StorageCraft ShadowProtect Desktop

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StorageCraft ShadowProtect Desktop

StorageCraft® ShadowProtect® Desktop provides fast and reliable backup, data protection, disaster recovery, and system migration for Windows desktops and laptops running Windows 10, 8, 7, XP, Vista, and 2000.

ShadowProtect Desktop is an automated backup software that works quietly in the background. In the event of data loss or complete hardware disaster, its flexible recovery options allow you to complete granular recovery of files and folders or full (bare metal) recovery in a matter of minutes.

Hardware Independent Restore (HIR) technology makes it quick and easy to recover to the same system, to dissimilar hardware, or to and from virtual environments. The ShadowProtect HIR feature also makes system migration to a new desktop or laptop or consolidation to virtual environments a straightforward process.

ShadowProtect Desktop, the consumer version of the leading enterprise-level backup software, is the most reliable image-backup app we've found. - Edward Mendelson, PC Magazine review


Features and benefits of ShadowProtect Desktop:

Computer Backup


  • Capture everything—systems, applications, configuration settings, services, data—on your desktop or laptop
  • Encrypt a backup job to protect backup images to securely protect data
  • Save backups to any disk device (such as removable, local, and network drives) or any optical media (CDs, DVDs, and Blu-Ray discs)
  • Back up a non-bootable system before attempting a restore operation (using StorageCraft Recovery Environment)


  • Execute a one-time full backup that you can archive
  • Schedule backups to occur automatically
  • Schedule incremental backups to run as often as every 15 minutes
  • Set up subsequent full backups to be differential to save on storage space
  • Manage the retention of backup images

 Backup Management ConsoleRemote Management

  • Install the ShadowProtect agent on a server or desktop without having to visit the machine
  • Remotely manage ShadowProtect Desktop nodes
  • Choose to receive notification when server or desktop backup jobs succeed or fail

Verify BackupsTesting

  • Verify backup images to ensure they’re in a known good state for fast and reliable recovery
  • Automatically run Chkdsk or other scripts on mounted volumes to determine data and application integrity with StorageCraft ImageReady™ technology
  • Boot a backup image to a virtual machine to test whether a restored system would function properly with VirtualBoot

Consolidate Backups

Image Management

  • Consolidate files (full backup plus incrementals) into a single new backup image for archiving
  • Split a backup image file into smaller files (a spanned set) for backup on DVD or Blu-Ray
  • Convert backup image files to a virtual disk in either .VHD (Hyper-V-compatible) or .VMDK (VMWare-compatible) format for restoration or migration to a VM
  • Set a consolidated or converted backup file's compression setting or encryption

Hardware Independent RestoreRecovery

  •  Perform a bare metal restore in minutes thanks to the StorageCraft Recovery Environment and StorageCraft Hardware Independent Restore™ (HIR) technology
  • Restore a system to the same or different hardware or to virtual environments with StorageCraft Recovery Environment and HIR
  • Mount a backup image quickly and browse it in order to recover a file or folder
  •  Quickly restore access to a database server by mounting a point-in-time backup image
  •  Rapidly boot a backup image as a virtual machine (temporary system failover) with VirtualBoot

 Disk Copy

  •  Copy the contents of one drive to another
  • Create this copy without performing a backup
  • Create this copy for use when attempting to fix a corrupted partition or for use in forensic investigations

Diagnostics and Troubleshooting

  • Detect and repair a boot configuration error or corrupt hard drive when the automated repair process fails
  • Repair or replace information required for startup that may get lost during migration from one drive to another


  • Migrate a backup imageto a new physical machine
  • Migrate a backup image of a physical machine to a virtual environment


StorageCraft licenses ShadowProtect on a per-system basis—that is, if you plan to use ShadowProtect to back up 20 Windows desktops or laptops, you need 20 ShadowProtect Desktop licenses. 


StorageCraft ShadowProtect Desktop is compatible with Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, XP, Vista, and 2000

Windows 10 Compatible

Learn more about ShadowProtect Desktop

ShadowProtect User Guide