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  • 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 MacDisk Drill 2 for WindowsDisk Drill 4 for Windows
Free versionUndelete protected data + Preview all recovery methodsRecovers 100MB for freeRecovers 500 MB for free
OS supportOS X 10.6.8+Windows XP+ (runs in 32bit mode)Windows 7 SP1+ (improved support of x64 editions)
Version in comparison3.1.x2.0.0.x4.0.x
PRO version costUSD$89USD$89USD$89
Bootable driveYesNoComing soon
Native quick scan of HFS/HFS+/HFSXYesYesYes
Native quick scan of FAT/FAT32/exFATYesYesYes
Native quick scan of EXT3/EXT4YesYesYes
Native quick scan of NTFS/NTFS5YesYesYes
FireWire/USB DrivesYesYesYes
Recovery from RAID1/10YesYesYes
Classic iPods (non-iOS)YesYesYes
iOS data recoveryYesNoNo
Android data recoveryYesNoNo
Network recoveryComing soonNoComing soon
Formatted DrivesYesYesYes
Forensic featuresYesNoNo
Deep Scan: file signatures300+300+400+
Data loss preventionRecovery Vault & Guaranteed RecoveryRecovery Vault onlyImproved Recovery Vault
Built-in Duplicate finderYesNoComing soon
Built-in Disk Clean UpYesNoComing soon
Disk Health MonitoringYesNoComing soon
Partition Repair ToolsYesPartialImproved
Repair File System / Disk ErrorsYesYesYes (Improved)
Convenient file-to-file previewQuickLookCustomPreview everything your PC can preview
Data view (HEX)YesYesYes
Mount recovery resultsYesNoYes
File labeling by meta-dataYesNoYes
Preview with thumbnailsYesNoYes
Filter by file typesYesYesYes (Improved)
Search in resultsYesYesImproved with masks
Automatic convenient update processYesYesYes
.updated: September 29, 2020 author: CleverFiles Team