By Cherry / Last Updated June 28, 2017

What if you only need to recover specific files from the backup image?

You know that it is very common to create a Windows system image, and use this Windows system image to restore system integrity. Many users would backup all hard drives, then entire partition, but what if you only need to recover specific files from the backup image instead of restoring all files?

How to recover specific files from a Windows system image?

To recover files from Windows system image, you need to create it first. When you have created the backup, you will have a series of files on your device where you saved the backup image. The root folder is called WindowsImageBackup, and you can named it as you like. You are going to use use this to restore selective files that you need. Then, here will provides you two methods to recover specific files from a windows system image or other backup image.

Method1. Recover specific files from a Windows system image with Windows tool

Windows Disk Management can help you recovery specific files from a Windows system image.

1. Click Computer-> Manage.


2. In computer management, click Disk Management.

Disk Management

3. In Disk Management, click Action, select Attach VHD.

Attach VHD

4. Then, browse to the VHD file inside the backup image folder.


5. Here, a new drive should show up in Disk Management with a new drive letter. Then, you can browse the files in the VHD and recover individual files to your hard drive.


6. When you restored the selective files, right click the VHD and select Detach VHD to detach the VHD from your computer.

Manage Detach VHD

Tips: Do not check the box that asks “Delete the virtual hard disk file after removing the disk” when you detach it.

Method2. Restore individual files from Windows backup with AOMEI Backupper

Using Windows Disk Management is too painful, the complex operations are annoying. Fortunately, the third party software AOMEI Backupper Professional can help you restore individual files from Windows backup with in a few simple steps. It is fit for all Windows PC operating system including Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP. Besides restoring, you can use AOMEI Backupper to create system backup, backup partition/volume, make disk backup. If you do not want to restore the entire backup image, its “Explore Image” function would help you to restore selective files.

Explore Image can mount image as a virtual hard drive like common partitions like drive C:, D:, etc. You can access this virtual hard drive from Windows Explorer directly. And then, using the Copy and Paste, you can restore the individual files you need.

Step1. Install and launch AOMEI Backupper Professional. In the Home tab, it will list the backup image in the window, select the image which the files you need stored on. Click Advanced and select Explore Image.


Or you can select Explore Image under the Utilities.

Explore Image

Step2. Then, select a backup image in the list to explore files in the image. Click Next.

Select Backup Image

Step3.In the Explore Image, assign a drive letter for partition in the image file to explore it in My Computer.

Assign Drive Letter

Step4.Click Finish when the operation is done.


Then, you can access the VHD in My Computer, and recover specific files from backup image using Copy & Paste.

Plus, after restoring, you can detach the VHD by accessing Explore Image again.


Using AOMEI Backupper to recovery specific files from a Windows backup image is such an easy thing. It has many features such as check image, merge images, etc. You can also use it to restore system, and other backup images integrity.

AOMEI Backupper is a great software for Windows. You can also download its free edition to ask for the basic functions. Besides, it provides AOMEI Backupper Server especially for Windows Server users.