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Disk Drill for Mac

By CleverFiles Free Editors' Rating

Key Details of Disk Drill

  • Recover lost data on your Mac, prevent accidental data loss, backup failing disks
  • Last updated on 10/08/20
  • There have been 4 updates within the past 6 months
  • The current version has 0 flags on VirusTotal badge_icon

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Apr 16, 2014

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.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 4.0.123

  • macOS 11 Big Sur support
  • FAT32 data recovery: complete overhaul of existing ones, and a number of new internal FAT32 data recovery algorithms, +200% efficiency and quality boost
  • New NTFS recovery: Quick Scan fixes, heavily improved scanner stability
  • iOS data recovery: iOS 14 support
  • Apple's Time Machine local snapshots are now included in the main scan for lost data
  • Start your recovery before finishing the scan
  • Data extraction from devices with the T2 encryption chip
  • FREE Data Shredder: securely delete any files and folders for good
  • FREE Free Space Eraser: make sure others cannot recover your deleted data by securely erasing "free" disk space
  • Recovery from Time Machine backup disks
  • New Disk Image Formats support: DSK, BIN, DAT, RAW, and DD
  • Integrated file preview
  • Disk Drill can be launched in macOS Recovery Mode through Terminal without the need to create a bootable drive
  • [Humbly] The best UI among do-it-yourself data recovery apps (with Dark Mode!)
  • Tips and hints during scan and recovery to help you recover more of your lost data


Release October 8, 2020
Date Added October 8, 2020
Version 4.0.123

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Macintosh
Additional Requirements
  • macOS Big Sur
  • macOS Catalina
  • macOS Mojave
  • macOS High Sierra
  • macOS Sierra
  • OS X El Capitan


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Developer's Description

Disk Drill is an app that knows exactly how to recover lost files on Mac OS X and supports most major file types and file systems. It can recover your files from practically any storage device, including iPhone and Android devices. Disk Drill offers free bonus tools like disk cleanup and space visualization, duplicate files finder, bootable data recovery drive, precise backups, disk health monitoring.

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