Quick Tip: Free Mac data recovery software

Just a quick tip for Mac users on how to recover deleted or lost data, such as pictures or documents. CleverFiles has just released Disk Drill, which is a new free Mac data recovery software.

Disk Drill recovers damaged and deleted data from external or internal hard drives, memory cards, etc. and allows protecting data by using Recover Vault technology.

Disk Drill is in beta version, which is totally free and not time-limited. It will not stop working after stable version release and the upgrades to future stable releases are absolutely optional.

I tested it real quick and it easily managed to pull back my pictures on a SD memory card after deleting them, simply by doing a Quick Scan. Then I popped the SD card back into my camera and formatted it as I usually do, but then a Quick Scan by Disk Drill didn’t recover any file. However, running the “Deep scan for last data”-scan, actually managed to recover my pictures. Not sure if it found all of them, but it appeared so. I didn’t shoot new pictures on top of the old ones, so that probably makes it easier for the software as well.

So if you need data recovery software for your Mac, take Disk Drill for a spin. It’s free, so what ya got to lose?

CleverFiles would love to get some feedback from Mac users, so be sure to use the “contact” link at their website.

UPDATE – February 2011: Disk Drill is no longer in beta and is therefor no longer able to recover files for free. You will have to pay for that option.

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  4. I recently switched from a Mac to a PC for school (my school requires PC) and I completely backed up my Mac to an external HDD. This has all my school work, music, movies etc. But when I connect it it won’t let me see the data on it. How do I get all of my files off? It is a Western Digital Essential edition 2.0 750 GB drive.

    • Your external drive is probably formatted as “Mac OS – extended” or something like that, which Windows cannot read. So you either have to find some software for Windows that will read Mac OS partitions (if such software exists) or attach it to another Mac to make a copy of your data, to a FAT32-formatted drive (it will not take single files over 4GB though, though to FAT32 limitations).

  5. Disk Drill is NOT FREE – I cannot emphasize that enough! The free version only shows you the files. $89 is required if you want to actually recover them. And what really enrages me? I did not notice this until AFTER I had downloaded it, run the scan, and decided which files I wanted – then they hit me with the price. This prompted a quick uninstall.

    • Hi Jon,

      It seems Disk Drill is no longer in beta, which is why it’s no longer free. When I wrote this article it was in a free beta without time limit (I guess if you downloaded it while it was in beta), and I’m quite sure I was able to recover my test files without paying for it.

      I will update the article to mention it’s no longer free.

  6. http://www.apple.com/downloads/macosx/system_disk_utilities/filerecovery.html
    The mac data recovery is easy to use.

  7. To be honest, I don’t like the style of DiskDrill. Suddenly turn itself into a commercial software provider without notifying the previous version is beta while the program is published. I don’t want to say too much words about this kind of trick.

    As to real freeware, this blog post talks about several truly free Mac data recovery tools,

    Regards, John

  8. I’ll hold the opinion of this kind of trick. There are many freeware under Windows, seems pretty reasonable. But for Macintosh, no freeware is also quite reasonable. Just think about it, the company who develops Mac data recovery software should buy an expensive Mac machine, then hire a Mac engineer with high price also(you should know) and then spend 6 months to make the program out. As a result I can’t see any reason why such app can’t be get some return. It’s worth for a paying.

    For me, I also use this program Data Recovery for Mac, another mac recovery option.

  9. I use Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery software whenever if anything gets deleted from my Macbook Pro. It does recover back the deleted data easily and without any corruption.

  10. My XD Card lost data fright episode

    Just thought I let you know I had an error on my Sony XD Card and I had reformat drive message, something told me not to format fortunately done some searching on the net and came across bournemouthdatarecovery.com I told them that I was a photographer and need to get back my files.

  11. This advanced Mac data recovery software is indeed the most advanced recovery application to be used for having your lost files recovered.

  12. Could you recommend alternative for this recovery software, I need a free recovery software to get back the deleted image from my camera.



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