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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 3.3.846
Disk Drill, our ridiculously popular data recovery app for Mac, is updated to version 3.3 today. And this upgrade is MASSIVE. Here's why...
This is what we are most proud of:
  • iOS Data Recovery iOS 11 full support
  • New create bootable macOS installation drives
  • APFS Deep Scan now supports APFS partitions
  • ExFAT Improved Deep Scanning of ExFAT partitions
  • Guides Disk Drill will now recommend to scan the entire disk if only a partition has been scanned to improve the overall recovery success
Here's what our data recovery gurus were working on since the last update:
  • Scan Results thumbnail generation now has a progress bar in Icons views
  • Improved no more skipped files within AFC recovery for iOS
  • Improved Disk Drill's window caption has better explanation of which activity is taking place at the moment
  • Improved Recovery Vault can now be properly activated on disks with 4K sector size
  • Improved disk remounting into read-only state before recovery start
  • Improved marking of read-only drives in disk lists in all Disk Drill's modules
  • "Ridiculous Size" bug additional corrections in properly reading object sizes and physical locations within HFS+ Catalog Rebuild
  • Fixed a bunch of crashes on exiting the app after successful recovery
  • Fixed Deep Scan could be canceled by pressing the Pause option
  • Fixed random crash on finishing iOS recovery
  • Improved retina-ready visual elements
They also added a bunch of new file formats into Deep Scan:
  • MBOX - Native archive format of email clients such as Unix mail, Thunderbird, and many others, MSF files are now also found as MBOX
  • HEIC - High Efficiency Image File Format, iOS 11 analog of JPEG
  • OLK15MESSAGE - Microsoft Outlook for Mac message containers
  • FMP12 - FileMaker Pro 12
  • IIQ - Phase One RAW Images
  • NOTEBOOK - SMART Notebook 16.x
  • ZRV - Philips Voice Traver
We are getting ready to macOS 10.13 High Sierra:
  • Advanced tools Bootable drives for data recovery now support macOS 10.13 (including APFS)
  • Disk support Improved startup, bootcamp, internal disks enumeration
  • Fixed blinking gear icon in the disk list
  • Fixed infinite refresh of thumbnails in scanning results
  • Fixed random crash on MacBook wake up if it goes to sleep while active scanning
  • Stability Preferences and other internal modules are now active
  • Disk health Improved S.M.A.R.T. support
  • Minor Corrected calculation of free disk space
Finishing touches:
  • Fixed keyboard input when booted from Disk Drill's created data recovery drive
  • Clean Up mode improved scanning of of network drives
  • Clean Up mode visual improvements in Preferences
macOS High Sierra (10.13) is not officially released yet and is only available as a beta/preview version. There are many unpolished issues in the new release of the Apple's operating system. That said, there might be more bugs in Disk Drill related to it. We welcome your feedback and are doing our best to get our app ready to the new Apple's platform asap.
Publisher CleverFiles
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Release Date August 07, 2017
Date Added August 07, 2017
Version 3.3.846
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 19.67MB
File Name diskdrill.dmg
Total Downloads 304,509
Downloads Last Week 108
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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