About exploring recovery points

You can use Norton Ghost to explore files in a recovery point by assigning it a drive letter that is visible from Windows Explorer.

You can perform the following tasks on the assigned drive:

  • Run ScanDisk (or CHKDSK)

  • Perform a virus check

  • Copy folders or files to an alternate location

  • View disk information about the drive such as used space and free space

  • You can also run simple, executable programs that exist within the mounted recovery point.

    You can only run programs from within a mapped recovery point that do not rely on registry values, COM interfaces, dynamic link libraries (DLLs), or other similar dependencies.

You can set up a mounted drive as a shared drive. Users on a network can connect to the shared drive and restore files and folders from the recovery point.

You can mount one or more recovery points at a time. The drives remain mounted until you unmount them, or you restart the computer. Mounted drives do not take up extra hard-disk space.

All security on the NTFS volumes remains intact when they are mounted.

You do not need to mount a drive to restore the files or folders from within a recovery point.


Any data that is written to a mounted recovery point is lost when the recovery point is unmounted. This data includes any data that is being created, edited, or deleted at the time.

More Information

Exploring a recovery point through Windows Explorer

Dismounting a recovery point drive

Viewing the drive properties of a recovery point

About exploring recovery points