13327: Acronis True Image Home 2011: Mounting Partition Backups

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Mounting and unmounting backup archives.

This article applies to: 

  • Acronis True Image Home 2011
  • Acronis True Image Home 2011 Plus Pack

Introduction

Acronis True Image Home 2011 allows you to mount disk and partition backups as virtual drives.

Mounting images as virtual drives lets you access them as though they were physical drives. Such ability means that:

  • a new disk with its own letter will appear in the drives list in Windows Explorer;
  • using Windows Explorer and other file managers, you can view the image contents as if they were located on a physical disk or partition;
  • you will be able to use the virtual disk in the same way as the real one: open, save, copy, move, create, delete files or folders. If you mount the disk in Read-Write mode, all changes will be saved.

(!) The operations described above are supported only for the FAT and NTFS file systems.
(!) Only disk/partition images can be mounted. If you want to view a file backup contents, use the Explore operation.

(!) Nonstop Backup cannot be mounted.

(!) It is possible to mount an archive on any computer where Acronis True Image Home 2011 is installed, even if the archive was created on a different machine.

Solution

Mounting an image

  1. Start the Mount wizard by going to Tools & Utilities - > Mount Image:

    You can also initiate the Mount operation from Windows: right-click on the archive that you want to mount and select Archive -> Mount in the menu:

  2. Select an archive for mounting:

    If you selected a backup containing incremental images, you can select one of the successive incremental images (also called "backup versions") by their creation date/time.

    If the backup is password-protected, Acronis True Image Home 2011 will ask for the password in a dialog box. Neither the partitions layout will be shown, nor will the Next button be enabled until you enter the correct password.

    (!) To mount an incremental image, you must have all previous backup versions and the initial full backup. If any of the successive backups are missing, mounting is not possible.

  3. Select a partition to mount as a virtual disk. You can also select a letter to be assigned to the virtual disk from the Mount letter drop-down list. If you do not want to mount a partition, select Do not mount in Mount letter field or clear the partition's check box.

    By default the image is mounted in Read-Only mode. If you want to mount partitions in Read-Write mode, check the corresponding option in wizard:

    After you unmount a Read-Write image, a new incremental backup will be created with the changes made to the mounted image.

  4. Press Proceed.

After the image is connected, the program will run Windows Explorer, showing its contents. Now you can work with files or folders as if they were located on a real disk.

Unmounting an image

To disconnect the virtual disk, click Unmount image on the Tools & Utilities screen, select the disk to unmount and click OK.

If you have mounted several partitions, by default all of them will be selected for unmounting. You can disconnect all mounted drives together or disconnect only those you do not need mounted anymore.

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