Mounting an image

Mounting volumes from a disk backup (image) lets you access the volumes as though they were physical disks. Multiple volumes contained in the same backup can be mounted within a single mount operation. The mount operation is available when the console is connected to a managed machine running either Windows or Linux.

Mounting volumes in the read/write mode enables you to modify the backup content, that is, save, move, create, delete files or folders, and run executables consisting of one file.

Limitation: Mounting of volume backups stored on Acronis Backup & Recovery 10 Storage Node is not possible.

  Usage scenarios:   
  • Sharing: mounted images can be easily shared to networked users.
  • Band aid” database recovery solution: mount up an image that contains an SQL database from a recently failed machine. This will give access to the database until the failed machine is recovered.
  • Offline virus clean: if a machine is attacked, the administrator shuts it down, boots with bootable media and creates an image. Then, the administrator mounts this image in read/write mode, scans and cleans it with an antivirus program, and finally recovers the machine.
  • Error check: if recovery failed due to a disk error, mount the image in the read/write mode. Then, check the mounted disk for errors with the chkdsk /r command.

To mount an image, perform the following steps.



Specify the path to the archive location and select the archive containing disk backups.


Select the backup.

Access credentials

[Optional] Provide credentials for the archive location. To access this option, select the Advanced view check box.

  Mount settings  


Select volumes to mount and configure the mount settings for every volume: assign a letter or enter the mount point, choose the read/write or read only access mode.

When you complete all the required steps, click OK to mount the volumes.

Mounting an image