If you’ve recently purchased StorageCraft ShadowProtect for the first time, you may not know how to create a recovery CD. You’ll need a CD with the StorageCraft Recovery Environment in case you ever need to restore a system — whether it’s a server or a desktop/laptop. If you downloaded the software from the StorageCraft Web site, you received some instructions on how to do this, but you may not have understood why you need to do this now. Basically it boils down to this: if you wait until you need the recovery disk (say, following a catastrophic failure), it will be a little more difficult to create the CD. It’s always so much easier to have it handy before the disaster.
So here’s what to do. After downloading ShadowProtect, load a blank CD into your CD/DVD drive. Now navigate to the folder where you saved your ShadowProtect 4 download, unzip the file and you’ll see a .ISO image file. Open your CD burning software and then browse to the .ISO file and burn this to your CD. Once it’s burned, make sure you label it ShadowProtect Recovery CD and put it in a safe place.