You can have your created image file displayed in Windows Explorer as a virtual drive. This allows you to copy files or directories from the image file onto existing hard disks. Making changes to the mounted virtual hard disk of the image file, such as deleting or adding files, however, is not possible.
Mount image file as a drive
- Open Tools in the menu bar and select the option Mount drive from image file.
- Select the image file (*.omg) from the dialog window, from which you want to mount the drive. If you are not sure, you can look up the details of the image under Image information.
- After selecting the image file, all drives included in the image will be listed in the program window.
- Select the displayed drive as image.
- Afterwards, you can select any name from the drive list (e.g. G:) for the drive from the image.
- Then, click on Mount drive. The virtual drive from the image will then be visible as a regular drive in the Windows Explorer.
Please note that you may only access sectors which contain image files. Refreshing can take a few moments.
Note: Please bear in mind that drives can only be mounted from an image, if the image is available locally. You cannot mount a drive from an image located in the network.
If you create an image of one or more, partitions/volumes, the image contains additional information about the disk (or hard disk) along with the imaged data. This information will concern the hard disk’s structure as well as its corresponding system areas such as the master boot record, possibly existing extended boot records, the LDM (logical disk management) database or the GUID partition table. With the function Enable mounting disk, you can load this information or use it for acquainting the hard disk to the operating system based on the disk’s original information. We recommend using this function when you want to restore deleted or destroyed data from a forensic image.
Note: Creating a virtual disk out of an entire hard disk can result in recognition problems for the virtual disk when the following applies to the hard disk being imaged:
– defective or invalid partition tables
– partitioning process not supported by your operating system (e.g. GPT)
– dynamic hard disks containing volumes that are spanned, striped, mirrored or RAID5 when not all the hard disks being used were imaged
– encrypted hard disk
– Windows refresh problem: if you’re working with a remote desktop connection, a new login will be needed for displaying the mounted drives.
– Mounting images larger than 2TB is not supported by Windows XP (32-bit).
Note: After restarting from Windows, the virtual drive is removed automatically from the drive list.