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As any seasoned IT professional knows, disasters happen and business needs change. The StorageCraft® Recovery Environment, a critical component of our backup software, gives you the ability to respond fast: back up systems, restore them to different hardware or to virtual machines, or migrate them to new physical or virtual environments.

Use the StorageCraft Recovery Environment in these scenarios:

  • Restoring a system volume that cannot boot on its own

  • Backing up a non-bootable system before attempting a restore operation

  • Performing a bare metal restore when old hardware is damaged beyond repair

  • Recovering an accidentally deleted file or folder

  • Restoring an entire data volume

  • Migrating to new hardware or a virtual environment

Choose your own recovery environment

StorageCraft offers two recovery environment options:

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StorageCraft Recovery Environment CrossPlatform

Protect both Windows and Linux systems with this pre-built recovery environment.

Protect your Windows systems. You’ll download the StorageCraft Recovery Environment Builder, which walks you through the steps to build this recovery environment.

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StorageCraft Recovery Environment for Windows


The StorageCraft Recovery Environment is a component of:

You can download the StorageCraft Recovery Environment CrossPlatform ISO and StorageCraft Recovery Environment Builder after you purchase a user license for either ShadowProtect or SPX. You will need your ShadowProtect or SPX product key to execute the download, and you’ll need to accept the End-User License Agreement.

For StorageCraft Recovery Environment CrossPlatform, you also have the option to contact us to request a CD with the software on it be mailed for a small fee.

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What about ShadowProtect IT Edition?

The StorageCraft Recovery Environment CrossPlatform is integrated into ShadowProtect IT Edition, so you don’t need to download it separately when you buy ShadowProtect IT Edition. However, StorageCraft Recovery Environment for Windows is not included—you have the option to create it by downloading StorageCraft Recovery Environment Builder.

Technical specifications

Supported operating systems

Both StorageCraft Recovery Environment CrossPlatform and StorageCraft Recovery Environment for Windows work with all the Windows operating systems that SPX and ShadowProtect disaster recovery software support.

SPX: supported operating systems

ShadowProtect: supported operating systems

StorageCraft Recovery Environment CrossPlatform works with all the Linux versions that SPX disaster recovery software supports.

Supported Linux versions

Hardware requirements


It’s always a good idea (a best practice) to boot up your Recovery Environment for Windows and test that you have all the drivers necessary.

Additionally, we recommend you download the latest StorageCraft Recovery Environment ISO whenever you download any SPX or ShadowProtect software updates.

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