Disk Drill Media Recovery is the simplest and the most efficient data recovery app on the Mac App Store. Version 4 offers a new streamlined user interface that will help you navigate, preview, sort, and filter your recoverable data with ease.

Disk Drill can recover your deleted pictures and photos, music, documents, applications, videos, notes, and other data. There are several data recovery algorithms running in a smart sequence within Disk Drill. "Quick Scan" and "Search for Lost Partitions" can recover files of any format. "Deep Scan" file recovery works on a lower level and analyzes disks as binary entities. It runs your hard drive recovery based on file signatures, thus original file names, locations and properties aren't always recoverable.

Disk Drill can recover deleted data on all known file systems: APFS, HFS+, FAT32, NTFS, EXT3, EXT4, ExFAT, and will even work with formatted disk images. If your data is still there, Disk Drill will undelete it for you. Disk Drill can get your data back from any byte-by-byte disk image. The following disk image formats are supported: DMG, ISO, and IMG.
Disk Drill Media Recovery is developed by CleverFiles, a well-known data solutions brand since 2011. You can be sure you are getting an app of the best quality.

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Your lost data can be retrieved from any internal and external media: your Mac hard drive (excluding system partitions), 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.

!! Please Note: Disk Drill Media Recovery cannot recover data from devices running on iOS: iPhones, iPads, and iPods Touch.

** How to create and recover from a disk image **

Disk Drill Media Recovery uses uncompressed (byte-by-byte) disk images as the source for data recovery. Here's how you can create them really easy:

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

Here's the full tutorial that explains how to recover your data with Disk Drill Media Recovery:

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 4.4

- Byte-to-byte backups offer even more flexibility now: specify size in MB or choose specific disk sectors
- Deep Scan now supports MSI files (Windows Installer Packages)
- Deep Scan detects PSD and Insta360 One X2 files more effectively
- Ten-fold increase of FAT32 scan speed for files with longer names
- The scan log offers an even more detailed and thorough statistics
- New confirmation dialog has been added upon clicking on the Home button during the Clean Up module scan. This helps avoid accidental scan cancellation
- We brought back the thumbnail generation status
- Quick Scan is much faster now for exFAT systems with a large volume of deleted files
- A significantly improved detection of NTFS partitions and their contents based on the discovered MFT entries
- Automatic scan stops upon unmounting FAT32 disks
- Improvements and optimizations of Deep Scan for JPG, PDF, and DOC file types
- Enhanced support for compressed NTFS volumes
- MP4 files (video) encoded with H.265 XAVC codec are now supported in Deep Scan
- Corrected false detection of exFAT formatting on some NTFS partitions
- Scan and recovery processes run as smoothly as ever together in Disk Drill
- Random crash fixes

Ratings and Reviews

3.3 out of 5
397 Ratings

397 Ratings

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!

SimplyxTwisted ,

A life saver...

For the second time…I did the unthinkable. With numerous external storage devices connected, I mixed them up and formatted the wrong one. No big deal, only my full music library, picture library, and tons of other data…ouch. The first time, I used different tool. While it did a decent job at recovery, the data was an absolute mess when it came back. I spent hours upon hours sorting, organizing, and trashing the gigs of data it returned.

Disk Drill is a different beast entirely. It not only found data the other tool didn’t, but it brought it back much cleaner, far more organized and much more intact from its original form. Highly impressed, definitely recommended. If you’re running an APFS filesystem, this is one of the only tools you can rely on to do the job. Thankfully it does it incredibly well.

Data recovery is not a fast process, and it does take some time. Be patient and trust Disk Drill to get the job done. Hopefully this will be the last time I ever need this tool, I’ve definitely learned my lesson and am backing things up better going forward. But…if I do need it again, I will know exactly what to do.

App Privacy

The developer, Justin Johnson, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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