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The free Disk Drill app can scan and recover data and entire lost partitions from virtually any storage device — including internal Macintosh hard drives, external disks, SSD, cameras, iPhones, iPads, iPods, Android devices, USB flash drives, Kindles, memory cards, Windows and Linux RAID arrays, virtual hard drives, and disk images.
In many cases, Disk Drill can read your device even if it’s failing, not recognized by your system, unreadable, or has lost a partition. Combining several powerful scanning algorithms, Disk Drill is a complete Mac data recovery toolset.
Disk Drill makes Mac data recovery super easy. In just a few simple clicks, you can get it to scan your device for lost data and display a list of files that can be restored. Preview these files to determine which ones can be successfully recovered.
If you have Disk Drill’s data protection features enabled, all protected file recovery on your Mac is free! If not, a quick upgrade to Disk Drill PRO will let you recover all deleted files and get back to your work.
Disk Drill puts the emphasis on easy. You shouldn’t have to be an IT expert to recover your deleted files on Mac. We have designed our app to ensure you don’t spend hours learning the new software. However, if you do need it, our online knowledge base provides detailed, step-by-step instructions for each Disk Drill feature.
On the other hand, if you’re a computer expert, there are plenty of ways for you to customize the recovery process. If your data is recoverable, Disk Drill will find and undelete it for you.
As a comprehensive data recovery app, Disk Drill requires low-level access to the scanned storage devices. The macOS operating system gives such a privileged level of access only to the most trusted software, and Disk Drill is the premier solution to recover deleted data not only from external drives, but also system disks powering Macs with Intel, Apple T2, M1, M2 and M3 chips.
Disk Drill achieves the necessary level of access by deploying its own kernel extension (known as kext). This extension allows Disk Drill to cooperate with the macOS kernel to access your data storage devices and extract recoverable data from them.
Permanently deleted files that have become overwritten by new data can still be recovered from existing backups, and Disk Drill makes this easier by parsing Time Machine backup disks and scanning local Time Machine snapshots.
Time Machine backup disks are external or network-attached storage devices where incremental backups of your files are saved. Such disks are automatically detected by Disk Drill, and you can scan them with just a click. Local Time Machine snapshots, on the other hand, are saved on the system drive when backup disks are not available, and Disk Drill can also scan them for you.
Since their introduction in November 2020, Macs with ARM-based M1 chips have become wildly popular among consumers thanks to their remarkable energy efficiency and performance. However, the new architecture affects compatibility with apps designed exclusively for Intel-based Macs, forcing their users to rely on a dynamic binary translator called Rosetta 2.
The latest version of Disk Drill is fully optimized for both older Intel-based Macs and the latest Macs with M1, M2 and M3 chips, allowing it to retrieve lost data from any compatible storage device reliably and fast.
If your hard drive or memory card suddenly went blank or is not recognized by your computer or camera, you may have experienced a lost partition. The data might still be there, but the "map" your Mac computer needs to find that data might be lost. Disk Drill can help you restore the lost partition and recover your data, if it's still there. All mountable data storage devices are supported. Various recovery methods are available based on the file system. And yes, you can restore your deleted data even from formatted drives.
Disk Drill is not only about Mac data recovery. It's also packed with useful disk and data tools for professionals and home users. The following extra features are free and enabled in Disk Drill right out-of-the-box. There’s no need to buy more apps to clean up your Macintosh, find duplicates on your hard drive, backup your data, create macOS installers, or monitor your disks' health. Download the free Disk Drill, and you are all covered.
Additional disk tools are included in Disk Drill Free Edition.
Latest release: Disk Drill 5.3, requires macOS 10.15.7-14.x.
Other versions available for older Macs.
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