Data Recovery

Apple’s Time Capsule recovery

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?

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 […]

What’s new in Disk Drill 3 for macOS? Just about everything!

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

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. […]

How can Disk Drill for Windows be uninstalled?

Disk Drill on Windows 10 Depending on the version of Windows OS you are running, one of the following instructions will let you quickly remove Disk Drill for Windows. We surely regret seeing you go, we’ll hope you just decided to […]

Announcing Disk Drill 3 Beta and the last build of Disk Drill 2.x

Announcing Disk Drill 3 Beta and the last update of Disk Drill 2.x – be the first to know!

Troubleshooting Scan Results

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 […]

FAQ: External USB drives randomly disconnecting…

The Problem Occasionally we are hearing from our users that their external drives, connected via USB to their Macs, may randomly disconnect while Disk Drill is scanning them for lost data. We have to confirm that in most cases this […]

How Can I Rebuild a Corrupted HFS+ Catalog Directory?

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)?

Disk Drill is a data recovery tool with only one “forensics” feature so far: it returns the layout information for recovered files in a machine-readable format for further processing (CSV, SQLite database or DFXML). This allows for their forensic analysis […]

Can I Recover Plain Text (.txt) Files?

Disk Drill can recover plain text TXT files with two of its recovery methods: Undelete Protected Data and Quick Scan. Undelete Protected Data can only be used with Recovery Vault and Guaranteed Recovery, Disk Drill’s data protection features, and they have […]

Can I Recover Apple Mail (mbox) Email Files?

Can Disk Drill recover mbox data – the files used by Apple’s Mail app? The short answer is – yes, but only in certain situations. There are limitations because mbox is not actually a file — mbox is a folder where […]

How Do I Mount Scanning Results As a Disk and Recover From It?

One of the great features of Disk Drill PRO is that you don’t have to preview files in Disk Drill. You can instead recover them to a virtual disk and open the files in their native applications. Note that a third-party […]

Why Should I Remount Disks/Partitions In Read-Only Mode?

Whenever you have a disk connected to your Mac, it can be accessed by other programs. iPhoto might try to access your camera, Time Machine might want to backup to an external hard drive, etc. This kind of access can […]

Can I Recover Files That Are Not Lost, But Can’t Be Accessed Due to Logical Disk Issues?

If you have a disk which can’t be mounted correctly (you plug it into your Mac but it doesn’t show up in Finder), this may indicate that the disk’s partition header is corrupted or the HFS+ catalog file was damaged. In […]

Can I Recover Mac Apps (.app) and Program Files?

Briefly: Yes, Disk Drill is capable of recovering .app Mac program files. However, due to the fact that .app is actually a “package” (folder) and not a single file, you can only recover them under certain situations: If your Mac […]