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How to Explore Image with AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Post By AOMEI Updated December 29, 2022

The Explore Image feature can mount a system backup image, partition backup image or disk image as a virtual drives, similar to Daemon tools. You can view its contents in Windows Explorer and third-party file managers in read-only mode. Let's see how to extract files from Windows image backups in detail. Please download the freeware in advance.

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How to Use Explore Image Step by Step

1. In the main Tab page, select Tools and then select Explore Image.

Explore Image

2. Select backup image that you want to explore from the list box, and click Next to continue.

Select Backup Image

3. Select a backup point and click the Next button to explore the backup image.

Select Backup Point

4. For system, partition and disk backup images, you can assign drive letters for the imaged partitions, and click Next to mount the image.

Assign Drive Letter

For file backup images, the images will not be mounted as virtual drives. You can directly check the file structure in the image. By ticking boxes of certain files, you can choose individual files and folders to be explored as your requirements and click "Save As" to choose a location to keep files and folders.

Explore File Backup

5. Wait for the process to complete and click Finish. For system, partition and disk backup, you can explore the contents in your backup image, using the drive letter(s) assigned in step 4, via "Windows File Explorer" or "My Computer/This PC". For file backup, you can directly check the files in the destination save location.

How to detach the mounted image

1. In the main Tab page, select "Tools" followed by "Explore Image".

2. All current virtual drives will be listed. Select the appropriate virtual drives followed by clicking "Detach" for the virtual drives to be removed.



  • Only system, partition or disk backup images (.adi files) can be mounted as virtual drives. The virtual drives will be automatically detached after the computer shuts down.

  • File backup images (.afi files) can be mounted as a folder. Please manually delete the mounted folder if you do not want to access it. For file backup, you can also directly select individual files or folders to restore with the "Restore" tab.

  • You can copy files or folders in the mouned virtual drive to a physical drive after a system, partition, or disk backup image is mounted. But it is unable to add files or folders into the virtual drive as you do in a physical drive.