Iperius, besides being a complete backup software, which allows you to make Drive Images, backup of virtual machines and databases, is also a free software to mount and explore the content of VHD or VHDX files.
VHD or VHDX files are a virtual disk format created by Microsoft (the VHDX is the more recent version, used today by all Windows systems), which is used to create image backups for example from Windows Server Backup, or for Hyper-V virtual machine disks. Iperius itself uses the VHDX format to create its own Drive Image backups and clone hard drives.
This feature is included into Iperius as a simple restore mode for drive image backups and hyper-v backups (so you can recover individual files or folders), but it can also be used to attach and explore any VHD or VHDX file.
To be able to mount and explore a VHD or VHDX file, whether it is a drive image created by Iperius, a Hyper-V backup or simply an image file produced by another application, Iperius has a free and very simple function, as shown in the image below:
Iperius will show the backups previously made and their dates. These backups can be Drive Images created in Windows Image Backup mode (wbadmin) or created by Iperius Drive Image, or backup of Hyper-V virtual machines. If the network path is not accessible because it is password protected, an error may be shown. You will then have to access the path by specifying the network credentials from Windows Explorer, then select the backup and click “Browse” again.
Attach and open a VHD or VHDX file using Iperius Free:
As we said above, from this same window you can select and explore any VHD / VHDX file, simply by selecting it and clicking “Browse”:
Once the backup or the VHDX / VHD file is selected, click on “Browse” to explore the content of the backup or image file. This will be shown in a simple window, which you can see in the image below:
The disk will be mounted as a common drive, so you will be able to select files and folders and extract them from the VHDX file with a simple “copy and paste” or by clicking on the “Run Restore” button.
Simply close this window to detach the VHDX file.
Since VHDs and VHDXs are open file formats, there are also other freeware software with which you can open a VHD and extract the files. One of these is 7zip, that can open a VHD file like a normal zip file, and extract its content. However, for VHDX files, which are not yet supported by all programs, Iperius is certainly the best choice to access their content.