StorageCraft and VMware/VPC

On January 23, 2008, in Backup, by

When in Virtual PC or VMWare and restoring a StorageCraft image you have to think of where you are at.


First off.. you need to share out the location of where the image is at.  Then you boot the StorageCraft ISO into the virtual PC or VMware.  Choose option one that uses the vistaPE boot sequence.  Then, inside StorageCraft, you assign an IP address in the range of the IP address of the machine that holds the image.  In my case my box was at and I gave the IP of the StorageCraft 


Then I mapped a drive letter.  In my case as I’m restoring this on a machine that is a workgroup the syntax is \\Machinename\Sharedfolder and entered the username and password. 


So now I ensured that a partitioned out in the Virtual PC a larger space then my backup ..and I began the restore process.  The first thing it wanted me to do was to partition the drive I had set up and then it wanted to reboot the image.  But when it rebooted it just sat there with a blinking curser.. AH I forgot to go into the boot sequence of the VPC/VMware and make it boot from the cdrom (or in this case ISO) of the StorageCraft first.

Once it did that I started the restore wizard again….

But this is definitely something you want to practice and document the process.  When something blows up is not the time to be fumbling around trying to figure this stuff out.

But when it works… and you now have a virtualized copy of the exact desktop at the office (yes it’s retail not OEM in case the licensing folks are reading) of XP that you can put under Vista just in case you need it, it’s priceless.


One Response to StorageCraft and VMware/VPC

  1. StorageCraft technology captures a snapshot of your volume(s) and runs an exact duplicate in a virtual PC or server state. This virtual state, called ShadowMode™, allows the user to use the PC or server as normal, but without premanently writing system changes to the hard drive.

    n many instances, systems are a shared resource. This is the case in lab environments, training centers, public kiosks, libraries and home PCs. Unwanted software installations or folder and file modifications can place a system in an inoperable or less than optimal state. Many times, the only way to recover from this situation is to go through the time consuming process of reinstalling the operating system, applications and reconfiguring the system.