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Disk Drill

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Latest version:
for Mac 2.1.376 04/09/13
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Disk Drill is fully compatible with:

  • Mac OS X

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Others: OS X 10.5+
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Available languages

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  • German

Versions of Disk Drill

All versions of Disk Drill
Version License Language O.S. Download
Disk Drill for Mac 2.1.376 04/09/13 Trial version English
  • Mac OS X
Disk Drill for Mac 2.0.368 06/12/13 Trial version English
  • Mac OS X
Disk Drill for Mac 2 06/06/13 Trial version English
  • Mac OS X
Disk Drill for Mac 1.8.203 27/05/13 Trial version English
  • Mac OS X
Disk Drill for Mac 1.3.123 15/03/12 Free English
  • Mac OS X

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Excellent free data recovery tool for Mac

Nick Mead

Recent changes

  • A bunch of new file signatures was added to Deep Scan’s database based on your requests, among them: CPR (Cubase Project), CDA (CD Audio Track), AA (Audible Audio), IDML (Adobe InDesign Markup Language File), EPUB (Open eBook File), ENS (REAKTOR Ensemble), INX (InDesign Interchange File), FOS (Fallout 3/NV Saved ame File)
  • Efficient and easy to use
  • Detects damaged or deleted files
  • Can help prevent future accidental deletions or damage
  • Some features missing in free version
Disk Drill locates and recovers deleted files from any mountable media like main drive, external hard disk, memory cards, iPods Classic, etc. Disk Drill can restore photos, music, documents, applications, specific Mac OS X and other file formats. Disk Drill features several data recovery algorithms and works with any mountable disk via USB or FireWire, and even mounted disk images. Disk Drill features 3 scanning and recovery methods: "Undelete from Recovery Vault" - recovers any file or folder exactly as it was before deletion on disks and partitions protected with Recovery Vault. All file types supported, all original properties are recovered, this method is extremely precise. Recovery Vault is totally free premium-class data protection and recovery solution. "Quick Scan" - scans existing journal or file table for deleted items. Requires a working disk or partition. Is very fast, but not precise as not all deleted files still exist in the areas of search Scans existing journal or file table for deleted items. Requires a working disk or partition. Is very fast, but not precise as not all deleted files still exist in the areas of search "Deep Scan" - works on a lower level and analyzes disks as binary entities; it can get your data back based on file signatures, however, original filenames, locations and properties might be unrecoverable. Disk Drill supports all known file systems: HFS, HFS+, FAT16 and FAT32, NTFS, EXT3, EXT4 and actually any other file system, or even disks that were formatted or initialized and currently have no file system on them. If your data is still there and recoverable, Disk Drill will get it back for you. Disk Drill as a data protection tool. Many users find Disk Drill's features for DMG backups extremely useful: save your data by creating a Disk Image (DMG) of any failing disk or partition for further data recovery, so you no longer need the original media. Later on you can mount this Disk Image to your Mac and recover data from it. Have you ever moved something to Trash to realize just moments after emptying it that... it was the only copy? "Guaranteed Recovery" comes to the rescue! Since version 1.5 Disk Drill introduces the much needed "Recently Deleted" feature to your Mac, so you can take your time to recover deleted items even when your Trash is emptied. Totally FREE Recovery Vault protects your data invisibly monitoring all deleted files, their location, size and all properties. Once you need them back, launch Disk Drill, choose your protected drive and click "Undelete from Recovery Vault", all your files are recovered as if they were never deleted. Unlike many Trash Backup solutions Recovery Vault doesn't keep hard copies of deleted files saving your precious hard disk space, still being able to recover any file. Disk Drill can also monitor your ATA, SATA and eSATA disks for hardware failures by polling S.M.A.R.T. status of available hard drives. Disk Drill is built with 64-bit code and completely supports Mac OS 10.7 Lion.

"This 'trial' package does not let you recover your data for 'Free'"

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Yeah: 'Some features missing in free version' - like the ability actually to recover your lost files after running the 'trial version'

I am trying to recover lost e-mails for my mother and, if I could be sure that this software would help her, I'd pay for it and run it myself.

It's not that I begrudge developers getting paid for the work they put in to software like this. It's the underhand way they announce their software as 'free' when it's not: you download and run their 'free trial' it takes hours; it lists files that, tantalisingly, it might be able to recover for you; then it holds them to ransom until you pay them their $100 something dollars; and, after that, you often find that those files were not really recoverable anyway.

In the past, I've often made sizeable donations to genuine shareware developers'; if a piece of software has helped me, I'm happy to purchase it outright. But I don't like the feeling that, because my data is precious to me, I have to pay large sums to someone I've never met before finding out whether their software actually works - especially when the initial understanding was that it would do the task on 'trial' for 'free'

That said, it looks as though this might be one of the easier to use packages, with excellent indexing - and likely rather more elegant at at protecting against loss than Apple's terabyte-drive-ravenous Time Machine.

Just don't be taken in by the blurb above. It might 'detect damage or deleted files' it won't allow you to recover them.

  • The efficient filtering and indexing
  • The promise of protection against future file loss
  • The ability to recover lost files as part of your "trial"
  • Why not allow people, using the trial, to recover a few hundred megabytes' worth of data for free. Then, if they want to keep using the software, they could buy the upgrade. Just a thought

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