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Editors' Review

Disk Drill for Mac is a powerful tool that lets you scan your computer or other connected device for lost files and, with the paid version, recover them. While not all files are recoverable, Disk Drill uses a variety of techniques to find or reconstruct files that were lost or accidentally deleted, and is successful in many cases.


Connect and scan: This program works on files that were stored on your computer, but it can also recover items stored on any other device that you can connect to your Mac. This makes the app a lot more useful, and streamlines your file recovery process quite a bit, since it means you can use one program for just about all of your recovery needs.

Multilevel scans: Disk Drill has two types of scans available, depending on how a file was lost and how long it's been since it was deleted. For recently deleted files, the Quick Scan is most effective and can bring back files with their original filenames intact in most cases. The Deep Scan gives you options when more time has elapsed since a file was lost, but it takes longer and can't always reconstruct the original filename.

Previews: Once a scan is completed, the Preview feature lets you see which items that showed up in the scan are actually recoverable in a useable form. That way, you can quickly determine what in the search results is worth retrieving.


Pay for recovery: Unfortunately, the free version of this app can only scan for lost files. If you want to recover them, you'll have to purchase a license for $89.

Bottom Line

Disk Drill for Mac features an intuitive interface, quick scanning technology, and a clear Tutorial to provide an overall excellent user experience. You can try out the scanner for free and view previews of the files found to determine whether or not you'd like to invest in a license for the full program.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.5.872
Deep Scan learns GIF (short animations), SESX (Adobe Audition CC Session File) and EWD (Essay Writer projects, by Shark-Space) file signatures
Updated free recovery cap - 500MB
Improved NTFS drives enumeration
Multiple internal fixes and improvements

  • Deep Scan properly handles APFS partitions and detects encryption
  • After all these years Disk Drill learns how to reconstruct your GIF animations
  • More Deep Scan signatures: EWD (Essay Writer projects, by Shark-Space), SESX (Adobe Audition CC Session File)
  • SIP Manager simplifies System Integrity Protection configuration

  • Improved iOS data recovery: SMS restoration and display, call history and text notes sorting
  • macOS High Sierra: improved data protection for Fusion Drives
  • macOS High Sierra: Polished boot drive creation
  • macOS High Sierra: SMART monitoring improvements
  • Disk Clean Up: improved hotkeys
  • Disk Clean Up: "move to folder" configuration fixes

  • Better navigation in data recovery wizards on macOS High Sierra
  • Updated UI localization
  • Several random crashes fixed, thanks to the reporters
Publisher CleverFiles
Publisher web site
Release Date November 27, 2017
Date Added November 29, 2017
Version 3.5.872
Category Utilities & Operating Systems
Subcategory System Utilities
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.10/10.11/10.8/10.9
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 24.28MB
File Name diskdrill.dmg
Total Downloads 336,793
Downloads Last Week 1,256
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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