Easily Explore Image File in Windows 10/8/7

Posted by @AOMEI

December 6, 2018

AOMEI Backupper provides an easy way to do image file exploring. In that way, users can view backed up files from My Computer or This PC easily instead of restoring the backup image.

In Need of Image File Explore

All data will be backed up to an image file when you backup a disk, partition or volume. When you want to check or use one of these backed up files, a normal way is to restore the backup image file to its original or new place. That is helpful, yet sometimes it becomes tedious. 

For example, you backup entire system drive to an external drive on a regular basis. When you need a previous version of a particular file that created on your desktop, you need to restore the entire system drive. To my knowledge, that is not a good way for most users. Is there any easy way to explore only that specific file in Windows? 

Best Free Tool to Explore Windows Image Backup File

Fortunately, the Explore Image feature in AOMEI Backupper provides a pretty easy way to complete the task. In detail, it will guide you mount the image file to a virtual drive. And then, the drive you mounted can be visited in Windows File Explorer like My Computer or This PC. Finally, all files on that virtual drive(s) can be moved to other places. 

AOMEI Backupper Standard, the free edition, will help you go through said steps. In addition, it allows you to check backup image for integrity with the Check Image feature. Other feauters like system backup, disk backup, file backup with incremental or differential backup are available as well. Now, let's get to know how to extract files from Windows image file with this free tool step by step. 

Image File Explorer with AOMEI Backupper

Step 1. Select "Explore Image" under the "Utilities" tab.

Explore Image

Step 2. Select a backup image from the list. You can also click Path to browse other backups.  

Select backup image file

Step 3. Select a backup time point to explore. 

Select time point

Step 4. Select and view the folder or file you'd like to explore. And then click Save As to choose a path to explore files to. 

Save As

Step 5. Finally, click Finish. You can find those files in the path where you specified in step 4. 


Note: Place cursor over the system backup at Home interface, you’ll find an option named “Advanced” of the three. Click it and there is an “Explore Image” function as well.