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.
DiskDigger can recover files from any type of media that your computer can read. This includes USB flash drives, memory cards (SD, CompactFlash, Memory Stick), and of course your hard drive. The types of files that it recovers includes photos, videos, music, documents, and other formats. DiskDigger works by thoroughly scanning each sector of your media for traces of files.
October 15, 2015
Version: DiskDigger 126.96.36.1993
In fairness, it found all the lost files where another failed, but ... see "Cons."
It recovered all my lost pictures but rendered them as 1616x1080 pixels, whereas the originals were 6000x4000 pixels. In other words, the pictures went from 24 megapixels to less than 2 megapixels; that is less than my first digital camera over a decade ago. I wrote the manufacturer 2 or 3 times but never got a reply.
I got to look at some of my lost pictures and reminisce about how good they might have been. Most of the recovered pictures are completely useless.
Updated on Nov 18, 2015
Apologies to the publisher - I got someone to recover my pictures, and he discovered the 1616x1080 pictures as well as the 6000x4000. That is, DiskDigger found only some of the lost files, but unfortunately not the useful some. I still think it is unconscionable that they never responded to my queries, and I will probably not deal with them again.
I am now curious as to what the 1616x1080's are for; are they what I see on the screen?