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The best Western Digital Backup Software alternative

Western Digital provides users with backup software to help them backup files. But it can only be used to back up files. Is there any alternative to Western Digital backup software? This post will show you how to use WD backup software and how to use its free alternative.

Western Digital is a famous hard drive manufacturer and data storage company around the world. It has produced a lot of storage devices and products.Western Digital is a famous hard drive manufacturer and data storage company around the world.

It has produced a lot of storage devices and products.


Western Digital also provides users with the WD backup software as long as users have purchased the Western Digital hard drives, such as WD My Passport Go SSD. As a matter of fact, Western Digital provides users with two pieces of WD backup software which respectively are WD backup software and WD SmartWare Software.

 Alternative to Western Digital Backup Software

The Western Digital backup software can only help you to back up the files. If you want to back up the operating system, partition or the whole hard drive, you may need an alternative to the Western Digital backup software.

Thus, the best backup software - MiniTool ShadowMaker is strongly recommended.

MiniTool ShadowMaker is a piece of professional backup software. Not only can it help to back up the files, but also it can back up the disk, partition, and even the operating system.

Apart from the backup feature, MiniTool ShadowMaker also offers other features to help you to keep data safe, such as the File Sync, Clone Disk.

Back up WD Hard Drive with Backup Feature

Step 1: Install and launch MiniTool ShadowMaker

  1. Install the Western Digital backup software – MiniTool ShadowMaker.
  2. Launch it.
  3. Click Keep Trial to continue.
  4. Choose Connect in This Computer to enter its main interface.

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Step 2: Select the backup source

  1. After entering its main interface, please go to the Backup
  2. Click Source module to continue.
  3. Choose Disk and Partitions to go on.
  4. Please choose the Western Digital hard drive to continue.
  5. Click OK.

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Step 3: Choose the backup destination

  1. Click Destination module to continue.
  2. In the popup window, you can see there are five paths for you to choose.
  3. Choose a destination based on your needs and click OK to continue. It is recommended to choose an external hard drive.

The WD backup software alternative – MiniTool ShadowMaker provides some advanced settings for you to back up files, folders, disk, partition and the whole operating system.

  • The Schedule setting can help user to set the Western Digital backup on a regular basis. You can set in on daily/weekly/monthly/on event. Please see: 3 Ways to Create Automatic File Backup in Windows 10 Easily
  • The Western Digital backup software provides users three backup schemes and the Incremental backup scheme is chosen by default. You can click Scheme button to change.
  • MiniTool ShadowMaker also enables you to set some advanced backup parameters through the Options button.

Step 4: Start to backup

  • After you have selected backup source and destination, you can click Back up Now to perform the Western Digital backup immediately.
  • Or you can choose Back up Later to delay the backup and restart it in the Manage

When all steps are finished, you have successfully backed up the Western Digital hard drive with the Western Digital backup software alternative – MiniTool ShadowMaker.

Of course, MiniTool ShadowMaker also provides another feature for you to perform Western Digital backup. It is the Clone Disk feature.

Perform Western Digital Backup with Clone Disk Feature

Now, you can refer to the guide on how to perform Western Digital backup with the step-by-step guide.

Step 1: Install and launch MiniTool ShadowMaker

Step 2: Choose Clone Disk feature

  1. After entering its main interface, please go to the Tools
  2. Then click Clone Disk feature to continue.

Step 3: Choose disk clone source

  1. In the popup window, click Source module to choose the disk clone source. And here you need to choose the Western Digital hard drive.
  2. Click Finish to continue.

Step 3: Choose disk clone destination

  1. Click Destination module to choose a target disk to save all Western Digital backups.
  2. Click Finish to continue.

Please note that all data on the destination disk will be destroyed during the disk clone process. So, if there are any important files on the destination disk, you had better back up them in advance.

Please see: How to Backup Files on Windows 10? Try These Top 4 Ways

Step 4: Start to perform Western Digital backup

  1. After you have selected disk clone source and destination, it is time to start to back up Western Digital hard drive.
  2. In the popup window, you can see the progress bar. And the disk clone time depends on how much files on the source disk.
  3. When the process is finished, you can click Finish to continue.

When the disk clone process is finished, you will receive a warning message, as shown in the following picture:

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To Use WD Backup Software

The following contents are the guides on how to use WD backup software.

Step 1: Launch WD backup software

  1. Install WD backup software.
  2. Launch WD backup software to enter its main interface.

Step 2: Start to back up files

In the main interface of this WD program, click Back up Files to continue.

Step 3: Select the backup storage device

  1. Then you are required to choose the WD storage devices
  2. Click Next to continue.

Step 4: Select backup source

You can click Edit Files to choose the specific files or folders you want to back up.

Step 5: Start to backup

When you have finished the above steps, you can start to back up your files by clicking the Start Backup button.

All in all, these are all steps of how to use WD backup software.

Although the WD backup software can help you to back up files, it also has some demerits. MiniTool ShadowMaker is still a wonderful alternative option.

You may read the post to check out the differences between the them.

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