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DiskDigger

CNET Editors' review

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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All User Reviews

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  • 5.0 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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  • 3.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 1.0 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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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great for retrieving image files"

    November 8, 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 4.0 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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  • 5.0 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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  • 5.0 stars

    "faster and better than recuva"

    July 7, 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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