Disk Drill Media Recovery is the most user-friendly data recovery app for Mac.

Disk Drill can recover your lost pictures and photos, music, documents, applications, videos and other data. "Quick Scan" and "Search for lost partitions" can recover files of any format. "Deep Scan" file recovery method works on a lower level and analyzes disks as a binary. It runs your hard drive recovery based on file signatures, thus original file names, locations and properties might be unrecoverable.

Disk Drill Media Recovery supports files recovery on all known systems: HFS, HFS+, FAT32, NTFS, EXT3, EXT4, ExFAT, APFS and will even work with formatted disk images. If your data is still there, Disk Drill will undelete it for you.

Your lost data can be retrieved from any internal and external media: your Mac hard drive, any disk you can mount to your Mac, USB flash thumb drives, cameras, card-readers, external hard drives, iPods (Shuffle, Nano, Classic, Mini), mobile phones, other Macs connected in target mode, etc.

Disk Drill Media Recovery is developed by CleverFiles, a well-known brand in data recovery apps for many years now. You can be sure you are getting a quality product with endless possibilities. Remember to always drop us a line if you have any questions about Disk Drill at

** Extra features **

- Flexible filters for searching & sorting of found files
- Live preview before scanning is complete

Starting with version 2.x/3.x it can get your data back from any byte-by-byte disk image. The following disk images are supported: DMG, ISO, IMG. Data recovery is easy as always, just 3 simple steps: #1 create the disk image (using Disk Utility, for example); #2 load it in Disk Drill; #3 hit Recover. Again, if you have any questions about the procedure to recover your files, feel free to email us at any time, we will gladly walk you through, and it will take you just a minute to start the recovery process.

!! Please Note: Disk Drill Media Recovery cannot recover data from iOS devices like iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

** How to create a disk image **

Disk Drill Media Recovery, the App Store version of the award-winning Disk Drill data recovery technology, uses uncompressed (byte-by-byte) disk images as the source for data recovery. Here's how you can create them really simple:

1. Run Disk Utility, it's a standard Mac OS X app.
2. Go to File > New > Disk Image from "YOUR_DISK_NAME".
3. Choose "read-write" as your Image format. Do not choose "Compressed", or lost data will not be copied.
4. Set encryption to "none".
5. Save your disk image, and load it in Disk Drill Media Recovery when done.

Check this tutorial to learn how to recover your data fast and effortlessly:

Some real-life reviews from our clients:

"I deleted by mistake M2T file 6 months ago. I bought Disk Drill and MIRACLE, I regained all my lost files" - Christophe Esteve

"In the past I have tried various recovery software packages but Disk Drill is so simple to use, there is no great learning curve, and it works every time for me" - Deda Arbez

"I have successfully used Disk Drill to recover 7 gigs of my videos which were deleted by mistake" - bonnycalvin

"I was in need to recover defect files and/or applications and it went fast and easy. Much better than anything else I tested. This App is a must for everyone." - WebFox

What’s New

Version 3.8

Overall improvements for macOS 10.15 Catalina
New: smart ExFAT recovery algorithms
New: file signatures added to Deep Scan - AU (Audacity audio files) and PCX (bitmap images)
LaCie devices recovery: critical improvements, disk disconnection prevention
FAT32: improved support of lost partition recovery
Disk Drill gets better at detecting and scanning external USB storage devices on macOS 10.15 Catalina
Improved: original file location detection in Quick Scan
Improved: recovery of fragmented files on ExFAT partitions
Minor UI and tutorial enhancements
Fixed: false detections of HFS+ partitions
Fixed: rare cases with file name recovery during HFS+ Quick Scan
Fixed: empty disk labels on macOS Catalina

Ratings and Reviews

3.4 out of 5
355 Ratings

355 Ratings

Steve on a Mac ,

Disk Drill Helped Me Get Back to Work Pretty Quick

I practice safe computing… most of the time. However, every once in a while things get a little crazy and accidents happen. In my case, I was pushing the limits of running a file server at a client’s office on my laptop while switching networks with too many client connections on a drive partition that just couldn’t handle the load.

Fortunately, most of my data is backed up in the cloud, so my priority was to get up and runnnng ASAP, however, the partition wasn't even being recognized. So I used the scan for HFS+ volumes and it found and rebuilt the partition. Since I only lost a few days of data, I opted to reformat my entire drive and let the cloud re-load my data. I was really pleased that Disk Drill saved me the hassle of having to buy another SSD as it wasn’t even recognizable until I made a Disk Drill bootable external drive and accessed my internal drive in target mode.

I’m going to used the Recovery Vault going forward… I hope I never need it but better safe than sorry.

I was very pleased with the responses I got from customer service. You can’t call them, so don’t expect instant help, but I sent an e-mail and they responded within a few hours… overall I think Disk Drill Media Recovery is a very good value; it is a reasonably priced, powerful recovery product that works.

WendieWard2 ,

Best recovery app of all the (many) recovery apps I’ve tried

After a mishap with a drive used for both backup and a large media library (note to self: in Carbon Copy Cloner, ALWAYS make sure that “Protect Root-Level Items” is turned ON), I tried several different recovery apps to try to bring back some of the 3TB of data I accidentally deleted. Disk Drill was one of the only ones that would even launch (apparently the other apps didn’t like one of my external drives). The interface is great—clean and professional. Over the three days required to scan such a large drive, Disk Drill found a massive list of files (hard to say if it’s really all of them, but it’s gotta be close). Luckily, unlike some other recovery apps, you can pause, save, and resume your scanning progress at any time, so my laptop didn’t have to stay in one place for three days straight. Once the scan is over, recovering the files is easy—just select the ones you want and click the “Recover” button. My one major gripe is that, for some reason, it changes .MKV video files to “.webm” files. As far as I can tell, the only way to fix this is to use one of the many third-party MKV utilities to restore the proper container. Though I’m happy to have those files back at all, the conversion process can be time consuming, and I hope they’ll fix this issue in a future update. Bottom line: until human error and equipment malfunction are a thing of the past, Disk Drill is a must have.

EddieWouldStillGo ,

Saved Me!

I was shooting some 4K footage for a documentary and 384 gigs of footage disappeared when one of my hard drives took a dive. Worse yet, the footage was of the main subject of the documentary who was only available for one morning for a sit-down interview. A reshoot was out of the question. I had a few days before I had to deliver the footage and I’m sweating bullets. Then I remembered that Disk Drill had gotten me out of a similar jam a few years ago. I fired up the app and let it scan the dead drive. It took about an hour, but then it showed me a directory of all the missing files. (A nice feature is the ability to save a scan session if you’re not recovering all your files at once.) You can preview files before recovering them if you’re unsure of what you’re looking for, which is pretty handy if you’re searching through a gazillion image files with unhelpful file names. You can also tell Disk Drill to search for only certain types of files to save time. I found the folders for the missing footage and then started the recovery process. Disk Drill recovered every single frame! I went from total despair to elation, breathed a sigh of relief, and thanked all the higher powers that Disk Drill exists. Thank you, everyone at CleverFiles!

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Justin Johnson
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