By Delia / Last update October 9, 2020

Why Mount Backup Image?

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 you to repair the failures on hard drives. But how to restore a single file from a system backup image? The direct way is mount Windows backup image to extract individual files.

However, Windows Backup and Restore doesn't provide the way to restore individual files from system image backup. Hence, you can try to use some third-party backup software to solve the issue easily.

Best Free Windows Image Mount Tool- AOMEI Backupper Standard

As the best free backup software - AOMEI Backupper Standard could help you mount the Windows backup image to a virtual partition, and helps you to extract the individual files easily. The mounted drive is read only to keep your data safe and you can’t change anything with the virtual drive. What all you can do with the read-only physical partition is to copy files out of it.

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How to Create a Winows 10 System Image Backup?

AOMEI Backupper Standard is designed for home users, free and easy. Now, you could create a system backup image and restore to the original state based on the system image, here is the steps:

1. Click Backup > System Backup to create a Windows 10 system image backup.

System Backup

2. Select a destination for your Windows 10 system image file.

Select Destination

3. Hit Schedule, choose a mode in General tab to backup regularly (Daily, Weekly, Monthly), choose Incremental backup at Advanced tab to backup the changed files since the last backup.

Schedule Settings General

Schedule Settings Advanced

★Tip: The USB plug in, Event triggers and Differential backup are premium features, please upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional or higher editions to enjoy.

4. Press Start Backup >> to create a Windows 10 system image backup automatically.

Start Backup Scheduled

Use this way to create a Windows 10 system image backup will save a lot of disk space due to the incremental backup occupy the least space. Besides, you could create disk backup, file backup and partition backup.

How to Mount Windows 10 System Image Backup?

Now, you could mount Windows image backup. The following step-by-step guide shows you how to mount a Windows image backup and copy individual files directly.

Step 1. Select Explore Image under the Tools column to mount backup image.

Explore Image

Step 2. Select the Windows 10 system backup image from the list containing the files you want to copy and click Next >> to continue.

Select Backup Image

Step 3. Select a backup time point to explore and copy, click Next >>. Choose the right time point because it may includes full backup, differential backup (available in AOMEI Backupper Professional) and incremental backup.

Select Backup Point

Step 4. Tick the checkbox before the system partition that contains the files and choose a drive letter for it to assign drive letter, and click Next >> to perform the extraction.

Assign Drive Letter

Step 5. Wait for a few seconds to complete. You can view all the files and folders in the virtual drive (the partition you just assigned drive letter). And then you could extract the individual files from a Windows 10 system image backup.

Mounting image backup is only available for those system backup, disk backup and partition backup image created by AOMEI Backupper; If you use this feature to mount a file backup, it will prompt you to choose a destination, and extract all the files and folders to the destination.
If the selected files is encrypted, you need to type in the password you set before to continue the process.
If you didn't detach the virtual drive, it will automatically be detached after the next computer restart.


Mounting backup image to extract individual files is easy for AOMEI Backupper Standard while Windows Backup and Restore is not supported to do this.

AOMEI Backupper Standard is not only a Windows backup software, but also a disk cloning software. You can use it to clone hard drive to SSD, replace old smaller HDD with new larger one and migrate data as well.

For server users, please try AOMEI Backupper Server; for IT Technicians, please try AOMEI Backupper Technician Plus.