DiskGenius Review – Capable but Complicated
Out of 5 Total Score
No. 4 Among all Windows solutions
DiskGenius is a highly technical data recovery and disk management tool that includes lots of useful features you can use to restore your data. But, how much can it offer a casual user just trying to recover a few files? This review will answer that.
2 in 1. Program is not only a data recovery utility but also a disk manager.
SMART. Allows users to read and analyze SMART of internal and external drives.
Fast scanning speed. One of the fastest programs on the market for reading data during a scan.
Bad sectors detection and fixing. The software can scan your disk for bad sectors and try to fix them.
Boot into your own WinPE. The program is able to reboot your computer into its own modified version of WinPE. This allows you to recover disks without having to boot into the operating system itself.
Partition table utilities. The program can save and recover the partition table.
Disk cloning. The application can clone both disks and partitions.
TRIM control. The program can send a TRIM command to SSD controllers for deleting data instantly.
Check partition errors. Checks partitions for different kinds of errors.
Virtual RAID. Can work with virtual RAID, which allows restoring RAID arrays with a damaged RAID order.
Operating system migration. Can transfer current operating system version to another disk.
Good NTFS, exFAT, and FAT32 scanners. The program is good at reconstructing original structures.
Hex editor for the whole disk Experienced users can edit the whole disk hex.
Create a bootable USB flash drive. The software can create its own bootable version of USB devices.
Recover during a scan. You can select and recover already found files without waiting for scanning to finish.
Very complicated interface. The program is designed only for an experienced user who understands what it does and where the program functions are located.
Before you recover files you should learn the basics. To get to the point of searching and recovering files that you deleted, there is a learning curve.
Complicated list of sources. You have to spend time finding the drive you need to scan.
No preview convenience. The preview functionality is not designed for convenience. Either a small window is displayed in the list of found files or you have to open a big separate window for each file.
No thumbnail view. There is no thumbnail view for convenient image previews.
No other view modes. Results are shown in only one standard - a list.
Average results of the signature scanner. The signature scanner performed worse even than the free competitor PhotoRec.
No session manager. The program has no session manager for the scanned devices.
No end time of operations. No forecasting of remaining scanning completion time.
No obvious scanning progress. During the general scanning progress of your device, a new child process can appear and stay active for a long time without knowing when it will finish.
Forensic features. This app describes itself as a tool for professionals, but there are no forensic features.
No reliable deletion of files. It is possible to delete all the disk data, but it is not possible to delete a specific file.
|Trial version available|
|Trial version limitations|
|No credit card to try|
|Money back guarantee|
DiskGenius comes with three tiers: Free, Standard, and Professional, each giving you access to more features. The free version alone gives you generous access to a lot of the features, including complex partition management and disk cloning. However, only files with a size of 64 KB or smaller can be recovered using the Free version. Files above this limit can only be previewed.
DiskGenius only offers lifetime licenses – no subscriptions here. For $69.90 you get the DiskGenius Standard license which opens up recovery features, including file and lost partition recovery. The DiskGenius Professional license is $99.90 and gives you access to file recovery from EXT2/3/4 partitions and virtual RAID, among other things.
Users can trial the software without entering their credit card details and any purchase can be refunded under their money-back guarantee.
Standard license unlocks next features:
|1||Personal license for 1 PC||$99.90|
|2||Family license for 5 PCs||$299.90|
|3||Technician license for unlimited PCs||$699.90|
Unlocks all features from “Standard” license plus:
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Developer — EASSOS Technology Co., Ltd.
DiskGenius was developed by EASSOS Technology, a Chinese IT software company that has been developing software since its founding in 2010.
1% 47% than avg
Reflects the share of online traffic within the niche occupied by data recovery software, based on data taken from ahrefs.com (from Google US search engine).
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Other software developed by EASSOS Technology includes Eassos Recovery, a data recovery application that appears to be simpler than DiskGenius that’s geared towards standard users, and Eassos System Restore, a backup utility.
2010 • 13 years on market
4F, Building 6, Guangshunhouxiandaicheng, Yanshan Street Qinhuangdao, China
EASSOS has a profile on most major social media platforms, but all accounts seem to be fairly inactive with none having been updated within the last 6 months. It also has a YouTube channel where it uploads data recovery content. This lack of activity seems to indicate that DiskGenius isn’t given much attention in the way of marketing.
How We Test
Every data loss scenario is different. Therefore, we carry out all of our tests (with the same data sets and data loss processes) in the same way to ensure every data recovery tool is given a fair chance. Here's how it's done:
|1||Installation||The application is downloaded and installed and measured on speed and what sort of screens are shown.|
|2||Source selection||Next, we take a look at how easy it is to choose our test disk for scanning.|
|3||Scanning process||After selecting our test disk, we begin the scanning process and measure the scan speed and what's possible during the scan.|
|4||Managing found data||Once the scan is finished, we review our found data and take into consideration how easy the application makes it to view our recoverable data.|
|5||Recovery and post-processing||Finally, we recover our data and measure how effective the recovery tool was at restoring the data.|
This process is followed for every data recovery tool we review, as well as every scan type supported by the applications. This allows us to take a controlled and fact-based approach, providing objective results.
There's no warning against installing the software to the drive you're going to be performing recovery on, but given this is a recovery tool targeted at professionals, it's assumed that this is already understood.
DiskGenius is a fairly technical application and does things a bit differently from other data recovery tools. The data recovery process is started by selecting your disk and clicking the File Recovery button at the top, which isn't immediately obvious to the typical user. You can control the data recovery process by specifying what file system types you want to scan, as well as file types.
A separate Partition Recovery button is available for searching for lost partitions. Here, you can either choose to scan the whole disk or a particular cylinder range.
During the scan, you will be shown a progress window. This progress window shows you how much of your drive/partition has been scanned, how many files have been found, and how much time has elapsed, accompanied by a status bar. However, it does not show how much time is left remaining for the scan.
You do have the option of recovering files while the scan progresses if you should choose to.
If searching for a partition, the application will allow you to Reserve the partition in memory or Ignore it. Neither option writes it to the disk and will not affect the recoverable data.
Managing found files
The results window can only be viewed in a List view, making photo recovery a bit more difficult since there's no Thumbnail view. File previews are available, but they're very inconvenient, either appearing very small at the bottom of the window or requiring a manual preview to see a larger version.
Clicking on each file will allow you to view its HEX data, which is a great addition for more technical or specialist users. Using the left navigation pane, you can navigate through the folder and sub-folder structure to view the data inside each.
Recovery and post-processing
Again, DiskGenius does recovery a little bit differently when compared to other data recovery tools. To recover the data, you must right-click either the data itself or the folder containing the data, then copy it to your desired output location. This differs from most applications where a convenient and clear 'Recover' button is often available.
The recovery can be paused or stopped and you can choose to prevent the system from sleeping while it proceeds. A progress window is displayed that shows you how much data has been copied, and this time, how much time is remaining for the whole process.
Additional options are available that allow you to control prompts automatically, such as whether to display a prompt or ignore read/write errors, file name repeats, and file names containing illegal characters.
DiskGenius – Tutorials and Other Videos
Here are some helpful tutorials and other videos relating to DiskGenius to help further illustrate what it's like inside the software.
DiskGenius scores a just-above-average Karma score. It has a consistent yet spaced update frequency around every 6 months or so. It does include a changelog so users can see what new additions are being added each time an update is released.
The software has been around long enough to be considered a legit and mature product, gaining reviews from businesses and general users alike.
In terms of support, it does have an extensive knowledge base, as well as helpdesk support. However, it does not have live chat or phone support channels.
Every 6 months
Available (View full update history)
|4||Latest Windows release supported|
Yes, all good
|5||Genuine or clone?|
|6||Brand name popularity|
|7||Online market share|
|9||Extensive knowledge base|
DiskGenius actually gives you a lot of value for the price point, especially considering it’s more than just a recovery tool. Even its free version provides generous access to many features, like system migration to a new disk and viewing drive sector data.
It doesn’t rely on a subscription-based pricing policy, so users only need to make a one-time payment to receive the full software and any subsequent updates. But, users must upgrade to a higher-tier license in order to receive commercial rights.
|4||Is it free?|
|6||Unlimited recovery in full version|
|8||Commercial rights in the cheapest license|
DiskGenius receives a below-average Usability score, largely due to how technical it is. It has counterintuitive user interface with ambiguous labels for the features. Furthermore, it doesn’t auto-resume scans or backups in the event the source media is reconnected following temporary disconnection.
As seen during our recovery, the file-by-file preview function needs some work, as users need to rely either on a very small window for quick previews or manual interaction each time they want to preview a file.
The application does allow filtering the results by file type, but this is only possible for files found using their file signature.
|1||Modern user-friendly interface|
|4||Automatic implementation of multiple appropriate scanning methods without user interaction|
|5||Auto-resuming scans of failing drives|
|6||Auto-resuming backups of failing drives|
|7||Convenient source selection on start|
|8||Convenient file-by-file preview of recoverable items|
|9||Convenient thumbnail preview of recoverable items|
|10||Mount recoverable items as disk|
|12||Multiple view modes in scan results|
|13||Hex view for recoverable items|
|14||Filter recoverable items by type|
|15||Search recoverable items by file names|
Overall, DiskGenius has fairly good recovery performance, scoring above-average in all of our tests and having particular success with quick scans.
The software only supports Windows and Linux-based file systems, so it misses some points that it would have otherwise received if it had support for Apple file systems found on Mac. Across all tests, there was only a very small percentage of files that were either not found or returned with the wrong checksum.
|1||Clever in-depth scan|
|Recovered most of the data from our Windows partitions, with some corruption to the folder structure.|
|Recovered the majority of our data, even on our EXT4 partition.|
|3||Other types of scan|
|Full support for BitLocker and great support for lost partitions. Not a lot of supported file signatures.|
|Broad device support, including RAID and unmountable partitions.|
|5||Real-life recovery challenge|
|Average recovery by file signature.|
|6||Other notable recovery features|
|Supports byte-to-byte copies and RAID reconstruction, but no forensic features.|
A clever scan searches for data using the underlying file system. DiskGenius did a really good job with this for all Windows partitions. Across our FAT32, exFAT, and NTFS partitions, the vast majority of our data was recovered. However, the original folder structure was corrupted on our FAT32 and exFAT partitions. Since the software doesn’t support clever scans of HFS+, APFS, and EXT4 partitions, it received no score for them.
A data recovery tool’s quick scan measures its ability to recover files that were recently deleted. Again, it had great success with Windows (FAT32, exFAT, NTFS) partitions. There was a higher number of files that weren’t found compared to the clever scan, but the majority of our data was still recovered.
Additionally, this scan also supports EXT4 partitions, of which it recovered all of our files.
Other scan types
|1||The number of formats supported by deep scan|
|3||Windows shadow copies scanning|
|4||Scan for lost partitions|
|5||Recovered files' labeling|
|6||Partial file recovery|
|7||Disk images: scan and recovery|
The number of file types supported by the signature scanner is fairly low, so much so that the free recovery tool PhotoRec actually had better results. This is a considerable factor, as it reduces the overall number of files it would be able to pull if the file system has been corrupted or damaged.
The software has full support for BitLocker-encrypted drives and allows scanning and recovery from disk images. The software can be used to search for lost partitions, with partition management being one of its strongest areas.
|1||Internal and external HDD|
|2||Internal and external SSD|
|3||USB thumb drives / Classic iPods (non-iOS) / FireWire devices|
|7||Recovery from RAID1, 0, JBOD|
DiskGenius has great device support. It can recover data from traditional internal and external hard drives, as well as solid-state drives, USB flash drives, and memory cards (SD, miniSD, microSD cards).
It also has RAID support, allowing you to build virtual RAID setups in order to perform more complex recovery. Data can also be recovered from unmountable partitions.
Real-life recovery challenges
|1||Document formats recovery|
|2||Raw photo recovery|
|3||Video formats recovery|
Raw photo recovery
|1||3fr (Hasselblad 3F raw image)|
|2||arw (Sony alpha raw)|
|3||bmp (bitmap image file)|
|4||cr2 (Canon raw version 2)|
|5||cr3 (Canon raw version 3)|
|6||crw (Canon raw CIFF image file)|
|7||dcr (Kodak digital camera raw)|
|8||dng (digital negative lossless raw image)|
|9||CinemaDNG (Blackmagic, Penelope, Pocket)|
|10||erf (Epson raw file)|
|11||exr (high dynamic-range file format)|
|12||fff (Hasselblad raw image)|
|13||gpr (GoPro raw format)|
|14||heic (high efficiency image file format)|
|15||iiq (intelligent image quality raw Leaf, Phase One)|
|16||insp (panoramic image Insta360)|
|17||jp2 (bitmap image format JPEG 2000)|
|18||jpg (joint photographic experts group compressed image)|
|19||kdc (Kodak digital camera raw image)|
|20||mef (Mamiya raw image file)|
|21||mos (Leaf and Mamiya raw image file)|
|22||mpo (multi picture stereoscopic object file)|
|23||mrw (Konica Minolta raw image format)|
|24||nef (Nikon raw image file)|
|25||nrw (Nikon raw image file)|
|26||orf (Olympus raw format)|
|27||pef (Pentax raw image file)|
|28||raf (Fujifilm raw image file)|
|29||raw (native digital camera file)|
|30||rw2 (Panasonic LUMIX raw image file)|
|31||rwl (Leica raw image format)|
|32||sr2 (Sony raw 2 image file)|
|33||srf (Sony raw file)|
|34||srw (Samsung raw image file)|
|35||tiff (tag image file format)|
|36||x3f (Sigma camera raw picture file)|
|37||x3i (Sigma super fine detail picture file)|
DiskGenius supports quite a number of raw photo formats, at least partially supporting more than it doesn’t support at all. Common formats, like BMP and JPG, have great coverage. Nikon (NEF, NRW) and Kodak (KDC) formats also have great support. Some formats don’t fair so well, though, such as Canon’s CR2 and CR3 and Samsung’s SRW formats.
Video formats recovery
|1||360 (GoPRO 360 degree videos)|
|2||ari (ARRI professional digital video camera)|
|3||arx (ARRI professional digital video camera)|
|4||avi (GoPRO CineForm intermediate codec)|
|5||avi (MJPG, H.264, MSMPEG4 v2 codecs)|
|6||braw (Blackmagic raw video file)|
|7||insv (Insta360 panoramic AVC H.264 video file)|
|8||insv (Insta360 panoramic HEVC HVC1 video file)|
|9||mov (Apple ProRes 422 Proxy/LT/HQ)|
|10||mov (Apple ProRes 4444 Raw/HQ)|
|11||mov (advanced video coding H.264)|
|12||mov (CineForm HD codec)|
|13||mov (HEVC, HVC1 codecs)|
|14||mp4 (advanced video coding H.264)|
|15||mp4 (HEVC, HVC1, Apple ProRes codecs)|
|16||mxf (advanced video coding H.264)|
|17||mxf (DVCPRO HD codec)|
|18||mxf (ARRI raw, Apple ProRes codecs)|
|19||mxf (XDCAM HD422, HD35 MPEG2 codecs)|
|20||r3d (Red digital camera company raw video file)|
|21||wmv (pro raw 9 codec)|
Video formats were the least successful of the three format types DiskGenius was able to recover. The common file types AVI, MOV, and WMV all had great support, but it seemed to struggle with recovering MP4 files. GoPro users might be disappointed to find that the 360 and INSV formats aren’t well supported, nor are any of the ARRI formats (ARI, ARX, MXF).
Document formats recovery
|1||accdb (Microsoft Access 2007+ database file)|
|2||djvu (compressed image format)|
|3||doc (Microsoft Word 97 – 2003 document file)|
|4||docx (Microsoft Word 2007+ document file)|
|5||fb2 (FictionBook 2.0 File)|
|6||key (Apple Keynote)|
|7||mdb (Microsoft Access 97 - 2003 database file)|
|8||numbers (Apple Numbers)|
|9||odp (OpenOffice presentation file format)|
|10||ods (OpenDocument spreadsheet file format)|
|11||odt (OpenDocument text document file format)|
|12||pages (Apple Pages)|
|13||pdf (portable document format)|
|14||ppt (Microsoft Powerpoint 97 - 2003 presentation file)|
|15||pptx (Microsoft Powerpoint 2007+ presentation file)|
|16||rtf (rich text format)|
|17||xls (Microsoft Excel 97 - 2003 spreadsheet file)|
|18||xlsx (Microsoft Excel 2007+ spreadsheet file)|
The recovery of document formats appears to be a strong point for DiskGenius, scoring 64% in this area. It is able to recover DOC, DOCx, PDF, PPT, and PPTX files with a high level of success. Older file formats, like ACCDB and MDB, aren’t supported, however.
It’s safe to say that if you’re trying to recover a modern document file type, your chances will be fairly good with DiskGenius.
Other notable recovery features
|1||Overall non-intrusive read-only algorithms|
|3||Effectively filters out corrupted scan results|
|4||Byte-to-byte device backups|
|5||Bootable recovery drive creation|
|6||Convenient scan session management|
|7||Bad sector management|
|8||Recovery chance prediction|
|10||Disk vitals monitoring and tracking during scan|
|12||Links to in-lab recovery service for physically damaged devices|
|14||Scan free space only|
|15||Start file recovery without interrupting the scan|
|16||Preview recoverable items without interrupting the scan|
DiskGenius comes loaded with some extra recovery features that are great for complementing data recovery. You can make byte-to-byte device backups within the application, as well as bootable recovery drives for when your system drive is compromised.
The software is also able to finding, remember, and repair bad sectors. In instances where you need to recover data from a RAID array, you can use the RAID built-in RAID reconstructor to rebuild it.
DiskGenius also includes a lot of extra features that users can benefit from. As a highly-technical application, it’s no surprise that it offers more than the standard data recovery tool.
|1||Disk space mapping|
|2||Disk clean up|
|3||Corrupted video repair tool|
|4||Corrupted photo repair tool|
|Monitor internal and external drive SMART data.|
|7||Built-in disk space secure eraser|
|Can securely erase disk space.|
|Allows cloning of disks and partitions.|
|9||Disk surface test|
|Can perform disk surface tests.|
|10||Secure data shredding|
You can monitor the health of your drives using the built-in SMART monitoring feature to help predict and avoid potential data loss situations going forward. It also allows disk cloning so you can safely recover data from the disk image instead of risking the vulnerable data on your live disk.
Frequently Asked Questions
We’ve looked at some of the most popular questions being asked about DiskGenius and provided answers to them below.
DiskGenius is a data recovery and disk management tool. You can use it to scan your hard drive for lost data and restore missing partitions.
This is how you can recover data using DiskGenius:
- Select the disk you want to scan and click File Recovery at the top of the window.
- Click Start after you’ve selected the appropriate recovery options.
- Select the files you want to recover, then click Copy To.
- Select an output location.
DiskGenius can be downloaded and used for free, but not everything is available on the free license. For instance, you can only recover files up to 64 KB in size for free. Everything possible in the free version is available in their edition comparison.
Aside from the Free version, you can get the Standard version for $69.90, and the Professional version for $99.90.
Yes, as a data recovery tool, our test results show that DiskGenius performed above-average. It still has some room for improvement, but it has some reliable scanners, especially for Windows file systems.
Yes, DiskGenius is a reliable data recovery and disk management tool.
Worth a try ✅
Out of 5 Total score
No. 4 Among all Windows solutions
DiskGenius includes a host of useful, but technical, data recovery and disk management features. Once you get accustomed to how the software works, it’s a powerful data recovery solution that can tackle many complex data loss situations.Visit developer website
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