How to Mount a Windows 10/8/7 System Image Backup as a VHD?

Posted by @Cherry

July 3, 2017

This article provides you the top three ways for mounting a Windows 10/8/7 system image backup as a VHD. You can choose any way to mount Windows image backup VHD.

If you need to mount Windows image backup to VHD (Virtual Hard Disk), here you can learn how to mount Windows 10/8/7 system image backup to VHD easily and safely.

About VHD

VHD, the short of Virtual Hard Disk, is a file format which represents a virtual hard disk drive. In a word, a VHD file is usually used as a hard disk drive or disk partition, and in the disk or partition, you can mount Windows system backup image or other files.

The benefits of mounting Windows image backup VHD

Mount VHD has many benefits. A VHD allows multiple operating systems to reside on a single host machine. Typically, how many VHD files equals to how many computers you have. In surface, you are accessing one PC, but you are visiting different operating systems on different VHD files.

What’s the most important is the VHD solved a big problem for Windows users. Windows users all know that a system image is a copy of the drives required for Windows to run. It can also include additional drives. A system image can be used to restore your computer if your hard drive or computer ever stops working; however, you can’t choose individual items to restore. However, If you mount Windows system image backup to VHD, you can restore Windows from VHD once there is some thing wrong with your Windows system on the physical machine. And you can browse or recover specific files from Windows system image via VHD. Besides, it can be used for deploying multiple computers. In a word, mount Windows system image backup VHD is convenient for users, and it is simple to manage. The technician only need to manage VHD files, promise the security of the visited items. The simplest way is to backup VHD to another place.   

How to mount/unmount Windows 10/8/7 image backup to VHD?

Mount Windows 10/8/7 image backup to VHD has a great meaning for Windows users. But how to do it? How to mount Windows image backup as a VHD? Here provides you top three ways to mount/unmount Windows image backup to VHD.   

To perform how to mount Windows image as a VHD, you must first have created a Windows system image. You should remember where you stored the Widows image backup. Then, you can start to mount Windows backup image to VHD.

Tips: system images are saved in this format:

Drive letter:\WindowsImageBackup\computer name\Backup YYYY-MM-DD HHMMSS

Method1. Using Disk Management to mount Windows image backup VHD

Mount Windows image backup with Windows Disk Management need a few steps.

Right click This PC ->Management, select Disk Management, or you can open the Disk Management by pressing Win+X (Win10), select Disk Management.

Click Action, selectAttach VHD.

Mount Windows Image Backup VHD

Then, you can locate your system image file in the dialog box. Click Browse to select the Windows image backup file with the .vhd extension.


Select your image file and click OK to close the file browser and return to the original dialog. Click OK to start the mounting process.


Once Windows has mounted the drive you will notice a change in the Computer Management window. There is a new drive listed on the top center window and a new disk listed in the bottom center window. You have already mounted Windows system image backup, and it can now be used as if it were an actual hard drive on your computer. In this VHD drive, you can browse files, copy files, drag and drop files, recover single or multiple files from your system image. Once you have used the VHD, it is important to unmount the VHD to prevent possible corruption. But how to unmount Windows system image VHD?

Right clickAction in Disk Management, select Detach VHD, or you can right click the “Disk” box that corresponds to the VHD in the Disk Management window, select Detach VHD. It will execute the task immediately.

Detach VHD

Do not check the box of “Delete the virtual hard disk file after removing the disk”, or your system image backup will be deleted.


However, you may have problems when mount Windows image backup VHD file. Some users faced the problem: they did like that Disk Management -> Action -> Attach VHD. After that, they saw the drive mounted in the Disk Management, but they can not explore it or open it. For this situation, you may need to manually assign a drive letter to the VHD. Or you can try to use another tool to mount a Windows image backup as a VHD.

Method2. Using AOMEI Backupper to mount Windows image backup VHD

Here will introduce you a much easier way to mount Windows system image to VHD. That is using the great third party software AOMEI Backupper Professional. It is very simple to use this software to create Windows system image, and mount Windows image to VHD for browsing or recovering individual file.

Step1. Install and launch AOMEI Backupper. To mount Windows system image to VHD, here you need to create Windows system image backup before that. Select System Backup under Backup tab.

System Backup

Step2. Then,choose another local partition as destination place to restore system backup image. Click Start Backup.

Start Backup

Step3. If you need to mount Windows system image backup to VHD, here you can click Advanced, select Explore Image under the backup item in the Home page.


Or you can select Explore Image under Utilities tab.

Explore Image

Step4. Then, select a backup image in the list to explore files on VHD. Click Next.

Select Backup Image

Step5. Here you should assign drive letters for partitions in the image file to explore it in My Computer. Click Next.

Assign Drive Letter

Step6. Then, wait till the progress reaches 100%. click Finish.


After that, you have already finished the job “mount Windows system image backup to VHD”. Then you can access VHD in Windows Explorer to browse the backup image or recover specific files from VHD.  

Unmount Windows system image backup to VHD also simple with AOMEI Backupper. click Utilities->Explore Image or Detach, selectDetach. And it will detach the virtual partitions from My Computer.


AOMEI Backupper is a great backup and restore software that can help Windows users backup and restore easily. Besides, you can use it to import/export configuration file to manage you backup tasks, check image, merge images. It is convenient for Windows users.