One of the most popular data recovery tools on macOS, Disk Drill is now available for Windows.
With a range of features and a choice of free and premium versions, Disk Drill can recover data from hard drives, solid state drives, USB flash drives, SD / CF cards, digital cameras and even smartphones.
On the Disk Drill website, you can find that any type of lost data file can be recovered from almost any data loss scenario imaginable. But does Disk Drill rediscover the deleted data you are expecting?
Plans and Pricing
There are three versions of Disk Drill available. The free option offers you a file recovery of up to 500MB. In addition, the software cannot function without an upgrade. Recovered data is stored in a recovery vault, with the volumes being backed up using a “byte-to-byte” recovery. All recovery methods can be used.
For the Pro versionYou’ll have to pay either $ 89.99 (£ 78.35) or $ 118 (£ 103.88) for lifetime upgrades. For the price, you get unlimited one-user recovery with activation on up to three devices. The PRO functions are aimed at private users with high demands on data recovery and include Quick & Deep Scan, Smart FAT and NTFS algorithms as well as Lost Partition Search. All storage types and file systems are supported.
Corporate user You can take advantage of all of the above, 10 user licenses and infinite activations, and priority support for $ 499 (£ 439.28) or $ 598 (£ 526.44) with lifetime upgrades.
At the time of writing, you are getting a copy of the Mac version of Disk Drill for free with the Windows PRO version under a two-for-one contract.
Disk Drill can recover a large collection of file formats including, but not limited to, AVI, FLV, and MP4 videos, MP3 and AIFF audio, and BMP, JPEG, JP2, GIF, and PSD -Images. In addition, DOCX, PDF and XLSX document formats as well as ZIP, RAR and DMG archives and image formats can be restored.
Disk Drill works with Windows systems with internal or attached hard drives from HP, Samsung, Seagate, Toshiba, WD, LaCie, Intel, and others. USB drives from SanDisk, Samsung, Kingston, Corsair, and others are also supported, and you should even be able to recover data from SD / CF cards from SanDisk, Transcend, Toshiba, PNY, Kingston, and others. Disk Drill also claims to be able to recover data from digital cameras, iPhones and Android phones.
No matter what media you’re recovering from, Disk Drill gives you the tools to find it. In addition to discovering internal devices and USB drives, Disk Drill lets you attach disk images in a number of formats, including IMG, ISO, and even VMDK disks from VMware virtual PCs. It detects drives that would otherwise not be mounted and offers options for quick, deep scanning, discovering lost partitions, and even restoring protected data.
Finding Files with Disk Drill
We used a 16 GB SanDisk Cruzer Blade USB stick to test Disk Drill. This wasn’t mountable in Windows 10 recently, although it was mainly used for occasional copying of data between PCs and media boxes.
This was plugged into a standard USB 2.0 port on a Dell G5 5505 SE laptop. Disk Drill immediately does something Windows 10 can’t – it recognizes the drive.
Disk Drill’s main screen lists connected devices. You can see the entire internal memory and all connected devices such as USB devices and SD / CF cards. You can also attach a disk image here. This is useful if you have an image of an old disc drive that may have some important documents stored on it.
Recovering with Disk Drill is incredibly easy. Select the drive or partition that you want to recover, click the Recovery Type drop-down menu on the right, select the recovery type, and then click the Scan for Lost Data button.
Disk Drill offers the option of any or all of the recovery methods. Obviously, a quick scan will complete faster than a deep scan. Whichever option you choose, Disk Drill will display a status page showing the progress so far. When you’re done, just select the files that you want to restore. Use the filter in the left pane to find specific file types. Click Restore, then choose where you want to save them.
Several factors can affect performance when using recovery software. The size of the hard drive, its condition, the connection type, and the type of restore selected all contribute to the length of time required. Unsurprisingly, a 250 GB SATA hard drive can be scanned and data recovered faster than a 1 TB hard drive.
When tested, Disk Drill repeatedly returned the contents of the 16GB non-mountable USB drive within five minutes. This is a good result and indicates similar performance for larger devices – assuming optimal conditions.
Disk Drill is easy to use and quick. But what if you run into problems?
To help you, the website has a comprehensive selection of tutorials covering everything from recovering data from specific device types, platforms, and file types. If these documents don’t solve your problem, the detailed University for Lost File Recovery (Disk Drill Knowledge Base) almost certainly will.
Otherwise, a live chat service is available. You can also connect with Disk Drill through Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and LinkedIn. In short, all contact options are available for troubleshooting recovery issues.
Disk Drill for Windows has lived in the shadow of the “original” macOS for some time. Based on what we saw while testing it, this seems unfair. Disk Drill’s full suite of features for every imaginable platform and scenario is impressive enough. The ability to effortlessly mount and read a previously unmountable USB flash drive and recover data from it in a comparatively short period of time shows that Disk Drill is a recovery tool to consider.
The prices for the PRO version are unfortunately not ideal for home users, but other than that, Disk Drill is an excellent recovery option for Windows.
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