File Recovery Software for macOS 11.0 Big Sur Ready

Disk Drill helps you rescue files that have been deleted. With our free file recovery Mac software, successful recovery doesn't depend on the type of disk you're using or the reason the data was lost. If you can get your computer to recognize the disk, deleted file recovery on Mac is imminent.
Disk Drill can recover deleted file on Mac not only from native OS X disks (HFS and HFS+) but also from external drives, memory cards and other devices with a FAT, FAT32 and NTFS file systems. If you need the software for deleted file recovery on Mac, we can help.

To rescue your lost computer files, Disk Drill uses several powerful OS X file recovery techniques. The choice of which one to use is easy – just one click of the "Recover" button and Disk Drill will run through all recovery options, one by one. But if you're an advanced user, you can choose the exact method you want from the Recover menu.

Read on for a quick overview of the steps. For detailed tutorials, see How to Install Disk Drill and How to Recover Lost Files with Disk Drill Basic in our Knowledgebase.

#1 Download and Install Disk Drill

Download Disk Drill, CleverFiles' Mac file recovery software. Drag and drop it to your Applications folder to install, and from your Applications folder to the Dock for easy access. Disk Drill will require your administrator password on the first launch. That's all the preparation you need.
  • 1Download Disk Drill
  • 2Drag to Applications Folder
  • 3Launch Disk Drill

#2 Select the Drive To Be Recovered

If you are recovering files from an external device, connect it first, then launch Disk Drill. Upon opening, Disk Drill will list all the detected disks and partitions. Click on the drive or partition you want to start file recovery from. By clicking the drop-down arrow next to the Recover button, you can see the various recovery methods available for each volume.

#3 Undelete Protected Data

The Undelete Protected Data method can be used to recover any files that were deleted when Recovery Vault or Guaranteed Recovery was active and protecting your drive. Instead of peering over your disk's sectors one by one, Disk Drill will ask Recovery Vault where to find the files, making deleted file recovery for Mac as easy as it will ever be. If you have Guaranteed Recovery enabled, Disk Drill will actually keep an invisible copy of each file you send to Trash.
This recovery method is notably faster and is able to retain the filenames and locations of deleted Mac OS X files, unlike any other file recovery Mac alternative. Once enabled, this method allows free deleted file recovery on Mac OS X.

#4 Quick Scan for FAT32, NTFS, exFAT and EXT4

Quick scan can be used to recover lost files on FAT32, NTFS, exFAT and EXT4 systems, as used on Windows and Linux operating systems and your typical USB flash drive. It skims the deletion records on these file systems to quickly turn up results – although not as quickly as Undelete Protected Data. If your file wasn't deleted too long ago, Quick Scan is a good way to recover files on Mac. Quick Scan for FAT32, NTFS, exFAT and EXT4

Protect your files to never lose them!

Activate two unique features of Disk Drill to ensure your files safety – Recovery Vault and Guaranteed Recovery. First one will direct Disk Drill where to look for the lost files, whereas the second option will keep an eye on files moved to Trash and save invisible copies of them for whenever you start Mac file recovery.

#5 Deep Scan Any Volume for Lost Data

The Deep Scan technique may work slowly, but it is equally reliable. It turns your drive inside out, ruthlessly sniffing out deleted files. If there's any chance of saving a file, Disk Drill's Deep Scan will find it. It's the surest way to recover files on any disk or flash drive, but also tends to take a lot of time. Deep Scan Any Volume for Lost Data

#6 Preview and Select Files for Recovery

At the end of the scan, Disk Drill will show a comprehensive list of all the items it was able to detect that are candidates for deleted file recovery on your Mac. You'll notice that Undelete from Recovery Vault and Quick Scan are both able to preserve old filenames and system locations, whereas Deep Scan lists them according to file type and category.
Select the files you're looking for and use Preview to confirm that your files can be successfully recovered. Then upgrade to Disk Drill PRO if needed and save your selected files. Preview and Select Files for Recovery

Disk Drill is an excellent Mac file recovery software

Disk Drill offers Deep Scan – the method that digs through whatever remained of the files to find pieces that are still recoverable and put them together. It doesn't matter if the system is NTFS, HFS or FAT32, Disk Drill will apply its great knowledge of file signatures to find the correct ones and recover files including XLS, DOC, AVI, MP4, JPG, and others.

Deleted file recovery for Mac is that easy!

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