Cleverfiles Disk Drill

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CleverFiles is a US-based software development company, specializing in data recovery solutions, creators of Disk Drill for Mac & Windows. Our mission is to secure personal data one computer at a. 2,625 likes 4 talking about this. Undelete & recover your lost data with Disk Drill for Mac OS X www.cleverfiles.com and Windows PC.

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Cleverfiles Disk Drill

There’s nothing more important than keeping your vacation photos safe. Ok, maybe work files, too. To stop worrying about file safety, get a disk lifeguard, Disk Drill.

What is Disk Drill?

Disk Drill is a powerful data recovery solution that not only brings your precious files back, but also helps ensure your information is protected against any damage. The app can scan, protect, and recover virtually any kind of a storage device. From internal Mac hard drives to external disks, iPhones, cameras, Android devices, and Kindles.

What does Disk Drill do?

A professional recovery app, Disk Drill acts via a collection of tools — including quick and deep scanning, undeletion of protected files, smart monitoring, and more. Depending on what you need to do, Disk Drill adapts and adjusts. Here’s the short list of the app’s capabilities:

  • Disk Drill recovers up to 200 different file formats.
  • Equally powerful recovery on macOS, iOS, and Android devices.
  • Advanced scanning algorithms that reach into the depths of your disk.
  • Solves the lost partition issues, easily.

The app comes with a collection of free tools. Without paying anything, you can run S.M.A.R.T. scanning to monitor your disk for potential threats, recover up to 500MB of your data, and remove duplicates. For more comprehensive cleanups, you’ll have to upgrade to the Pro Plan.

Is Disk Drill safe?

It’s just as safe as any built-in recovery utility. You have to be careful when formatting your drive — you’ll lose the files stored on this drive — but that’s always the rule. Other than that, Disk Drill is 100% safe to use.

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How to install Disk Drill

To try Disk Drill you can download the free version from the official website — it will work just right for a minor cleanup.

Alternatively, you can get the complete functionality with Setapp subscription. The best option if you want an all-in-one toolkit — Setapp has over 150 useful utilities that solve all the pain points of a Mac user. Pricing starting at only $9.99 per month.

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Is Disk Drill really free?

Disk Drill free version only scans and lists the lost files. If you want to recover them you must pay up for $89 to 'upgrade' to Disk Drill Pro on the official website.

Also, you can unlock free unlimited access to Disk Drill Pro for Mac with Setapp membership to get full access to the app updates, and new additions.

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Restore deleted files, backup and recover disk drives, analyze disk space, and keep all your information protected with ease.

How to use Disk Drill to protect Mac disks and recover files

We'll show you how you can restore damaged or corrupted files, replace unintentionally deleted files, manage data backups, help you eliminate unnecessary files, and provide data protection for important documents with the Disk Drill app.

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Plus, the app’s built in diagnostic tools, including a disk space analyzer and automatic risk alerts, can help you keep your Mac running at peak performance.

Data recovery tool

The app lets you scan any disk or partition to detect damaged or deleted data and recover lost files.

  • Simply click the “Recover” button
  • Select the disk you’d like to recover from. The app will scan for corrupted and deleted files, and a series of drop down menus let you customize the search range.
  • Once you’ve selected the files you’d like to get back, specify where you’d like to recover them to and press “Recover” button.

Backup Mac disk drives

  • To backup a disk or partition, click the “Backup” icon, and click “backup into DMG image.”
  • Select the disk or partition that you’d like to save and click the “backup” button at the right of the window.
  • You’ll then be prompted to select a destination for the backup; select a destination and click “save.”

This backup may take some time to complete.

Cleanup disk spaces

The app helps you remove unneeded files by giving you a visual map of your files and letting you narrow down the files you’d like to remove.

To clean up a drive with Disk Drill app:

  • Click the “Cleanup” button and select the drive.
  • You’ll be shown a visual map, which you can refine by clicking the “Target” icon.
  • You can then select files and folders you don’t need and click “Remove.”

Get data protection

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When you first start up Disk Drill, you’ll be prompted to enable data protection. This will help the app keep your files primed for recovery at all times. Once it’s enabled, a small shield icon will appear next to all disks in the Disk Drill window.

  • To turn on data protection, just click the shield. When you mouse over the disk, a small gear icon will appear at the far right of the window.
  • Click it and select “Configure Data Protection” to adjust your settings as needed.

How to monitor SMART status (disk health)

If you enable S.M.A.R.T monitoring, the app will place an icon in your Menubar. The icon itself will display your drive temperature.

You can click the icon to see a breakdown of your selected disk’s vitals.

You can check disk temperature, see how much disk space you have left, and stay up to date on your disk’s uptime and power cycle count.

You can always access this information, не even if you don’t have Disk Drill active; it can let you know when your disk is due for a cleanup or backup.

With its extensive suite of tools, Disk Drill has everything you need to recover, backup, and protect your files. Plus, it gives you the power to diagnose, assess, and solve issues that may be slowing down your Mac by getting rid of unwanted and duplicate files. You’ll be resting easy and running faster than ever.

Questions and answers

How to use Disk Drill to recover deleted files?

To get back deleted files, you’ll need a PRO version of Disk Drill — it’s available on Setapp, too. Unless you have the Recovery Vault enabled, there are two ways to restore files from your internal drive: 1) By accessing your Mac in Target Disc Mode; 2) Via Disk Drill’s Portable Mode.

You can also connect external devices to run a recovery on, as well as choose the files to recover manually in Disk Drill.

How to preview deleted files before recovering?

You can preview files before running a recovery in the basic version of Disk Drill — not every file is recoverable, so having a preview can be really helpful. To check a preview, you need to click on the eye icon next to the file you want to recover. In some cases, you’ll need a Quick Look plugin to view previews.

How to use Recovery Vault in Disk Drill?

Recovery Vault is a useful feature that helps you avoid file loss in future. With Recovery Vault enabled, Disk Drill will remember and save metadata for all your deleted files. You can activate external disk protection by clicking on the shield icon next to it. On the next screen, set the Recovery Fault toggle to “on” and you’re all set.

What if recovered files won’t open?

Disk Drill is powerful, but it doesn’t recover everything. There are specific variables that can impact your recovery chances. If everything seems fine, but you still can’t open the files, try to use Disk Drill’s alternative recovery methods, change the file type, or try to recover an entire disk instead of a partition.

How to uninstall Disk Drill?

Open the app and navigate to Preferences > General. Select “Remove Disk Drill.”

How to remove Disk Drill’s S.M.A.R.T. Monitoring from my Mac?

If you remove Disk Drill by dragging it to Trash, its S.M.A.R.T. Monitoring feature will still be on your Mac. The easiest way to get rid of it would be to download Disk Drill installer once again and then uninstall the app, according to the recommendations from the official website.

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Cleverfiles Disk Drill Review

Disk Drill Basic
Developer(s)CleverFiles
Stable release
Operating systemmacOS and Windows
TypeData recovery
LicenseFree (up to 500MB)
Websitecleverfiles.com

Disk Drill Basic is a freeware version of Disk Drill,[1][2] a data recovery utility for Windows and macOS, developed by Cleverfiles. Disk Drill Basic was introduced in 2010[3] and was primarily designed to recover deleted or lost files from hard disk drives, USB flash drives and SSD drives with the help of Recovery Vault[4] technology. In 2015 CleverFiles released Disk Drill for Windows.[5]

Recovery vault[edit]

The core of Disk Drill Basic[6] is a Recovery Vault[7] technology which allows to recover data from a medium that was secured by Recovery Vault beforehand.Recovery Vault runs as a background service and remembers all metadata and properties of the deleted data. Thus making it possible to restore deleted files with their original file names and location.

Supported file systems[edit]

The Mac version of Disk Drill Basic provides recovery from HFS/HFS+ and FAT disks/partitions (only the paid Pro version can actually recover files, the Free version will only allow Previewing files).

In August 2016, Disk Drill 3 announces support of macOS Sierra.[8]

Data backup[edit]

Disk Drill Basic can be also used as a backup utility for creating copies of the disk or partition in DMG images[9] format.

Version for Windows[edit]

In February 2015, CleverFiles have launched a Windows version[10] of its data recovery software for macOS. While in beta, Disk Drill for Windows is licensed as a freeware and allows to recover the deleted files from storage devices that can be accessed from Windows PC. Disk Drill for Windows also includes the Recovery Vault technology and works on any Windows XP system or newer (Windows Vista, 7, 8, 10). The software is compatible with FAT and NTFS, as well as HFS+ and EXT2/3/4 file systems.

In September 2016, CleverFiles have announced the immediate availability of Disk Drill 2 for Windows,[11] the new version of the expert-level data recovery app.

Release history[edit]

VersionPlatformRelease dateNotes and significant changes
1.0.47 BetaMacintoshSeptember 2010
  • First Beta.
1.0.52 BetaMacintoshSeptember 2010
  • The first public release
1.0.62MacintoshNovember 2010
  • In-app navigation.
  • New uninstaller.
  • Better support of the disks used for Time Machine backups
1.1MacintoshFebruary 2011
  • Totally new Deep Scan algorithm
  • Recovery and scanning sessions management
  • S.M.A.R.T. disk diagnostics added
  • Portable Mode introduced
  • Interactive scanning and recovery dialogs
1.4MacintoshAugust 2011
  • Guaranteed Recovery algorithm introduced
1.7MacintoshFebruary 2012
  • Thunderbolt support
  • Full support of new Growl's features
1.8MacintoshMay 2012
  • New file signatures were added to Deep Scan's database
  • The speed of Quick Scan was significantly improved
  • Integration with OS X Mountain Lion Notification Center
2.0 [12]MacintoshMay 2013
  • Completely Redesigned UI
  • HFS+ Catalog file rebuild function
  • Universal Partition Search function
  • Scan for Lost HFS+ Partition method
  • Mount Scanning Results As Disk function
  • Better Deep Scan file naming
2.1MacintoshDecember 2013
  • updated Directory Rebuild recovery algorithm
  • additional disk image formats can now be attached in Disk Drill: .raw, .dd and .img
  • extended disk health monitoring for I/O errors
  • new file signatures: EMF (Enhanced Windows Metafile), LNK (MS Windows Link), DPX (Cineon image file)
  • 64-bit ready internal daemon (responsible for Recovery Vault, S.M.A.R.T. stats and Guaranteed Recovery)
2.2MacintoshMarch 2014
  • More file type signatures added to Deep Scan
  • Completely redesigned HFS+ Catalog File Rebuild recovery algorithm
2.3MacintoshAugust 2014
  • More file type signatures added to Deep Scan
  • Disk Drill interface is retina-ready
  • New drive blocks reading indication
  • Support of EXFAT within Deep Scan
2.4MacintoshAugust 2014
  • New disk space visualization module
  • Recoverable files can now be previewed with hex view
  • Mounted disks and disk images can now be ejected right from Disk Drill
  • “Allocate Existing File System Data” scan method is now available for free in Disk Drill Basic
  • Support the recovery of stereo images in MPO format
2.4.437 [13]MacintoshDecember 2015
  • Deep Scan: DNG (Adobe Lightroom Raw images) recovery with Deep Scan
  • Damaged drives: bad sectors management improvements
  • File systems: Quick Scan internal procedures updated
  • Internal: software protection and activation improved
  • Fixed: occasional exceptions on Mac OS X 10.6.8
1.0 [14]WindowsFebruary 2015
  • Disk Drill version for Windows released [15]
1.0.188 [16]WindowsJune 2015
  • new: multi-format byte-to-byte disk backups (ISO, IMG)
  • improved: search in found items after scanning for recoverable data
  • improved: smoother scrolling in scanning results
  • improved: disks and partitions visibility status in the main screen
  • improved: FAT and NTFS systems low-level reading
2.0.253WindowsAugust 2016
  • Completely free data recovery up to 2GB
  • ExFAT, EXT4 support
  • New file signature for Deep Scan
  • Faster byte-to-byte disk backups
  • Improved standard preview of found files
  • UI improvements
  • Fixes and improvements in Windows 10.x
3.0.756 [17]MacintoshSeptember 2016
  • iOS data recovery for iPhone and iPad
  • Android recovery
  • Bootable disk creation for data recovery
  • Improved preview
  • Totally new UI
  • Support of macOS Sierra 10.12
  • Extra features: duplicate file finder module, faster byte-to-byte disk backups and much more
4.0.0WindowsAugust 2019
  • Improved data protection
  • New image file formats
  • File labeling added
  • Expanded Disk Image support
  • Bitlocker support
  • New UI
  • Improved file previewing module
4.0.123 [18]macOSOctober 2020
  • macOS Big Sur support
  • iOS 14 support
  • Updated FAT32, NTFS, HFS+, and APFS recovery algorithms
  • Data extraction from devices with the T2 encryption chip
  • RAW file formats recovery
  • New UI with a Dark Mode supported
  • Free Data Shredder feature

See also[edit]

Disk Drill Data Recovery

References[edit]

  1. ^Derek Schauland (2011-02-08). 'Cleverfiles Disk Drill file recovery for the Mac'.
  2. ^Cody Fink (2010-12-15). 'Disk Drill Is An Amazingly Simple Recovery App For HDDs'.
  3. ^'Disk Drill 1.0.52 Beta – first public release'. 2010-10-05.
  4. ^'Why is Recovery Vault important?'. 2010-09-12.
  5. ^'Mac recovery tool Disk Drill comes to Windows'. 2015-03-10.
  6. ^Steven Sande (2011-05-08). 'Disk Drill protects your Mac disks, recovers files'.
  7. ^Simon Slangen (2010-09-10). 'Disk Drill: Easily Protect and Recover Your Hard Drive Data'.
  8. ^'Disk Drill 3 Offers macOS Sierra Compatibility'. 2016-08-31.
  9. ^'Protect Your Mac Data And Recover Lost Data With Disk Drill'. 2012-04-23.
  10. ^Martin Brinkmann (2015-03-03). 'Mac Data Recovery Software Disk Drill ported to Windows'.
  11. ^Tim Fisher (2016-09-01). 'Disk Drill v2.0 Review'.
  12. ^Erica Sadun (2013-05-23). 'Disk Drill file recovery app moves to 2.0 release'.
  13. ^Iulia Ivan (2015-12-14). 'Disk Drill for Mac 2.4.437'.
  14. ^Vamien McKalin (2015-03-09). 'Recover accidentally deleted Files with Disk Drill for Windows'.
  15. ^Marina Dan (2015-03-03). 'Disk Drill 1.0.0.186'.
  16. ^Mike Williams (2015-06-15). 'Disk Drill 1.0.188'.
  17. ^Riccardo Meggiato (2015-06-15). 'Disk Drill 3'.
  18. ^Filipe Espósito (2020-10-06). 'Disk Drill 4 for Mac gets major update with T2 chip support, RAW photo recovery, more'.

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External links[edit]

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