and check the Allow box next to the Full Control option.
  5. After creation, go back to the Sharing tab and note down the network path.

note down the network path

Then, you can store your disk image in the shared folder via the following methods.

(1). Via IP path

Just go to the Shared tab. Click the Add button.

click the Add button

Type the IP path, user name, and password. Then, click OK.

type IP path and username and password

Open the shared folder (LLL) and choose the subfolder (DDD) as the destination.

choose the subfolder as the destination

(2). Via Network Path

Type the network path, username, and password.

type the network path and username and password

Open the shared folder (LLL) and choose the subfolder (DDD) as the destination.

choose the subfolder as the destination

Step 7. Click Back up Now to start the process or click Back up Later to delay the backup. And you can restart the delayed backup task in the Manage window.

start or delay the backup process

Tips

  1. To customize the current backup task, go to Options > Backup options.
  2. To set up the backup type or manage disk space occupied by backup files, go to Options > Backup Scheme.
  3. To set a schedule to automatically back up the partition, go to Options > Schedule Settings.

To get more details, refer to Backup Settings.

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