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 Big Sur Ready!
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.

#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.
  • 1Download Disk Drill
  • 2Drag to Applications Folder
  • 3Launch 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.

#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.
If you had our Guaranteed Recovery feature running, you will want to select “Undelete Protected Data” in order to easily recover files on your computer by undeleting them. Select the Scanning Method

It is better to protect in advance!

Use unique protection possibilities of Disk Drill to keep your files safe and accessible to you at any moment. These features are Recovery Vault and Guaranteed Recovery. Recovery Vault creates a "map" for Disk Drill to locate the lost files. Guaranteed Recovery keeps an eye on file operations and saves invisible copies of trashed files for a successful recovery when needed.

#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.
Select the files you wish to recover and proceed with upgrading to Disk Drill PRO. Preview the Discovered Files
That’s all there is to it! Anytime you need to perform an Apple undelete or an Apple recovery of a partition, Disk Drill is here to help.

Disk Drill is an excellent Apple data recovery software

In despair? Thinking that there is nothing left to restore? Disk Drill doesn't think so! Recover deleted files on Apple computer with Deep Scan that goes really deep into core structure to find remaining file signatures and put the files back together. Disk Drill works with various file systems as well as file types including XLS, DOC, AVI, MP4, JPG.

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