We have stepped into a new technological era in recent years, even more so after the pandemic. This has led data recovery software to become as important as an essential commodity like food and water.

In your quest of finding a data recovery tool, DiskWarrior might pop up on your radar.

Is DiskWarrior Worth the Money?

DiskWarrior is a tool that enables users to recover lost data. But, there is a catch. People who operate Windows devices do not get to use this tool. It is only available for Mac devices, so if you have a Windows laptop, better look elsewhere for a solution. This tool can easily recover the files you deleted or lost but it is not free as many of its counterparts.

Additionally, DiskWarrior can’t help you when a drive is malfunctioning or dead – which is pretty much the most frequent culprit behind data loss.

diskwarrior screenshot

Overall, DiskWarrior is relatively a good tool but do the pros outweigh the cons? The simple answer is no. 

Exploring the Top 6 Alternatives to DiskWarrior Data Recovery

Here’s a list of 6 alternatives you can use instead of DiskWarrior to recover lost data. The pros and cons along with an overview of each alternative will also be mentioned. Happy reading!

1. Disk Drill Data Recovery Software

Disk Drill was developed by Cleverfiles. This software has a free version which is similar to the subscribed one in all aspects but one. The data recovery limit is set to 500MB in the free version. It is compatible with all devices, whether it is Mac or Windows.

Here is a step-by-step process of recovering files with Disk Drill:

  1. Download the software on your device by clicking here.
    Disk Drill
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  2. Install Disk Drill and launch the application.
    An arrow pointing toward the Install button for Disk Drill
  3. The first thing you will notice is a panel that will familiarize you with the basic features of Disk Drill. Click on Continue when you have finished reading.disk drill home page
  4. The next step would be to select the drive from where you lost your data; you can look for it in the disk list. On the right side of the panel, select All Recovery Methods in order to ensure that the software scans all files optimally.
  5. Click on Search for lost data at the bottom of the screen. Disk Drill will start recovering data and categorize it into five folders namely Pictures, Videos, Documents, Audios, and Archives. Now, you just have to wait!
    Disk Drill Data Recovery Window showing the location where lost data will be searched and the used recovery method
  6. When the scan is complete, click on Review Found Items and look for an eye icon next to the name of the file you want to retrieve. If you can see a preview of the file by clicking on the eye icon, the chances of getting that file back are 100%.
    Scan complete screen in Disk Drill.
  7. The tool provides its users with an option to recover every file that has been found by clicking on Recover All or choosing specific files to recover out of all. On the screen, you will be able to see the storage space recovered files will take up and the number of files selected.
  8. When you click on Recover, a pop-up will appear asking you to select a destination for the newfound files.
  9. Make sure the destination you choose is not the one where it was stored earlier, this is recommended to ensure the files do not get lost again.
    Disk Drill Recovery Destination
  10. Once the destination is confirmed by the software, click on OK et voila! Your mission is complete. Go ahead and sift through your files.

Recovery Vault and Guaranteed Recovery are other great background services offered by Disk Drill. The latter will enable you to select a folder and the software will keep a copy of anything sent to it. The former keeps the reference data of everything sent to the recycle bin. What more could one ask for?

2. TestDisk

The main purpose of this software is to help recover lost partitions and/or make non-booting disks bootable, once again. These symptoms are often the result of faulty software or human mistakes such as deleting a file on accident. Now let us look at some of the pros and cons.

testdisk screenshot

👍 What we like

  • Probably the best thing about Testdisk is that it is distributed to the public at zero cost.
  • Another selling point of this tool is that it is available for all users of Windows, Mac, Unix, and Linux. 

👎 Cons

  • Testdisk has just one drawback but perhaps it is the only one that matters most. The interface is not easily understood by amateurs. One needs to have sufficient knowledge of computers before being able to use the tool properly.

3. Recuva

Third on our list is a data recovery software made specifically for users that operate Windows devices. Mac users can skip this review and move on to the next.
Recuva claims that it can recover almost any file type, even damaged and newly formatted ones. 

recuva data recovery

👍 What we like

  • The process starting from its download, ending with the recovery of files, and everything in between is as quick as lightning. 
  • The file size of Recuva is negligible at just 7MB. 

👎 Cons

  • Complicated UI: even for tech-savvy users.
  • Windows version only.
  • No official support is available with the free version.

4. Disk Genius

Disk Genius is a good option for personal use. It has a free version that gives you access to most of the features required to recover files in a personal capacity and for small businesses. Although, this tool is not available to Non-Windows users.

DiskGenius home page

👍 What we like

1. Free version of this tool will give you considerable unrestricted access to most of its features.
2. Backup and restore features are available.

👎 Cons

  • Disk Genius is not for everybody. If you are looking for a data recovery tool for commercial purposes or if you need to recover a huge amount of data, look somewhere else.
  • Quite pricey as you will need to dish out $69.90 and $99.90 for the Disk Genius Standard and Disk Genius Pro, respectively.
  • Individual file recovery is slightly confusing.

5. EaseUS Data Recovery

With format recovery, deleted file recovery, partition recovery, and other data loss cases, EaseUS comes fourth in our list of alternatives for DiskWarrior. Arguably, Easeus offers more dexterity and features than DiskWarrior. Be it hard drives, removable drives, laptops or PCs, flash drives, memory cards, or other storage media, EaseUS will get your data back to you in time.

EaseUS data recovery

👍 What we like

  • One feature that makes any software easily popular is the ease of its use by a layman. EaseUS is staying true to its name in that regard. The tool has a simple interface that makes it an ideal choice for most users.
  • The developers added preview features that enable you to choose whether you want to recover the said file or not.

👎 Cons

  • Expensive.
  • Can’t select a particular folder for scanning.

6. Wondershare Recoverit

Wondershare released an updated version of this tool recently and it is a step up in the right direction. Now, it has a simpler design and quicker processing power. Included in the things you can recover with this tool are documents, photos, videos, audio files, messages and emails, archives, and much more. 

wondershare recoverit disk tools

👍 What we like

  • Even in the worst-case scenario, Wondershare Recoverit will recover most/all of your data. From emptied recycle bins to accidental deletions; From disk formatting to system failure.
  • Unlike so many others on this list, Wondershare is available to the users of Mac products.
    It also provides online tech support all night and day.

👎 Cons

  • You may want to exhaust all your options before giving this tool a try. Having it on your device will possibly decrease its speed and hence, lead to laggy system performance. No one wants a laptop or a smartphone that resembles the internet explorer.
  • Unlike Disk Drill, Wondershare does not have the option of previewing files before recovering them onto your device.

Final Verdict

You have 6 alternatives of DiskWarrior, in front of you, to choose from. Make sure to do plenty of research before investing your money in any of these or other data recovery tools. There have been cases of people getting scammed out of their money because they did not do their due diligence. Learn from those mistakes.

When you have an answer to all your questions, you will know which software is the best for you. If you are still unsure of which tool to download, take a look at Cleverfiles’ How-to page. We have several articles on different data recovery software and much more.


Joshua Solomon

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Brett Johnson

This article has been approved by Brett Johnson, Data Recovery Engineer at ACE Data Recovery. Brett has a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Systems and Network, 12 years of experience.