By AOMEI / Last Updated December 6, 2018

Overview of Mounting Image Backup Feature

Creating Windows system backup image is the best solution to keep your computer safe. System backup images are used to restore your whole system and allow your to reproduce the failures on hard drives. But how to restore a single file from a system backup image? While Windows doesn't provide method to restore individual files from your history backups, you can try to use some third-party backup software to solve the issue easily.

Mounting image backup on virtual drive is common solution for most Windows users to browse its contents in Windows Explorer like My Computer and This PC, and copy single file out from it. AOMEI Backupper is outstanding from mount utilities in the current windows market.

AOMEI Backupper Standard can help you mount an image backup to a new assigned drive letter as a virtual partition in Windows which can be read-only physical partition. What all you can do with the read-only physical partition is to copy files out of it and you can’t change anything with the virtual drive.

How to Mount Image Backup with Free AOMEI Backupper?

AOMEI Backupper is the best free Windows backup and restore software for home and business users. You can use it to create a system backup image and restore to the original state based on the system image; it's the same principle to create a disk system backup image, file backup image and partition backup image.

It’s not only a Windows backup program, but also a disk cloning software. You can use it to upgrade hard drive to faster SSDs, replace old smaller HDD with new larger one and migrate data as well.

The following step-by-step guide shows you to mount image backup to copy individual files directly without creating VHD. Download the free mounting utility, install and open it.

Step 1. Select Explore Image under the Utilities column;

utility explore image

Step 2. Select the system backup image from the list containing the files you want to copy and click Next to continue;

explore windows system backup

Step 3. Select a backup time point to explore and copy, click Next. In the system backup image, it may includes full backup image, differential backup and incremental backup. So you need to choose the right time point to restore;

select system backup point

Step 4. Choose a drive letter for the virtual partition to explore the for the image files, then click Next to perform the actions. The whole process will be finished in several seconds.

assign drive letter

Step 5. You can view all the files and folders in image file in My Computer or This PC, and click Save As to extract the individual files.


  • The feature of mounting image backup is only used for those system backup, disk backup and partition backup image created by AOMEI Backupper;
  • If the selected files is encrypted, you need to type in the password you set before to continue the process;
  • If you don't detach the virtual drive, it will automatically be detached after the next computer restart.