Data Recovery

Managing bad sectors in Disk Drill macOS

As you know, you can always manually set memory sectors (or blocks) on your storage device as “bad” in Disk Drill. Or vice versa, you can always navigate to “Configuration gear -> Specify bad blocks” on your hard drives to manually remove […]

Disk Drill vs Data Rescue, DiskWarrior, R-Studio. Choose the best data recovery app. macOS

The choice of quality data recovery tools for macOS is in fact limited to several high-end players you have probably heard about: Disk Drill by CleverFiles, Data Rescue by Prosoft, DiskWarrior by Alsoft, Data Recovery Wizard by Easeus, TechTool by Micromat, Stellar Phoenix […]

HFS+ Healing Algorithms in Disk Drill macOS

Disk Drill is a powerful HFS+ data recovery tool, and in addition to regular file recovery from HFS+ partitions, it can actually make an attempt to recover the original partition itself after it was lost or damaged. All available data recovery methods […]

Should I keep using a damaged drive after successful data recovery?

So you have just completed a successful data recovery session with Disk Drill for Mac or Windows from a damaged external drive. Thank you for using our data recovery apps, btw. Now you may ask yourself if you should continue using that drive, […]

Can Recovery Vault be used in forensic research? macOS

Occasionally we are getting requests from various law enforcement organizations throughout the world about Disk Drill and its forensic features. In addition to Forensic Data Export in DFXML format, turns out many are able to utilize other functions of Disk Drill for making our world a […]

How to remove old auto-saved recovery sessions? macOS

In the current version of Disk Drill for macOS, you can remove such auto-saves only manually: Close Disk Drill Open Finder and press Command+Shift+G Type ~/Library/Application Support/DiskDrill to access the folder with auto-saves Remove unwanted auto-saves Once all auto-saves are […]

Is it possible to recover data directly in NAS?

Yes, Disk Drill 3+ supports data recovery of Linux drives, such as EXT3 and EXT4, but you will need to extract the target drive from NAS and plug this drive into the dock station that will be connected directly to […]

Is it possible to recover RAIDs?

You can try to recover RAIDs in Disk Drill. RAID recovery is supported to the extent of scanning individual RAID disks and recovering data on each of them. Disk Drill doesn’t support reconstructing RAIDs themselves. This is something not possible in an […]

Apple’s Time Capsule recovery macOS

Wondering if it’s possible to recover files directly from Apple’s Time Capsules (i.e. when they are powered, but not installed or connected to Mac)? We have bad news in this case. It’s not possible. You should remove the hard disk from […]

Is it possible to recover DVD images?

Yes, Disk Drill can recover them, but sometimes the recovered items may be split in several parts. Therefore, if you cannot find a large VOB file after recovery, check for smaller files that can be parts of it. Keep in mind, […]

Is it possible to recover Time Machine backups? macOS

You can try to recover Time Machine backups in Disk Drill, but unfortunately we cannot guarantee this will help. The Time Machine files usually have very sophisticated structure and store lots of various data. If any of this data appears […]

Recover Firefox browsing sessions

In this article we are answering one of the recent questions from our user about recovering a Firefox browsing session. This might also be a useful scenario for data analysts. I need help recovering lost tabs from a Firefox session previous […]

Why quick and deep scan recovery are not available for iOS devices? macOS

Disk Drill 3 features iOS data recovery among other added functionality. When scanning your iPhone or iPad for lost data, the results Disk Drill produces look different from what you are used to when recovering data from a hard drive or partition. […]

Scanning FAQs

Disk Drill has several different scanning methods that allow it to examine your storage device and locate lost files. Below you’ll find frequently asked questions about these methods. If you’re ready to get started with a scan, see How to […]

Troubleshooting Scan Results macOS

The following are some frequently asked questions about scan results and tips for solving them. Why didn’t the file I need show up after a scan? There are a number of reasons that you might not see the files you […]

Why are large files so hard to recover?

Even with all of Disk Drill’s advanced algorithms, there are still some things that lessen your chances of a successful file recovery. One of those things is large file size — files like high resolution videos, presentations, graphic files, etc. […]

Why don’t my recovered files have their original names?

Unfortunately, when you recover files using Deep Scan, the file metadata is lost (including the file name and location). Files recovered by Deep Scan have names like file123.doc and 180×600.jpg. If this is the case with your recovered files, you have […]

External USB drives randomly disconnecting… macOS

Some users keep reporting that their external drives, being connected via USB to their Macs, may randomly disconnect while being scanned. We have to confirm that in most cases this is not related to Disk Drill at all, and in fact […]

How Can I Rebuild a Corrupted HFS+ Catalog Directory? macOS

The launch of Disk Drill 2.2 brought some major improvements to the Rebuild HFS+ Catalog File function. Sometimes an HFS+ partition becomes unreadable because the catalog file has become corrupted. Disk Drill’s “Rebuild” function uses the existing partition header to […]

How Can I Export Forensic Data (DFXML)? macOS

Disk Drill Enterprise (or Expert version) has the ability to export forensic data from a disk in the DFXML format. This allows for forensic analysis of data storage devices for the purposes of identifying, preserving and retrieving sensitive data.

Can I Recover Plain Text (.txt) Files?

Disk Drill can recover plain text TXT files with two of its recovery methods: Undelete Protected Data and Quick Scan. Undelete Protected Data can only be used with Recovery Vault and Guaranteed Recovery, Disk Drill’s data protection features, and they have to […]

Can I Recover Apple Mail (mbox) Email Files? macOS

Can Disk Drill recover mbox data – the files used by Apple’s Mail app? The short answer is – yes, but only in certain situations. There are limitations because mbox is not actually a file — mbox is a folder where […]

How Do I Mount Scanning Results As a Disk and Recover From It? macOS

One of the great features of Disk Drill PRO is that you don’t have to preview files in Disk Drill. You can instead recover them to a virtual disk and open the files in their native applications.  Note that a third-party […]

Why Should I Remount Disks/Partitions In Read-Only Mode? macOS

Whenever you have a disk connected to your Mac, it can be accessed by other programs. iPhoto might try to access your camera, Time Machine might want to backup to an external hard drive, etc. This kind of access can […]

Can I Recover Files That Are Not Lost, But Can’t Be Accessed Due to Logical Disk Issues? macOS

If you have a disk which can’t be mounted correctly (you plug it into your Mac but it doesn’t show up in Finder), this may indicate that the disk’s partition header is corrupted or the HFS+ catalog file was damaged. In […]

Can I Recover Mac Apps (.app) and Program Files? macOS

Briefly: Yes, Disk Drill is capable of recovering .app Mac program files. However, due to the fact that .app is actually a “package” (folder) and not a single file, you can only recover them under certain situations: If your Mac […]

What Is a CFB File?

CFB files are created when Disk Drill can’t determine for sure if the recovered item is XLS, XLSX, DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX or other MS Office file after a Deep Scan. CFB stands for “Microsoft Compound File Binary.” If you […]

Can I Recover Data If TRIM Is Enabled On My SSD Drive? macOS

The simple answer is “probably not”. The TRIM function on an SSD (solid state drive) effectively nulls out the space where deleted files were stored, making the data completely unrecoverable, even by Disk Drill. However, we are aware of the […]

Can I Deep Scan a Whole Disk Instead of Just the Free Space?

Usually, Deep Scan scans just the empty space of your hard drive for lost data. However, there are cases when a disk is not readable in a usual way, and you can’t even view some non-deleted files (due to partial file […]

I Just Need One File – How Do I Find It?

Even if you’re just looking for one file, you still need to do a full scan. (Check out our How to Recover Lost Files with Disk Drill Basic for details.) However, you can stop the scan at any time, if you […]

Why Do I See Duplicate Files for Some Images In the Scanning Results?

The recovered images may seem duplicated at first sight, but they are not absolutely identical. The size is different. This behavior is caused by the fact, that some JPG or TIFF images contain a preview inside the original picture. If […]

Can You Guarantee That I Can Recover A Specific File with Disk Drill?

The short answer is “No.” The longer answer requires an explanation of how computers store information and how data recovery works. Why is it that some files can be recovered, and others can’t? Even Disk Drill, using the most advanced […]

What File Types Can Disk Drill Recover?

The list of file types Disk Drill for Mac and Windows can recover is comprehensive – and, in some cases, unlimited. It depends on the type of recovery that is available for a particular volume. Here is a break down of […]

Variables That Impact File Recovery Chances

This is a general overview of the variables that can make your data more or less likely to be recoverable with Disk Drill. This list is by no means definitive. Sometimes, even in the best situation, the data is lost. […]

Disk Drill and the “Secure Empty Trash” Option macOS

As Apple describes in their PRO tips about Mac OS, there’s an option to empty your trash securely. Does this option affect Disk Drill and its file recovery technology? Yes, it does. The main idea behind emptying trash securely is […]

How to recover deleted photos on Facebook

Losing your photo archive might be a huge frustration. With the popularity of social networking sites such as Facebook came the problem of recovering the deleted photos from online back to your computer. There are several ways of getting our […]

Deleted RAW images recovery on Mac OS X with Disk Drill macOS

Formatting your camera’s memory card or accidentally deleting the folder with photos from your hard drive is a far too common scenario. Thus, everyone needs a reliable data recovery app that allows to recover those files because there is no […]

Deleted iWork files recovery on Mac: Pages, Keynote, Numbers recovery macOS

One of the recent releases of Disk Drill features the support of iWork® files recovery with Deep Scan option. Meaning that you can easily recover PAGES (Pages® application), KEY (Keynote® application) and NUMBERS (Numbers® application) files in case of accidental […]

Deleted DOC files recovery on Mac OS X with Disk Drill macOS

When it comes to the crunch with deleted DOC files you need a proven data recovery app. And today we will find out what Disk Drill can propose. Disk Drill offers three data recovery algorithms and all the three are […]

Deleted PDF files recovery on Mac OS X with Disk Drill macOS

In most cases Disk Drill can recover any file types but successful recovery depends on many factors. The most important factor is the recovery mode used. Disk Drill features 3 scanning and recovery methods: – undelete from the media protected […]

Adobe Photoshop (.psd) Files Recovery Software for Mac OS X macOS

First of all you should know that Disk Drill is not only a recovery app but it also offers the data protection algorithms: Recovery Vault and Guaranteed Recovery. Those algorithms allow you to restore any data from the drive where […]

PNG, GIF, BMP, DNG, TIFF, JPEG Files Recovery on Mac OS X with Disk Drill macOS

Disk Drill can recover lost or deleted pictures from USB mass storages, memory cards, hard drives and other mountable devices. Disk Drill includes the following three data recovery methods: – Recovery from a media secured with Guaranteed Recovery or Recovery […]

Adobe Illustrator (.ai) Data Recovery Software for Mac OS X macOS

Disk Drill has its solution of your problems when it comes to Adobe® Illustrator® AI files recovery. You should realize however that the chances of getting successful recovery results depend on many factors. But in most cases you can expect […]

Recover and Undelete Folders on Mac OS macOS

As you may already know, Disk Drill is an advanced data recovery solution with the ability to recovery almost any file format from any mountable media on Mac OS. Rather frequently, however, we receive questions from our users on whether […]

Recovering Deleted or Lost Pro Tools Sessions on Mac OS X macOS

Pro Tools is one of the most popular DAW platform for Mac OS X (and Windows OS also) developed by Avid Technology. A lot of professional studios use Pro Tool as s primary tool for music production. And after receiving […]

Recover Deleted Mailbox Emails for Free with Disk Drill for Mac OS X macOS

We have received several questions on whether Disk Drill has the option to recover mbox data, that is actually used by Mail® App. The short answer is – yes, it can! Disk Drill can recover mbox files in case of […]

SSD data recovery on Mac OS X – recover deleted files from Solid State Drive (SSD) macOS

SSD data loss is not a reason panic — you can easily recover data from your SSD disk with Disk Drill (as long as you do not have  TRIM enabled). All you need to know is that if you can […]

Recover Deleted Files from USB Flash Drive on Mac OS X macOS

If you can’t find files on your USB drive or you have accidentally deleted all data, you can restore it from a backup. But unless you’re making backups there is no other way to get this data back except using […]

Video How-To: Recover Files Emptied From Trash With a Quick Scan Option of Disk Drill macOS

Dear Disk Drill Users! We are pleased to inform that from now on you can not only read our how-tos but also watch them. We plan to frequently release short videos on Disk Drill related questions that you might have. […]