Disk Drill v2.0

A Full Review of Disk Drill, a Free Data Recovery Tool

Screenshot of Disk Drill v2.0 in Windows 8
Disk Drill v2.0

Disk Drill is an awesome free file recovery program, both because of its long list of features and its exceptionally simple-to-use interface.

Some of the features included in Disk Drill are advanced but they're all easy to use thanks to the time they put in to making every bit of this tool simple for everyone.

In other words, this means Disk Drill can be used by virtually anyone, no matter the skill level.

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Keep reading to learn more about Disk Drill and what I liked about it, or see How to Recover Deleted Files for a complete tutorial on restoring files you've accidentally deleted.

Note: Pandora Recovery used to be its own file recovery tool but it now exists as Disk Drill.

More About Disk Drill

  • Files can be recovered from internal and external hard drives, memory cards, flash drives, iPods, and more
  • Disk Drill can scan FAT, exFAT, NTFS, HFS+, and EXT2/3/4 formatted drives
  • Files are organized by Pictures, Video, Documents, Audio, and Archives, or you can view them all together
  • A search tool lets you easily filter the results by name
  • Data can also be filtered by size and/or date
  • Different recovery options let you run a deep scan or a quick scan on a partition
  • Scans can be paused and resumed at a later time
  • The results of a scan for deleted files can be saved and restored later so you don't have to sift through all the data at present time
  • Recovery Vault is a feature that keeps track of deleted data from the folders you specify and organizes it into its own section in the program, which makes recovering them easier than having to search through the entire hard drive
  • Volumes can be backed up to a DMG file so all the data is saved, which is useful if the drive is about to fail but you want to uncover deleted files from it

    Pros

    • Easy to use
    • Works with all recent versions of Windows, plus macOS
    • Recovers files from many different file systems

    Cons

    • Doesn't show a file's condition/quality before recovering it
    • Must be installed to the hard drive (no portable option)
    • Limits recovery to 500 MB of data

    My Thoughts on Disk Drill

    For starters, I have to reiterate just how easy it is to use Disk Drill. The interface is very clean and open, so finding the volume you want to recover files from couldn't be easier. Plus, all the options are just a click away so you're not fumbling through menu buttons to find what you need.

    The ability for Disk Drill to back up a hard drive to a DMG file is a welcome feature. This means if you suspect a hard drive is failing, you can back the whole thing up and then later open the DMG file in Disk Drill to check for deleted files. It also supports loading ISO, DD, IMG, and RAW image files.

    The Recovery Vault feature is pretty handy as well. Choosing Protect next to a hard drive will enable this feature. You're then able to choose the folders you want monitored as well as exclude any file types you don't want to monitor because you probably won't want to restore them, such as temporary files.

    I also think it's great that you can pause a scan in Disk Drill.

    If you're running a deep scan, it can take quite some time to complete. Pausing it whenever you want and then resuming it at any later date is helpful. Plus, once it's finished, you can back up the results so you can always have access to the ability to restore them without needing to re-scan the entire hard drive. The overall scanning process in Disk Drill is pretty fantastic.

    However, something I don't like about Disk Drill is that it doesn't tell you the quality of the file you're wanting to undelete. With some competing programs, like Puran File Recovery for example, you're told the condition of the file so you don't waste your time restoring a file that's been partially overwritten with other data, and would therefore be of little or no use to you.

    Also, being able to recover no more than 500 MB of data is a big hinderance if you're needing to restore more data than that, like videos or tons of smaller files. However, 500 MB is rather large if all you're needing to do is recover some photos or documents. In those cases, Disk Drill is suitable.

    While testing out Disk Drill, I restored several files without any issues at all. At other times I tried, the files were too corrupted to be opened, but, again, I wasn't told this until I recovered them and tried using them.

    Something else worth mentioning is that Disk Drill doesn't come as a portable download, which means you must install it to the hard drive before using it. Doing this can actually overwrite the data you're trying to restore. If you're concerned about this, be sure to try out Recuva, which can be used in portable form.

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