How to Extract and Restore Specific/Individual Files from Windows 10/8/7 Backups

Tracy King updated on Sep 16, 2020 to File Recovery | How-to Articles


Need a simple way to find specific files from your Windows image backups? Don’t know how to extract individual files or folder from Windows 10/8/7 backups? Don’t worry. You can follow this article to restore single file or folder from Windows backup with Windows Backup and Recovery tool or file recovery software with simple clicks on your own.

"Hi guys, do you know how can I recover or extract single specific files from Windows image backups?"

I'm having this issue that I lost very important document file in my PC and I've tried many ways to restore it. But the problem is that I've saved new files to the storage devices where I lost the file. Yes, the document has been overwritten. 
I remembered that I've created a Windows backup in my PC before losing the document. So I want to know if I can recover or extract a specific file from Windows backup? And how?

As we all know that Windows Backup and Recovery tool can help us create a system image with simple clicks. And important files, folders, and even whole partition data can also be backed up as images by using Windows Backup and Recovery tool. So can we extract or restore specific or individual files from Windows backup? Sure! Here below, you'll find two effective methods to extract individual files from Windows image backup and you may just follow to restore wanted files from your Windows 10/8/7 backups now:

Method 1. Restore specific files from Windows 10/8/7 backup

Here in this method, we'd love to recommend you try powerful file recovery software from EaseUS which allows you to effectively find and restore specific files from Windows 10/8/7 backups within 3 simple steps:

Before you start finding specific files from Windows PC with EaseUS file recovery software, you have one more thing to be done - to mount Windows backup image:

For Windows10/8/8.1 users:
1. Type: Computer Management in the search box and hit Enter.
2. Go to "Actions" > Select Attach VHD.
3. Click "Browse" to navigate your Windows Backup files > Select the drive you want to attach and click Open.
4. Windows will attach the Virtual Hard Drive VHSDX file as a new drive with a light blue icon.
If there is no drive letter attached to this drive, assign it with a new letter so to make it accessible by right-clicking the virtual drive partition and select "Change Drive Letter and Path..."
5. Now you can access the virtual drive and find wanted files from it. 

For Windows 7 users:
1. Open Disk Management > Click Action > Select Attach VHD.
2. Click Browse > Locate the Windows image backup files with the .vhd file extension.
3. The mounted VHD Windows image will appear as a new drive in your PC, select Open folder to view files when AutoPlay appears.
4. You can browse to find specific files from the Windows backup image by then.

If you don't want to search and find files one by one to find the specific files among a huge number of Windows backup files, your best shot is to let EaseUS file recovery software help. It will scan and find your target files within 3 simple clicks:

If the files are less than 2GB, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition will do the job.

Step 1. Choose the file location to scan.

Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on your computer. Choose the drive where you lost files and click "Scan". If you lost files were on an external storage device, connect it to your computer firstly.

select the file location and click scan

Step 2. Scan the lost files.

The software will start immediately a quick scan for deleted files, and later a deep scan will launch to scan more lost files all over the selected drive. After the scan, you can use the Filter to quickly filter a specific file type.

scan the lost files

Step 3. Preview and restore files.

Double-click on a file allows for a full preview. Finally, select the desired files, click "Recover" and browse a location to save all the files at once.

recover lost files

After this, you can directly use the restored files from Windows backup images without any problems. 
Note: Do remember to unmount the Windows image backups by right-clicking the virtual drive and select Detach VHD in Disk Management.

Method 2. Extract individual files from Windows backup

For Windows 10/8/8.1 users:
1. Click Start > Settings > Update & security.
2. Click Backup > More options > Scroll down the page and click "Restore files from a current backup".

Restore individual files from Windows backup files.

3. Browse through different versions of backups and search by name to find the files or folder you are looking for;
4. Select the specific files you want to restore and tap or click Restore to restore the file to its original location.

Restore specific files from Windows image backup files.

For Windows 7 users:
1. Click Start > Type: backup and select Backup and Restore.
2. Click "Restore My Files" > Locate and find the individual files or folders you want to restore and click Next.
3. Select the location where you want to restore the target files to;
4. Choose what to do with any pre-existing copy of files: Copy and Replace, Don't Copy or Copy, but keep both files;
5. View restored files and click Finish to close the dialog box.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

"EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the best we've seen. It's far from perfect, partly because today's advanced disk technology makes data-recovery more difficult than it was with the simpler technology of the past, but it's fast and efficient..."PCMag

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"Recover lost files, even after deleting a partition or formatting your drive."Macworld

2. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

3. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

5. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files to better verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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