Disk Drill 4.2.274

Reviewed by Pete Daniel
  • Size

    80.23 MB
  • License

  • OS

    Mac OS
  • Price

  • Developer

    508 Software LLC
  • Updated

    16 Feb 2021
  • Downloads

    32,772 (18 last week)

"The Premiere Mac Data Recovery Software"


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.


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.


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.


  • 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


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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: Disk Drill now runs natively on M1 Macs * New: Deep Scan extends PDF and AI file formats labeling * Improved: Support of the new osxfuse/macFUSE version 4 * Improved: DOC, TTF, and PUB file formats recovery with Deep Scan * Improved: DNG/RAW image formats preview on older macOS versions, 10.11-10.14 * Improved: Reinstated and enhanced S.M.A.R.T. monitoring for internal drives * Improved: Updating the app no longer requires user credentials * Improved: Enhanced scanning of SIP-protected drives on macOS Big Sur with T2 and M1 * Improved: Deep Scan yields more recoverable files when scanning T2-protected system partitions * Improved: System drives' scanning when running Disk Drill in macOS Recovery * Improved: Scanning devices with ZFS file system * Improved: Scan session auto-saving when switching to drive backup in case of failing media * Improved: Overall UI improvements when resizing the main Disk Drill window * Improved: RTF file format recognition within Deep Scan was missing font detection * Improved: Multiple security improvements in Disk Drill's updater * Improved: Recovery of encrypted system APFS Fusion Drives when booting from external media * Improved: Better Hide Duplicates filter in recovery results * Improved: Duplicator Finder scanning and overall speed * Improved: Clean Up and Data Protection modules compatibility * Improved: Backup creation resuming * Improved: Several Dark Mode improvements in iOS scan results * Improved: Clean Up mode and Duplicate Finder no longer accept folders from physically damaged drives * Improved: Removed unnecessary scroll bars in Disk Drill's main UI when resized into its minimal state * Improved: First-time Disk Drill installation procedure * Improved: System extension (kext) updates * Improved: Stability enchantments when detecting connected devices * Improved: Disk Drill's information overlays * Fixed: A couple of minor visual glitches in the Disk Drill installer * Fixed: System extension (kext) deployment on clean M1 Macs without Rosetta sub-system * Fixed: Recovery from NTFS compressed drives * Fixed: File preview and hex mode are available for long file names and paths (255 bytes or more) * Fixed: Clean Up mode and Duplicate Finder could move files to incorrect destination if the original target device was disconnected * Fixed: Random Deep Scan crashes when detecting TIFF files * Fixed: Creating backups of physically damaged devices and Android partitions * Fixed: Backed up APFS container did not list parent containers in the disk list * Fixed: Occasional stops when mounting APFS containers from DMG disk images * Fixed: Recovery destination could not be selected in macOS 10.13 while in macOS Recovery * Fixed: Previews in Duplicator Finder * Fixed: Accidental scans of SIP-protected drives bypassing Disk Drill's system extension (kext) via right-click menu * Fixed: Exception when hex preview window was not closed on a disconnected drive

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