Disk Drill is packed with features that make it an excellent tool for recovering and protecting your valuable data. Some highlights include:
Disk Drill for Windows offers users a free trial period during which they can recover up to 500 MB of hard drive data before upgrading to the paid version of the application. This allows prospective customers to discover how the app can help them without any financial investment. The free trial includes the ability to use the data protection tools that are part of this excellent hard disk recovery software.
Disk Drill is also available for Mac computers and offers the same high-quality recovery capabilities. It has a slightly different user interface and the free trial allows users to preview recoverable data before purchasing the Pro version of the tool.
3G2 / 3GPP2 / 3GP / 3GPP (Videos for 3G UMTS services), CRM (Canon raw movie file), DIR (Adobe Director Movie), DV (Digital Video), DXR (Protected Adobe Director Movie), FCP (Final Cut Pro), FLA (Editable Adobe Flash movie), MOV (Apple QuickTime movie), MPA (MPEG-2 Audio File), MXF (Material Exchange Format), R3D (Redcode Raw video image), SWF (Flash movie), TS (Video Transport Stream File), WEBM (HTML5 WebM Videos) and more
AA (Audible Audio Book), CDA (CD Audio Track), FLP (FruityLoops Project), M4A (Apple Lossless Audio), MID (MIDI), MP2 (Audio file format used with MPEG Audio Stream; recovered as MPA), MPA (Audio file compressed with MPEG Layer II compression), MPC (Musepack Compressed Audio File), OGA (audio extracted from OGG; recovered as OGG), PTF (Pro Tools Session File), RA (Real Audio), RNS (Reason Song File), SIB (Sibelius Score), VOC (Creative Labs Voice), WAV (DTS-WAV), ZRV (Philips Voice Traver) and more
DJVU, TGA, PGM, DNG, PNG, HEIC, WMF, APM, DPX, JNB, JPG, KEY, WEBP, PCX, MPO, AFPHOTO, ALBM, ANI, DXF. Fujifilm: RAF. GoPro: GPR. Leica/Panasonic: RW2, RAW, RWL. Sony: ARW, SRF, SR2. Samsung: SRW. Canon: CR2, CR3. Epson: ERF. Kodak: DCR, KDC. Nikon: NEF, NRW. Olympus: ORF. After Effects Project: AEP. CorelDRAW: CDR. Windows Icon: ICO. ArchiCAD Project: PLA, PLN, TPL. SketchUp: SKP. Scalable Vector Graphics: SVG. Visio Drawing file: VSD and more
APK (Android Package), BKF (Windows Backup Utility File), CS (Visual C# Source Code File), CST (Adobe Director External Cast File), DB3 (SQLite3 Database), DGN (MicroStation Design file), DWG (AutoCAD), H (C/C++ Header File), iCash files, JKS (Java KeyStore), LNK (MS Windows Link), MDB (Microsoft Access Database), MSG (Outlook Mail Message), ODG (OpenDocument Graphics), WPS (Microsoft Works Word Processor Document), XML, XMP (Adobe Extensible Metadata Platform) and more
ARJ (ARJ Compressed File Archive), ISO (ISO-9660 CD Disc Image), JAR (Java Archive), MBX (Apple Mail mailbox file), PST (Microsoft Outlook Personal Folders), RDB (Retrospect Backup Set), TAR.XZ (XZ Compressed Tar Archive) and more
RAW (Raw disk images), DD (Forensic DD images), IMG (Sector-by-sector disk images), ISO (Uncompressed disk images), DSK (Byte-to-byte disk images), BIN (Generic disk images), DAT (Legacy binary images), VMDK (Virtual VMWare disks) and more
Hard drives can fail for a variety of reasons. Some of the most common include exposure to excessive heat or moisture, electrical power surges, faulty firmware, and mechanical errors. A hard drive can also fail due to a corrupted file system which can result from a malware or virus attack.
There is no cost to recover data from a hard drive if you are using your own backups. Data recovery software is often required to successfully restore the disk and can be obtained at various prices. Tools like Disk Drill offer Windows users the ability to recover 500MB of data for free.
Data recovery software takes advantage of the methods that modern operating systems use to delete data. They logically remove access to the data but leave it physically intact until it is overwritten. This fact allows the recovery application to scan a disk and restore access to the deleted data.
The broken hard drive must be readable in order to recover its data. If it cannot be read you can’t use data recovery software to restore your lost data. In cases where you cannot achieve access to the drive, you may be forced to send it to a professional hardware recovery service.
You will know if your hard drive has crashed or is about to crash if:
The best data recovery software applications for Windows are: