There is certainly no shortage of data recovery programs for the Windows operating system but if a popular program from another platform gets ported, it is worth taking a closer look.
The program itself is simple to use. It displays a list of all drives and partitions on start that you start recovery processes on.
Simply select the recover option next to the drive or partition, or click on the down arrow icon next to it to customize the recovery process.
The context menu displays various options including running a deep scan which is more thorough but takes longer to complete and a universal search for partitions which can be useful if a partition has been lost and needs to be recovered.
If you select any of the recovery options, Disk Drill switches to the scan page highlighting the progress of the operation and recoverable files that it found on the selected partition or drive.
The program displays the elapsed and remaining time as well as the the processed and total block count which gives you a good understanding of how long the process will take before it completes.
Results are updated in real-time which means that you can browse files already even if the scan is still ongoing.
The screen offers basic filters to only display certain types of files, to filter files by size or date, and a search that you can use to find specific files of interest.
Files are sorted into folders in the interface which improves the identification and recovery process. Each folder is listed with the number of recoverable files found in it and the total size of files that can be recovered.
Sessions can be saved so that you can continue the recovery process at a later point in time. Disk Drill warns you if you select the disk you want to recover files from as the session target as you may overwrite deleted data in the process which may affect the chance of success.
Once the scan completes, you may select one or multiple files or folders for recovery. This is done by clicking on checkboxes displayed next to each item found during the scan and selecting recover afterwards.
There you can also select a target directory for the files and folders which should not be on the disk or partition that you want to recover files from.
The program saves scan related activities to a log file that highlights devices found as well as errors. You may want to consult the log if something goes wrong or if a drive or partition is not detected correctly even though it may show up in Windows.
As far as drive support is concerned, you can run it on any storage volume connected to the system directly. This includes internal and external hard drives, flash drives, iPods and memory cards.
The software handles popular file systems on Windows, Fat and NTFS, but also HFS+ and EXT2/3/4 which means that you can use it to recover files on drives used on a Mac or Linux computer.
Disk Drill supports another feature or interest: its Protect option allows you to add a guaranteed recovery option to select folders on the drive you enable it on. It works by dedicating space to store deleted files on so that you can recover them whenever the need arises without having to worry about unrecoverable files due to locations being overwritten already by new data.
Exclusions can be added as well to prevent files from being included in the recovery vault. Select file types such as *.bak or System Volume Information are excluded by default.
Disk Drill is a handy recovery software for Windows. It is easy to use and ships with two additional features, partition recovery and protections, that set it apart from the majority of data recovery programs.
Clever Files, the company behind the product notes on its website that the product is "currently free" which hints at the possibility that it won't be free forever.
If you check the Mac version, it is offered as a basic free version and two paid versions.Advertisement
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