How to Extract Individual Files from System Image Backup in Windows 10?

Posted by @Bryce

August 31, 2017

Are you going to extract individual files from system image backup ? This article will show you how to achieve it with Windows built-in tool and reliable and powerful software-AOMEI Backupper at length.

The reason for extracting individual files from system image backup 

For the data safety and avoid the trouble of reinstalling system if some problems occur, computer users often backup Windows system with Windows tool. There is always a situation that important files or application documents are stored on system disk. Sometimes, these files or data are deleted accidently.At this time, users want to extract only the specific data from ISO file. However, Windows shows that you can not directly extract specific data from system image backup. Is it necessary that users restore the full system image backup to extract the specific file? The answer is"No". Two methods to extract the individual files from system image backup will be introduced in following parts.

Method 1: To Extract Individual Files from System Image Backup with Disk Management in Windows 10

Although the Windows shows that we can not extract specific items from the whole backup, we still can achieve this goal through disk management. Here are detailed steps to extract individual files from system image with disk management.

Tips: The Windows System Image must be created at first.

Step1: Run disk management and select "Attach VHD" under "Action".

Attach VHD

Step 2: Click "Browse".

Click Browse

Notice: Do not tick the box before "Read-only"; otherwise, the individual files will be unable to be extracted.

Choose the drive that you need to attach and click "Open" And the Virtual HDD file will be presented in the form of a new drive.

Select Right Drive

Step 3: Without drive letter, the partition is unable to be accessed; therefore, there is a need to assign this partition a drive letter to browse it. Right click the partition that you will open and select the option of "Change Drive Letter and Paths…" to add a drive letter to the new drive.

Add Drive Letter

Here will name the drive letter "F" as an example.

Thus, you can open the drive F to select the file that you want to extract.

Open Visual Disk

Finally, detach VHD with disk management after extracting the targeted file from system image backup.

Method 2: To Extract Individual Files from System Image Backup with AOMEI Backupper in Windows 10/8/7

Obviously, the first method is a little bit complicated for users to perform. Whether there is another easy and simple way to extract individual files from system image backup? Fortunately, AOMEI Backupper is the very free software which can help users extract data from ISO file effectively and safely. Let’s see the specific process with AOMEI Backupper Standard. Firstly, download AOMEI Backupper and then install it.

Notice: you should have created a system image backup with AOMEI Backupper at first.

Step1:Run the software. Click advanced under the backup file and select "Explore Image".

Explore Image

Or select Explore Image under Utilities tab with double-clicks.

Utilities Explore Image

Select a backup task and click "Next".

Choose Backup Image

Step 2: On page Backup Point, choose a backup file and click "Next".

Choose Backup Version

Step 3: On page Explore Image, choose the partition that you want to explore, and then click "Next". Here assign drive letter for the partition as "F".

Choose Partition

Then, you can open disk F to browser the content of the ISO file and extract the individual files that you need.

Open Disk F


  • 1. Except the existing letters, you can assign the letter of the virtual drive as you like.

  • 2. The virtual drive F can be detached by selecting "Utilities" ->"Explore Image">"Detach" option again after extracting individual files.


AOMEI Backupper saves the trouble of restoring the whole system image backup and enables you directly to extract individual files from system image backup. With simple procedures and few steps, it helps you successfully extract data from ISO file in Windows 10. Apart from extracting data from Window 10 image backup, it is able to exract data from sytem image backup in Windows 8/7/Vista/XP. In fact, AOMEI Backupper can also provide many other functions such as disk backup, system backup and schedule backup etc. More functions and utilities can be gained through upgrading to Professional version. With various and practical functions, AOMEI Backupper can help computer users solve a great number of problems about Windows data and system backup and restore.