Meet the All-New Disk Drill for Mac v.4: Up to a 200% Recovery Efficiency Increase

The data recovery experts at CleverFiles have just released version 4 of their Disk Drill data recovery software for macOS. The updated application improves on an already superior data recovery and protection solution. Let’s take a closer look at why Disk Drill 4 is among the best choices in Mac data recovery software for both professionals and casual home users.

new disk drill for mac os

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🙌 Disk Drill 4 for Mac – Enhancements

The developers at CleverFiles have added some exceptional new features to Disk Drill 4 for Mac. In addition to enhancing its data recovery capabilities to deliver a more reliable and thorough recovery process, the tool’s new functionality makes it useful in an even wider range of usage scenarios.

Support for scanning and recovering data from devices with the T2 encryption chip

Almost all new Macs produced by Apple since 2018 are equipped with T2 security chips. These additional controllers are here to prevent unauthorized access to your system SSD drives and information on them. It’s also affecting the data recovery industry in a big way. While it’s still close to impossible to recover deleted data from T2-protected storage devices, and SSD recovery can be tricky, Disk Drill 4 goes beyond T2 protections and ensures the users no longer get empty scans on such drives. It is now possible to extract the existing data in case of its accidental corruption or partition issues.

RAW photo and video formats recovery

One of the biggest improvements in Disk Drill 4 is RAW media formats. CleverFiles team invested a lot of resources into researching and implementing unique search and recovery algorithms aiming bring back many raw images, like 3FR (Hasselblad), ARW (Sony), CR2 and CR3 (Canon), DNG (multiple mobile devices and cameras), GPR (GoPRO), HEIC (Apple), and many others. The same level of effort was devoted to videos: RLE (QuickTime videos), CVID (Cinepak), H263 and H264, MP4V, and other MOV-container-based formats are now recovered more reliably.

Here’s a quick overview that might help visualize the progress delivered by Disk Drill 4 for macOS:
Disk Drill 4 Disk Drill 3.8 EaseUs Recuva Stellar Recoverit R-Studio
Raw photos (DNG CR2/3 FFF KDC etc) 99% 68% 67% 5% 12% Not tested Not tested
Raw videos (MOV-based container) 96% 51% 56% Not tested 83% 85% 41%

As well as many video and audio formats:

  • BRAW: professional video recordings
  • CinemaDNG: reconstruct deleted digital cinema files
  • Canon CRM: Cinema RAW Light HD videos
  • Ground-breaking improvements in QuickTime-based video recovery (MOV and similar containers)
  • MPC: compressed audio files based on MPEG-2 algorithms
  • and others

Wide range of supported file systems

Thanks to the introduction of state-of-the-art scanning methods and updated recovery algorithms for FAT32, NTFS, HFS+, and APFS file systems, users of Disk Drill 4 for Mac get to enjoy superior data recovery performance and an increase in recovery efficiency of up to 200%.

Apple’s Time Machine as part of the scan

Disk Drill 4 adds Time Machine analysis and recovery. Time Machine backups are scanned in order to safely find, filter and extract deleted data without the need to restore the entire backups.

apple time machine scan

The convenience and flexibility of Disk Drill’s scanning process

Disk Drill features the best scan session management tools at the market. While most of the competing apps don’t let you pause or resume your scans, Disk Drill does it all while ensuring the best recovery quality, seamless saving, loading, transfers of saved scanning sessions at almost any stage of the recovery process.

Start your recovery before finishing the scan

Unlike most competing apps, Disk Drill lets anyone manage the recoverable items in real-time as they are being detected during the search for lost data. Even before a scan is finished, one can preview and select found files for recovery, and even initiate the actual recovery at any moment. The scanning status is automatically safely saved in the background.

Native Quick Look support

Disk Drill offers Apple’s brilliant native macOS Quick Look to ensure the maximum number of file formats can be previewed before the actual recovery. Disk Drill can preview at least twice more file formats than its closest competitors.

Ready for macOS 11 Big Sur and iOS 14

ios 14 scan ready

Other New and Improved Features in Disk Drill 4

Data Shredder and Free Space erasure

These tools securely delete your data so it can’t be recovered by Disk Drill or any other recovery software solution. Use them to erase sensitive files and storage devices that may still contain recoverable data.

disk space erasure feature

Simply the best UI among do-it-yourself data recovery apps on Mac

Even though the previous version of Disk Drill for Mac was widely praised for its ease of use, the newly redesigned user interface manages to take usability to the next level by providing the most intuitive data recovery experience currently available on Mac.
Disk Drill finally delivers the full Dark Mode support, and it’s simply gorgeous. The new pop-class UI of version 4 improves user onboarding and includes many tips for beginners.

best ui on mac os

Updated data protection features

No other data recovery app also features protection from accidental data loss. Disk Drill 4 redesigns and improves its both data protection modules: Recovery Vault and Guaranteed Recovery, providing reliable protection of the most important user data.

  • Improvements to the S.M.A.R.T. disk monitoring. Disk Drill 4 for Mac actively helps users prevent catastrophic loss of data due to hard drive failure by including S.M.A.R.T. disk monitoring and real-time hard drive health alerts.
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💎 Disk Drill’s Interface In-Depth

Let’s take a closer look at Disk Drill’s user interface and discuss each of the available options.

disk drill interface in depth

Data Recovery

This section of the interface enables you to select the storage device or partition that will be used for data recovery.

  • Storage devices – View all available storage devices, including internal disks and external devices that are connected to the computer.
  • iPhones & iPads – Disk Drill can recover data from iOS devices if they are attached to the machine.
  • Android devices – Connected Android devices will be displayed with this selection.
  • Time Machine – Disk Drill can extract data from Time Machine backups that are available to the system.

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Extra Tools

All of Disk Drill’s additional tools are accessible from this part of the user interface. Here’s a brief description of each tool:

  • Data Protection – Two free tools are available to protect your valuable data. Recovery Vault saves meta-data of specified files to streamline their recovery if they become deleted. Guaranteed Recovery saves complete copies of deleted data and works as an extended Trash Bin. Both solutions are fully configurable to allow you to protect the files and folders that are most important to you, giving you complete confidence in your ability to recover them.
  • Boot Drive – This feature enables you to create a bootable recovery drive if desired, allowing you to recover lost data even from a Mac computer that refuses to boot properly. As an alternative strategy, Disk Drill can be run directly in Recovery Mode to achieve the same result, and a video link is provided that illustrates this procedure.
  • macOS Installer – The macOS Installer option lets you create an emergency macOS bootable installation drive. Having this drive available can be a lifesaver when your system becomes critically damaged and unable to start or function properly.
  • Backup – This option allows you to create a byte-level image of any storage devices connected to your Mac. You can later use this image for data recovery purposes, which is why it’s such a good idea to create it as soon as a storage device starts showing early signs of corruption or failure.
  • Clean Up – This option creates a disk space map for the selected device, displaying all files on the storage device, their sizes, and when they were last modified. With this tool, users can quickly and easily identify obsolete data that can be deleted to provide your system with more disk space.
  • Find Duplicates – Disk Drill’s duplicate finder functionality makes it easy to control disk sprawl by scanning connected devices, network drives, and even online storage accounts like Dropbox for duplicate files that can be safely deleted without any loss of valuable information.
  • Data Shredder – This privacy-oriented tool allows you to destroy sensitive files so they cannot be recovered with any data recovery software—not even with Disk Drill. Data Shredder can permanently erase individual files as well as entire folders and storage devices. Even if you don’t have anything to hide, you should use it before putting old storage devices on sale.
  • Erase free space – Using this feature enables you to securely erase free disk space that may contain deleted data. Once the space has been freed, any data that was present can no longer be recovered by any software tool. Erasing free space is a great practice for securing storage devices that have been quickly formatted but not overwritten.
  • Recent sessions – This portion of the interface allows you to access recent scan sessions that have been paused or completed. The ability to pause and restart a scan lets you perform data recovery at your convenience.
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⚙️ Technical Requirements

Disk Drill 4 runs on a wide range of macOS versions from 10.11 up to the newest Big Sur (11.0) and later.

  • Disk Space: 150 Mb minimum free space
  • CPU: at least with x86
  • RAM: at least 128MB

There is always a special version of Disk Drill at, which allows you to run your data recovery on older releases of Mac OS X.

🕵🏽‍♀️ Disk Drill for Mac vs Competitors

User experience and price

Disk Drill 4 Stellar Mac Data Recovery Recoverit for Mac EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac Data Rescue for Mac
Price $89 (Windows & Mac) $79.99 + $20 for advanced features $99.95 + $20 for advanced features $119.95 ~$399?
License Unlimited recovery for one-time fee 1-Year Subscription 1-Year Subscription 1-Year Subscription 1 drive recovery
macOS 11.0 Big Sur full support Yes No No No No
System requirements macOS 10.11-11.0 macOS 10.7-10.15 macOS 10.9-10.15 macOS 10.9-10.15 macOS 10.10-10.15
Ease of use Easy Moderate Easy Easy Moderate
Recovery speed Fast Slow Fast Fast Average
Tutorials & onboarding in the app Yes No No No No
User guide Online knowledge base & video tutorials Online knowledge base Online knowledge base & video tutorials Online knowledge base & video tutorials Online FAQ

Data recovery

Disk Drill 4 Stellar Mac Data Recovery Recoverit for Mac EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac Data Rescue for Mac
Deep Scan: number of file formats supported 400 verified 200 claimed 200 claimed 1000 claimed 150 claimed
Rebuild HFS+ corrupted drives Yes No No No No
Search for lost partitons Yes Partial Partial Yes No
Clever automated scans Yes Partial Yes Yes No
RAW devices scan Yes Partial Partial Yes Yes
RAID data recovery Yes Partial No Yes Yes
Corrupted device scan Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
iOS 14 support Yes No Separate paid app required No No
Data extraction from T2-secured SSD drives Yes No No No No
Android data recovery Yes No Separate paid app required Separate paid app required No
iOS data recovery Yes Separate paid app required Separate paid app required Separate paid app required No
Fusion Drive Recovery Yes Limited Limited Yes Limited
Recover from Time Machine backups Yes No No Limited No
Apple Time Machine local snapshots as part of automated scans Yes No No No No
Automatic scan resume on device disconnection (very helpful for damaged or unstable drives) Yes No No No No
Auto-switch devices into Read-Only mode before scanning (prevents further data loss) Yes No No No No
Advanced RAW photo recovery Yes Limited Limited Limited Limited
Advanced RAW video recovery Yes Limited Limited Limited Limited
Extended archive detection and recovery Yes Limited Limited Limited Limited

Other features

Disk Drill 4 Stellar Mac Data Recovery Recoverit for Mac EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac Data Rescue for Mac
S.M.A.R.T. disk health monitoring Yes Yes No Yes Separate paid app required
File preview (the must before recovery) Everything supported by macOS & extendable via QL plugins Limited Limited Limited Limited
Hex file viewer Yes No No No Yes
Preview during scan Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Create and recover from disk images Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Scan sessions: recovery pausing and resuming Yes Yes No Yes No
Mount recoverable items as a virtual drive Yes No No No No
Additional data protection features Yes No No Yes No
Filter recoverable files Yes No Yes Yes No
Data recovery without stopping the scan process Yes No No No No
Bootable data recovery in macOS Big Sur Yes No No No No
Free Disk Space Eraser Free No No No Paid version
Data Shredder Free No No No No
Duplicate Finder Free No No No No
Disk space visualizer and cleaner Free No No No No
MacOS Installer Boot Drive creator Free No No No No

💚 Disk Drill loved by Mac nerds and regular users

“I have to say, I’m really impressed with this software. I absolutely love the UI, I love the way it functions… especially on Big Sur – the way it handles, it’s really clean so far.”

– Andrew Evans, youtube blogger.

“Disk Drill is the kind of magic you need. Make it a part of your toolkit. You won’t be disappointed.”

Jeffery Battersby,


What is Disk Drill 4 for Mac?

Simple enough for casual users but more than capable of delivering professional results, Disk Drill 4 for Mac is the ultimate data recovery and protection app for macOS.
From permanently deleted work documents that took many hours to create to accidentally formatted USB flash drives and SD cards with irreplaceable family images and videos, Disk Drill 4 for Mac can quickly solve all data loss situations, regardless of how serious they may seem to be.

The intuitive user interface of Disk Drill 4 for Mac makes it possible to deploy sophisticated scanning algorithms with a single click to identify and reconstruct hundreds of file formats, including all commonly used document, video, audio, image, and archive formats.

Additional features help users keep their Macs running smoothly by addressing issues such as duplicate files and insufficient disk space. Included with Disk Drill 4 for Mac is also a variety of free data protection and removal tools to protect valuable data from accidental deletion.

Is Disk Drill for Mac v4 free?

If you purchased Disk Drill PRO (Windows or Mac) on or after July 1st, 2019, the upgrade to Disk Drill 4 is free for you. This is our gift to all our loyal customers who supported us in the past. With Disk Drill, data recovery from protected storage is free, as it has always been. More info

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.updated: June 29, 2021 author: CleverFiles Team