Disk Drill
Disk Drill
3.8.953

3.7

Disk Drill free download for Mac

Disk Drill

3.8.953
22 November 2019

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 3.8.953:
New:
  • File signatures added to Deep Scan - AU (Audacity audio files) and PCX (bitmap images)
Improved:
  • Data Protection improvements as part of Guaranteed Recovery
  • Original file location detection in Quick Scan
  • Boot drives creation on macOS 10.15 (Catalina)
  • Full Disk Access granting in System Preferences
  • Recovery of fragmented files on ExFAT partitions
  • Minor UI and tutorial enhancements
Fixes:
  • Protected files now properly included in smart scans of APFS partitions
  • False detections of HFS+ partitions
  • Rare cases with file name recovery during HFS+ Quick Scan
  • Formatting APFS partitions when creating boot drives on macOS 10.15 (Catalina)
  • Clean Up mode issues on system partitions on macOS 10.15 (Catalina)

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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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Version 3.7.934
iMacWare
23 September 2019
I use Disk Drill to restore my APFS and HFS+ volumes that sometimes just vanish when formatting on external hard drives. Once, I lost an entire partition on my Mac because somehow, as luck would have it, Disk Utility figured it would wipe that partition out since it was somehow linked to an external SSD which I was wiping... Needless to say, I love Disk Drill! The added features are nice, although I use other tools to accomplish these tasks. Gemini is my GoTo for duplicates, and I use Daisy Disk for visualization. You could also use CleanMyMac but Daisy Disk is prettier. :-)
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Version 3.7.942
wisut-wiriyanawat
05 July 2019
vary badddddd
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Version 3.7.934
2 answer(s)
Viktor MacUpdate
Viktor MacUpdate
05 July 2019
May I ask you to let us and other community members know what exactly does not work for you with Disk Drill?
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ShotBlocker
ShotBlocker
22 November 2019
And zero stars for your "review," which is 'evan worseeeeee' than 'vary badddddd.' Folks, if you can't be specific in your review, and provide the rest of us with USEFUL INFORMATION, please don't waste MACUPDATE'S BANDWIDTH and people's time with useless entries.
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Version 3.8.953
ShotBlocker
05 June 2019
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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Version 3.7.934
Derekcurrie
10 February 2019
Warning: The system extension for Disk Drill v3.7.929 was improperly signed and will throw a system error when Disk Drill attempts to install it. I have informed the developer. In these situations it is best to NOT INSTALL such software as it very well could be malware that has been covertly stuffed into the real application. We've seen this occur several times in software hosted here at MU.
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Version 3.7.929
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iMacWare
iMacWare
22 September 2019
You need to make sure that the application is installed directly from CleverFiles. MacUpdate hosts their own files and, as a result, those files could be compromised.
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Version 3.7.942
rocknrik2016
26 October 2018
I originally bought this to resurrect a corrupted raid disk array however even though it previewed the files I wanted, it was never actually able to recover "non-corrupted" versions of the files. I am going to take "LARRY DJ'S" advice and try Stellar Phoenix since disk drill pro was just a waste of my time and money. Big disappointment. I also have to say that it's a bit annoying when developers say their wares are "free" when in fact they charge you for a "pro" version if you actually want to recover your files. NOT FREE!
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Version 3.6.918
steinhausenandrew
19 October 2018
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Version 3.6.916
LarryDJ
05 October 2018
Do not trust this software for emergency data recovery! Last month I had a situation where a RAID 1 external enclosure rendered both disks unreadable by MacOS. I found Disk Drill 3 and downloaded the Basic version. Initially I thought I had found the solution to my problem as the Basic version found the missing HFS+ partition, listed all the files and folders correctly and allowed me to preview some of the image and video files when I tried. So, I decided I would purchase the Pro version to allow file recovery and proceeded with the rescue; Disk Drill declared that all files had been successfully recovered without any errors. However, many of the recovered files were unreadable and corrupt (particularly video files), including some that I had successfully previewed in the Basic version. I was not too pleased. Following some further research I decided to download Stellar Phoenix Mac Data Recovery. Again, a quick scan found the lost partition and files and, although I couldn't preview any of the files, I decided to purchase a licence to enable file recovery. Stella took much, much longer than Disk Drill to recover the files (22 hours) but, on checking the results, I could see that every single file had been successfully recovered (950 TB worth), without a single error or corruption – I was very impressed and relieved! Stellar even managed to successfully recover a Parallels Windows 7 virtual machine (Disk Drill had failed with this). I decided to contact Clever Files for a refund and have not been successful: they want a video of me trying to recover the files that I claim could be previewed and were not successfully recovered – I am unable to do this for, as soon as I had recovered the files with Stella, I put the unreadable disks back into use. Having explained what I ended up doing, they were not prepared to trust my version of events. Anyway, this is really just a warning for those of you trying to decide whether or not to pay for the Pro version of Disk Drill – even though the software looks promising when you do a scan with the Basic version, I do not believe it can be relied upon to recover your data. Look elsewhere.
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Version 3.6.906
1 answer(s)
LarryDJ
LarryDJ
05 October 2018
Corrections: that should be (950 GB (not TB!) worth); two instances of Stella should read Stellar.
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MacMec
18 September 2018
Works like a charm since 2011 for me. Apple did a bad job with APFS. SSD Drives formated as APFS fail for me without any reason I could imagine –except than being formatted as APFS. I had to reformat and recover files not in last backup with DiskDrill Pro.
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Version 3.6.906
Eric•Woehler
07 September 2018
Long-time user of this app - I paid for Pro upgrade - primarily to ensure I don't lose files through my own stupidity by accidentally deleting something I shouldn't. When this has happened, DD Pro works and for that I continue to keep my version up to date. Never tried to recover a file from iPhone or iPad so I can't comment on its efficacy. Recommended if you are looking for a file recovery app - BEFORE you buy this - remember always better to be prepared rather than trying to fix something after it is broken. 4.5 stars as I can't comment on iPad/iPhone recovery, works as claimed on Mac OS X.
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Version 3.6.906
moti-ladki-81
05 July 2018
My MacBook Pro running 10.13.5, crashes every time I open this app. Can't say much else.
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Version 3.5.890
1 answer(s)
MacMec
MacMec
18 September 2018
Sometime a disk is broken and will not unmount.
This also happens when a faulty disk makes the Finder hang.
After reformatting it will run.
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