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Disk Drill

The Mac recovery tool is also available for the PC



Disk Drill is a free tool for finding and recovering anything from whole partitions to accidentally deleted files. It supports a wide range of file systems, including FAT, exFAT or NTFS, HFS+ and Linux EXT2/3/4.

The program requires installation, a problem as you might overwrite data you're trying to recover. But after that, it's all very straightforward: click "Recover" for your chosen drive, wait for the results, optionally preview any images you've found, then select whatever you need and recover the files with a click.

As with all undelete tools, the recovery process can take some time, but Disk Drill handles this better than most. If it's tying up to many file resources, you can pause the scan and resume it later. Or you can save the current scan session, close the program, then reopen it later and carry on where you left off.

If you don't have time to fully scan a drive right now, Disk Drill provides an option to create a backup image. That probably won't be practical for a full-sized hard drive - the file is going to be huge - but might be handy for external drives.

There's also a surprising extra in Disk Drill's "Recovery Vault". Tell the program to protect a drive and it saves copies of anything deleted from your chosen folders (Documents, say, or Pictures). If you accidentally wipe something then it can be recovered much more quickly from the Vault, and there's no chance of some vital file being accidentally overwritten.

What's new in (see release notes for more)?

-  Smart Partition Recovery  Major improvements in FAT32 partition recovery
-  Quick Scan  Critical fixes when recovering from ExFAT partitions
-  Deep Scan  Video file recovery
-  Deep Scan  General improvements and stabilizations
-  Fragmentation  Better search of the clusters that belong to fragmented catalogs
-  File Recovery  Improved recovery of deleted files and directories on FAT32 volumes
-  Speed  Internal scanning speed enhancements
-  Recoverable  Improved filtering of scan results
-  Recovery quality  Better recovery of files and folders with non-English file names
-  Fixed  “Local time incorrect” error when activating Disk Drill PRO
- Improved activation procedures on Windows 10
- Several minor fixes

Verdict ratingsratingsratingsratingsratings

It really needs a portable version, but otherwise Disk Drill is a great undelete tool with some valuable extras

Specification: Disk Drill

Windows XP,Windows Vista (32 bit),Windows 7 (32 bit),Windows Vista (64 bit),Windows 7 (64 bit),Windows 8,Windows Server,windows 10
Date Added:
April 24, 2019

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