Data Recovery

Verifying recovery chances for DMG files

An Apple Disk Image (a file with DMG extension) is a disk image widely used in macOS. When opened or double-clicked, an Apple disk image gets “mounted” as a new volume in Finder. When mounted, you would usually see multiple files inside the new volume. […]

Managing bad sectors in Disk Drill macOS

As you know, you can always manually set memory sectors (or blocks) on your storage device as “bad” in Disk Drill. Or vice versa, you can always navigate to “Configuration gear -> Specify bad blocks” on your hard drives to manually remove […]

Disk Drill vs Data Rescue, DiskWarrior, R-Studio. Choose the best data recovery app. macOS

The choice of quality data recovery tools for macOS is in fact limited to several high-end players you have probably heard about: Disk Drill by CleverFiles, Data Rescue by Prosoft, DiskWarrior by Alsoft, Data Recovery Wizard by Easeus, TechTool by Micromat, Stellar Phoenix […]

HFS+ Healing Algorithms in Disk Drill macOS

Disk Drill is a powerful HFS+ data recovery tool, and in addition to regular file recovery from HFS+ partitions, it can actually make an attempt to recover the original partition itself after it was lost or damaged. All available data recovery methods […]

Should I keep using a damaged drive after successful data recovery?

So you have just completed a successful data recovery session with Disk Drill for Mac or Windows from a damaged external drive. Thank you for using our data recovery apps, btw. Now you may ask yourself if you should continue using that drive, […]

Can Recovery Vault be used in forensic research? macOS

Occasionally we are getting requests from various law enforcement organizations throughout the world about Disk Drill and its forensic features. In addition to Forensic Data Export in DFXML format, turns out many are able to utilize other functions of Disk Drill for making our world a […]

How to remove old auto-saved recovery sessions? macOS

In the current version of Disk Drill for macOS, you can remove such auto-saves only manually: Close Disk Drill Open Finder and press Command+Shift+G Type ~/Library/Application Support/DiskDrill to access the folder with auto-saves Remove unwanted auto-saves Once all auto-saves are […]

Is it possible to recover data directly in NAS?

Yes, Disk Drill 3+ supports data recovery of Linux drives, such as EXT3 and EXT4, but you will need to extract the target drive from NAS and plug this drive into the dock station that will be connected directly to […]

Is it possible to recover RAIDs?

You can try to recover RAIDs in Disk Drill. RAID recovery is supported to the extent of scanning individual RAID disks and recovering data on each of them. Disk Drill doesn’t support reconstructing RAIDs themselves. This is something not possible in an […]

Apple’s Time Capsule recovery macOS

Wondering if it’s possible to recover files directly from Apple’s Time Capsules (i.e. when they are powered, but not installed or connected to Mac)? We have bad news in this case. It’s not possible. You should remove the hard disk from […]

Is it possible to recover DVD images?

Yes, Disk Drill can recover them, but sometimes the recovered items may be split in several parts. Therefore, if you cannot find a large VOB file after recovery, check for smaller files that can be parts of it. Keep in mind, […]

Is it possible to recover Time Machine backups? macOS

You can try to recover Time Machine backups in Disk Drill, but unfortunately we cannot guarantee this will help. The Time Machine files usually have very sophisticated structure and store lots of various data. If any of this data appears […]

Recover Firefox browsing sessions

In this article we are answering one of the recent questions from our user about recovering a Firefox browsing session. This might also be a useful scenario for data analysts. I need help recovering lost tabs from a Firefox session previous […]

Why quick and deep scan recovery are not available for iOS devices? macOS

Disk Drill 3 features iOS data recovery among other added functionality. When scanning your iPhone or iPad for lost data, the results Disk Drill produces look different from what you are used to when recovering data from a hard drive or partition. […]

Troubleshooting Scan Results macOS

The following are some frequently asked questions about scan results and tips for solving them. Why didn’t the file I need show up after a scan? There are a number of reasons that you might not see the files you […]

Why are large files so hard to recover?

Even with all of Disk Drill’s advanced algorithms, there are still some things that lessen your chances of a successful file recovery. One of those things is large file size — files like high resolution videos, presentations, graphic files, etc. […]

Why don’t my recovered files have their original names?

Unfortunately, when you recover files using Deep Scan, the file metadata is lost (including the file name and location). Files recovered by Deep Scan have names like file123.doc and 180×600.jpg. If this is the case with your recovered files, you have […]

External USB drives randomly disconnecting… macOS

Some users keep reporting that their external drives, being connected via USB to their Macs, may randomly disconnect while being scanned. We have to confirm that in most cases this is not related to Disk Drill at all, and in fact […]

How Can I Rebuild a Corrupted HFS+ Catalog Directory? macOS

The launch of Disk Drill 2.2 brought some major improvements to the Rebuild HFS+ Catalog File function. Sometimes an HFS+ partition becomes unreadable because the catalog file has become corrupted. Disk Drill’s “Rebuild” function uses the existing partition header to […]

How Can I Export Forensic Data (DFXML)? macOS

Disk Drill Enterprise (or Expert version) has the ability to export forensic data from a disk in the DFXML format. This allows for forensic analysis of data storage devices for the purposes of identifying, preserving and retrieving sensitive data.