Disk Drill
Disk Drill
3.8.965

3.2

Disk Drill free download for Mac

Disk Drill

3.8.965
06 February 2020

Data recovery and protection app.

Overview

Disk Drill is available in a Free/Basic version and a Pro version for $89.

Disk Drill is a Mac data recovery software designed natively for Mac OS: easily protect your files from accidental deletion with Recovery Vault and recover lost data from Mac disks. Most of storage devices, file types and file systems are supported. You can recover deleted files from iPhone and Android devices! Disk Drill offers helpful and free tools for disk management like duplicate file finder, byte-to-byte backups, disk cleanup and space visualization, bootable data recovery drive, disk health monitoring, etc.

When something is deleted Recovery Vault makes it possible to recover not only the file itself, but also its properties, such as original file name, location, etc. So you will always be able to recover data from Mac files system (HFS/HFS+) and FAT32 partitions. Disk Drill also includes powerful S.M.A.R.T. disk monitoring right out-of-the-box; you can monitor your disks' hardware status and get automatic notifications of potential failures or other issues. If a disk or partition is failing, you can easily backup it into a disk image (DMG) which can later be mounted for recovery.

Disk Drill PRO also features a number of advanced scanning modes for data recovery of FAT, NTFS, HFS/HFS+, other file systems and formatted (initialized) drives. Using Quick Scan you can locate deleted items on FAT and NTFS disks, this scanning method is fast and accurate, but is unlikely to find data deleted long ago. With Deep Scan you can try to recover data from any disk or memory card regardless of their file system. This recovery method is long and thorough, it scans your disk in a binary mode and is capable of finding deleted files even after formatting.

What's new in Disk Drill

Version 3.8.965:
Improved:
  • Quick and Smart Scans of ExFAT partitions
  • Guaranteed Recovery protection option no longer causes low disk space
Fixes:
  • Labeling of found files after scanning when Fuse framework is present in the system
  • Several minor crashes and exceptions fixed
  • Scan results filters could be disabled when loading previously saved recovery sessions
  • Some UI localization improvements
  • Micro glitches with icons in some onboarding dialogs on macOS Catalina
  • Random crashes on Mac OS X 10.10
  • Proper removal of protected data when uninstalling Disk Drill
  • Bootable drives created with Disk Drill now have more distinct icons

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ShotBlocker
05 June 2019

Most helpful

Before I get to my review, I'd like to call your attention to the excellent review below by "LarryDJ" on Oct 05, 2018. Also, the concurring opinion expressed by "rocknrik2016" on Oct 26, 2018. I found both reviews to be very useful, but unfortunately due to a hiccup in MacUpdate, I didn't see them until AFTER I forked over $89 for Disk Drill Pro. (Actually $118, because I bought lifetime upgrades. I'm either all set, or hosed for life.) For some reason, and this has never happened to me here before, MU wasn't displaying the comments for Disk Drill when I had a minor emergency with a single file I needed to recover, one that I had never backed up. So I never saw "LarryDJ"'s useful review and that of "rocknrik2016." The Disk Drill "Free" version (3.7.934) found my deleted file but, as others have noted, you have to pay for the "Pro" version to actually recover any files. (The "Free" version is sort of a "Read Only" demo, you might say.) So I paid the $118 -- and, alas, I was desperate and had backed myself into a corner -- and DD Pro easily recovered the file. Swell. It did the job for me so 5 stars, but -- YMMV. Now I will learn to do better, more prompt backups, or think twice before clicking "Empty Trash." If all goes well, I'll never need DD Pro again, but anyway, I own it until the publisher goes under or I do, presumably whichever comes first. I like the company (except for caveat below, indicating that "LarryDJ" and "rockinrik2016" should have gotten refunds) that makes Disk Drill. (Not sure if it's called "CleverFiles" or "Cleverbridge" or "508 Software LLC" though. You'll see all three names if you purchase DD Pro.) The website seems good, well-organized and well-documented. It's a German outfit, so "alles gut" as they might say in Berlin. However, "LarryDJ" and "rockinrik2016" both had trouble with RAID arrays and DD Pro couldn't fix them. I'm not a RAID user. However, I can understand why they are both unhappy with Disk Drill Pro and with the publisher. If the demo version of the software -- any software -- appears to demonstrate that it can fix your problem, and the paid version proves that it actually can't, then yes, the company owes you a refund. This isn't rocket science -- it's just being honest. If I needed something to get a RAID array fixed, I would obviously steer clear of Disk Drill Pro. "LarryDJ" found that Stellar Data Recovery (that's its name on MacUpdate) did the job, and it's ten bucks cheaper than DD Pro to boot. For other, less complex situations (like mine) DD Pro might be just fine. By the way, a weakness with MacUpdate in this instance is that, if you go to check out Disk Drill, MU serves up "Similar Software" that isn't really similar, including iDefrag, DiskWarrior and TechTool Pro. There is no mention of Stellar Data Recovery -- a glaring oversight. DD does quite a bit more than just file recover, and it has a lot of features that will take me some time to consider (let alone master). If I can, I'll leave a more comprehensive review at a later date, but first I'd like to share a word about MU reviews. Sketchy reviews, one- or two-liners, are virtually worthless, especially the 5-star quickies that tell you nothing about how the software actually performs. If you can't provide some useful detail, please don't bother the rest of us with things like, "Worked great for me!" or "Excellent product!" And one of the "reviews" below is nothing more than an advertisement for a file recovery service. Why does MacUpdate allow that kind of thing? Also, real reviews -- where multiple products are stress tested under identical circumstances -- never happen on MU, and are rare even in the "real world" outside of this site. Especially with something like file recovery, there are too many variables in play to do a real "apples to apples" comparison. This is why hands on reviews, like the ones left by "LarryDJ" and "rockinrik2016," with specific, useful information are so valuable. At least they RULE OUT certain products for certain situations, which is more than most reviews do. Big shoutout to both of them. -SB P.S. As far as I can tell, the issue cited in Derrkcurrie's warning (of Feb 10, 2019) has been fixed. I did not experience the error.
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lejos137
13 March 2020
I personally lost alot of $ using Disk Drill after they said they recovered my lost files, then charged me $89, only to discover that no files were actually recovered, then they refused to refund.
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John-Brown
John-Brown
24 March 2020
Spammer @scottamdas45, @lejos137, @marfr3482 @lucianarsantos leave this website. You probably should have gone with more believable usernames.
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scottamdas45
13 March 2020
PLEASE JAIL THESE HORRIBLE SCAMMERS!!! THEY TAKE YOUR MONEY AND LIE TO YOU!!!!
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John-Brown
John-Brown
24 March 2020
Most competitors in all industries are solid, hard-working people who are looking to get ahead by using positive methods. Unfortunately, there is also the trashing competitor who uses negative tactics directed against companies
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marfr3482
13 March 2020
I wish I could give negative stars, they don't deserve 1! They pretend that they have restored most of your files and demand a large fee to restore them all. After paying you are then pleasantly surprised to discover that no files were ever restored, just corrupted quasi thumbnails of what you were made to believe were files. NONE are actually restored, you lost your hard-earned money and they refuse to refund at all. they are the worst of scammers. Stay far away and warn all your friends!!
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lucianarsantos
05 March 2020
Holy ****, I just lost a load of money to this scam. Wish I had seen the reviews here before purchasing. Is there anyway to get my money back? This is just very very low. Might as well be called ramsonware.
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marfr3482
marfr3482
13 March 2020
The ultimate scammers, they refuse to refund and keep claiming that in their fine print tey can legally provide you with fake files instead of real ones. All for $90! I really hope their company crashes and that the courts call these scammers out for what they are: scum!
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justinpuder
27 February 2020
***READ BEFORE BUYING!*** This has to be the worst company I've ever dealt with and you can read the other reviews to verify. The "free" product will show you that it has recovered many of your items. However, when you try to open the items that were apparently recovered you get numerous pop-ups asking you to upgrade and buy the software. That's fine.. however, when you buy the software the files that were "recovered" are corrupt and completely useless. I contacted the company and they sent me some BS legal script saying we are only a "recovery" service and cannot guarantee that what we recover will be salvageable. Do not add insult to injury and pay money towards this terrible company. I'm sorry you lost your data, but the last thing you want is my experience where you compound your loss by putting your money into a terrible company who shows you your "recovered" file and then bombards you with upgrading and paying for a product that may have just dug-up a corrupt, useless file.
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vjrott
26 February 2020
Very bad SW, far from what it promises. Keep away from it. There are better solutions, which deliver and are easy to use.
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jimmypurtill
23 February 2020
This software does not do was it says on the box. As a video-editor, I was looking for something that would be able to restore lost video files. This software couldn't even recover video files that had only been deleted seconds ago, with no further action on the drive. They would reappear in name, but were corrupted beyond repairability. Anyone who works with video should steer well clear of this product. I contacted the company to see if I could return it, and they told me in diplomatic terms to go and *&^% myself. Do not download this product for video, and know that this company does not care if you are happy with the results.
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vjrott
vjrott
26 February 2020
Bad experiencee as well :(((
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vjrott
vjrott
26 February 2020
Bad experience over here as well, waste of time and lost files :(((
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Derekcurrie
24 January 2020
v3.8.961 is actually the current version! It was released January 10th, 2020. It is odd that the developer only identifies the app in Get Info as merely "3.8" no matter what final version number it is. Anyway, I'm glad they keep it updated and don't gouge users with upgrade fees every year or drop of a hat. Annoying is that the app still can't use its Recovery Vault on APFS formatted drives, IOW macOS 10.13 onward unless HFS+ formatting is specifically chosen to be used. This situation is, from all the information I can find, entirely Apple's fault due to them still not adequately documenting the APFS format for developers. It's the same stupid reason DiskWarrior, Drive Genius and TechTool Pro can't fully support APFS, although TechTool Pro has made significant inroads providing APFS support in versions 11 and 12. So 'BOO!'
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rardin
23 January 2020
Did CleverFiles back out of the 3.8.961 version that was released on January 14, 2020? Their web site and release notes indicate that 3.8.961 remains the latest version, yet they are, indeed, pushing out version 3.8.953 this morning.
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doctoroffun
20 January 2020
complete garbage. lost my contacts. spent money on this piece of crap and it pops up with plugins needed. absolute waste of money. put them in jail
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vjrott
vjrott
26 February 2020
Yep, keep away from it ! Bad experience over here as well, waste of time and lost files :(((
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