Disk Drill vs EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard

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3.84

Disk Drill
Winner • Chosen by 90% of Users
VS

3.01

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard
4.5.616 Released 4th Aug, 2022 Current version15.6 Released 17th Aug, 2022
Windows 7-11 RequirementsWindows 7-11
Recover up to 500 MB for free Trial version limitRecover up to 2 GB for free
$89.00 / PerpetualLifetime Starting Price$69.95 / 1 monthSubscription + Lifetime
200,000 Found files

Good

100%

Corrupted

0%

Lost

0%
Found files and Recovery quality199,970 Found files

Good

100%

Corrupted

0%

Lost

0%
Easy UsabilityEasy

Introduction

Finding the right data recovery tool can be difficult. You need to find one that is easy to use and capable of recovering your data with the highest chance of success while also remaining affordable. This comparison will be between two well-known data recovery tools: Disk Drill and EaseUS for Windows.

To ensure our comparison is objective and fact-based, we use the data compiled from our review process. Each tool has already been reviewed in-depth and compared against data points that provide an accurate and unbiased view of each tool’s capabilities.

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 EaseUS Pros

  • Scan results. Scan results are easy to navigate and grouped in a user-friendly file tree.

  • Scan speed. Scanning is very fast and doesn't make you wait a long time for results.

  • Free recovery. The software lets you recover up to 2 GB of data for free if you agree to mention the product on a social media network.

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 EaseUS Cons

  • Pop-up ads. Pop-up ads for other products appear frequently, and they can't be turned off.

  • Inaccurate time estimations. When the software estimates how much time an operation will likely take, the displayed time is almost always wrong.

  • Limited preview capabilities. The formats supported for previews are very limited, and even popular photo formats are not always viewable.

Pricing • Business model

1Distributed as Freemium Freemium
2Trial version available
3Trial version limitations Recover up to 500 MB for free Recover up to 2 GB for free
4Number of devices per license
  • PRO License - 1
  • Enterprise License - 10
  • Pro - 1
  • Pro+Bootable Media - 1
  • Technician - 100
5Starting price$89.00/ Perpetual$69.95/ 1 month
6License modelLifetimeSubscription + Lifetime
7No credit card to try
8Money back guarantee
9See Plans & PricingPricing detailsPricing details

Both Disk Drill and EaseUS offer users a chance to trial the software by offering free recovery up to a certain threshold, with EaseUS offering slightly more than Disk Drill. In terms of overall price, Disk Drill is better by only offering lifetime licenses, as opposed to EaseUS which offers subscription-based and lifetime licenses.

Data Recovery Performance

Of course, when you look for a data recovery tool, data recovery performance is at the top of the list of priorities. With that being said, let’s break down how Disk Drill compares against EaseUS in terms of recovering data.

Clever In-Depth Scan of File Systems

1FAT32 partitions
Full support
Partial support
2exFAT partitions
Full support
Partial support
3NTFS partitions
Full support
Full support
4EXT4 partitions
Not supported
Not supported
5HFS+ partitions
Not supported
Full support
6APFS partitions
Not supported
Not supported

A deep scan uses the file system to search for recoverable data. Disk Drill offers better support for FAT32 and exFAT recovery, as EaseUS only offers partial support for these file systems. However, EaseUS does offer full support for HFS+ partitions whereas Disk Drill does not. Neither of the applications supports recovery from EXT4 or APFS partitions.

Overall, both offer similar support, with Disk Drill performing just a bit better when recovering data from Windows partitions.

Quick Scan of File Systems

1FAT32 partitions
Full support
Partial support
2exFAT partitions
Full support
Partial support
3NTFS partitions
Full support
Full support
4EXT4 partitions
Partial support
Not supported
5HFS+ partitions
Not supported
Not supported
6APFS partitions
Not supported
Not supported

A quick scan determines how well a recovery tool can quickly restore recently deleted data. As demonstrated in our tests, Disk Drill has better overall support and great performance when recovering files from Windows (FAT32, exFAT, NTFS) partitions. It also partially supports EXT4 partitions, which EaseUS doesn’t.  EaseUS has full support for NTFS partitions but struggles a bit with FAT32 and exFAT partitions. Neither support Apple (HFS+, APFS) partitions.

Other Scan Types

1The number of formats supported by deep scan
Some (≈400)
Some (≈200)
2BitLocker support
Full support
Full support
3Windows shadow copies scanning
Not supported
Not supported
4Scan for lost partitions
Full support
Not supported
5Recovered files' labeling
Full support
Full support
6Partial file recovery
Full support
Full support
7Disk images: scan and recovery
Full support
Not supported

DiskDrill supports more file types with its signature scan, giving you a better overall chance at recovery if the data you need doesn’t show for other scans. It’s also able to scan for lost partitions and perform recovery on disk images, both of which aren’t possible with EaseUS.

Both Disk Drill and EaseUS have full support for BitLocker-encrypted drives and support partial file recovery.

Real-Life Recovery Challenge

1Raw photo recovery
93%
76%
2Video formats recovery
79%
62%
3Document formats recovery
84%
69%

In terms of recovery, the clear winner is Disk Drill. Disk Drill is able to recover raw file formats such as ODT, OSD, KEY, BRAW, and JP2 that EaseUS cannot. Even for the file formats that are supported by both tools, Disk Drill has a higher rate of success, especially with file types you see more often such as AVI, PPTX, XLSX, and GPR.

Feature Comparison

In the early days of data recovery, many sought out data recovery tools for just that – data recovery. Now, it’s commonplace for data recovery tools to include additional features that further enrich the user’s experience and help prevent data loss from occurring again. Let’s take a look at what each tool has to offer.

Both companies do a great job at marketing their tools by keeping them up-to-date and providing excellent customer support. Each tool has an extensive knowledge base to answer common queries and various support channels, though Disk Drill does not offer customer support over the phone. A changelog is kept for both recovery tools so users can easily see what changes have been made recently.

In terms of Usability, Disk Drill is the clear winner. When you’re performing scans or backups, it’s possible for your storage media to disconnect during the process (especially if it’s damaged). Disk Drill, unlike EaseUS, is able to automatically resume the scan or backup once the storage media is reconnected rather than stopping the entire process. Moreover, you can mount recoverable items as a disk, should you want to.

Both data recovery tools have the same support for devices. If you’re recovering data from internal or external hard drives or solid-state drives, you’ll find that both applications offer full support. The same is true for removable USB drives and memory cards, like SD cards.

Unmountable partitions are supported for trickier recoveries. Both tools also offer partial support for RAID arrays. Unfortunately, neither of the applications support recovery from iOS or Android devices.

There are some recovery features that help complement the overall recovery process. Disk Drill is capable of creating byte-to-byte backups and protecting your data, helping you perform recovery safely, and ensuring your data is safeguarded in the event of another data loss event. On the other hand, EaseUS allows you to create a bootable recovery drive, which is helpful when your system drive becomes damaged.

You won’t find many extras in either Disk Drill or EaseUS. If you find that your recovered videos are corrupted and no longer usable, EaseUS has a separate corrupted video repair tool you can use in an attempt to restore them. Disk Drill has active disk health monitoring, which regularly scans your drive’s SMART data for potential problems and alerts you if necessary.

Wrapping Up

Taking an objective approach when reviewing data recovery tools allows you to take a detailed look at what each tool can offer. In our testing, it’s clear that Disk Drill has more to offer than EaseUS in terms of affordability, usability, and recovery capabilities.

While EaseUS certainly has a decent chance at recovering your files, Disk Drill outperforms it by offering a higher chance of success and offers useful features that also help protect your data going forward.

Disk Drill for Windows
3.84

A trusted and proven recovery tool that's capable of providing high-quality results.

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Great recovery performance
Useful additional features
Excellent support and documentation
Quick scan times
Easy-to-use interface
Affordable lifetime licenses
Regularly updated
Trusted as a top recovery tool
Generous free recovery limit
Corrupted video repair
Bootable recovery drive creation

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Jordan Jamieson-Mane
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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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Yevgeniy Tolkunov
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Yevgeniy Tolkunov is Hardware Engineer at ACE Data Recovery. Yevgeniy has a Master's Degree in Physics, Information Technology; 15+ years of experience.