StorageCraft ShadowProtect Desktop 5 Earns PC Magazine’s Editors’ Choice Award

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DRAPER, Utah – Sept. 17, 2013 – PC Magazine named StorageCraft® ShadowProtect® Desktop 5 recipient of its Editors’ Choice Award for Backup Software. The business continuity solution software’s designation as Editors’ Choice was revealed in the latest review by PC Magazine’s editorial staff. ShadowProtect Desktop 5 received an excellent rating in the review, and this is the third consecutive edition to receive the Editors’ Choice Award.

In the review, PC Magazine lauded ShadowProtect Desktop 5 for its speed and reliability in the backup and recovery of files. “ShadowProtect Desktop, the consumer version of the leading enterprise-level backup software, is the most reliable image-backup app we’ve found,” the review said.

ShadowProtect Desktop 5, which is for desktop and laptop users, is a member of the ShadowProtect backup and disaster recovery solution that also includes versions geared toward small and medium-sized businesses and enterprise-level systems.

“ShadowProtect Desktop receiving accolades from a leading publication like PC Magazine is a testament to the product’s reliability and efficiency,” said Curt James, vice president of marketing and business development for StorageCraft Technology Corporation.  “Computer users, ranging from home users to server administrators, want a tool they can trust to backup and restore their system and data. As the flagship of the StorageCraft Recovery-Ability™ Solution, ShadowProtect has earned that trust from users around the world.”

PC Magazine Contributing Editor Edward Mendelson emphasized the reliability of ShadowProtect Desktop 5 in the review. “You’ll probably conclude, as I have, that ShadowProtect Desktop 5 is the one app that you’re willing to trust with preserving your data, and a no-contest Editors’ Choice,” he wrote.

In addition to being a quick and reliable backup and recovery tool, ShadowProtect Desktop 5 features one year of free standard support from the StorageCraft team.  For more information about, or to purchase or download a free trial of ShadowProtect Desktop 5, computer users can visit http://www.storagecraft.com/shadow_protect_desktop.php.

StorageCraft is a provider of best-in-class backup, disaster recovery, system migration and data protection solutions for servers, desktops and laptops. StorageCraft business solutions give small and medium-sized businesses the power and capability to effectively plan for and recover from minor and major disruptions in business operations in seconds, rather than hours or days. In addition to the ShadowProtect software, the company’s business continuity solution includes StorageCraft ImageManager 6 and StorageCraft Cloud Services.

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Information about StorageCraft and its products is located at www.storagecraft.com.

PC Magazine’s review of StorageCraft ShadowProtect Desktop 5 is available at http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2424313,00.asp.

About StorageCraft Technology Corporation

StorageCraft Technology Corporation provides best-in-class backup, disaster recovery, system migration, data protection, and cloud services solutions for servers, desktops and laptops. StorageCraft delivers software and services solutions that enable users to maintain business continuity during times of disaster, computer outages, or other unforeseen events by reducing downtime, improving security and stability for systems and data. For more information, visit http://www.storagecraft.com/.

StorageCraft,  ShadowProtect and the StorageCraft Recovery-Ability solution are trademarks or registered trademarks of StorageCraft Technology Corporation. Other company and product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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2 Responses to StorageCraft ShadowProtect Desktop 5 Earns PC Magazine’s Editors’ Choice Award

  1. Joe O'Loughlin says:

    Regarding Shadowprotect desktop:
    I am looking for the following capabilities
    1. Windows 8.1 compatability
    Everything I’ve examined says Win 8 but nothing about Win 8.1
    2. I want to be able to do the following on an ACER S-3:
    320gb hd with Win 8.1
    create an image of the 320gb drive.
    Install a 120gb drive in the ACER.
    Install the image to the 120gb drive.
    I am assuming that I can boot from the Shadowprotect
    CD, use an external usb connected dock with the 320gb
    image, and successfully install the image from the
    external dock to restore to the 120gb drive installed in the ACER.
    3. Does Shadowprotect take care of setting up the needed
    partition and format for the target drive (120gb in this case)

    I’ve looked at several of the alternatives to your product
    posing the same questions above and get vague or downright
    misleading answers to my items 1, 2 AND 3 above.

    If I purchase your product will I be able to do what I
    want as stated in items 1,2 and 3 above?

    I have done exactly what I described in items 1,2 and 3
    above for WIN 7 using a product called EZGIG II and am
    pleased with the results. I am looking for the same
    capability for Win 8.1.

    Please avise,
    Joe O’Loughlin

  2. Hello Joe,

    Thank you for your questions. I’m sorry that other vendors have disappointed you with vague or misleading answers. Fortunately I have good news for you.

    1) Yes, we are compatible with Microsoft Windows 8.1 technology. The ShadowProtect ReadMe file contains information about version compatibility (near the bottom). Here’s a link to the ReadMe file stating that we are compatible with Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Enterprise.

    2) Yes, you can resize the image of a larger disk to fit on a smaller disk. This is typical of SSD upgrades where the less expensive and larger HDD is replaced with a smaller and faster SSD drive. Please keep in mind that we cannot shrink a partition past the data written on the volume. Here are some articles on shrinking disk volumes that you can read in our knowledgebase:

    Shrink volume size: Removing free space from an image.
     
    Alternative Methods to Shrinking volume size for your drives.
     
    Why can’t ShadowProtect shrink the volume further?

    Also, I find that our StorageCraft CrossPlatform Recovery Environment tools seem to shrink a disk volume the best. If you purchase ShadowProtect I would recommend that you download the Recovery Environment and burn it to a USB key or CD/DVD to assist you in the process.

    3) Yes, ShadowProtect takes care of the needed partitioning and format for the target drive. Please keep in mind that if this is an SSD drive, these drives typically have a manufacturer’s disk utility you should run to properly condition the drive first. When you run the Restore Wizard you will be able to see your target drive and properly format and initialize it within ShadowProtect.

    Lastly, you can download an evaluation copy of our software and test the first two of these three questions: namely Windows 8.1 compatibility and shrinking your disk volume. You will need to purchase a licensed copy of the software to be able to restore to new hardware, but once you do you’ll have a reliable backup solution to continually protect your system and data. I use a continuous incremental backup on my work and home computers to ensure no matter what happens I will always be able to recover my important Windows systems and data.

    Cheers,
    Steven

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