Disk Drill 4.1.206

Reviewed by Pete Daniel
  • Size

    74.38 MB
  • License

  • OS

    Mac OS
  • Price

  • Developer

    508 Software LLC
  • Updated

    9 Dec 2020
  • Downloads

    32,608 (8 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: Deep Scan (traditionally) learns new file formats: “Ichitaro” the Japanese text processor (JTD, JTDC, JTT, JTTC), Microsoft Publisher files (PUB), WordPerfect (WPD) * New: Byte-to-byte backups can now be paused and resumed * New: Disk Drill now recommends scanning Android’s memory card when possible, instead of jumping through the hoops of full-fledged Android recovery * New: New squircle Big-Sur-style app icon * New: Improved hints throughout the app’s interface, including improved starting zero-state screens * Improved: Encrypted and CoreStorage HFS+ partitions are now displayed separately in the disk list * Improved: APFS scanning and recovery algorithms * Improved: Proper detection of macOS Big Sur installer on disk * Improved: More informative and accurate bad blocks notifications when scanning corrupted drives * Improved: Better detection of APFS partitions after formatting * Improved: Additional information displayed while loading large session files * Improved: Several minor improvements in disk backups * Improved: Better detection of a drive’s online status in Clean Up and Backup modules * Improved: File search improvements in the UI * Improved: Updated descriptions in data protection settings * Improved: Quick Scan of FAT32 partitions * Improved: Recovery log can now be sorted by several dimensions * Improved: Some enhancements related to user privacy throughput the UI * Improved: Data Shredder and free space Erasure method selection * Improved: No more auto-collapsing of recently deleted files (Found files) in scan results * Improved: Disk Drill provides more details when detaching byte-to-byte backups fails * Improved: Disk Drill now properly prompts for admin credentials when launched under a restricted user * Improved: System extension (kext) is now installed only when SIP-protected device is initialized for scanning * Improved: Fewer System Extension permission requests on macOS Big Sur * Improved: Scan results navigation * Improved: Better icons to identify some partitions after scan completion * Improved: “Recover All” now properly selects all files for recovery if scanning is still in progress * Improved: S.M.A.R.T. icons and indicators behavior * Fixed: Some random freezes in scan results * Fixed: Mount/Unmount options now disabled for encrypted partitions * Fixed: Font color could erroneously change in data protection module * Fixed: HFS+ Catalog Rebuild fixes for disconnected drives * Fixed: “All Recovery Methods” type of scan no longer available for locked devices * Fixed: Source device with macOS installer could be selected as destination * Fixed: Network connected devices were duplicated in some modules * Fixed: Built-in preview window resizing * Fixed: Various UI micro-glitches * Fixed: Scanning could be resumed from the backup module * Fixed: Random crash while saving backups to desktop * Fixed: Scanning methods selection for external APFS Time Machine backups * Fixed: Memory leaks while scanning Android devices * Fixed: Forensic data export when scanning in progress * Fixed: File list was not properly updated when switching filtered objects on and off * Fixed: Incorrect “Scan complete” confirmation when canceling Clean Up process * Fixed: Incorrect informers shown when scanning iOS 14

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