508 Software's Disk Drill Pro Mac data recovery software is extremely intuitive. In our tests, it recovered nearly all of our lost image files. It ranked above average for document recovery as well, but it did not fare well with media files.
We performed multiple tests recovering several types of files (photos, documents, video and audio) lost due to two common scenarios: files that exist but are lost because of deletion or corrupted paths and files lost when a drive is reformatted. It's important to note that even a 1% difference in the success rate can translate into a huge number of files if the disk is full and large. For example, 1% of a 1TB external hard drive can hold 10GB of data. That can translate into hundreds of images, which average 2GB, and thousands of documents.
In both the lost data and reformatted drive scenarios, Disk Drill Pro recovered photos at an average rate of 99%. Among all the software we tested, the average successful photo recovery rate was 98%.
Disk Drill Pro fared well in recovering lost documents, with a score of 90%, which is 4% above average. However, it only found 80% of the files lost in the reformatted drive tests, which is 4% below our overall average. If your business depends on hundreds of critical documents, you may want to check the other products on our list; some had document recovery rates of 99% to 100%.
Disk Drill Pro really struggled with music and video recoveries. In our tests, it recovered only 53% of lost media files on average. On our reformatted drive tests, it recovered 70% of the media files. Compare these figures to the across-the-board averages of 73% and 72%, respectively.
If you have never used a recovery software application, our testers found it simple to install, and easy to navigate and use, if not quite as intuitive as our top-ranking products. It offered reasonable speeds as well.
This software comes in a multi-license version, so you can install it on multiple computers. It also works on RAID systems. 508 Software offers free upgrades, a knowledgebase online, and live chat and email support.
Disk Drill Pro is Mac data recovery software that performed above average when recovering photos. It did a fair job recovering documents in our lost file tests. However, if you're looking to recover media files like video and music, you'll likely find more success with another program. Disk Drill's interface is also above average in its ease of use, making it a good choice for those not comfortable running these kinds of programs.
Contributing Reviewer: Karina Fabian
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