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StorageCraft Recovery Environment 5.2.6 (WinPE 10) x64: The Ultimate Solution for Windows Backup and Recovery



StorageCraft Recovery Environment 5.2.6 (WinPE 10) x64: A Comprehensive Guide




If you are looking for a reliable and easy-to-use solution for backup and disaster recovery, you may have heard of StorageCraft Recovery Environment. This is a critical component of StorageCraft ShadowProtect, a popular software that allows you to protect and recover your data, applications, and systems from any disaster.




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In this article, we will explain what StorageCraft Recovery Environment is, how to create and use it, and what benefits it can bring to your IT operations. We will focus on the Windows-based recovery environment, which is based on Microsoft Windows PE (WinPE) 10 and has a familiar user interface and extensive driver support.


What is StorageCraft Recovery Environment?




StorageCraft Recovery Environment is a bootable environment that you can use to perform backup and recovery tasks with StorageCraft ShadowProtect. It allows you to access your systems, applications, services, and data when they are not bootable or accessible from the normal operating system.


With StorageCraft Recovery Environment, you can:



  • Back up a system or a volume that cannot boot on its own



  • Restore a system or a volume to the same or different hardware or virtual machine



  • Migrate a system or a volume to a new physical or virtual environment



  • Recover an accidentally deleted file or folder



  • Use other utilities to repair and diagnose your system



The benefits of using StorageCraft Recovery Environment




StorageCraft Recovery Environment is part of the StorageCraft Recover-Ability solution, which provides you with all the products and services you need to protect and recover your data, applications, and systems anytime, anywhere, and from any disaster.


Some of the benefits of using StorageCraft Recovery Environment are:



  • It is compatible with all versions of Windows from XP to 10 and Server 2003 to 2019



  • It supports various file systems, such as NTFS, FAT32, exFAT, ReFS, Ext2/3/4, Btrfs, XFS, JFS, UFS, VMFS, ZFS, etc.



  • It supports various storage devices, such as SATA, SCSI, IDE, RAID, USB, FireWire, SAN, NAS, iSCSI, etc.



  • It supports various backup types, such as full backup, incremental backup, differential backup, continuous incremental backup (CIB), etc.



  • It supports various restore options, such as restore original disk layout (RODL), restore anyware (RA), restore volume (RV), restore file (RF), etc.



  • It supports various encryption methods, such as AES-256 bit encryption for backup images and BitLocker encryption for volumes



  • It supports various compression methods, such as standard compression (SC), high compression (HC), fast compression (FC), etc.



  • It supports various verification methods, such as MD5 checksum verification (MD5), SHA-1 checksum verification (SHA1), SHA-256 checksum verification (SHA256), etc.



  • It has a user-friendly graphical user interface (GUI) that makes it easy to perform backup and recovery tasks



  • It has a command-line interface (CLI) that allows you to run scripts and commands for advanced operations



  • It has a built-in network configurator that allows you to connect to the internet or a local network for remote backup and recovery



  • It has a built-in disk utility that allows you to partition, format, wipe, clone, and manage your disks and volumes



  • It has a built-in file explorer that allows you to browse, copy, move, delete, and recover your files and folders



  • It has a built-in hardware diagnostic tool that allows you to check the health and performance of your hardware components



  • It has a built-in log viewer that allows you to view and save the logs of your backup and recovery operations



The differences between StorageCraft Recovery Environment CrossPlatform and Windows-based




StorageCraft Recovery Environment comes in two versions: CrossPlatform and Windows-based. The CrossPlatform version is based on Linux and can be used to back up and restore Linux systems as well as Windows systems. The Windows-based version is based on Windows PE 10 and can be used to back up and restore Windows systems only.


The main differences between the two versions are:



CrossPlatform


Windows-based


Supports Linux systems as well as Windows systems


Supports Windows systems only


Has a simple user interface with fewer options and features


Has a familiar user interface with more options and features


Has limited driver support and may require manual loading of drivers


Has extensive driver support and can automatically load drivers


Has limited network support and may require manual configuration of network settings


Has full network support and can automatically configure network settings


Depending on your needs and preferences, you can choose either version of StorageCraft Recovery Environment to create and use. However, in this article, we will focus on the Windows-based version, which is more suitable for Windows users and has more capabilities and features.


How to create the Windows-based recovery environment with StorageCraft Recovery Environment Builder




To use the Windows-based recovery environment, you need to create a bootable CD or USB drive with StorageCraft Recovery Environment Builder. This is a tool that allows you to download the latest version of the recovery environment and customize it with drivers and tools.


The requirements and steps for creating the recovery environment




To create the Windows-based recovery environment, you need the following requirements:



  • A Windows PC with internet access and a CD/DVD burner or a USB port



  • A blank CD/DVD or a USB drive with at least 1 GB of free space



  • A valid license key for StorageCraft ShadowProtect or StorageCraft ShadowProtect SPX



The steps for creating the recovery environment are as follows:



  • Download and install StorageCraft Recovery Environment Builder from the StorageCraft website.



  • Run StorageCraft Recovery Environment Builder and enter your license key.



  • Select the option to create a Windows-based recovery environment.



  • Select the option to download the latest version of the recovery environment from the internet.



  • Select the option to burn the recovery environment to a CD/DVD or write it to a USB drive.



  • Insert a blank CD/DVD or a USB drive and select it as the destination.



  • Click Next and wait for the process to complete.



  • Eject the CD/DVD or USB drive and label it as StorageCraft Recovery Environment.



How to customize the recovery environment with drivers and tools




If you want to add drivers or tools to the recovery environment, you can do so with StorageCraft Recovery Environment Builder. This can help you ensure that your hardware devices and network connections are recognized and supported by the recovery environment.


To customize the recovery environment with drivers or tools, you need to follow these steps:



  • Run StorageCraft Recovery Environment Builder and enter your license key.



  • Select the option to create a Windows-based recovery environment.



  • Select the option to use an existing ISO file of the recovery environment. You can use the one that you downloaded previously or download a new one from the internet.



  • Select the option to add drivers or tools to the recovery environment.



  • Browse and select the drivers or tools that you want to add. You can add drivers for storage devices, network devices, printers, scanners, etc. You can also add tools such as antivirus software, disk management software, data recovery software, etc.



  • Select the option to burn the customized recovery environment to a CD/DVD or write it to a USB drive.



  • Insert a blank CD/DVD or a USB drive and select it as the destination.



  • Click Next and wait for the process to complete.



  • Eject the CD/DVD or USB drive and label it as StorageCraft Recovery Environment Customized.



How to use the Windows-based recovery environment for backup and recovery tasks




Once you have created the Windows-based recovery environment, you can use it to perform backup and recovery tasks with StorageCraft ShadowProtect. You can use it to back up and restore your systems, applications, and data in case of a disaster, such as a virus attack, a hardware failure, a human error, or a natural disaster.


How to boot from the recovery environment CD or USB




To use the Windows-based recovery environment, you need to boot your computer from the CD/DVD or USB drive that contains the recovery environment. To do this, you need to change the boot order in your BIOS or UEFI settings.


The steps for booting from the recovery environment CD or USB are as follows:



  • Insert the CD/DVD or USB drive that contains the recovery environment into your computer.



  • Restart your computer and press the appropriate key to enter the BIOS or UEFI settings. The key may vary depending on your computer model and manufacturer, but it is usually one of the following: F1, F2, F10, F12, Del, Esc.



  • Find the boot menu and change the boot order so that the CD/DVD or USB drive is the first option. Save and exit the BIOS or UEFI settings.



  • Your computer will restart and boot from the CD/DVD or USB drive. You will see the StorageCraft Recovery Environment logo and a progress bar.



  • After a few minutes, you will see the StorageCraft Recovery Environment main window. You can now use it to perform backup and recovery tasks.



How to back up a system or a volume with ShadowProtect




To back up a system or a volume with ShadowProtect, you need to use the Backup Wizard in the StorageCraft Recovery Environment. This will allow you to create a backup image of your system or volume and save it to a local or network location.


The steps for backing up a system or a volume with ShadowProtect are as follows:



  • In the StorageCraft Recovery Environment main window, click on Backup Wizard.



  • Select the system or volume that you want to back up. You can select multiple items by holding down the Ctrl key.



  • Click Next and select the destination where you want to save the backup image. You can choose a local drive, a network share, an FTP server, or an SFTP server.



  • Click Next and enter a file name and a description for the backup image. You can also choose to encrypt and compress the backup image.



  • Click Next and select the backup type and schedule. You can choose to perform a full backup, an incremental backup, a differential backup, or a continuous incremental backup. You can also choose to run the backup once or on a regular basis.



  • Click Next and review the summary of your backup settings. You can also choose to verify and split the backup image.



  • Click Finish and wait for the backup process to complete. You can monitor the progress and status of the backup in the Backup Jobs window.



How to restore a system or a volume with ShadowProtect




To restore a system or a volume with ShadowProtect, you need to use the Restore Wizard in the StorageCraft Recovery Environment. This will allow you to restore your system or volume from a backup image to the same or different hardware or virtual machine.


The steps for restoring a system or a volume with ShadowProtect are as follows:



  • In the StorageCraft Recovery Environment main window, click on Restore Wizard.



  • Select the source where your backup image is located. You can choose a local drive, a network share, an FTP server, or an SFTP server.



  • Browse and select the backup image that you want to restore. You can also select multiple images by holding down the Ctrl key.



  • Click Next and select the destination where you want to restore the system or volume. You can choose a local drive, a network share, an FTP server, or an SFTP server.



  • Click Next and select the restore options. You can choose to restore the original disk layout, restore anyware, restore volume, or restore file. You can also choose to resize the destination volume, inject drivers, enable BitLocker, etc.



  • Click Next and review the summary of your restore settings. You can also choose to verify and split the restored image.



  • Click Finish and wait for the restore process to complete. You can monitor the progress and status of the restore in the Restore Jobs window.



How to perform bare metal recovery or hardware migration with ShadowProtect




If you want to restore your system or volume to a different hardware or virtual machine, you need to use the Restore Anyware feature in ShadowProtect. This will allow you to adapt your system or volume to the new environment and ensure that it is bootable and functional.


The steps for performing bare metal recovery or hardware migration with ShadowProtect are as follows:



  • In the StorageCraft Recovery Environment main window, click on Restore Wizard.



  • Select the source where your backup image is located. You can choose a local drive, a network share, an FTP server, or an SFTP server.



  • Browse and select the backup image that you want to restore. You can also select multiple images by holding down the Ctrl key.



  • Click Next and select the destination where you want to restore the system or volume. You can choose a local drive, a network share, an FTP server, or an SFTP server.



  • Click Next and select the option to Restore Anyware. This will enable you to modify the disk signature, partition offset, boot configuration data (BCD), and drivers of the restored system or volume.



  • Click Next and select the options to inject drivers, enable BitLocker, resize the destination volume, etc.



  • Click Next and review the summary of your restore settings. You can also choose to verify and split the restored image.



  • Click Finish and wait for the restore process to complete. You can monitor the progress and status of the restore in the Restore Jobs window.



How to use other utilities in the recovery environment




In addition to ShadowProtect, StorageCraft Recovery Environment also provides you with other utilities that you can use to repair and diagnose your system. These utilities include:



  • Disk Utility: This allows you to partition, format, wipe, clone, and manage your disks and volumes.



  • File Explorer: This allows you to browse, copy, move, delete, and recover your files and folders.



  • Hardware Diagnostic: This allows you to check the health and performance of your hardware components.



  • Log Viewer: This allows you to view and save the logs of your backup and recovery operations.



  • Network Configurator: This allows you to connect to the internet or a local network for remote backup and recovery.



To access these utilities, you can click on their icons in the StorageCraft Recovery Environment main window or use their shortcuts in the Start menu.


Conclusion




StorageCraft Recovery Environment is a powerful tool that can help you protect and recover your data, applications, and systems from any disaster. It is compatible with Windows systems and supports various file systems, storage devices, backup types, restore options, encryption methods, compression methods, verification methods, etc. It has a user-friendly graphical user interface as well as a command-line interface for advanced operations. It has a built-in network configurator as well as other utilities for disk management, file management , hardware diagnostic, and log viewing. You can create and customize the Windows-based recovery environment with StorageCraft Recovery Environment Builder and use it to perform backup and recovery tasks with ShadowProtect. You can also use the Restore Anyware feature to perform bare metal recovery or hardware migration with ShadowProtect.


We hope that this article has given you a comprehensive guide on how to use StorageCraft Recovery Environment 5.2.6 (WinPE 10) x64 for backup and disaster recovery. If you have any questions or feedback, please feel free to contact us or leave a comment below.


FAQs




Here are some frequently asked questions about StorageCraft Recovery Environment:


Q: How can I update the Windows-based recovery environment?




A: You can update the Windows-based recovery environment by downloading the latest version of the recovery environment from the internet and creating a new CD/DVD or USB drive with StorageCraft Recovery Environment Builder. You can also check for updates within the recovery environment by clicking on the Update icon in the main window.


Q: How can I access the command-line interface in the Windows-based recovery environment?




A: You can access the command-line interface in the Windows-based recovery environment by clicking on the Command Prompt icon in the main window or using the shortcut Ctrl+Alt+T. You can then run scripts and commands for advanced operations with ShadowProtect.


Q: How can I troubleshoot problems with the Windows-based recovery environment?




A: You can troubleshoot problems with the Windows-based recovery environment by using the Hardware Diagnostic tool to check your hardware components, using the Log Viewer tool to view and save the logs of your backup and recovery operations, using the Network Configurator tool to check and configure your network settings, and using the File Explorer tool to browse and recover your files and folders. You can also contact StorageCraft support for assistance.


Q: How can I switch between the Windows-based and CrossPlatform versions of StorageCraft Recovery Environment?




A: You can switch between the Windows-based and CrossPlatform versions of StorageCraft Recovery Environment by creating a bootable CD/DVD or USB drive with either version of StorageCraft Recovery Environment Builder and booting your computer from it. You can also use a dual-boot CD/DVD or USB drive that contains both versions of StorageCraft Recovery Environment and choose which one to boot from.


Q: How can I learn more about StorageCraft Recovery Environment?




A: You can learn more about StorageCraft Recovery Environment by visiting the StorageCraft website, reading the StorageCraft Recovery Environment User Guide, watching the StorageCraft Recovery Environment video tutorials, or attending the StorageCraft Recovery Environment training courses. dcd2dc6462


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