Disk Drill vs Data Rescue

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Overall Winner
Recovery Rate53
File Type Support53
Found files and Recovery quality200,000 Found files






152,354 Found files






PRO Version
$89.00 / Perpetual


$79.00 / month


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A good data recovery application is judged on more than just its recovery capabilities. Users expect a data recovery tool that’s intuitive, versatile, and affordable, among other things. Disk Drill and Data Rescue are data recovery tools that offer you the ability to recover lost or deleted data from internal and external storage devices.

Today, we look at all of the differences between Disk Drill and Data Rescue to determine which data recovery application users will benefit from the most.

Disk Drill is a data recovery application that's favored by many, individuals and businesses alike, for its data recovery performance and ease of use. In addition to data recovery, it includes a number of tools that help users to protect their data and reduce the chances of data loss.

Data Rescue is proposed as data recovery software that can restore your lost or deleted files in just a few simple steps. It was developed by Prosoft Engineering, a company that has been active in the data recovery space since 2002.

Top Disk Drill Pros

  • Two for one. When you buy Disk Drill for Windows, you also unlock Disk Drill for Mac.
  • RAID Array Recovery. The latest Disk Drill for Windows can recover RAID arrays including 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 1E and JBOD.
  • Windows Storage Spaces recovery. Disk Drill offers support for Windows Storage Spaces (Simple, Two-way mirror, Three-way mirror, and Parity).

Top Data Rescue Pros

  • Two recovery modes. There are two modes of operation for the application: a basic view and a complex view for advanced users. In the easy view, there is nothing to get in the way or distract the user from the goal of restoring data.
  • Disk cloning. Disk cloning has a variety of options for both reading and writing. You can clone your disk to another disk or a IMG file.
  • Zero fill erase utility. This allows you to completely null the disk, so it cannot be recovered later.

Top Disk Drill Cons

  • Phone support. No phone number to call for support is provided.
  • Bootable disks. The software doesn't have an option to create custom boot disks.
  • Recovery over a network. It's not possible to perform remote recovery over a network.
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Top Data Rescue Cons

  • Scanning methods. The program does not know how to use automatic scanning with all methods. For this, the user is given the choice between quick and deep scanning, which must be chosen individually.
  • No convenience with previews. To preview files you must have free space on your hard drive equal to the size of the file you want to preview since it will be extracted to a temporary folder on the hard drive.
  • No thumbnail preview window. You have to click the preview button every time you want to view them, which is very inconvenient for large numbers of files.
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Pricing • Business model

1Distributed as Freemium Freemium
2Trial version availableprospros
3Trial version limitations Recover up to 500 MB for free Recover up to 1 GB for free
4Number of devices per license
  • PRO License - 1
  • Enterprise License - 10
  • Standard - 1
  • Professional - 1
5Starting price$89.00/ Perpetual$79.00/ month
6License modelLifetimeSubscription
7No credit card to tryprospros
8Money back guaranteeproscons
9See Plans & PricingPricing detailsPricing details

Both applications are freemium. Disk Drill allows its users to trial the software by allowing recovery of up to 500MB before a paid license is required. Additionally, all extra features included with Disk Drill like Data Protection, Drive Backup, and S.M.A.R.T. monitoring are available for free. Data Rescue allows users to preview recoverable files and make clones of their drives.

One of the biggest glaring differences between the two is their pricing. Disk Drill offers a lifetime license for $89. Data Rescue, on the other hand, charges users based on how many files they’re recovering, starting at $19 per file. This will undoubtedly become very expensive, especially if you need to recover files in bulk. Moreover, if the files you recovered end up being unusable, it’s money wasted.

One small detail that many overlook the importance of is the money-back guarantee associated with data recovery tools. Disk Drill has a money-back guarantee so you can get a refund if you’re unsatisfied. Data Rescue does not have a money-back guarantee, so all payments are final.

Data Recovery Performance

Each recovery tool has its own way of scanning your drive and recovering your data. Therefore, results will vary based on the application you use. To account for this, we performed a standardized test on each tool to see which one performs the best in a real-world data loss situation. Here are our findings when we compare the results of Disk Drill and Data Rescue against each other.

Clever In-Depth Scan of File Systems

1FAT32 partitionsFull supportNot supported
2exFAT partitionsFull supportNot supported
3NTFS partitionsFull supportNot supported
4EXT4 partitionsNot supportedNot supported
5HFS+ partitionsNot supportedFull support
6APFS partitionsNot supportedNot supported

A deep scan is a recovery method that aims to restore the original folder structure and file names of your data using the file system. Disk Drill performed well, as it was able to restore the filenames and folder structure of data recovered from FAT32, exFAT, and NTFS partitions. It could not, however, do the same for EXT4, HFS+, or APFS partitions. Data Rescue seems like it had success with scanning and recovering data from HFS+ partitions, but failed to do the same for any other file system.

Quick Scan of File Systems

1FAT32 partitionsFull supportNot supported
2exFAT partitionsFull supportPoor performance
3NTFS partitionsFull supportFull support
4EXT4 partitionsPartial supportNot supported
5HFS+ partitionsNot supportedPartial support
6APFS partitionsNot supportedPartial support

A quick scan intends to recover data that was recently deleted from your drive. During our tests, Disk Drill demonstrated superiority with this scan type as it offers full support for FAT32, exFAT, and NTFS partitions. It also partially supports quick scanning of EXT4 partitions. Data Rescue’s quick scan doesn’t support as many file systems, only offering full support for NTFS partitions and partial support for HFS+ and APFS partitions. 

Other Scan Types

1The number of file types supported by signature scanSome (≈400)Some (≈150)
2BitLocker supportFull supportNot supported
3Windows shadow copies scanningNot supportedNot supported
4Scan for lost partitionsFull supportNot supported
5Recovered files' labelingFull supportNot supported
6Partial file recoveryFull supportFull support
7Disk images: scan and recoveryFull supportFull support

Both data recovery tools offer recovery by file signature, with Disk Drill supporting more file types than Data Rescue. 

Disk Drill is capable of recovering data from drives encrypted with BitLocker. Data Rescue does not support this, so encrypted data would remain lost. Disk Drill can also scan for lost partitions, whereas Data Rescue only focuses on the recovery of data. 

In terms of other scan types, Disk Drill has more to offer its users across the board.

Real-Life Recovery Challenge

1Raw photo recovery100%36%
2Video formats recovery99%51%
3Document formats recovery84%67%

The real-life recovery challenge shows us that Data Rescue received a below-average score as it severely struggled to recover most of our raw photos, namely CR2, TIFF, DNG, and MRW. Contrarily, Disk Drill was able to completely recover them. Part of Data Rescue’s performance may be attributed to the fact that it hasn’t received an update since 2021, whereas Disk Drill is updated regularly to ensure it supports modern file formats.

Feature Comparison

To remain a competitive option, data recovery tools must appeal to consumers by being better than their rivals. This includes how easy the software is to use, what extra features come with it, and how often it’s updated. As part of our review process, we account for all of this. Here is a summarised look at what each application has to offer its users.

Both applications have fairly good Karma scores. They’re updated regularly and maintain a changelog of all the updates made for users to review. Data Rescue has better customer support channels, as it offers support via helpdesk, live chat, and phone. However, it’s not well known and doesn’t have an online market share, causing it to lose some points.

In terms of Usability, Disk Drill beats Data Rescue by a landslide. Data Rescue uses a very outdated interface that doesn’t allow users to easily access what features it includes from wherever they are in the software. Since it doesn’t have a thumbnail view when reviewing discovered data, users need to manually preview each file.

Disk Drill allows users to sort results and filter recoverable data based on file type. It’s also accessible to a wider range of users thanks to it being available in multiple languages.

Disk Drill and Data Rescue are neck and neck. You can recover data from internal or external hard drives and solid-state drives, removable USB sticks, and memory cards. Neither of them supports recovery from iOS and Android devices and both only partially support RAID recovery.

Other notable recovery features help complement data recovery by making the process easier. Disk Drill has many additional features to offer, such as a handy recovery chance prediction indicator next to each file and data protection to safeguard selected data going forward. Data Rescue does have some extra features, like RAID reconstruction, but this is the only feature offered that Disk Drill doesn’t already support.

There aren’t many extras offered by Disk Drill or Data Rescue. With Disk Drill, you can use its active disk monitoring feature that reads your drive’s SMART data to regularly check its overall health. Data Rescue allows you to clone your disk, as well as securely erase any remaining data on available parts of the drive.

Wrapping Up

After being beat by Disk Drill in almost every area, Data Rescue doesn’t have much going for it. Disk Drill is easier to use, feature-rich, and more importantly, better at recovering your data.

Data Rescue’s pricing model is in dire need of an update. Paying $19 for a single file recovery (or $49 for 100 file recoveries) becomes extremely expensive if the software is used regularly. Even if you upgrade to the Unlimited License, the recovery performance shown isn’t nearly enough to justify the $399/year price tag.

In conclusion, Data Rescue has a lot of room for improvement if it wants to compete with data recovery applications that are more effective, budget-friendly, and user intuitive. In a competitive market, without steady and continuous improvement, applications like Data Rescue gradually fall behind in desirability.

Disk Drill for Windows

Disk Drill is feature-rich and demonstrates great recovery performance in any data loss scenario.

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Up to 500MB of free recovery
Create byte-to-byte disk copies
Intuitive user interface
Useful recovery features
Recovery chance indicator
Active S.M.A.R.T. monitoring
Assemble virtual RAID arrays
Can learn unfamiliar file signatures
Allows disk cloning
Fast scan times

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Nikolay Lankevich
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Nikolay Lankevich has over 15 years of strong experience in various fields and platform includes Disaster Recovery, Windows XP/7. System analysis, design, application (Inter/Intranet) development, and testing. Provided technical supports on desktop and laptops on Win-XP and Macintosh for about 2000 employees.