Recover Deleted Files on Apple computer with Disk Drill

Is Disk Drill only for Apple data recovery? No way! Disk Drill is the data recovery app that runs on Apple's ® OS X (macOS), but is actually capable of recovering any files from any file system or even on damaged drives with no file system at all, literally and virtually. Enjoy Disk Drill – Apple data recovery software – now. macOS Sonoma Ready!

Apple data recovery software
Apple File Recovery

File recovery has never been easier. Disk Drill is a file recovery app built for Apple eco-system from the ground up to scan and recover files from Apple hard drives, plus external hard drives, flash drives, iPods, camera cards and more. Whether you’ve deleted a file by mistake, or you’re having trouble accessing files on a failing disk or partition, Disk Drill handles Apple data recovery graciously.

Read on for a quick overview of the steps. For detailed tutorials, see How to Install Disk Drill and How to Recover Lost Files with Disk Drill Basic in our Knowledgebase. Note that there are special steps you should take if you are trying to recover files from your Mac's internal hard drive.

Recover Data from Any Device

Disk Drill for Mac is designed to recover data from any device regardless of which version of macOS you use. Here’s just a small sample of the numerous devices it can recover:

MacBook Air
MacBook Air

M1 (2020), Retina 13-inch models (2019 and 2018), non-Retina models (2017 and earlier).

MacBook Pro
MacBook Pro

M1 Pro and M1 Max 14- and 16-inch models (2021), M1 13-inch model (2020), Intel-based 16- and 15-inch models (2019 and earlier).

Mac mini
Mac mini

M1 (2020), Intel-based models (2018, 2014, 2012, 2010, and 2009).


M1 (2021), Retina 27-inch models (2020, 2019), Retina 21.5-inch models (2019), iMac Pro (2017), iMac (2017), and earlier models.

iPhone (iOS)
iPhone (iOS)

iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 (2021), iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone SE (2020), iPhone 11 (2019), and earlier models.

iPad (iPadOS)
iPad (iPadOS)

iPad Pro (2021, 2020, 2018), iPad (2021, 2020, 2019), iPad Air (2020, 2019), iPad mini (2021, 2019), and earlier models.

#1 Determine Your Chances of Recovery

Your chances of file recovery are dictated by many factors, including how long it has been since your files were lost, how the files were deleted, and the health of your disk. Please review our article on Variables That Impact File Recovery to learn more. In addition, you may want to review What File Types Can Disk Drill Recover? to learn more about how that impacts recovery, especially Apple file recovery.

#2 Download and Install Disk Drill Basic

You can download Disk Drill for free. One of the best things about Apple file recovery with Disk Drill is that you can scan your disk for lost files without paying a dime. You only need to buy the PRO version of Disk Drill if you locate your lost files and wish to recover them.

  • Download Disk Drill

    Download Disk Drill

  • Drag to Applications Folder

    Drag to Applications Folder

  • Launch the app

    Launch the app

#3 Select the Disk For Scanning

When you launch Disk Drill, you will be asked which disk and partition you wish to scan. You can choose to scan an entire disk, or just one of the partitions. Disk Drill can also can scan for lost partitions, which is great if you plan to recover deleted files on Apple partition.

Select the Disk For Scanning

#4 Select the Scanning Method

In most Apple file recovery situations, we recommend simply clicking the main Recover button, which will then run through all of our scanning methods. However, you can customize your scanning method by clicking on the Recover drop-down menu.

#5 Preview the Discovered Files

When Disk Drill is done scanning, it will display the list of all files found during the scan. These files may or may not still have their original filenames and metadata. Often with Apple hard drive recovery, you may need to search by file type, file size and/or date to find the file you need.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Does Apple provide data recovery?

Apple devices come with data backup solutions like Time Machine and iCloud, which let their users back up important data, like documents, photos, and videos. The same solutions can then be used to recover lost data from backups. Apple can also repair a broken devices to restore access to lost data, but the company doesn’t offer dedicated data recovery services.

How much is Apple data recovery?

If you send your Apple device to data recovery professionals, then you can expect to pay anywhere from several hundred dollars to thousands—it all depends on how much data has been lost and the complexity of the data recovery process, such as if physical damage is involved.

Can Apple recover lost iPhone data?

In some cases, Apple can recover lost iPhone data, such as when you’re unable to access your files because of a software problem or misconfiguration. However, there are many situations when iPhone data loss can be addressed only by DIY data recovery software or professionals.

Disk Drill is an excellent Apple data recovery software

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