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The Best Way to Back Up Your Computer - MiniTool ShadowMaker

There are many ways to back up your data, from using an external drive to backing up those files on a remote server over the Internet. I introduce you with the best one.

Everyone loses data at some point. Your computer’s hard drive could fail tomorrow, ransomware could hold your files hostage, or a software bug could delete your important files. If you’re not regularly backing up your computer, you could lose those files forever.

Backups don’t have to be hard or confusing, though. You’ve probably heard about countless different backup methods, but which one is right for you? And what files do you really need to back up?

3-2-1 Backup Strategy

As to losing computer data, it is more common than you think.

If you don’t have backups, right now, it is a better time to plan and perform a backup strategy.

What is the best one?

In the IT world, the 3-2-1 strategy is a great method since it is simple and effective. Just customize your own strategy to fit the needs by following some principles as shown below.

To be specific, 3-2-1 backup rule implies you should do:

  • 3 copies of your data
  • 2 local copies on 2 different mediums
  • 1 offsite backup

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Here is how this strategy works:

Have At Least 3 Copies of the Data You Entail

Store Copies on Different Storage Media

Keep One Copy Offsite

Home Backup Solutions ① MiniTool Software Performs Individual or Local Computer Backup

In order to defend against data loss, to have a strategy is really a good option. If you choose one piece of data backup software, local computer backup will become an easy thing.

Let’s first see how to back up your PC to local drives with a third-party program according to the 3-2-1 approach.

Here you can do image backup with MiniTool ShadowMaker.

Image Backup Using MiniTool ShadowMaker

MiniTool ShadowMaker, a piece of all-in-one backup and restore software, offers you mighty functions to back up your system, partition, and disk.

Step 1: Run MiniTool ShadowMaker Free Edition, and one window pops out to show you two backup modes, such as local backup and remote backup.

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Step 2: By default, MiniTool ShadowMaker will back up the system drives required for Windows to run.

In a system image file, the settings, programs, and some other hidden files are all compressed in an image.

In the case of system issues, this backup is helpful to restore the computer to an earlier date.

If you want to back up the entire disk, please click Source section, select one disk to check all the disk partitions.

Tip: I suggest selecting the system disk as the source drive.

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Step 3: Now, it is time to choose one destination path to save the image file.

As to computer backup devices, USB flash drive, DVD/CD, external hard drive, internal hard drive and so forth are often chosen by home computer users.

As to the local backup, it is a good backup strategy which follows the 3-2-1 plan.

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Step 4: After completing selecting the source drive(s) and destination path, click Back up Now in the lower right corner. See the following figure:

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When viewing the above figure, you probably have one question to ask us: what are the functions of another three buttons?

Simply speaking, they enable you to make an advanced setting for your backup, which makes your backup strategy more perfect. Just do one based on your demands.

Options: By clicking it, some operations you can implement are listed, for instance, Image Creation ModeFile SizeCompressionComment, EmailExcludingShutdownPassword and Verify. Just customize your individual backup.

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Schedule: Four settings including Daily, Weekly, Monthly and On Event are included in MiniTool ShadowMaker Trial Edition or Pro Edition.

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Scheme: Free Edition of this PC backup software only supports Incremental scheme to enable disk space by setting to keep the latest backup image file versions. 

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Other good back up options including disk cloning and migrate OS to SSD/HD, etc. You may try out them if you like.

In the event of a system failure, a catastrophic event or natural disaster, the 3-2-1 backup rule provides the best data protection.

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