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With the increasing amount of data and media content average PC users need to deal with, many of them are resorting to data backup software. While you can use Windows default backup utility, it is quite basic. There are plenty of third party data backup apps and you have to pick the most apt contender. If you want a capable backup tool that offers fast and consistent performance, try out ShadowProtect Desktop by StorageCraft. ShadowProtect Desktop is StorageCraft’s entry level contender in PC data backup which lacks features found in its pricier enterprise-level sibling like network-wide backup and cloud-based storage. It lacks the bells and whistles offered by rivals like Acronis True Image or Paragon Hard disk suite but does the basics exceptionally well.

ShadowProtect Desktop is a backup tool aimed at users with a single PC who want accurate and reliable backups. The app supports PCS with Windows XP and later versions. Its hardware requirements are quite modest. The app supports file systems like FAT 32, NTFS but lacks support for ReFS and exFAT file systems. It works with internal, external hard drives and also optical drives. Installing the app is quite simple and that does not need much time either.

Unlike most of its competitors, ShadowProtect Desktop does not take backups at folder or file level. For some users, it may seem a limitation. However, for majority of cases, it is actually a blessing in disguise. The app takes back up of hard disk volumes or entire drive. The benefit is it can backup files when they are being used by you. After image files are made, you can mount them like virtual drives. Hence, you can extract individual files and folders without being forced to restore entire drive. The app also lets you convert images to virtual disks and they can be used within virtualization environments.

The user interface is very simple. When you start the application, you get access to three tabs under wizards- Backup, Restore and Explore backup. Backups can be saved to another external USB drive. However, you may also save backups to network storage devices. In next dialog of the wizard, you get options for scheduling backups. After making full backup, the app can generate incremental backup, which is quite handy. It is also possible to encrypt those backups for enhanced security. There is an advanced option as well. It has options like deleting older backups after a certain interval. When you finish the wizard, the app runs in background.

When you have to access backed up files and folders, the section ‘Explore Backup’ is what you need. Accessing backed up images is simple and in most cases you get the image as a drive on desktop. If your hard disk has several partitions, you may choose to restore an image to a separate partition while using normal Windows system. ShadowProtect Desktop lets you make recovery CD to deal with a PC when it won’t boot normally. However, it is not instant as you have to download required files from the company web site first. StorageCraft offers a "cross-platform" recovery tool which is based on Linux but resembles Windows program for this task.

It is also possible to create a Windows-based recovery disk. This again requires you to use a wizard for downloading some Microsoft software and make a recovery disk image. Thereafter, you have to burn the image to USB stick to CD. Both these recovery environments come with a handy boot configuration utility.

While its no -fuss backup and restoration options are what most users will ever need, ShadowProtect Desktop also comes with a handy feature- hardware-independent restoration. It helps you restore backed up images to different hardware with generic drivers. While the app is not much cheap, its ease of use and consistent performance makes it ideal for home users looking for a reliable backup solution. You have to consider the company offers technical support for a year when you buy the app with options for extension. The online resources and Help documentation are aplenty.

Positive Points:
•    Consistent backup of hard disk and partitions.
•    Full and incremental backup.
•    Data encryption and HIR feature.
•    Adequate Help and technical support.

Negative Points:
•    No backup at file/folder level.
•    Lacks features found in rival contenders.
•    Bootable media creation involves app download.

Conclusion:
ShadowProtect Desktop is not a backup tool that will cater to needs of every Windows users. However, it comes across as an unbeatable contender for home users or people with a single PC who want consistent, reliable backup solution. Not being able to take backups by file may be limiting but taking drive based backup is simple. You can add to existing backups and eliminate those that get older. Scheduling, restoration to another drive and encryption are handy features that will benefit majority of users. The only glitch is that you need to download additional files and as for creating bootable rescue CD or drive with this app. Overall, its ease of use, accuracy of performance, coupled with strong technical support makes it a worthy contender for PC backup.

Rating: 3.5/5







ShadowProtect® Desktop™ Publisher's Description

StorageCraft ShadowProtect Desktop

Fast and Reliable Disaster Recovery, Data Protection and System Migration for Windows Desktops and Laptops. Avoid System and Data Loss with ShadowProtect Desktop.

ShadowProtect Desktop provides the following benefits:

- Rapid recovery from bare metal, to dissimilar hardware or to and from virtual environments.
- Centralized backup administration from a management console.
- ShadowControl ImageManager to automatically consolidate backup image files.
- Verification and re-verification of backup images.
- VirtualBoot technology for quick failover to a virtual server.
- Converter tool to convert to .VHD or .VMDK.
- Automatic backup of SQL, Exchange and other critical applications.
- Granular recovery of individual files and folders in moments.
- Simplified migration to new Windows servers.
- Scheduler for automatic full and incremental backups.

Protecting personal computers is a business-critical priority for today's corporations. ShadowProtect Desktop provides fast and reliable disaster recovery, data protection and system migration to get desktops and laptops online as quickly as possible.

ShadowProtect includes bare metal recovery to the same system, dissimilar hardware or to and from virtual environments. Protect everything on your desktops and laptops: operating systems, applications like Microsoft Office, configuration and personal settings and your data.

ShadowProtect gives you the tools you need to centrally manage your point-in-time backup images and restore them in a matter of minutes. The easy-to-use management console allows you to simultaneously push install ShadowProtect to all your Windows desktops and laptops from a central location and view the backup status of all protected Windows systems in your organization.

ShadowProtect provides you with VirtualBoot technology - for failover to a virtual desktop.

Free download from Shareware Connection - Fast and Reliable Disaster Recovery, Data Protection and System Migration for Windows Desktops and Laptops. Avoid System and Data Loss with ShadowProtect Desktop.

Publisher: StorageCraft Technology Corporation | License: Shareware
Version: 5 | Size: 27381 KB | Platform: Win2000, Win7 x32, Win7 x64, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Business x64, Windows Vista Enterprise, Windows Vista Enterprise x64, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Basic x64, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Home Premium x64, Windows Vista Starter, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Ultimate x64, WinOther, WinVista, WinVista x64
Released Date: 23-01-2012 | Rating: 5 | Title: ShadowProtect® Desktop™

Author Url: http://www.storagecraft.com
Program Info Url: http://www.storagecraft.com/shadow_protect_desktop.php
Download Url: http://downloads.storagecraft.com/SP_Files/ENU_Desktop_Setup_4.1.5.exe
Screenshot Url: http://www.storagecraft.com/documents/screenshots/shadowprotect-desktop-4.1.5-screenshot.jpg

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