Disk Drill

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Disk Drill
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Version: 3.5.882 updated
Upload Date: 6 Mar 18
Developer: Cleverfiles
Distribution Type: Freeware
Downloads: 185
Size: 25202 Kb

Rating: 1.5/5 (Total Votes: 2)

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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.

What is new in this release:

Deep Scan learns GIF (short animations), SESX (Adobe Audition CC Session File) and EWD (Essay Writer projects, by Shark-Space) file signatures
Updated free recovery cap - 500MB
Improved NTFS drives enumeration
Multiple internal fixes and improvements


  • Deep Scan properly handles APFS partitions and detects encryption
  • After all these years Disk Drill learns how to reconstruct your GIF animations
  • More Deep Scan signatures: EWD (Essay Writer projects, by Shark-Space), SESX (Adobe Audition CC Session File)
  • SIP Manager simplifies System Integrity Protection configuration

  • Improved iOS data recovery: SMS restoration and display, call history and text notes sorting
  • macOS High Sierra: improved data protection for Fusion Drives
  • macOS High Sierra: Polished boot drive creation
  • macOS High Sierra: SMART monitoring improvements
  • Disk Clean Up: improved hotkeys
  • Disk Clean Up: "move to folder" configuration fixes

  • Better navigation in data recovery wizards on macOS High Sierra
  • Updated UI localization
  • Several random crashes fixed, thanks to the reporters

What is new in version 3.5.860:

macOS 10.13 High Sierra
We officially support macOS 10.13 now!

  • improved APFS support
  • improved thumbnails for recoverable files
  • better file operations in "Folders with Icons" view
  • more hints on the recovery process
  • improvements on the frontend and backend of iOS 11 data recovery
  • better handling of read-only drives
We officially support macOS 10.13 now! See cleverfiles.com/help for details
  • APFS support
  • Thumbnails for recoverable files
  • File operations in "Folders with Icons" view
  • Hints on the recovery process
  • Improvements on the frontend and backend of iOS 11 data recovery
  • Handling of read-only drives

What is new in version 3.3.846:

Disk Drill, our ridiculously popular data recovery app for Mac, is updated to version 3.3 today. And this upgrade is MASSIVE. Here's why...
This is what we are most proud of:

  • iOS Data Recovery iOS 11 full support
  • New create bootable macOS installation drives
  • APFS Deep Scan now supports APFS partitions
  • ExFAT Improved Deep Scanning of ExFAT partitions
  • Guides Disk Drill will now recommend to scan the entire disk if only a partition has been scanned to improve the overall recovery success
Here's what our data recovery gurus were working on since the last update:
  • Scan Results thumbnail generation now has a progress bar in Icons views
  • Improved no more skipped files within AFC recovery for iOS
  • Improved Disk Drill's window caption has better explanation of which activity is taking place at the moment
  • Improved Recovery Vault can now be properly activated on disks with 4K sector size
  • Improved disk remounting into read-only state before recovery start
  • Improved marking of read-only drives in disk lists in all Disk Drill's modules
  • "Ridiculous Size" bug additional corrections in properly reading object sizes and physical locations within HFS+ Catalog Rebuild
  • Fixed a bunch of crashes on exiting the app after successful recovery
  • Fixed Deep Scan could be canceled by pressing the Pause option
  • Fixed random crash on finishing iOS recovery
  • Improved retina-ready visual elements
They also added a bunch of new file formats into Deep Scan:
  • MBOX - Native archive format of email clients such as Unix mail, Thunderbird, and many others, MSF files are now also found as MBOX
  • HEIC - High Efficiency Image File Format, iOS 11 analog of JPEG
  • OLK15MESSAGE - Microsoft Outlook for Mac message containers
  • FMP12 - FileMaker Pro 12
  • IIQ - Phase One RAW Images
  • NOTEBOOK - SMART Notebook 16.x
  • ZRV - Philips Voice Traver
We are getting ready to macOS 10.13 High Sierra:
  • Advanced tools Bootable drives for data recovery now support macOS 10.13 (including APFS)
  • Disk support Improved startup, bootcamp, internal disks enumeration
  • Fixed blinking gear icon in the disk list
  • Fixed infinite refresh of thumbnails in scanning results
  • Fixed random crash on MacBook wake up if it goes to sleep while active scanning
  • Stability Preferences and other internal modules are now active
  • Disk health Improved S.M.A.R.T. support
  • Minor Corrected calculation of free disk space
Finishing touches:
  • Fixed keyboard input when booted from Disk Drill's created data recovery drive
  • Clean Up mode improved scanning of of network drives
  • Clean Up mode visual improvements in Preferences
macOS High Sierra (10.13) is not officially released yet and is only available as a beta/preview version. There are many unpolished issues in the new release of the Apple's operating system. That said, there might be more bugs in Disk Drill related to it. We welcome your feedback and are doing our best to get our app ready to the new Apple's platform asap.

What is new in version 3.1.817:

Version 3.1.817

  • new: Disk Drill uses passwords stored in keychain to open encrypted iOS backups
  • new: iOS recovery now supports attachments in notes
  • greatly improved Android data recovery (with the emphasis on Android 4.x and 5.x)
  • improved processing of encrypted iOS backups
  • improved reporting of the current scanning method
  • improved: scanning results mounting for iOS devices
  • improved identification of iOS backups available for scanning
  • improved support of the latest Fuse for OS X (you can still mount recovery results without it, but Fuse seems to be faster)
  • some improvements in Disk Drill running from the bootable drive
  • fixed: a number of crashes and spins when recovering from iOS devices
  • fixed: crash on iPod disconnect

What is new in version 3.1.804:

  • new: Deep Scan groups "Identified" items with file names reconstructed based on recoverable meta information
  • greatly improved recovery of ExFat partitions and their original file structures
  • new: JP2 (JPEG2000 image) and LAYOUT (Google SketchUp LayOut document) formats can now be recovered with Deep Scan
  • improved: MP4 videos recovery, including some videos created with dash cams that add GPS data to them
  • improved connection and detection of Android 7.x devices
  • improved notifications on found partitions
  • improved app access protection via master-password
  • improved sorting in the scanning results screen when switching file types and filters
  • fixed: Icons mode losing thumbnails when the scanning results are mounted as disk
  • fixed: random crash when Guaranteed Recovery is enabled
  • fixed: HEX view hotkey in Icons view modes in scanning results

What is new in version 3.1.769:

  • Introducing workspaces for recovery - now you can choose a custom location for Disk Drill's workspace in Preferences, if you don't want it to use your system drive for the very few temp files it creates; it's also extremely useful for recovering high-capacity iOS devices
  • More files can be recovered on iOS devices, even those that are not usually backed up by iTunes, thanks to accessing your device's storage directly through AFC
  • Estimated size of selected files for recovery is now shown by the destination field

What is new in version 3.0.756:

  • iOS data recovery for iPhone and iPad
  • Android recovery (rooted or USB mass storage mode only)
  • Bootable disk creation for data recovery
  • ExFAT, EXT4 support
  • Totally new UI
  • Support of macOS Sierra 10.12
  • Extra features: duplicate file finder module, faster byte-to-byte disk backups and more

What is new in version 3.0.748:

  • iOS data recovery for iPhone and iPad
  • Android recovery (rooted or USB mass storage mode only)
  • Bootable disk creation for data recovery
  • ExFAT, EXT4 support
  • Totally new UI
  • Support of macOS Sierra 10.12
  • Extra features: duplicate file finder module, faster byte-to-byte disk backups and more

What is new in version 2.4.441:

  • Deep Scan learns .afdesign (Affinity Designer document)
  • All recovery methods data caching refactoring
  • Minor UI improvements
  • Internal memory usage optimizations

What is new in version 2.4.438:

  • new file formats for Deep Scan: .muse (Adobe Muse), .plist (Property List XML Files, not binary), .gpx (Garmin Basecamp, GPS Exchange Format), .wma (Windows Media audio files), .asf (Advanced Audio Streaming Format), .iba (IBasic Source Code File), .mobi (Mobipocket eBook files)
  • Improved reconstruction of these file signatures: .sib (Sibelius), .wmv (Windows Media Video)
  • improved: permission handling for recovered files and folders
  • improved: HFS+ attributes reading
  • fixed: occasional crash in disk clean up module

What is new in version 2.4.437:

  • improved: DNG (Adobe Lightroom Raw images) recovery with Deep Scan
  • improved: bad sectors management
  • improved: Quick Scan internal procedures
  • improved: software protection and activation
  • fixed: occasional exceptions on OS X 10.6.8

What is new in version 2.4.435:

  • improved: Disk Drill launch speed on OS X 10.11
  • improved: our super-fast full-disk recovery with HFS+ Catalog Rebuild is now available for more cases of accidental data loss
  • improved: recovery session can now be saved at any moment of the scanning progress, even when nothing was found yet
  • improved: indexing existing data by Recovery Vault and Guaranteed Recovery
  • fixed: Disk Drill now properly remembers Fahrenheit/Celsius setting for S.M.A.R.T. monitoring on Mac OS X 10.11

What is new in version 2.4.433:

  • Deep Scan learns new signatures: Notes.app database, iCash files, .GP3/.GP4/.GP5/.GPS (Guitar Pro documents)
  • New: ISO disk images support
  • Updated: Guaranteed Recovery and Recovery Vault reinforced for Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan
  • Visual improvements in El Capitan
  • Improved: lost partition search now groups recoverable files into folders according to their original locations
  • Improved: usability improvements when rebuilding read-only drive partitions
  • Improved: stability when Disk Drill is installed on non-boot drives
  • Improved: HFS+ Catalog Rebuild algorithm assigning names to rebuilt partitions
  • Fixed: disk space calculation in found items lists
  • Fixed: unresponsive S.M.A.R.T. indicator in menu bar
  • Fixed: several random app freezes

What is new in version 2.4.426:

  • new: Deep Scan adds support for reconstructing .PSAFE3 (Password Gorilla storage files), .TREC (Camtasia Studio 8.4+ recordings), .JKS (Java KeyStore), .NGRR (Guitar Rig sound files)
  • new: preliminary support for Rootless security mode in OS X 10.11
  • improved: UI refreshing when recovering and saving recovered items
  • improved: previewing of found items after scanning
  • updated: Japanese UI language files
  • other minor improvements
  • fixed: calculating available disk space for recovery

What is new in version 2.4.421:

  • improved data recovery on disk images
  • many speed and stability improvements
  • improved data protection when Mac awakes from sleep and idle modes
  • improved attaching of disk images with corrupted data structures
  • correct enumeration of files in disk/partition info
  • updated internal disk reading libs

What is new in version 2.4.417:

  • new: Deep Scan gets the new signatures for Thumbs.db (cached previews on Windows), LWS (LightWave 3D Scene File), LWO (LightWave 3D Object File), ALS (Ableton Live Set File), SKETCH (Sketch vector drawing)
  • new: recovery of the updated Numbers, Pages, Keynote packaged file formats
  • improved: disk usage and CPU time required for Disk Drill's background daemon (data protection and disk health monitoring)
  • improved: app activation internal algorithms got some polish
  • fixed: occasional crash when switching user accounts

What is new in version 2.4.415:

  • new file signatures in Deep Scan's binary recognition: SWIFT source codes (XCode), MPO (Multi Picture Object File or simply stereo images), TAR.XZ (XZ Compressed Tar Archive), RDB (Retrospect Backup Set), OPJ (OriginPro 8 files)
  • new Fuse for OS X version 2.7.5 integrated
  • improved modal windows behavior during DMG backup
  • improved UI texts and in-app explanations
  • fixed a couple of crashes when scanning and recovering from unstable disks

What is new in version 2.4.414:

  • Deep Scan learns new file signatures, including SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics), XMCD (MathCAD 14) and IBANK (iBank 5 app)
  • "Allocate Existing Data" scan method is now available for free in Disk Drill Basic
  • Narrow down to smaller found items in scanning results by using "less than" option in addition to "over" in list filters
  • Updated version of Fuse for OS X
  • Core Storage drives scanning
  • interaction with app notifications through Notification Center and Growl
  • scanning results consistency when loading previously saved scanning sessions
  • UI translations
  • random crashes in HEX mode when previewing recoverable data
  • occasional freezing of the scanning progress bar in OS X 10.10.01

What is new in version 2.4.409:

  • * new: disk space visualization - easily locate space drainers and get rid of them - FREE!
  • * new: recoverable files can now be previewed in hex mode (highlight an file in scanning results and use Alt+Space keyboard shortcut or a special icon)
  • * new: mounted disks and disk images can now be ejected right from Disk Drill (use Extras menu)
  • * new: lost partitions are now automatically expanded into readable file structures in scan results
  • * new type of scan "Allocate existing file system data" shows existing data on a drive using Disk Drill's unique reading algorithms
  • * improved: Core Storage volume manager support in OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)
  • * improved: Disk Drill looks even better on retina screens, we improved absolutely all in-app graphics now
  • * improved: large MOV files recovery (up to 60GB+)
  • * improved: S.M.A.R.T. disk monitoring
  • * improved: new folder and file exceptions for Recovery Vault and general data protection polishes
  • * improved: data recovery from disk images on external drives
  • * improved: found DMG disk image preview now replaced with the offer to mount the disk image and copy out its contents
  • * improved: Disk Drill PRO and Enterprise can now be auto-activated when purchased from inside the app (no need to wait for or enter the activation code)
  • * fixed: random crashes when running Disk Drill in Portable Mode

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