Basics

Everything you need to know about Disk Drill as a first-time user: data recovery 101, data protection and more.

Data Recovery from Encrypted HFS+ and APFS Volumes macOS

These days data security is undoubtedly becoming everyone’s top priority. macOS is one of the most secure consumer operating systems that provides plenty of simple ways to encrypt your data and add an extra layer of protection with the system’s […]

Fusion Drive Support in Disk Drill macOS

Generally speaking, the modern trend in data storage evolution is progressing towards layered data architecture. This is implemented by adding an extra logic layer on a data flow between the storage devices and the file system residing on these devices. […]

Speed Up Your Mac

People rarely talk about this, but Macs do slow down over time. Your Mac may have started its life as a beautiful, fast Apple box, but it will collect files and corrupted data like a sponge as it ages. This […]

FAQ: Can’t see recovery results mounted in Finder on OS X 10.8 macOS

As you know, Disk Drill lets you mount your scanning results as a separate disk for faster and more convenient preview and recovery of found data. However, it seems that on older Mac OS X versions (specifically on 10.8.x), the mounted […]

Are Disk Drill for Mac and Windows Identical?

How are Disk Drill for Mac and Disk Drill for Windows different? Are they the same app for different platforms? Or how do they compare feature-wise? Why is Disk Drill for Mac more expensive than the Windows Edition? Will they […]

Can I recover deleted email from my iPhone or iPad?

It probably happened to all of us. Trashing an important email takes a tap, and it takes a second to realize it was that very email you might need for tomorrow’s demo, or what not… you may want to recover this […]

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. […]

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, […]

Why do icons for disks differ from icons for logical drives?

You are seeing different icons in Disk Drill’s disk list because the hardware disks and logical drives (or volumes) are different entities by nature. Physical/hardware disks correspond to real hardware in your computer and have sectors, tracks, cylinders, etc. Physical disks can be […]

How to Upgrade from Disk Drill 1.x/2.x to 3.0 for Mac macOS

Version 3.0 is a major upgrade of the Disk Drill program. It is recommended that all users perform this upgrade, as there have been major improvements to file signature recognition, recovery algorithms, and supported formats. If you have recently completed […]

What is Disk Drill?

If you are here, reading this article, you might be asking yourself what Disk Drill app is, why you need to download a data recovery app or why you already have it installed on your computer. Here you go! Disk Drill is a […]

Disk Drill for Mac OS X – License Upgrades macOS

Every license of Disk Drill PRO / Enterprise (and former Expert) edition is permanent: you will be able to use the version you purchased within its supported OS versions without the need for any additional purchases any time in your life. […]

Change Disk Drill UI locale macOS

Question: Is there a way to change Disk Drill UI locale without changing the locale of my OS X? Answer: Yep, that’s possible. You will need to use the following third-party app: Language Switcher. Simple, convenient, helpful. Enjoy 🙂

FAQ: How can I transfer my Disk Drill installation to another Mac? macOS

Just recently got a question from one of our clients: “I have been using Disk Drill on a MacBook Pro. What files do I need to copy over to another Mac in order to keep the scans I have already done?” […]

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 […]

What Types of Drives or Disks Can I Recover Files From?

No matter what type of storage device you’ve lost data from, if you can normally connect it to your Mac and view the contents, Disk Drill can scan it. Even if you’re currently having trouble accessing your hard drive or […]

Why Does the User Interface Look Different with Disk Drill 2.0? macOS

Disk Drill 2.0 has a whole new interface. But don’t worry! All your favorite features are still there. Here’s a brief overview of the changes: Main Window: Disk Drill now opens in Recovery mode. You no longer need to choose […]

What Do All the Symbols Mean Next To the Disk Names? macOS

On the main Disk Drill screen, you will see a list of all the available disks and partitions. Here is an explanation for some of the symbols you might see. Information Button (i) The small “i” in a circle under […]

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? macOS

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 […]