Does Disk Drill work for all Users? If you run it in one user, does it only recover that users files? If it recovers other users files, are they viewable with or without that other users password?
To give a full detailed answer to this question, we need to look deeper in the essence of data recovery. As you know, Disk Drill not only recovers your data, but also protects it from unexpected loss. If you switch to “Prevent data loss” tab in Disk Drill, and go to Advanced options, you will see that by default Disk Drill protects all users’ folders. That means it will be able to recover from all users’ directories if you use recovery from Vault method.
However, if you deep-scan your hard drive, Disk Drill won’t care about such terms as users or folders, since Deep Scan accesses the disk as a raw binary structure, check our product tutorial (available right in Disk Drill) to realize the difference between the scanning methods.
Moreover, if you select the whole disk for deep scanning, Disk Drill even won’t care about available partitions and will analyze your hard drive for ANY data it can find. More details about this can be found in the special article in our Knowledgebase.
Remember that Disk Drill always works in a read-only mode when doing data recovery, so no data will be lost during scanning, unless you decide to save the recovered data to the same media you were scanning (there’s an additional reminder about that in the software).
Ok, I think I understand. One of the main reasons I was interested in Disk Drill is to analyze hard drives to be sure THERE ARE NO RECOVERABLE FILES, not just to recover files. In other words, wouldn’t disk drill also be a good way to check how well disk erase software is working? (Sorry I’m just now getting back with you, by the way, but haven’t been able to have much computer time lately; see posts elsewhere on forum). Thanks a lot for you help!