508 Software's Disk Drill is an easy-to-use data recovery program that makes it simple to scan, preview and restore lost data. It can be used to scan laptops and desktops, iOS and Android mobile devices, internal and external hard drives, USB flash drives, memory cards, digital cameras and more. The Basic edition allows you to quickly scan and undelete data for free. Disk Drill's Deep Scan, available in the Pro and Enterprise editions, can be used in any data loss situation, and can recognized and recover more than 300 different file types.
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Pricing and Plans
Disk Drill offers three tiers of its data recovery software, which is available for macOS and Windows:
- Basic (free): With Disk Drill Basic, you can run a scan of your device to find out which files are recoverable. You'll be able to undelete protected data, backup failing disks, and preview your recovery methods.
- Pro ($89): Designed for personal use, the Pro version of Disk Drill can be used on up to three computers by the same user. Run a quick and deep scan or a partition search, and recover all media types and file systems. You can purchase lifetime upgrades for an additional $29.
- Enterprise ($399): Disk Drill Enterprise comes with all Pro features, and is good for unlimited users and installations. This commercial data recovery package also comes with free lifetime upgrades.
The Mac and Windows versions of Disk Drill do vary slightly. The most notable difference is that the Windows version allows for free recovery up to 500MB, while the Mac version requires an upgrade to Pro to begin recovery. However, you can preview your files and recovery methods with the Basic Mac version. The specific differences between the two editions are listed in this blog post.
Disk Drill offers a few discounts for its users, including a 20 percent discount for education, nonprofit and government organizations, a 50 percent off competitive upgrade, and a 50 percent off cross-discount on the Mac version if you already own the Windows version. If you're upgrading your edition of Drill Disk Mac, you'll receive $50 off.
With Disk Drill, you can run partition recovery, backup your recovery results onto a mountable device, protect your valuable data and files in the Recovery Vault, and pause and resume your scans at any time. Disk Drill gives you the option of a Quick Scan or a Deep Scan for more complex data loss situation.
In the Mac edition of Disk Drill, you'll also have free access to additional tools such as:
- Disk Health: Monitors your disk for any potential issues.
- Mac Cleanup: Analyzes disk space, locates unused files, and frees up available storage space.
- Duplicate Finder: Allows you to find and remove duplicated files on your drive.
Ease of Use and Overall Performance
If you have never used a recovery software application, Disk Drill is 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.
Our team of reviewers performed multiple tests using Disk Drill Pro Mac recovery software. We attempted to recover 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 percent difference in the success rate can translate into a huge number of files if the disk is full and large. For example, 1 percent of a 1TB external hard drive can hold 10GB of data. That can translate into hundreds of images 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 percent. Disk Drill Pro fared well in recovering lost documents, with a score of 90 percent, which is 4 percent above average. However, it only found 80 percent of the files lost in the reformatted drive tests, which is 4 percent 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 or 100 percent.
Disk Drill Pro really struggled with music and video recoveries. In our tests, it recovered only 53 percent of lost media files on average. On our reformatted drive tests, it recovered 70 percent of the media files. Our averages for these tests with other products were 73 percent and 72 percent, respectively.
Support is available for Disk Drill users via email, live chat and phone. On its Help Center page, Disk Drill offers a community forum and a knowledge base containing release information, frequently asked questions and helpful blog posts.