THAT I WANT FROM backup software is simple: It should work perfectly and fast-and that's exactly what Shadow Protect Desktop 3.1 did on my tests. Maybe the reason this utility is so good at backing up hard drives and restoring whole systems, individual drives, and individual files is that it doesn't try to do anything else.
The utility lacks some of the fancy features trumpeted by its commercial competitors, like Acronis True Image 11 Home and Paragon Drive Backup 8.5 Personal Edition, but I prefer it over all the alternatives, because it does what it's designed to do with unparalleled speed and reliability. And its interface, while not as spectacular as its performance, is clear enough to get the job done.
Shadow Protect Desktop creates full backup images, either on schedule or on demand, and can save them to internal and external hard disks, CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray media, network drives, and Net¬work Attached Storage (NAS) units. It restores images to your hard drive-or to a different machine-when you need to revive a nonworking system or simply want to go back to an earlier version of a mildly messed-up one.
What matters to me most is that the software is fast, reliable, and-for even moderately experienced users-almost effortless. I wouldn't run my computers without it, and I think after reading this review, even you would not dare to do that.