Tenorshare 4DDiG Review – All That Glitters Is Not Gold
Out of 5 Total Score
No. 8 Among all Windows solutions
All that glitters is not gold is a popular expression that applies to so many things in life, and the world of data recovery software is no exception. After testing out the Tenorshare 4DDiG Windows data recovery software, we can say that the application tries to present itself as something more than what it actually is. Read this in-depth review to learn why the data recovery application isn’t as great as it claims to be.
Modern interface. The program has a clean user interface that not only looks good but is also easy to use.
Creation of bootable disks. Tenorshare 4DDiG can create bootable disks to bypass the operating system in case the computer refuses to boot.
Video recovery. You can use Tenorshare 4DDiG to restore the content of video files that refuse to play.
Fast scanning speed. The program can scan disks relatively quickly without making users wait too long for the operation to finish.
Built-in tutorial. A built-in interactive tutorial that shows how to start scanning and the file recovery process.
Photo recovery. The program can restore photo files that refuse to open.
Ability to choose file types for scanning. Before scanning, it is possible to select specific file types.
Works with raw disks. Tenorshare 4DDiG can work with disks that do not have a file system or refuse to mount.
Multilingual support. A large number of languages are supported, making it easy for people who don't speak English fluently to use the software.
Ability to save scan sessions. Tenorshare 4DDiG can save and later resume scan sessions as needed.
Recovery during scanning. Files can be recovered during the scanning process.
Conveniently labeled results. The results are conveniently displayed as grouped by tags. For example, photos are grouped by their camera manufacturer.
Unable to create disk copies. Lacks the ability to create byte-by-byte disk copies.
No S.M.A.R.T. support. Doesn't support S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis, and Reporting Technology).
Doesn't really recognize 1,000 file signatures. Despite what it claims, Tenorshare 4DDiG doesn't really recognize 1,000 file signatures. In fact, it struggles even with common file formats.
No file integrity assessment. Tenorshare 4DDiG doesn't indicate whether found files are healthy or damaged.
Overall recovery quality is quite low. The overall recovery quality is low given how much the product costs.
Can't work with bad sectors. If the storage device contains bad sectors, the application will not report them. Instead, it will continue to do as instructed, potentially causing further damage to the storage device and data.
No hex preview. Lacks a hex file viewer
Fake scanning options. The program provides fake scan options, such as the ability to recover the desktop folder or the Recycle Bin. No program can scan specific folders as they can be located anywhere on the disk and even in different places simultaneously.
No scan time estimations. Tenorshare 4DDiG doesn't estimate how long it will take for scanning to finish.
No lost partition search. The program does not provide the ability to find lost partitions as a separate scanning option.
No ability to change application size. It is not possible to maximize the application to full screen by double-clicking the window title. In fact, it's not possible to change the application size at all.
Preview only. The free version of the program only allows users to preview files, while competing applications can recover some data for free.
|Distributed as||Freemium Some features are provided free of charge, but money is required to unlock the rest|
|Trial version available|
|Trial version limitations|
Tenorshare 4DDiG offers a free trial so that you can scan and preview your lost data.
|License model||Subscription + Lifetime|
|No credit card to try|
|Money back guarantee|
Tenorshare 4DDiG is distributed as a freemium software application, offering both a free trial version and paid plans. The free trial allows users to scan and preview lost data, providing them an opportunity to assess the software’s capabilities before committing to a paid plan. In this regard, Tenorshare 4DDiG delivers less value than many of its competitors, who typically let users recover some data for free. At least users don’t need to provide their credit card information to download the free trial version.
Paid plans for Tenorshare 4DDiG are designed to accommodate different users, including individuals, educational institutions, and businesses. The pricing for these plans ranges from $45.95 to $499, and both subscription-based and lifetime options are available. The good news is that Tenorshare 4DDiG comes with a money-back guarantee to provide an additional layer of assurance for those who have yet to decide if a paid plan is worth it.
|1||1 Month License||$45.95|
|2||1 Year License||$59.95|
|1||1 Month License||$25.27|
|2||1 Year License||$32.97|
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Developer — Tenorshare Co.,Ltd.
Tenorshare 4DDiG is developed by Tenorshare Co., Ltd., a software company with over 16 years of experience in the market. The company is most famous for creating user-friendly applications that address a wide range of different needs, with data recovery being just one of them.
1% 20.3% 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).
960 66.3% than avg
Based on the number of brand-related search queries on Google US according to ahrefs.com.
Even though Tenorshare 4DDiG is frequently recommended, its online market share isn’t especially large, and the same can be said about the popularity of the company behind it.
2007 • 16 years on market
Greater New York Area, East Coast, Northeastern US
Tenorshare is headquartered in the Greater New York Area, on the East Coast of the United States, and they can be reached via email or on social media. The company has no reviews on Better Business Bureau’s website, but it does have around 10,000 user reviews on Trustpilot, with a total score of 4.6 stars out of 5.
How We Test
Our testing process was designed to provide a comprehensive evaluation of data recovery software applications. It involves five distinct steps, each focused on a specific aspect of the software's performance, functionality, and user experience. The five steps in our testing process are as follows:
|1||Installation||We believe that users dealing with data loss emergencies shouldn't encounter any hurdles during the data recovery process—especially not at its beginning. That's why we pay close attention to how each software application is to install.|
|2||Source selection||After installation, the software should make it easy to select the correct storage device for recovery. The best applications allow users to scan both entire storage devices as well as their individual partitions.|
|3||Scanning process||Reliable data recovery software should present real-time scanning progress updates so that users always know how much time is remaining. The option to pause and continue the scanning at any moment is also a significant advantage, offering users flexibility and convenience.|
|4||Managing found data||Even the best data recovery software can't predict which files should be recovered and which should be left behind. That's why it's vital for discovered files to be systematically arranged and easy to select.|
|5||Recovery and post-processing||Once users have identified the necessary files, the actual recovery should be as easy as a single click. Data recovery software should provide guidance in choosing an appropriate recovery location to minimize the risk of overwriting.|
That’s how we test data recovery software applications in a nutshell. Keep in mind that our tests typically span several days and involve many different test scenarios, so the steps above are often repeated over and over again.
To install Tenorshare 4DDiG, you need to download the installation file from the official website and run it. The installation process is straightforward and doesn't require any advanced technical skills. During the installation, you can adjust installation settings to install a non-English version of the application and choose a different location for it.
Tenorshare 4DDiG takes up over 300 MB of hard drive space, so you definitely want to install it on a different storage device than the one you are trying to recover data from to avoid overwriting any lost files. After the installation is complete, you can launch the program, and you'll be greeted by a modern and clean user interface that's easy to use.
When launched for the first time, Tenorshare 4DDiG displays a brief visual guide that clearly explains how to scan a storage device. There's not much to explain really because you only need to hover your mouse cursor over a listed storage device and click the scan option.
Unlike most other data recovery software applications, Tenorshare 4DDiG also lists common storage locations, including the Desktop folder and the Recycle Bin. Users can even select a specific folder if they want to. Unfortunately, these custom scan options are just for show. No data recovery software can focus on a specific location because lost files can be scattered across the entire storage device.
Managing found files
While scanning, Tenorshare 4DDiG displays the results in two views: Tree View and File View. The Tree View arranges files according to their original locations, while the File View arranges files by corresponding file format. This arrangement makes it easy for users to navigate and locate their lost files.
The program also allows users to filter files by file type, modified date, and other attributes. It's also possible to search for specific files directly. We just wish Tenorshare 4DDiG indicated which files are damaged and which are intact. The preview feature can help with this, but it's still nice to have the option to filter out corrupted files.
Before scanning starts, Tenorshare 4DDiG gives you the option to choose specific file types. It's a good idea to select only those file types you really care about because it can speed up the process a lot. That said, Tenorshare 4DDiG offers a fast scanning speed, so you won't have to wait too long for the program to complete the scan regardless.
The scanning process can be resumed or saved for later use if you need to interrupt it, and Tenorshare 4DDiG also allows for file recovery during the scanning process, so you don't need to wait until the scan is complete to start recovering your files. Without the ability to recover files during scanning, the fact that the application doesn't tell you how long the scanning process will take would be a much bigger downside.
Recovery and post-processing
Once you have your lost files selected, you can click the Recover button and choose a suitable recovery location. Like with all data recovery applications, it's important to choose a different location than the original storage device to prevent overwriting any remaining data on that device. This is something Tenorshare 4DDiG could make clearer.
When recovering corrupted photos and videos, Tenorshare 4DDiG provides the option to repair them before saving. This feature works fairly well, but it can prolong the recovery process significantly, so use it wisely.
Tenorshare 4DDiG for Windows – Tutorials and Other Videos
We have compiled a variety of informative tutorials and additional video resources for your convenience to help you understand how Tenorshare 4DDiG works:
Let’s start with Tenorshare 4DDiG’s karma, which reflects its reputation and trustworthiness. On the positive side, the software is updated regularly, approximately every three months, and supports the latest Windows release. Unfortunately, its developer doesn’t provide a changelog for updates, which can leave users in the dark about what has been improved or fixed.
While live chat support isn’t available (something that could be easily improved by implementing a chatbot with ticket escalation capabilities), Tenorshare at least offers an extensive knowledge base alongside helpdesk and phone support.
Every 3 months
|4||Latest Windows release supported|
Yes, all good
|5||Genuine or clone?|
|6||Brand name popularity|
|7||Online market share|
|9||Extensive knowledge base|
All in all, Tenorshare 4DDiG offers average value for anyone in need of a reliable data recovery solution. You can download the software for free and use it to preview as many files as you want, but their recovery is possible only with a paid license.
Tenorshare 4DDiG licenses start at $45.95, but it costs a lot more than that to unlock commercial rights (which are necessary if you would like to recover data for strangers and charge money for the service). Free minor upgrades are included when you purchase a lifetime license, but major updates require an additional fee.
Yes (preview only)
|4||Is it free?|
No (preview only)
Subscriptions + lifetime licenses
|6||Unlimited recovery in full version|
Only minor updates are free
|8||Commercial rights in the cheapest license|
Tenorshare 4DDiG boasts a modern, user-friendly interface that makes it easy for users to navigate and locate the features they need. The software streamlines the scanning process by automatically implementing appropriate scanning methods without any user interaction. With convenient source selection, file-by-file preview, and thumbnail previews of recoverable items, Tenorshare 4DDiG ensures a hassle-free experience for its users.
The main area where the data recovery software falls short in terms of usability is dark mode support. The application also can’t automatically resume the creation of backups of failing drives, mount recoverable items as a disk, or display their hexadecimal representations, but those missing features are fairly easy to overlook.
|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|
The recovery performance of Ternoshare 4DDiG can vary a lot depending on which file system and file format you want to recover. It performs mostly well with Windows file systems, but it doesn’t perform at all when dealing with macOS and Linux file systems.
Tenorshare 4DDiG shows mixed results when it comes to recovering raw photo and video file formats. Its document file recovery performance is considerably better, but omissions are still present in its support for more niche file formats.
The lack of file format support is especially concerning because Tenorshare claims that 4DDiG can recover over 1,000 file formats, and that’s simply not the case at all.
|Only NTFS partitions are supported well. Attempts to scan FAT32 partitions yield mixed results, and the software can't recover the original folder structure and file names at all from other partitions.|
|The Quick scan feature of Tenorshare 4DDiG supports only Windows file systems, namely FAT32, exFAT, and NTFS. Mac and Linux file systems are not supported at all.|
|3||Other types of scan|
|The data recovery application should theoretically be able to recover more than 1,000 file formats, but that's, unfortunately, just an empty marketing claim.|
|Tenoshare 4DDiG can't scan Android and iOS devices, but all other internal and external storage devices are supported, including some RAID arrays.|
|5||Real-life recovery challenge|
|The data recovery application achieved mixed results in our real-world tests.|
|6||Other notable recovery features|
|Not many other notable recovery features are supported by Tenorshare 4DDiG for Windows.|
Tenorshare 4DDiG offers varying levels of success when it comes to restoring original folder structures and file names across different file systems. For users working with the most popular Windows file system, NTFS, the software performs quite well. Unfortunately, its performance goes down considerably when dealing with FAT32 partitions, and it becomes non-existent when working with macOS and Linux file systems.
If you’re working with NTFS, FAT32, or exFAT partitions, Tenorshare 4DDiG can do a good job of retrieving lost files, making it a solid option for users who have accidentally deleted important data from storage devices used with the Windows operating system. However, Tenorshare 4DDiG falls short when it comes to compatibility with all other file systems.
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|
Tenorshare 4DDiG describes itself as a data recovery software application that can solve a wide range of complicated data loss situations, but there are a few major limitations. For instance, Tenorshare 4DDiG doesn’t support scanning Windows shadow copies or searching for lost partitions, and it also lacks the ability to scan and recover data from disk images, which might be a drawback for users dealing with backups or cloned drives. At least it does make it really easy to work with BitLocker-encrypted storage devices.
|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|
|9||Remote SSH (secure shell protocol) Linux based devices recovery|
|10||NAS (Network-attached storage) RAID devices|
As a data recovery application for Windows, Tenorshare 4DDiG supports all commonly used internal and external storage devices. Even some RAID array configurations are supported, but we wouldn’t recommend this application as a RAID recovery tool because it can’t reconstruct damaged RAID arrays.
However, it’s important to highlight that Tenorshare 4DDiG doesn’t support data recovery from iOS and Android devices, which might be a deal-breaker for users who need to recover data from their smartphones or tablets.
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)|
When it comes to recovering raw photo file formats used by digital cameras and mobile devices, Tenorshare 4DDiG offers mixed results. With a recovery score of 51%, the software’s performance in this area might not fully meet the expectations of photographers and content creators who rely heavily on these file types.
For example, the application can recover the CR2 format, but those with Canon cameras that use CR3 or CRW won’t be able to recover their lost data because these raw file formats are not supported. Similarly, Tenorshare 4DDiG doesn’t support the recovery of raw file formats used by Fujifilm and Sigma cameras.
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)|
Tenorshare 4DDiG delivers virtually the same mixed results when used to recover video file formats. The software is capable of handling a variety of common video file types, including GoPro 360-degree video files, AVI, MOV, MP4, and WMV.
Professionals working with raw video file formats should stay away from Tenorshare 4DDiG because it doesn’t support the recovery of many raw video files, including Apple ProRes codecs and Red digital camera company raw video files.
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)|
Tenorshare 4DDiG shows a solid performance in the realm of document file recovery, earning a score of 71%. Popular Microsoft Office document file formats (DOC, XLS, PPT, PDF) are all supported well, and so are documents produced by Apple’s suite of office applications. This makes Tenorshare 4DDiG a reliable option for office workers, students, or anyone who works with these and other common document types.
As far as more niche document file formats go, the limitations of Tenorshare 4DDiG suddenly become far more apparent. For instance, the software is unable to recognize Microsoft Access database files, as well as some eBook file formats.
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|
While Tenorshare 4DDiG isn’t the most comprehensive solution available, it does excel in several areas that users might appreciate. For instance, the software offers bootable recovery drive creation capabilities and convenient scan session management. Furthermore, its scan speed is fairly high, so it won’t keep you waiting for data recovery results.
By far the biggest missing recovery feature is the lack of non-intrusive read-only algorithms. Why? Because read-only algorithms help protect the integrity of the data being recovered by preventing further damage or corruption. Without this feature, users risk further data loss.
Some data recovery applications don’t impress much with their core features but make up for them with various extra tools and utilities. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case with Tenorshare 4DDiG.
|1||Disk space mapping|
|2||Disk clean up|
|3||Corrupted video repair tool|
|Can repair corrupted video file formats|
|4||Corrupted photo repair tool|
|Can repair corrupted photo file formats|
|7||Built-in disk space secure eraser|
|9||Disk surface test|
|10||Secure data shredding|
Tenorshare 4DDiG does have two standout extra features that many users are guaranteed to appreciate: it can repair corrupted photos and videos. We appreciate the option to repair any photo or video file—not just those found by the data recovery application.
If repairing corrupted media files is a top priority for you, then Tenorshare 4DDiG may be a good option. However, it’s important to keep in mind that the application’s photo and video recovery performance isn’t the best, and it certainly can’t repair files it doesn’t even recognize.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have questions about 4DDiG Windows Data Recovery? Check out the answers below for answers to frequently asked questions about the software.
Tenorshare 4DDiG is a data recovery software application for Windows. You can use it to recover lost files from all commonly used storage devices.
Yes, Tenorshare 4DDiG is a legitimate application developed by a well-known software company.
Tenorshare 4DDiG is considered safe to use. Just make sure to download it from its official website because there are many third-party websites that distribute malware-infested software installers.
Tenorshare 4DDiG offers a free trial version that allows users to preview recoverable files. However, to recover and save the files, users need to purchase the full version of the software.
The cost of Tenorshare 4DDiG data recovery software may vary depending on promotions or discounts. At the time of writing, prices start at $45.95, and they go all the way up to $499 for the most expensive license available.
The full version of Tenorshare 4DDiG includes features like file recovery, partition recovery, bootable disk creation, and video and photo repair, just to give some examples.
Yes, a Mac version of Tenorshare 4DDiG does exist, and it runs on macOS 10.12 and higher.
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When not writing about data recovery techniques and solutions, he enjoys tinkering with new technology, working on personal projects, exploring the world on his bike, and, above all else, spending time with his family.
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