Mount (and Unmount) an image backup to Restore Files in Windows

Last Updated: Nov 17, 2016 12:36PM PST
Mount (and Unmount) an image backup to Restore Files in Windows

NovaBACKUP PC/Server/Business Essentials contains a feature to mount volumes (partitions) inside your Image Backup to a drive letter in Windows (as a Virtual Drive) to be able to perform single file restore of files from within a completed Image backup file (.NDF, .NDD, .NDI file extensions are supported). This method can also be utilized to verify that your Image Backup file is valid.

First of all you can only mount an Image Backup to a drive letter in Windows, as a virtual drive, if the image itself is stored on a locally connected storage device. Image Backups located on a network path cannot be mounted even though the file browsing interface allows you to browse to a network path to select the Image Backup, the image will not mount if it is located on a network path.  Copy the Image Backup(s) to a locally connected storage device such as a USB hard drive in order to do this if that is the case.

Mounting your image backup
Click on image backup

Click on Launch Image Backup Tool for Backup/Restore/Boot CD Creation

Click on Tools

Make sure the Selected tool is set to “Mount Backup image volume to a drive letter”.

Click “browse” to locate your Backup image file. Select the volume you want to mount

Choose the Volume you want to mount to a driver letter

Select the drive letter you want to use for the mount

After checking your selections, click “mount” and wait for the process to finish

Now you can see the drive in windows explorer

Unmounting your image backup
Go back into Tools and change the “Selected tool” to “Unmount Image from a drive letter”

Select the drive letter you want to unmount then click on the “Unmount” button

Wait as the program unmounts your image

After it says, “process completed successfully” you will have successfully unmounted your virtual drive.

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