Restoring a Volume

ShadowProtect provides two ways to restore a backup image file depending on which type of volume it is:

Volume Type

Restore using which ShadowProtect version


System (boot) Volume ShadowProtect in Windows Use the Restore Wizard in ShadowProtect to recover a data (non-system/files-only) volume. Note: This method does not require you to reboot the system.
Data Volume Restore in the ShadowProtect Recovery Environment Use the Recovery Environment to restore a system volume.
Warning: Restoring a backup image to an existing volume overwrites all data currently on that volume.

To restore a data volume

  1. Open the Restore Wizard by doing one of the following:
    • In the Wizards tab, click Restore.
    • In the Tasks menu, click Restore.
    • In the Menu bar, select Tasks > Restore.
  2. On the Backup Image to Restore page, select the Image Set to restore, then click Next.
    In the drop-down menu, select the destination (see Destinations) that contains the backup image set, or click Browse to locate the desired backup image set. The Specify Image Names field displays the backup image sets available at the selected destination or path.
    Note: You must have the proper network credentials to access an image set stored on a network share.
  3. If the Specify Image Names field does not list all the expected points-in-time, right-click on the list to display the option to refresh contents:
  4. Click Refresh contents to update the list of restore points.
  5. Select which image set contains the point-in-time you wish to restore, then click Next.
  6. On the Backup Image Dependencies page, ShadowProtect provides a list of times and dates of all the backups it has taken of the selected disk. Choose which point-in-time  to restore, then click Next.

    Note: This page also displays specific properties of the selected backup image file. These are informational only and are relevant when resolving restore issues  with StorageCraft Support. These properties include:

    Image File Properties Shows the volume size and used space, creation time, backup type (none, daily, weekly, monthly), compression type, password protected (yes/no), and any comments.
    Original Partition Information Style (MBR, GPT), number, type (FAT, NTFS), bootable option, offsets and length.
    Disk Information Disk geometry, disk size, number of the first track sectors and if it is a dynamic disk. You can also view the disk layout graphically at the bottom of the screen. Note: This represents what the disk looked like at the time of backup.
    Originating machine OS version, the machine name, MAC address, the ShadowProtect engine version used to create the image file and drive letter of the mounted volume.
  7. On the Restore Destination page, select the partition where you want to restore the backup image, then click Next.
    Note: The selected partition must have sufficient space for the selected restore. For example, you cannot restore a 40GB backup file to a disk or partition with only 10GB of free space.
  8. The Wizard displays the Specify the Restoration Options page. These options only apply to restoring System (boot) volumes (which is done using the Recovery Environment).. Click Next.
  9. On the Wizard Summary page, review the details of the volume restore operation, then click Finish.

You can view the progress of the restore volume operation in the Backup Jobs tab.

Note: StorageCraft strongly recommends creating a new backup job for the restored volume. While an existing ShadowProtect backup job may continue creating new incrementals, issues arise from changes in hardware, volume size, or operating system. To ensure reliable backups, create a new job on the restored volume.
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More documentation Required!!

I find quite astonishing the abismal jump SrotageCraft makes at this point in the instruction manual in regards to the minmium expected techinical expertise on the user base.  It is frankly very disapointing: Clearly, the team at Storegearaft in chage of this manual includes very sopsiticaed and bright individuals.

No intelligent person, in my view, could assume that users that needed to be walked through 10-15 pages expalining the Wizzard menu in the biggining of this manual could possible know what to make of the instructions on section 5: "On the Specify the Restoration Options page, select the appropriate volume restore options". About 5 five full pages of backgroud information are needed here for inexpericed users be remote confident that we understand these options well enough to use the software effectively. Or (at the very least) a faily comprehensive list of links where we can become more familiarized with the relevant concepts. 

It is at this point; after spending many hours intalling the trial program, reading reviews for the software and reading the manual that it becomes clear to me, as a potential customer, that StoregaCraft's interest in intelligent but unexperiecned end-users learning how to use the ShadowProtect product is a ruse; or at the very least, a half-hearted effort. As a potential customer, I feel chated: Why do you create u-tube videos and marketing material making it sound like "it is so easy" when you have no intention whatsoever of explaining how to use the software to customers w/o a significant understanding of hard disk structure, operating system files, launch routines, etc??

It would be more ethical, not to mention a better allocation of resources, if management at StorageCraft could make up their mind, once and for all, if they are interested in the entry-level end-user market or not. If you're not, please kindly include in your Store Web Page a note stating that a certain degree of technical knowgelde is expected for proper use of your software. If you are interested in this sector of the customer base, please review the manual and spend the necesary time and effort to make it a self-contained document and/or include references expandiing the concepts in this section, so we can actually learn how to use your product. This is a joke.

I can only interpretet SorageCfaft's inconsistency in the presumed minimal techical expertise from the readers as utter disdain for their customers: Let's pretend that anyone can use the software. By the time they find out that they are too ignorant to make safe backups, most will have purchased the licences".

I don't believe for a minute that you're creating such a poor manual out of incompetency. Sadly, you may take that comment is a compliment in disguise.