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Minitool Thanks for your interest in our MiniTool ShadowMaker software

MniTool ShadowMaker can provide data protection services and disaster recovery solutions for the PCs. We usually try to help the users to solved their question since the initial purpose of the buyers is to protect their data. And in such situations, we do our best to help people on how to successfully run our software and get the issue addressed. Normally, we can get through it with a happy ending for users. Our support team reacts swiftly and accurately, which is a pride of us.

With more than 10 years' experience in the data recovery, partition management and data backup&restore industry, MiniTool software is professional and trustworthy!
MiniTool® Software Ltd. - Jan 18 2019 at 2:43am Copy Link
Bertie Brummel This tool is new to me. Considering that I made excellent experience using another MiniTool soft (Partition Wizzard) I'm going to check ShadowMaker too.

Are there any conflicts with other Image / Backup tools ( Acronis, O&O )installed on the same PC?

The website offers a 3-PC license too. Is this lic. discounted too?
Jan 20 2019 at 2:07am Copy Link
anders Is it possible to do backup on more than one windows PC with this license?

I have three at home.
Jan 20 2019 at 5:34am Copy Link
MBe Is it possible to transfer a license to another computer, after uninstalling from the previous?
Jan 20 2019 at 9:03am Copy Link
Minitool @agranholm Thanks for asking. Your license key is for one PC and 1 year upgrade service , so it can only be used on one and the same computer. To use the program on 2 or more computers, you can consider upgrading to the Ultimate version which supports 3 computers as well as lifetime upgrade service from MiniTool . Thank you. Have a nice day!
MiniTool® Software Ltd. - Jan 20 2019 at 5:19pm Copy Link
PortablesFan " can consider upgrading to the Ultimate version which supports...lifetime upgrade service from MiniTool."

Wait, Ultimate has lifetime upgrades?! I don't think I've sen this mentioned anywhere else.
How does one go about upgrading from this BdJ offer to Ultimate, and how much would that cost?
(Hopefully you'll have time to answer before the promotion ends!)
Jan 20 2019 at 8:03pm Copy Link
Minitool @PortablesFan Thanks for supporting, for your case, you need to upgrade to the Ultimate version from MiniTool. this license key is for 1 PC, so it can only be used on one and the same computer, If you want to use the tool on 2 or more computers, you can consider upgrading to the Ultimate version which supports 3 computers. Thank you.
Of course, we‘ll also consider providing more MiniTool software special offer on BdJ. Have a nice day!
MiniTool® Software Ltd. - Jan 21 2019 at 12:40am Copy Link
Tom User My quest to MiniTool. Sorry bad english.

1. ShadowMaker settings "Add Boot Menu"... how its work, is this choice modifit disk MBR? Many pre boot software modify disk MBR, forums write that one such "RollBack Rx".

2. How "ShadowMaker" detect right backup/restore location HDD when i own multiple disks? Sometimes i need swap disk different SATA port.

Jan 21 2019 at 6:39pm Copy Link
Minitool @Tomuser, thanks for asking.
1: MiniTool ShadowMaker "Add Boot Menu", This feature allowed you can enter the MiniTool Recovery Environment which will start Windows PE and allow full system restore without a bootable media. When MiniTool Recovery Environment is added to Windows start-up menu, you can choose to enter Windows OS or choose to enter MiniTool Recovery Environment.

2: Disk backup will back up all your files on the disk into a compressed image file, including all partitions on the disk. Of course, when you operate this, MiniTool ShadowMaker will shows disk detail information including the disk name, disk capacity and all the partitions.

3: MiniTool ShadowMaker provides a one-click system backup solution. It enables you to back up your system drive completely, including system partition, system reserved partition and EFI system partition.
Hope that helps. If you still have any question, please feel free to contact me or via MiniTool Support Team. Thank you, have a nice day!
MiniTool® Software Ltd. - Jan 22 2019 at 1:42am Copy Link
Tom User Thank you for your answers MiniTool. But I still didn't get the answer to the first two questions.
I ask the question differently.

1. After activation setting "Add Boot Menu" and added to Windows start-up menu enter MiniTool Recovery Environment... this result modified my disk MBR, Yes or no?
Where is Windows located the Recovery Environment bootfile (path)?

2. Is a ShadowMaker support "Disk ID" feature... Yes or no?
"Disk ID" is unique on each disk... Good feature. I don't need to worry, not important what disk letter owns disk and not important where SATA port is located disk.
Jan 23 2019 at 5:25pm Copy Link
Minitool @TomUser Hi, Tom, the answer to first question is NO. Enter the MiniTool Recovery Environment which will start Windows PE, this results won't modify your disk MBR. This bootfile located in C:\Boot\winpe_10_64\winre.wim(ps:The winpe_10_64 will vary according to your OS). The answer to another question is yes. hope that helps.thank you again.
MiniTool® Software Ltd. - Jan 24 2019 at 10:06pm Copy Link
Minitool This is a friendly reminder that TODAY is the MiniTool ShadowMaker Pro Promotions on BitsDuJour and don't miss the chance to save 60% to get it.
MiniTool® Software Ltd. - May 8 2019 at 12:38am Copy Link
Hourglass94 I was about to buy this until I saw that the GBP price was more expensive than the $ price. I know the GBP to $ conversion is low but it's not that low. For that reason I will pass on this offer.
May 8 2019 at 1:29am Copy Link
J S Currently I only have 1x working PC, but within 12 months I hope to have up to 5x PC's networked again - purely for HOME USE (eg; 1 pc for email, 1pc for web browsing, etc).

I have 2 QUESTiONS not covered in the promotion/deal information OR the SHOPPiNG CART (for home owners):

1. Are LiFETiME MAJOR Upgrades & MiNOR Updates included in the Promotion/Deal Price?

2. Is the Deals LiCENSE: per-PC or per-USER (Home User, No Commercial usage), as there is no mention of this in the shopping cart.

As a current MiniTool PAiD LiCENSE Owner with Lifetime Upgrades/Updates I look forward to MiniTool's Reply - Thanks
May 8 2019 at 1:43am Copy Link
Minitool @J S
Thanks for asking. The license key is for one PC and 1 year upgrade service , so it can only be used on one and the same computer. To use the program on 2 or more computers, you can consider upgrading to the Ultimate version which supports 3 computers as well as lifetime upgrade service from MiniTool . Thank you. Have a nice day!
MiniTool® Software Ltd. - May 8 2019 at 2:18am Copy Link
PortablesFan What is the upgrade cost from this BdJ version to the Ultimate version you mentioned to “J S”?

Also, I’m trying to find a program where I can run my OS and programs off a smaller SSD, but clone/mirror/sync those live and in-use partitions to the first part of a larger HDD which could be a replacement bootable drive in case of SSD failure. The rest of the HDD is a non-mirrored Files partition though, which I obviously wouldn’t want to over-write with the partition(s) from SSD every time.
Is something like this possible with your product?
May 8 2019 at 2:28am Copy Link
Minitool @Hourglass94
Thanks for your asking. MiniTool product is listing as US dollar, so, your bank might use the current exchange rate for conversion. In addition, the total price may contain the tax which is charged by Mycommerce. Thank you. Have a nice day.
MiniTool® Software Ltd. - May 8 2019 at 2:37am Copy Link
Minitool @PortablesFan
Thanks for supporting.
1. There is no discount of the Pro Ultimate version from Bitsdujour, you can consider upgrading to the Ultimate version from MiniTool Official website.
2. Yes, sure, but all the data on the target drive will be erase during clone operation. If your rest of HDD contains data or partition you want, we are afraid that we coun't help anymore.
Thank you. Have a nice day.
MiniTool® Software Ltd. - May 8 2019 at 3:13am Copy Link
Richard Blake On page I see that Pro edition includes "1 Year Free Upgrade Service" while Pro Ultimate (an unfortunate name considering its 3-computer limit) and the Business licenses include "Lifetime license". Since it is stated [here] that Pro includes lifetime use of the purchased version, that page implies either that
a) Pro Ultimate and Business do not include one year of major upgrades, or
b) for those, "Lifetime license" means something other than lifetime use of the purchased version - for example, lifetime major version upgrades are included.
Please clarify.
If you were to offer a personal license that covered use on all the computers owned and used by the licensee, what would you call it - Beyond Ultimate?
May 8 2019 at 8:26am Copy Link
J S Skylly many thanks for your reply.

QUESTiON: Could you please advise me what the US Dollar Price would be to upgrade as you've advised: "... To use the program on 2 or more computers, you can consider upgrading to the Ultimate version which supports 3 computers as well as lifetime upgrade service from MiniTool ..."

I'm assuming there is no deal price on the upgrade but I have to go to hospital now (kidney stone pain) and I hav'nt got the time to search out those details. Ambulance has arrived Regaards
May 8 2019 at 9:24am Copy Link
Minitool @Richard Blake
Hi, Richard, First, I'd like to express our thanks for your ever trust and support of our MiniTool SahdowMaker. The Ultimate version supports 3 PCs, and it contains the 1 year free upgrade service. That is to say, within 1 year of the purchase, if we release a new version, you can upgrade to the latest version for free.

In addition,You also mentioned the MiniTool ShadowMaker remote PC backup feature.Remote management means you can manage a computer remotely. Just type the IP of the computer you want to manage, connect, and then you can manage that computer using MiniToo l ShadowMaker. But the Remote requires that the target computer is in the same LAN. Thank you, Have a nice day!
MiniTool® Software Ltd. - May 8 2019 at 6:55pm Copy Link
Minitool @J S
I am so sorry to hear that, hope you could be better soon.
There is no deal price of the Pro Ultimate version from BDJ, you can consider upgrading to the Ultimate version from MiniTool ( Thank you.
MiniTool® Software Ltd. - May 8 2019 at 7:20pm Copy Link
J S DEAR Skylly,

I'm now back at home and full of pain-relieving drugs.

I found your reply and went to the page of the URL You kindly provided and then I went to the STORE.

I CANNOT FiND ANY 'LiFETiME UPGRADE' OPTiON for either Home or Business Users, the only option I could find for the Pro Ultimate option was the following:


Pro Ultimate
Single license for 3 PCs
1-Year upgrade service
Support Workstation
For Windows 10/8.1/8/7
US $79.00

"BUY NOW" [https://shopper.mycommerc...nkid=store]

In fact, unless my browser is not functioning correctly, when it comes to MiniTool's ShadowMaker product and all four purchase options (Both: 2x Home & 2x Business) that I found in MiniTool's STORE, there is ONLY a "1-Year Upgrade Service" available to customers.

And that is not at all what You have written in your first reply (see: commentId=144187) to my first post including 2 questions from yesterday, and which I quoted a partial excerpt (see: commentId=144195), in my last post to You.

So, unless there is a "Lifetime Upgrades" Option in purchase steps beyond Step One (1) of the SHOPPiNG CART, OR, a Purchase URL that only You/ MiniTool knows of (which includes LU), then I'm afraid that I'll very likely Not be Buying this Deal or the Pro Ultimate. Which I think is a real shame because I've always found 'Paid For' MiniTool products to be user friendly as well as very good too.

I have been a Bits-du-Jour follower for more than 10 Years now, and Lifetime Upgrades (Major Upgrades v3, v4, v5 etc) as well as Minor Updates seem to be something that is very important to the clear majority of those BdJ Followers who post comments, no matter whether LU are already included in the license package or even if they are an optional extra.

Here's hoping that you can help me find Lifetime Upgrades or a 'Buy Now' URL that I couldn't find.


May 9 2019 at 3:02am Copy Link
LU When trying to use the PayPal link, I am receiving an error code:

"We're sorry, but we are unable to complete your transaction at this time. Please try again."

Will someone look into this error?
May 9 2019 at 6:09am Copy Link
lisba f Does this backup service have file versioning?
May 9 2019 at 12:53pm Copy Link
Minitool @J S
You should pay more attention to rest and avoid fatigue. I sincerely make an apology to you. It's like you said that all the version of MiniTol ShadowMaker just support 1 Year Free Upgrade Service. This is my major mistake, I hope you can forgive me and continue to support MiniTool software.Sorry again.
MiniTool® Software Ltd. - May 9 2019 at 6:37pm Copy Link
Minitool @Lifetime Upgrades
Thanks for supporting. Advice is frequently about changing browser and check that the information you’ve submitted are correct. If it still have this problem, you can try to ask Mycommerce itself for assistance. Thank you. Have a nice day!!!
MiniTool® Software Ltd. - May 9 2019 at 6:56pm Copy Link
Minitool @lisba f
Thanks for supporting.
Yes, Sure. File backup will back up each file you select on the PC. MiniTool ShadowMaker can quick file backup solution. It enables you to quickly choose files/folders from Users, Libraries and This PC and then save the image files to a safe location.Thank you. Have a nice day!!!
MiniTool® Software Ltd. - May 9 2019 at 7:07pm Copy Link
Kelly Hamblin I would like to clone my whole C drive and then be able to see and use all the files on the clone - AND I would like to be able to take my C drive out of the computer and replace it with the clone I just made. Would I be able to do those two things?

These are probably stupid questions, but I've always had trouble understanding the difference between a clone and an image. I also want to be able to use files from a backup without doing a whole restore.
May 10 2019 at 8:07am Copy Link
Tony Ng @Kelly, I think you'll be able to do that, that's what I did with other Software (free M.R.) Once in a while, I clone the C drive (plus Boot) to an external drive as a backup. Don't know about the disk Image/mirror .

Just a question for Minitool: after 1 year will the Shadow Maker Pro still functioning? (of course there won't be any more updates)
May 10 2019 at 2:32pm Copy Link
Linton User @ Tony Ng, Now that's a VERY good and relevant question you asked!

I wonder why they never answered it?

I asked them the exact same question myself after obtaining a copy of the program with pretty much the same deal from another site several moths ago and ALSO never received any answer to this question... even though they responded to most of the other questions from other patrons of that giveaway site.

I'm basically just waiting the 12 months out now to see whether the program continues to function (without updating it) or not once the 12 months is up.
Jan 25 2020 at 12:38am Copy Link
Bertie Brummel > ShadowMaker Pro it may be used for 12 months and will not function after that
> unless you renew your subscription.

Means If I have an image created in week 51 after purchase I'm not able to restore data in week 53?
Jan 21 2022 at 5:15am Copy Link
Peter User "After you purchase MiniTool ShadowMaker Pro, it may be used for 12 months."

This is a deal killer especially for a backup solution. I don't mind paying for upgrades after 12 months, but backup software should function indefinitely to allow restoration of a backup at any time.
Jan 22 2022 at 12:49am Copy Link
Dennis McKay Subscription software is always a deal killer. I only buy software I pay for once and can use forever, even if I don't upgrade to the newest version. Sometimes newer versions remove things I like about a software package and add things I don't want and would never use.
Jan 22 2022 at 8:34am Copy Link
any user Most(if not all,) Software companies are going to this subscription based funding for them. People like us, who want to test and try out software are not really wanted by the software company owners. I just purchased this product, without even realizing it is a 1 year subscription. I would not have paid the $14 had I known this first. I like the minitool software products, but NO I DO NOT want to pay your company a FEE every YEAR!!!!!
Jan 22 2022 at 10:00am Copy Link
Jim Hilton "After you purchase MiniTool ShadowMaker Pro, it may be used for 12 months."

Bitsdujour should simply just stop offering subscription ware. Especially with something as critical as this.
Jan 22 2022 at 11:40am Copy Link
Visitor-2014 As the posters above, I dislike and avoid subscription software. But it should be mentioned that this company is so fair to offer on its website also a perpetual license (valid for lifetime usage) including lifetime free upgrade, at the moment for $ 79 (license for 3 PCs). (= "ShadowMaker Pro Ultimate").

So the current offer here at BistDuJour may not be very attractive - but there is a good alternative.
Jan 22 2022 at 1:06pm Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Great News! MiniTool® Software Ltd. has agreed to extend this deal for another day - Enjoy!
BitsDuJour Admin - Jan 23 2022 at 12:11am Copy Link
Bertie Brummel @ visitor-2014: Thanks for the hint. Mini-Tool's Partitition Wizzard is a great tool I bought a while back, I should have expected a better offer for Shadow Maker :-)
On their www-site it makes sense to have a look at the "upgrade to Win 11 section with a discounted offer for the Shadow Maker lifetime pro version too. The price does not include though.
Jan 23 2022 at 2:49am Copy Link
PatrickB I am not a big fan of this program, I prefer other solutions but I like MiniTool Partition Wizard Pro. When will you offer us MiniTool Partition Wizard Pro lifetime version
Jan 23 2022 at 6:29am Copy Link
Kelly Hamblin @ Bertie Brummel and others who are complaining about today's offering being a subscription. I understand both sides of the issue completely. The software vendor needs and deserves to earn something for their hard work. A purchaser does not want, and maybe can't afford, to pay over and over again to continue to use the software. My problem with this kind of program has to do with the backups themselves. I never us a backup app that requires me to "restore" a backup or depend solely on the application that created the backup. My backups - even full drive backups - are accessible with one click - like any file or folder - from whatever drive they have been copied to. If my current drive stumbles I can copy everything back. If my current drive dies, all I have to do is remove it and replace it with my full backup.
Jan 23 2022 at 8:28am Copy Link
Bertie Brummel @ Kelly Hamblin:

> The software vendor needs and deserves to earn something for their hard work.

IMHO we should make a difference depemding from the type of software. For an AV-Tool the subscription model is OK, but for a backup tool? Acronis (so far) and O&O offer but do not demand upgrades every year. A few days ago I received an update for Acronis TI 2018 ....
Jan 23 2022 at 1:44pm Copy Link
Dennis McKay @Bertie Brummel

I'm still running Acronis 2013 and 2015 on two old Windows machines with no problem. Have saved me a couple times and made upgrading my primary drives in those machines easy.
Jan 23 2022 at 1:52pm Copy Link
Minitool @ Bertie Brummel
Hello, you can still use the MiniTool® ShadowMaker Free edition to restore these backups if the subscription expired.
MiniTool® Software Ltd. - Jan 23 2022 at 6:35pm Copy Link
W. User I want to BUY it, not rent it. if it was for sale I would ha got 3 of them.
Jan 23 2022 at 8:43pm Copy Link
any user A yearly Fee is just ridiculous. What if I could charge the company a yearly Fee because I evaluated their product!!! Essentially, they want to sell you a GYM membership, charge you whether you ever show up or not, and make it impossible to cancel. And Heck, everyone else is doing it, why not us. I think was Microsoft that started this 'Subscription" Concept. April15 each year, pay your taxes and your software subscriptions!!!!
Jan 24 2022 at 7:31am Copy Link

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