Disk Drill
Disk Drill
3.8.975

3.6

Disk Drill free download for Mac

Disk Drill3.8.975

26 June 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 3.8.975:
Improved:
  • Detection of broken and corrupted APFS partitions
  • Detection and recovery from lost NTFS partitions
  • Scan and recovery from damaged ExFAT file systems once it can't be mounted
  • S.M.A.R.T. status tracking for NVME drives
  • Support of (the old) Mac OS X 10.9
  • Preliminary code enhancements for the upcoming macOS 10.16 Big Sur
Fixes:
  • Random crashes when detecting RAID arrays in the disk list
  • Occasional crashes during recovery from external drives

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149 Reviews of Disk Drill

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5
ShotBlocker
05 June 2019
Version: 3.7.934

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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mrcub3mr
03 July 2020
Version: 3.8.975
Free version found over 1 TB of files. Paid for the Pro version. Crashed my system. Drive now can't be found. They say it is a coincidence that it crashed at the exact same time that I used their software.
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5
cerian1025
02 July 2020
Version: 3.8.975
These guys are amazing, I had the free version (which allows you to recover 500MB) but had some issues recovering files so I contacted their support, they were extremely helpful and assisted me in getting my files recovered and I ended buying the software and could recover all my files...... Thanks guys
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Geography Is Destiny
26 June 2020
Version: 3.8.975
DOES NOT WORK ON APFS DISKS! So, if you have a modern Mac that’s formatted with the Apple File System, Disk Drill is useless to you. Also, THE FREE VERSION WILL NOT RECOVER ANYTHING! You must buy the app for that privilege.
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5
crstarraz
17 June 2020
Version: 3.8.971
So, to be true, this app isn't really free if you want to recover the files the free version finds...BUT you will know if the file(s) you need to recover are there before purchasing. I recently lost a very important file after changing HDs and upgrading OS, because that particular file was in an obscure path that wasn't included in regular backups. I remembered that I had this file on another iMac that hadn't been turned on in 18 months, however, as luck would have it, its HD was un-mountable when I turned it on! After a panic, I read about various data recovery software, and installed two after creating a boot disk to get that iMac started. The first one didn't seem to find the file I needed, but Disk Drill did. After a long 15 hours (2TB HD), Disk Drill found over 1TB of data on the un-mountable HD, and it found the file I was looking for! Sure, I wasn't expecting to pay $95 (w/tax) to recover this file, but in the end I'm glad I did. Keep this in mind: if the files you lost are important to you, you probably won't find a free way to recover all of them. The tech that goes into these recovery apps comes from software engineers that must be paid; so it may hurt a little bit to pay for it, but it's not their fault you lost it in the first place ;-) I think this is a great piece of software, even if the Dr. icon is a bit creepy.
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meantoine91
05 June 2020
Version: 3.8.971
Scam. Don't buy it. You have to pay for the PRO version to get files recovered but your "recovered" files will all be corrupted. Customer service will not issue a refund because of the fine lines in the terms and conditions. Don't buy.
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5
goichberg
03 June 2020
Version: 3.8.971
Disk Drill saved my skin, I've done a big mistake when making a backup of my daughter files, I recovered almost every photos and videos. Thank You for help and support.
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stephdgreen88
26 May 2020
Version: 3.8.971
Scam in a roundabout way. Does not let you preview files, only renamed thumbnails. It had scanned my laptops hard drive, not my damaged external one (the drive only appeared on the disk drill page once I'd connected my external one). I was hopeful so paid the 89usd to retrieve the files I thought were from my external hard drive. Only to find that once it had done (some 36 hours later) not only had it scanned my accessible drive, I couldn't even open the files anyway!! Contacted support who have no idea how to talk to people, and just refused a refund and were pretty sarcastic in their response.
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ollielewis147
21 May 2020
Version: 3.8.971
App may be worth it but I am annoyed at all the reviews hooking you in to downloading it by saying it is top free recovery software. In my experience it is not, you can download the app for free but that's about it, practically all functionality is locked until you upgrade by buying Pro version. Please reviewers be honest and tell people they will have to pay at least $90 to get anything worthwhile out of this app.
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no-thnks
27 April 2020
Version: 3.8.965
BUYER BEWARE -- AVOID THIS SOFTWARE AND COMPANY -- TERRIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE This is one of the absolutely worst customer services experiences of my life. I attempted to use this software which looks nice, but and which the company claims you are able to fully test before upgrading. I scanned a broken drive for three days and when I clicked the recover button to retrieve the files, I was forced to upgrade in order to complete the process. Once this process attempted, the software did not work and froze multiple times. I ended up losing the session and wasn't able to start over where I was. At that point I reached out to support asking for a refund because clearly this did not work and I should never have upgraded. They just keep repeatedly telling me no one forced me to upgrade and directing me to their terms of service. Their tone is terribly rude and unempathetic, and they have no plans on trying to make a satisfied customer out of me. This is manipulation and gaslighting. Do not purchase this software.
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5
sayhitojayne
14 April 2020
Version: 3.8.965
As a rule... I generally don't give out 5 stars. But Disk Drill has been one of the most reliable data recovery software I've come across - because the software is good but also because their customer service team is made up of actual people and they respond! I made a mistake of formatting a hard disk and tried to test a whole bunch of data recovery tools (some were downright scammy and impossible to use) but Disk Drill's free test was so straightforward AND it recovered everything I lost. I actually tried to buy Magoshare first, but looked at the comments about Digital River and got scared, lol. There was also Stellar (too $$ for me) and EaseUS.. it was a close competition between Disk Drill and EaseUS to be frank. I requested for a discount code from Disk Drill as I work for a non-profit and they approved it - another plus point. Their customer service team was super responsive when I sent in a query, which I loved. I think that's also a good way to note if a company is worth purchasing from... My tip: download the free version first to see if your files can be recovered first. Once you eff up your hard drive, unplug it and stop using it immediately lest you write over it. To those reading... all the best with your recovery! I know the pain XD
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