Explore Backup Image to Do Selective File Restore

Posted by @AOMEI

December 25, 2014

This article will talk about how to explore backup image so as to realize selective file restore. We will also attach a useful image explore software at the end of this text as usual, hope it helps you out.

Explore backup image

After you create a backup image for your disk/partition/system, all the data and files on it will be included in that backup image. Supposing your system crashed due to an unknown virus attack, in order to recover the system successfully you should better check the integrity of the backup image to see if there is any damage before you restoring your system backup image. “Explore Image” is a specialized feature to explore backup image, this function can help you to find out if there is any file missing in your backup image so as to ensure the success of restoration.

Selective file restore

The main reason to explore backup image is to check out what the image file consists of and then mount the image file to a virtual partition. The intent here is to manually choose which files to restore. For example, you have created a disk backup already, and you accidentally deleted some valuable files from your D partition. In this case, you have two choices: restore the whole disk image file by using Restore function or mount the disk image file to a virtual partition with the Explore Image Files feature. Since the first method, say, restore the whole disk image file to its previous condition is too time consuming, the usual recommendation is to only regain the needed files from the mounted partition by using the Windows built-in copy and paste function.

Software to do back image explore

Explore Image

AOMEI Backupper is one of the most highly ranked backup and clone freeware. This software can not only do the regular operation such as disk/partition/system backup, differential/incremental backup and schedule backup, but also can do the advanced tasks such as explore image, splitting/encryption and check the image integrity. The working theory of AOMEI Backupper’s explore backup image feature is that it can mount the image files as a virtual partition, and you can open this partition via My Computer to find the files which needs to be recovered. After that, you will get the free access to move those files to other partition (for instance, D partition) with the Copy and Paste feature.