Disk Drill, the brainchild of CleverFiles, has been upgraded to version 5. Faster scans, multiple new file formats, RAID arrays support, new UI with adaptive dark mode and substantial usability improvements, S.M.A.R.T. hard drive diagnostics updates, in-depth data recovery boosts on EXT3, EXT4, ExFAT, FAT32 and NTFS systems. Check out the full changelog for details.

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all new disk drill 5 for windows


  • Cutting-edge smooth modular user interface
  • Recover already found files even before completing your scans
  • Up to 8x faster scanning for lost data
  • RAID recovery – scan and undelete data from Windows and Linux software RAID arrays
  • VHD and VHDX support – Disk Drill 5 can mount, scan and recover data from your Virtual Hard Drives
  • Multiple new image formats can be reconstructed and properly labeled by Deep Scan. Among them: CRW (raw photos by Canon), CPT (Corel Photo-Paint 2019), EXR (high-dynamic range, multi-channel raster images), INSP (Insta360 panoramic images), X3I (super fine detail Sigma raw photos)
  • Deep Scan masters more video formats: VP6 (On2 TrueMotion), R3D (video files by the RED Cinema), and M1V (Moving Picture Experts Group Phase 1&2)
  • Google Pixel Motion Photos recovery
  • A great variety of professional file formats added to Disk Drill’s Deep Scan and labeling algorithms. Among them: XD (Adobe XD mockups), MB (Autodesk Maya 2020 binary & ASCII projects), PTS, PTF, PTX, PTXP (Avid Pro Tools Sessions, multiple versions), MDP (Fire Alpaca), PLD5 (Professional League by ligaverwaltung.de), XMIND, RPH (Stormware Pohoda), GEO (TruTops by Trumpf), VBS & SUD (NI DIAdem VB scripts & user dialog files), VWX (Vectorworks 2019), SBK SHW (ChamSys MagicQ), 3MF (3D manufacturing & modeling files), STL (CAD-related binary & ASCII files), and GSM (Archicad 25 library objects)
  • New file generation rules in Deep Scan for multiple file signatures: VSD (MS Visio), JNB (SigmaPlot), MAX (3D Max), QPW (Quattro Pro), SDW & SDA (StarOffice), SDC, SXC, SXD, SXI, SXW, ODT, ODG, ODS, ODP (OpenOffice), TTF (you know this one, right?) among them
  • Disk Drill quick start added to the right-click menu of the Recycle Bin
  • Introducing adaptive Dark Mode. Let your eyes rest a bit more while scanning and recovering your deleted data
  • Introducing more ways to manage, filter, group and sort through the found data
  • Entire disk scans may now produce additional recoverable file trees under the new “Lost data structures” group in the scanning results
  • More informative scanning progress indicator
  • Better naming of located lost partitions with their original volume titles (when recoverable)
  • Disk backup creation can now be paused and resumed
  • Search history for scan results
  • And yes! Scanning sessions are now cross-platform. You can start scanning a drive for lost data in Disk Drill for Mac and continue/finish the scan on a Windows computer, or vice versa
  • S.M.A.R.T. module – keyboard navigation and clipboard integration


  • Heavily upgraded recovery from EXT3 and EXT4 Linux file systems, both Quick and Deep Scans
  • EXT4 recovery now properly understands and treats symbolic links
  • EXT3 and EXT4 recovery algorithms prevent data duplication when all available scanning methods run simultaneously
  • ExFAT and FAT32 algorithms detect and restore more deleted fragmented files
  • Lost NTFS partitions scanning and recovery
  • Deep Scan – improved detection and reconstruction of Insta360 One X, TTF, M4A, M4B, and Macromedia Director’s DIR, DXR, CST, CXT file formats
  • Faster detection and reconstruction of multi-image JPG files (MP images) for some models of Samsung, Nikon, and Panasonic cameras
  • File labeling for MOV, DOCX, XLSX, PPTX, M4B, and BRAW file formats in Deep Scan
  • Simplified scanning results, better file grouping, intuitive default navigation and more
  • Updated default recovery setting – Disk Drill 5 ignores the original folder structure for recovered items and restores all selected files to the same location (change this in Preferences)
  • Icons mode – adjust thumbnails size when previewing recoverable items
  • Multiple back-end Preview panel enhancements
  • Proper handling of disconnection of the destination and scanned drives in the recovery phase
  • Recovery chances prediction for ZIP and RAR archives
  • Bad sectors detection and notifications
  • S.M.A.R.T. disk monitoring for newly released hardware by SanDisk, Apacer, Micron, Kingston, and others
  • Revamped recovery of MXF files (video and audio data in the Material Exchange format), added support for updated high-definition codecs
  • Deep Scan – added mandatory chunk control for improved PNG recovery
  • Date info processing for recovered files
  • Fewer false-positive detections of STL files during Deep Scan
  • Dropdowns and right-click menus behavior while scanning


  • Scanned disk names are now properly loaded from saved scanning sessions
  • Recovery Vault disk list visuals
  • Listing of newly saved scanning sessions
  • Ascending/descending file sorting state
  • Providing proper information on scanning sessions of drives that are currently offline
  • User interface language selection
  • App crash upon clicking Disk Drill’s taskbar icon while scanning physically damaged disks
  • S.M.A.R.T. disk monitoring status display for some drives
  • Minor glitches in 150% UI scaling

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.updated: November 14, 2022 author: CleverFiles Team