DiskDigger

DiskDigger

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 19 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.7.2.1657
  • Total Downloads:
    67,445
  • Date Added:
    Jul. 03, 2014
  • Price:
    Free to try; 1-user license (Single PC); $14.99 to buy
  • File Size:
    377.16KB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    194
  • Platform:
    Windows

Editors' Review

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DiskDigger is a compact, self-contained utility that can recover lost, damaged, and deleted files from any media your PC can read, including hard, floppy, and optical disks, flash drives, and memory cards. It bypasses the Windows file system drivers, with built-in support for all file systems, so it can scan most media directly. It scans disks deeply, including reformatted, badly formatted, and wiped disks. It even handles disks with bad sectors and other damage, though it's not a repair utility, it's just an excellent file-recovery tool that happens to be free.

The entire application resides in just one executable file that can be run from any computer, so there's nothing to install, and it leaves no traces of its operation behind. DiskDigger has an attractive, clean interface that's surprisingly sophisticated for such a compact utility; just two main panes: The left pane displays the scanned data, and the right pane shows an image of recovered files. It has two methods of scanning, a file system scan and a deep scan of the entire disk surface that looks for traces of lost and deleted files. The file system scan is quick and the deep scan is slow, but you might be surprised what you can dig out of an old hard disk with it. Still, we like that DiskDigger lets you preview most files before actually scanning them, so you don't waste time.

DiskDigger works with all versions of Windows. It's easy to use, but its Web site offers excellent support if needed.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"Life Saver11"

November 20, 2011  |  By Sethboyardee

 |  Version: DiskDigger 1.0.10.915

Pros

The best 15 bucks I've spent. DiskDigger saved my bacon and restored a whole day of hundreds of images on a corrupted CF card. I now consider it an essential right along with things like extra batteries.

Cons

None that I have found. Works great!!

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3 stars

"simple utility to reveals residual disk data."

July 31, 2011  |  By databaseben

 |  Version: DiskDigger 1.0.8.793

Pros

it can reveal files on the disk that cannot otherwise be recovered via conventional undeleting / recovery utilities

Cons

doesn't have the ability to sort its scan by filename.
doesn't have the ability to actually restore the data it dug up
user interface is a little archaic / mechanical.

Summary

its worth a try if you want to see / find data that can only be retrieved by high tech forensic disk data retrieval utilities.

it might also be use to help ensure that there is no unwanted data on the disk after formatting or re-partitioning or disk wiping,

Updated on Jul 31, 2011

incidentally, i only used the trial versoin. it is unclear what the paid version provides.

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5 stars

"better than any known freeware and the cost is cheap"

February 21, 2011  |  By RockHard2005

 |  Version: DiskDigger 1.0.5.533

Pros

found all my files even when on trial. I bought it because there is 5 seconds wait for each file you recover. I lost 1000 files... 14 dollars were close to nothing

Cons

none that i can find

Summary

reliable and cheap. Found everything I lost on my SD card. I seached for mp3 , jpg and avi files.

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5 stars

"Lifesaver!"

December 25, 2010  |  By sarahsss

 |  Version: DiskDigger 1.0.5.519

Pros

easy to use, free, works very well, cheapest file recovery software i have found so far (if you want to register and buy/donate),

Cons

can't do to many files at once or sometimes freezes, annoying license key popup - but still free!

Summary

truley a lifesaver, i searched all over the internet for a free data recovery software and finally found what i was looking for.
most of the other data recovery software i found was $35 and over to use!
Diskdigger is FREE, though has a key license popup that appears for every save. If you want that to go away its only the low price of $14,

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1 stars

"failed to initialize"

November 15, 2010  |  By theunbubba

 |  Version: DiskDigger 1.0.4.488

Pros

Nothing to like about something that doesn't initialize on my computer.
Win xp sp3 on HP pavilion a350n everything else works great. just not this program.

Cons

Not working is the con

Summary

glitch.

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4 stars

"Great for retrieving image files"

November 08, 2010  |  By kevmalone

 |  Version: DiskDigger 1.0.4.479

Pros

Retrieved 99% of lost .jpg and .bmp files
Preview of image files
Free

Cons

Could not successfully retrieve large files (presumably segmented) most problematic were pdfs.
No preview of non-image files
UI a little confusing at first.

Summary

A virus trashed one of our machines and in the process removed backup directories and links to shared documents - photographs and bitmaps drawings, along with some pdf AV manuals. I tried several more expensive tools but balked when I found that I couldn't prove that any would work before purchasing. I decided to try this, at least to demonstrate that the files could be seen and restored in some fashion.
I didn't expect much to be honest but, after a few missteps in my understanding of the UI it turned out fine - retrieved all the lost image files perfectly.
I docked this one star - though it should be a half, because of the problems with pdf files - it finds them OK but has problems being able to re-assemble larger ones, the lack of a preview function for pdfs aggravates this minor annoyance.
I've seen crashes reported and did experience a couple when trying to manipulate extremely large files - not really crashes but hangs.
Speed seems fine - I scanned a 200Gb drive for deleted image files and pdfs in around under two hours.
Definitely a good starting point for someone with a similar problem to mine - this should show up higher in CNET's own searches - I was eventually directed to it via another site!

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5 stars

"Great job recovering corrupt SD contents"

October 28, 2010  |  By pfm_nj

 |  Version: DiskDigger 1.0.4.479

Pros

I had a corrupt 1GB SD with 400+ images I need to recover. I used a trial version of a more popular program but it wanted $100 to recover.
I then downloaded DiskDigger and for $15 it was able to recover all the files.

Cons

If you try and use the free version it will prompt you for each file it recovers. Pay the $15 donation. It's well worth it!

Summary

Liked the fact that it could recover files from a corrupt disk.

Seems to do what the bigger programs do but a fraction of the cost.

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4 stars

"past use of program good"

August 26, 2010  |  By sgomez01

 |  Version: DiskDigger 1.0.2.417

Pros

great for finding lost files

Cons

none as yet

Summary

recovery works as indicated

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5 stars

"Best software EVER!"

July 12, 2010  |  By ssmidgen

 |  Version: DiskDigger 1.0.1.355

Pros

Ease of use, small footprint, successful recovery!

Cons

Hard to find instructions, but really didn't NEED them.

Summary

One of my students accidentally reformatted her SD card with pictures of her son's graduation. She contacted me in tears thinking they were lost forever. I did a little "digging" and found this software and sent it to her. It WORKED!! She was able to retrieve all of the pictures and is now crying tears of happiness instead of frustration!

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5 stars

"faster and better than recuva"

July 07, 2010  |  By januaryone789

 |  Version: DiskDigger 1.0.1.355

Pros

it is fast and efficient, love the preview window accessabilty to recovered files while it is still in the recovery process

Cons

sorry i did not find it sooner

Summary

i oppose the review "not free" it is free, so you have to register, big deal. thank you diskdigger for such a great free product.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.7.2.1657
Version 1.7.2.1657 includes unspecified updates.
General
Publisher Dmitry Brant
Publisher web site http://dmitrybrant.com/
Release Date July 03, 2014
Date Added July 03, 2014
Version 1.7.2.1657
Category
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory File Management
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows, Windows 8, Windows Vista
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 377.16KB
File Name diskdigger.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 67,445
Downloads Last Week 194
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations Single PC
Price $14.99

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