Disk Drill for Windows Review

The procedure for recovering deleted data after cleaning the trash, formatting, or deleting the disk partition has long been not a super task, which only the computer specialists can cope with.Try to recover their deleted data today, any more or less experienced user, having understood the operation of special programs for file recovery. Fortunately, such, and calculated not only for professionals in the IT field, but also the inhabitants, it becomes more and more. The assortment of programs already existing on the market for the recovery of user data such as Wise Data Recovery, Toolwiz File Recovery and Recuva from Piriform has recently been supplemented with one more product – the Disk Drill program. About her, in fact, and will go further. In this article we’ll talk about the specifics of Disk Drill, and also consider how to work with this program.

1. About Disk Drill

In the Windows software market for data recovery, Disk Drill is still a new product, but it is by no means a novelty in the software market for the Mac OS operating system. Having only one drawback in the form of lack of Russian language support, Disk Drill has a lot of advantages.Among them – free use, simple and intuitive interface, functionality at the product level for professional use.

Disk Drill for Windows can be downloaded for free from its official website.

Disk Drill can recover deleted files from disks – both from regular hard drives, and from SSD-drives, from flash drives and SD-cards of memory. Whether it’s cleaning the recycle bin, whether it’s reinstalling Windows on a formatted system partition, or even deleting a disk partition, in all these cases, the program will try to help with the restoration of deleted photos, documents, the contents of your personal library, archives, and other files. If the files were deleted not too long ago, if they have not already been overwritten by other data, the chances of a successful recovery can be quite large.

In addition, the program can offer an additional feature of Recovery Vault – a function designed to ensure and simplify the process of file recovery.

Despite the free distribution, Disk Drill at the level of paid serious software can perform data recovery on the program created by the program itself DMG-image of the disk partition or removable drive. That allows to prevent damage to data on physical media.

2. Running Scan of Deleted Files

Before the developers of Disk Drill, apparently, the hard task was to create the most simple product for the layman. Running the program, in its window we will see the partition table of the hard disk and the connected external storage devices. Near each section of the disk and the device there will be three buttons of the main functions of the program. The first and most catchy of them is “Recover”, the button for starting the process of scanning deleted files on the selected partition of the disk or external media. But we will not hurry with its pressing, because by default this button starts all the software methods of data recovery. It is better to search for deleted files by applying separate recovery methods. They are available in the drop-down list near the “Recover” button. Clicking this list will see the following options:

  • Run all recovery methods is the same as pressing the “Recover” button, that is, starting the process of file recovery using all methods;
  • Undelete protected date – undo the deletion of files as part of the Recovery Vault function;
  • Quick scan – start a quick scan of deleted files;
  • Deep Scan – Deep scan of deleted files.

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Select “Quick scan”.

Why «Quick scan»? If, for example, a file has been deleted recently, there is no point in applying deep scanning, because, most likely, such a file will be found during a quick scan. To simplify and speed up the procedure for recovering deleted data, it is better to start the deletion of deleting files. Naturally, this is in the future, when the Recovery Vault function is active. Then we need to resort to fast scanning, which, in fact, is chosen in our case, since Disk Drill has just been installed into the system and Recovery Vault is unlikely to be able to help at the moment. And only if after the fast scan the necessary deleted files are not found, you can start a deep scan and take your mind off your business. Since deep scanning is a lengthy process, the program provides for its suspension and the start of the continuation in the future, even after the computer is restarted.

3. Recover Deleted Files

After starting a quick and deep scan in the program window, we will gradually observe the process of finding the deleted data. In the active “All files” tab, we will see all the files found. You can narrow down the search for the desired deleted files by switching to other vertical tabs on the left side of the program window, where the data will be filtered by individual file types – pictures, video, audio, documents, archives. You can try to find the desired file by typing a key query in the search field at the top left.

You can also search for files in the list found by the Disk Drill program, based on the size or date of deletion. For this, there are two corresponding options at the bottom left.

In the process of searching, for example, the necessary deleted images and photos, you can use the option of their preview.

By default, in the Disk Drill folder where the recovered files will be placed, the “Documents” folder on the C drive is assigned. This path can be changed.

After checking the necessary folders and files for recovery, click the “Recover” button.

We confirm the decision. If the restoration is successful, we will see this window.

4. The Recovery Vault feature

When the Recovery Vault function is activated, Disk Drill will track all deleted files and capture their meta-data for quick and successful recovery. To activate the Recovery Vault feature, click the “Protect” button in the main program window near the desired partition of the disk or removable media.

We get into the settings window of this function. We set the switch on the upper right to the “On” position. Having opened the option “Choose folders to protect”, we will see the predefined folders that already fall under the protection of the Recovery Vault function. You can extend this list by adding your folders or entire disk partitions and removable media using the “Add folder” button.

The option below – “Choose files to exclude from protection” – is a list of file types that will not be covered by the protection of the Recovery Vault function. Exceptions of some types of system files are already specified here. Using the “Add exclusion mask” button, you can add your own file types. To register them you need to sample the types of files preinstalled.

As mentioned, you can restore deleted files from folders protected by Recovery Vault using the option “Undelete protected date” in the drop-down list near the “Recover” button in the main program window.

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