Disk Drill v5.5 Review (Free Undelete Tool)

Disk Drill is an excellent free file recovery program because of its rich features and extremely easy-to-use interface. Here's what I think about Disk Drill after years of using it to undelete files on my computer.

I can only think of a few things I don't like about this program.

what we like
  • Easy to use.

  • Available for Windows and macOS.

  • Recover files from many different file systems.

  • Allows you to preview files before restoring them.

  • Shows the condition/quality of files before recovery.

what we don't like
  • Limit recovery to 500 MB of data.

  • If you try to recover files before the scan is complete, an error interface will appear.

I need to reiterate how easy it is to use Disk Drill. The interface is very clean and open, so it's always easy to find the volume I want to recover files from. Plus, all options are just a click away, so I'm never fumbling with menu buttons to find what I need.

Some of the features included in Disk Drill are advanced, but they're all easy to use because of the time they've invested in making every bit of this tool simple for everyone. In other words, this means that almost anyone can use the program, regardless of skill level.

  • Can recover files from internal and external hard drives, memory cards, flash drives, iPods, etc.
  • Disk Drill can scan FAT, exFAT, NTFS, HFS+ and EXT2/3/4 formatted drives
  • Files are organized by pictures, videos, documents, audio, and archives , or you can view them all together
  • Search tool lets you easily filter results by name, size and deletion time
  • You can preview found items before the scan is complete
  • Different recovery options let you run a deep scan or quick scan of the partition
  • Scans can be paused and resumed later
  • Scan results for deleted files can be saved and restored later, so you don't have to sift through all your data now
  • Recovery Vault is a feature that tracks deleted data in folders you specify and organizes them into their own section within the program, making recovering them easier than searching your entire hard drive
  • Volumes can be backed up to DMG files or ISO files in order to save all data, which is useful if the drive is about to fail but you want to find deleted files from it
  • It includes SMART monitoring so you can check the health of your hard drive
  • You can install the latest version of Disk Drill on Windows 11 and Windows 10 (64-bit versions only), as well as macOS 10.15 and later. If you are using a different operating system version, you will need to download an older version of the software.

Disk Drill's ability to back up hard drives to DMG files is a welcome feature. This means that if you suspect a hard drive failure, you can back up your entire data and then open the DMG file in Disk Drill to check for deleted files. It also supports loading ISO, DD, IMG, VMDK, DAT, DSK and RAW image files.

The restore library function is also very convenient. You can select the folders you want to monitor and exclude any file types you don't want to monitor because you may not want to recover them, such as temporary files.

You can pause the scan, which is also great; some programs, like this one, only let you cancel the scan. If you are running a deep scan, it may take quite a while to complete. It can be helpful to pause at any time and resume at any later date. Plus, once you're done, you can back up your results so you can restore them at any time without having to rescan your entire hard drive. The overall scanning process in Disk Drill is excellent.

If you need to recover more than 500 MB of data (such as videos or a lot of small files), being able to recover data no larger than 500 MB will be a big hurdle. However, if you just need to recover a few photos or documents, 500 MB is quite large. In these cases, Disk Drill is suitable.

While testing this program, I recovered several files without any issues. Other times I tried, the file was too corrupt to open.

Something else worth mentioning is that Disk Drill is not a portable download, meaning you have to install it to your hard drive before using it. Doing so may actually overwrite the data you are trying to recover. If you're worried about this, I recommend Recuva, which is available in a portable form.

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