• 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.

Disk Drill for Mac

First of all, yes, Disk Drill for Mac is different from Disk Drill for Windows in both UI and the recovery backend, but not that much as it may seem. It is our ultimate goal to get Disk Drill for Mac and Windows as close as possible in terms of user experience and data recovery quality. The UI may stay different, or may get closer to one another, this is something we are still unsure of.

Disk Drill for Windows

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.

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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
FireWire/USB Drives 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
Formatted Drives Yes Yes Yes
Forensic features Yes No No
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
.updated: June 3, 2021 author: CleverFiles Team