Disk Drill 4.4.356

Reviewed by Pete Daniel
  • Size

    84.57 MB
  • License

    Freeware
  • OS

    Mac OS
  • Price

    $0
  • Developer

    508 Software LLC
  • Updated

    17 Aug 2021
  • Downloads

    33,000 (6 last week)

"The Premiere Mac Data Recovery Software"

Overview

Disk Drill is a data recovery package for the Mac OS X system that can help Mac owners recover videos, photos, music, documents and other files that can no longer be accessed. Whether the partition has been accidentally deleted or maliciously removed, files have seemingly vanishes or are stored on a memory card or USB device, Disk Drill may have the answer.

The software can scan a multitude of storage systems such as iPods, Kindles, USB flash drives, internal Mac hard drives and more. Storage devices can be often read even if they are beginning to fail and the software can also detect data still stored on devices where the partition they were stored on is no longer there.

Recovery is performed with a one click approach. Scanning functions can be tailored to the needs of the user if they need more control.

There is also a Recovery Vault where once Disk Drill is installed, the software itself will track every file that was “deleted” from storage and remember both its file name and storage location. The Recovery Vault can also make a copy of each deleted file providing an "Undelete" option even after the trash bin has been emptied.

S.M.A.R.T. Monitoring is also used to check up on hard drives to see where there might be signs that they might be failing soon. There are also a few other miscellaneous disk tools included with DiskDrill as well.

Installation

The installation proceeded fine without any issues. There were no malicious software installations that came with the setup program.

Disk Drill requires Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later.

Interface

The interface for Disk Drill is elegant as one might expect from an Apple app. The muted light gray background is there, but interspersed with blue Recovery buttons and green Rebuild buttons.

The main command window lists the partitions and categories of storage that are present within a system. There are attractive logos indicating the type of connection (system, USB, etc), along with capacity and free space information.

Depending on the type of system, the user may be presented with the option to Recover or Rebuild. With system partitions, the user is initially advised about “not messing around with it.” which is perhaps some good advice there.

Detailed scans break down partitions to their individual folders and files with the ability to be selective on what to work with, recover, fix or rebuild.

Pros

  • Effective recovery of HFS+, FAT, FAT32, and NTFS drives
  • Locates and recovers files from deleted partitions
  • Access many types of storage from hard drives to USB flash drives to memory cards
  • Recovery Vault can keep a copy of every deleted file ready to return it back post-deletion
  • Can check if a hard drive looks like it'll fail soon
  • Attractive interface

Cons

  • None.

Conclusion

Disk Drill is a good solution for Mac users who want a way to protect themselves from data loss. The inclusion of a Recovery Vault which can remember and replace already deleted files is ideal.

Requirements: Mac OS X 10.11.6+

What's new in this version: * New: More flexibility in byte-to-byte backups: select specific disk sectors or indicate the size in MB * New: S.M.A.R.T. monitoring is now easily accessible through the Extras menu * New: New simplified two-step Disk Drill installation * New: MSI files (Windows installer packages) are now supported in Deep Scan * Improved: Better detection of PSD files in Deep Scan * Improved: Clean Up detects and displays items stored in other user accounts on a computer * Improved: More details are now displayed upon recovery completion in case there were errors during the recovery process * Improved: More hints have been added to the icons and menus throughout the app’s interface * Improved: A click on the Home button during scan in Clean Up module now evokes a confirmation dialog, where you can decide whether to cancel the scan or not * Improved: Thumbnail generation progress is back. You can now see that the previews are being generated in a convenient status label * Improved: A much faster Quick Scan for ExFAT systems that contain a large number of deleted files * Improved: Better detection of lost NTFS partitions and their files based on the found MFT entries * Improved: Scan is automatically stopped when a FAT32 disk is disconnected from the computer * Improved: The FAT32 scan is ten times faster now for files with longer names * Improved: Optimized and revised Deep Scan for such file formats as JPG, PDF, and DOC * Improved: Detection of Insta360 One X2 file signatures within Deep Scan * Improved: Better support for compressed NTFS volumes * Improved: Deep Scan now recovers video files (MP4) encoded with H.265 XAVC codec * Improved: Improved detection of false exFAT volumes * Improved: Improved behavior when scan and recovery run simultaneously * Fixed: Minor interface enhancements throughout * Fixed: Disk Drill stability when scanning Time Machine backups * Fixed: Resolved compatibility issues with previously unsupported versions of osxfuse * Fixed: A crash while recording a backup image to an unstable disk * Fixed: A crash that occured if a recovery process was canceled during an ongoing scan * Fixed: The “Show in Finder” button for the local Time Machine snapshots * Fixed: A crash on macOS 10.11 and 10.12 that occured when scan was terminated in the Find Duplicates module * Fixed: A crash that occured at the beginning of scan when the scanned disk was suddenly disconnected * Fixed: Disk Drill freezing when scanning NTFS partitions with outdated Recovery Vault or Guaranteed Recovery database * Fixed: A crash on macOS 10.11 if the scan results were displayed as Files and Icons * Fixed: Random crashes in Hex view when loading saved sessions or repeating a scan

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Antivirus information

Download3K has downloaded and tested Disk Drill on 17 Aug 2021 with some of Today's best antivirus engines and you can find below, for your convenience, the scan results:
  • Avast:

    Clean
  • Avira:

    Clean
  • Kaspersky:

    Clean
  • McAfee:

    Clean
  • NOD32:

    Clean
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