Thank you Hawkeye22! What backup program do you use?
I have looked at so many of them and am more confused now....Haven't seen one that tells me that I would be able to see the backup. Maybe I missed it somewhere...
I use Acronis True Image Home 2012 and it lets me mount the backup file. True Image 2013 is out now. I believe they still offer a full free trial version.
Macrium Reflect is free and also lets you mount the backup image.