System image backups are used to restore an entire system. However, there is a workaround which you can use to extract individual files from a system image backup which is the subject of this article.

Restore single file from Windows System Image Backup

Step 1. Open the disk management application.

Step 2. In the disk management window, click Action -> Attach VHD.

Attach VHD file

Step 3. Click Browse and locate the system image backup file (.VHD).

Step 4. Click Open and mount the image.

Mount VHD file

Step 5. The mounted system image will appear as a drive inside your computer window.

Step 6. Browse the contents as you do in other drives and copy the files to your main drive that you like to restore.

Step 7. When you are done copying the image, detach the VHD. In disk management window, right-click the box that corresponds to the VHD and click on detach VHD.

Detach VHD


How to Extract Original Files from a Windows System Image

Karim Buzdar

About the Author: Karim Buzdar holds a degree in telecommunication engineering and holds several sysadmin certifications. As an IT engineer and technical author, he writes for various web sites. You can reach Karim on LinkedIn

One thought on “How to Extract Original Files from a Windows System Image

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    August 27, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    I applied your tips to extract my original documents from a windows system image and want to say Thanks for providing this type of information.


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