- How are Disk Drill for Mac and Disk Drill for Windows different?
- Are they the same app for different platforms? Or how do they compare feature-wise?
- Why is Disk Drill for Mac more expensive than the Windows Edition?
- Will they find the same amount of recoverable data?
- Is there a free version available for Disk Drill Mac and Windows?
Ever found yourself asking any of these questions? This article is here to give you the definitive answers.
But it’s most likely that Disk Drill editions for different platforms will compete with one another at every point of time. This is mostly related to the fact that the two major end-user operating systems (macOS and Windows) are heavily different in the way they treat low-level data access. And Disk Drill is not a regular app like Instagram or Flappy Bird. Disk Drill is a data platform for all your system needs: backup, recovery, protection, disk health, space management and more. And to accomplish all of those low-level tasks successfully as a market leader it needs some serious backend power-ups, and that comes at a cost.
Disk Drill for Mac and Windows share many internal modules, but disk access inside each of them is a variable that cannot be easily cross-compiled. Multiple extra modules (like duplicate finder) that you may be seeing in each of the editions are also platform-dependent. Additionally, the development micro-teams we organize behind each of our products are different. They may overlap in mind and code sharing to a certain extent, but for production quality reasons we strive to keep our experts dedicated to one solution per sprint or major release.
These are some of the reasons why you may experience slight feature deviation between our two mainstream data restoration utilities that share the same name but work on different platforms: Disk Drill for macOS and Windows. Again, we do believe that both editions have to eventually offer the same features, but it’s not always possible to release the same functionality symmetrically for two very different eco-systems. Hence the price difference for Mac and PC users.
The following chart is here to give you a deeper understanding of how Disk Drill for Mac OS X and Disk Drill for Windows compare to each other.
|Disk Drill 3 for Mac||Disk Drill 2 for Windows||Disk Drill 4 for Windows|
|Free version||Undelete protected data + Preview all recovery methods||Recovers 100MB for free||Recovers 500 MB for free|
|OS support||OS X 10.6.8+||Windows XP+ (runs in 32bit mode)||Windows 7 SP1+ (improved support of x64 editions)|
|Version in comparison||3.1.x||2.0.0.x||4.0.x|
|PRO version cost||USD$89||USD$89||USD$89|
|Bootable drive||Yes||No||Coming soon|
|Native quick scan of HFS/HFS+/HFSX||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Native quick scan of FAT/FAT32/exFAT||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Native quick scan of EXT3/EXT4||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Native quick scan of NTFS/NTFS5||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Recovery from RAID1/10||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Classic iPods (non-iOS)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|iOS data recovery||Yes||No||No|
|Android data recovery||Yes||No||No|
|Network recovery||Coming soon||No||Coming soon|
|Deep Scan: file signatures||300+||300+||400+|
|Data loss prevention||Recovery Vault & Guaranteed Recovery||Recovery Vault only||Improved Recovery Vault|
|Built-in Duplicate finder||Yes||No||Coming soon|
|Built-in Disk Clean Up||Yes||No||Coming soon|
|Disk Health Monitoring||Yes||No||Coming soon|
|Partition Repair Tools||Yes||Partial||Improved|
|Repair File System / Disk Errors||Yes||Yes||Yes (Improved)|
|Convenient file-to-file preview||QuickLook||Custom||Preview everything your PC can preview|
|Data view (HEX)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Mount recovery results||Yes||No||Yes|
|File labeling by meta-data||Yes||No||Yes|
|Preview with thumbnails||Yes||No||Yes|
|Filter by file types||Yes||Yes||Yes (Improved)|
|Search in results||Yes||Yes||Improved with masks|
|Automatic convenient update process||Yes||Yes||Yes|