Disk Drill vs Data Rescue

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Disk Drill
Winner • Chosen by 90% of Users


Data Rescue
4.5.616 Released 4th Aug, 2022 Current version6.0.7 Released 2nd Jun, 2022
Windows 7-11 RequirementsWindows 7-11
Recover up to 500 MB for free Trial version limitPreview only
$89.00 / PerpetualLifetime Starting Price$19.00 / 1 fileSubscription
176,000 Found files






Found files and Recovery quality105,209 Found files






Easy UsabilityHard


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.

Top Disk Drill Pros

  • Two for one. When you buy Disk Drill for Windows, you also unlock Disk Drill for Mac.

  • Visualization of the scanning process. The scanning process is visualized in real time, with information about the number of scanned files and the time remaining available at a glance.

  • Mount results as a virtual disk. The results of all scans can be mounted as a virtual disk and browsed using File Explorer.

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.

  • Linux and Apple file systems. Very limited support for Linux and Apple filesystems. Often only the signature scan mode works.

  • RAID. Limited RAID support.

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.

Pricing • Business model

1Distributed as Freemium Freemium
2Trial version available
3Trial version limitations Recover up to 500 MB for free Preview only
4Number of devices per license
  • PRO License - 1
  • Enterprise License - 10
  • Standard - 1
  • Professional - 1
5Starting price$89.00/ Perpetual$19.00/ 1 file
6License modelLifetimeSubscription
7No credit card to try
8Money back guarantee
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.

Scan of File Systems

1FAT32 partitions
Full support
Not supported
2exFAT partitions
Full support
Not supported
3NTFS partitions
Full support
Not supported
4EXT4 partitions
Not supported
Not supported
5HFS+ partitions
Not supported
Full support
6APFS partitions
Not supported
Not supported
7BitLocker support
Full support
Not supported
8Windows shadow copies scanning
Not supported
Not supported

A Clever 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.

Disk Drill is able to recover data from drives encrypted with BitLocker. Data Rescue does not support this, so encrypted data would remain lost.

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.

Features Table

89% Average score 74% Average score
1Update frequency
2Updated recently
3Changelog available
4Latest Windows release supported
5Genuine or clone?
6Brand name popularity
7Online market share
9Extensive knowledge base
10Helpdesk support
11Live chat
12Phone support
96% Average score 30% Average score
1Modern user-friendly interface
2Dark mode
3Easy-to-locate features
4Automatic implementation of multiple appropriate scanning methods without user interaction
5Auto-resuming scans of failing drives
6Auto-resuming backups of failing drives
7Convenient source selection on start
8Convenient file-by-file preview of recoverable items
9Convenient thumbnail preview of recoverable items
10Mount recoverable items as disk
11Built-in updater
12Multiple view modes in scan results
13Hex view for recoverable items
14Filter recoverable items by type
15Search recoverable items by file names
16Sort results
17Multilingual UI
18Simple deployment
Device support
77% Average score 77% Average score
1Internal and external HDD
2Internal and external SSD
3USB thumb drives / Classic iPods (non-iOS) / FireWire devices
4Memory cards
5iOS devices
6Android devices
7Recovery from RAID1, 0, JBOD
8Unmountable partitions
Recovery performance
80% Average score 43% Average score
1Clever in-depth scan
2Device support
3Other notable recovery features
4Other types of scan
5Quick scan
6Real-life recovery challenge
Real-life recovery challenge
86% Average score 49% Average score
1Document formats recovery
2Raw photo recovery
3Video formats recovery
Other notable recovery features
61% Average score 24% Average score
1Overall non-intrusive read-only algorithms
2Network recovery
3Effectively filters out corrupted scan results
4Byte-to-byte device backups
5Bootable recovery drive creation
6Convenient scan session management
7Bad sector management
8Recovery chance prediction
9RAID reconstructor
10Disk vitals monitoring and tracking during scan
11Data protection
12Links to in-lab recovery service for physically damaged devices
13Scan speed
14Scan free space only
15Start file recovery without interrupting the scan
16Preview recoverable items without interrupting the scan
17Forensic features
20% Average score 20% Average score
1Disk space mapping
2Disk clean up
3Corrupted video repair tool
4Corrupted photo repair tool
6Duplicate finder
7Built-in disk space secure eraser
8Disk cloning
9Disk surface test
10Secure data shredding

It’s clear that Disk Drill comes out on top in almost every aspect when compared to Data Rescue, aside from device support where they’re neck and neck as neither of them supports recovery from iOS and Android devices and both only partially support RAID recovery.

In terms of Usability, Disk Drill beats Data Rescue by a landslide. Data Rescue uses a very outdated that doesn’t allow users to easily access what features it includes from wherever they are in the software. It doesn’t include a thumbnail preview window either, so users need to manually preview each file.

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.

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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Jordan Jamieson-Mane
Jordan Jamieson-Mane

Jordan Jamieson-Mane is a content writer with a focus on technology-related content. He has spent much of his life studying and working with all types of technology. During his time as a writer, he has written countless articles in the field of data recovery, breaking down complex topics into articles that are easy to understand.

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Nikolay Lankevich
Nikolay Lankevich

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.