Recommended Software

We have discovered a great way to back up important data (and even unimportant data, if you like). A company known as MiniTool has software called ShadowMaker, which takes the shadow copy of the computer and saves it to a location of your choice (which can be another hard drive, a flash drive, an online location such as OneDrive or DropBox, etc.). The use of the shadow copy means that the backup can occur while the computer is in use. This makes it very convenient to keep a backup.

MiniTool ShadowMaker Pro Ultimate

The Pro Ultimate version of the software is a lifetime purchase, which provides one license that can be used on 3 PCs. Keep your personal information safe for the rest of your life with this option for a one-time cost of only $79 (on sale)!

MiniTool ShadowMaker Business Standard

The Business Standard option is for small businesses; it offers one license for a PC or server. This is a lifetime license, with one year of free upgrades and faster backup and restore speed. It also provides technical support priority. For businesses that have only one computer with data to protect, this is an excellent option for only $129.

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