Mounting a Backup Image File
The ShadowProtect Explore Backup Wizard guides you through the process of mounting a backup image file to browse and restore files and folders. ShadowProtect automatically associates the files required to browse and restore a specific backup image file. You need only select the backup image you want to explore.
While the process is the same, whether you can restore files and folders in Windows, or need to use the StorageCraft Recovery Environment, depends specifically on what you need to restore:
- Windows: Windows loads, but you have lost data or had undesirable changes to applications or hardware files on a volume (excluding the operating system files).
- Recovery Environment: Windows does not load and you have lost data or operating system files, or had undesirable changes to applications or hardware files on a volume. For more information, see the Backup Image File Mount Options
For information about mount options, see Backup Image File Mount Options.
To restore files and folders
- Start the ShadowProtect Console.
- Open the Explore Backup Wizard by doing one of the following:
- In the Wizards rab, click Browse and Restore Files Wizard.
- In the Tasks menu, click Explore Backup Image.
- In the Backup Image File Name page, browse to the image file you want to browse, then click Next.Note: If the backup image is encrypted you must provide the appropriate password.The Explore Backup Image Wizard displays a categorized list of information about the backup image file.
Select Backup Image File to Browse
- (Conditional) In the Backup Image Dependencies page, select the desired point-in-time image from the selected backup image set, then click Next.
- In the Explore Options page, select how you want to mount the backup image.
- Mount the backup image as a Drive Letter or Mount Point. For more information, see Backup Image File Mount Options.
- Drive Letter: Select Assign the following drive letter, then select the appropriate drive letter from the dropdown list.
- Mount Point: Select Mount in the following empty NTFS folder, then browse to the appropriate NTFS folder. Select how you want to name the mount point sub-folder:
- Time/Date: Uses the backup image's creation date and time as the subfolder name (for example, 7-12-2008 10.19.24 AM).
- File Name: Uses the backup image file name as the subfolder name (for example, E_VOL b001).
- Custom: Lets you specify a custom subfolder name.
- (Optional) Deselect Mount Backup as Read-Only to mount the backup image as a writeable volume, then click Next.
For more information, see Backup Image File Mount Options.
- In the Wizard Summary page, review the mount information, then click Finish.
ShadowProtect mounts the backup image file, then automatically launches Windows Explorer and displays the mounted volume.