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Disk Drill Reviews

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Don't waste your time. It is not "free with limited functionality". It's free to install so you can be forced to pay to do anything. It also didn't find anything of use for me, so a waste of time. Immediate uninstall.


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It helped me to recover my on-going thesis folder that was lost on a move from my laptop to a backup-disk -_-". the coincidence...
Fortunately, this application recovered the files in the folder although not all the file names and the folders' hierarchy were recovered. But it let me go to sleep well that night. Thank you!


DISK DRILL - My new favorite Recovery tool Excellent results.

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Highlights From a review i previously wrote on my website:

The program itself is quite clean looking, and easy to figure out .

Disk Drill found over 164,000 total deleted files on the deep scan. …

I obviously don’t have time to go through them all and verify them

So I randomly picked 30 pictures, 30 videos etc and made sure they were not corrupted

To my surprise I actually found some found some large video files in there that I thought I had lost forever, including some wedding footage from years ago and the only footage of a friend who passed away 3 years ago other programs had failed to find them before which is a good sign for the program.


Bloody shareware

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This entry is badly labelled. Disk Drill is not free. A free version does exist, but the feature you probably want it for, recovering your files, has a steep $89 price tag. To reiterate, the free trial of Disk Drill will show you your deleted files, but it WILL NOT recover them. I had to tell people this because it really annoyed me when I found out.


It is labelled "free with limited functionality" which means that you need to buy the software to enjoy the full version

It is indeed free for windows so I would suggest adding another Disk Drill entry to alternativeto called "Disk Drill (Windows)" and label it as freeware and rename the mac version to "Disk Drill (Mac)"

We prefer not to add different versions for a product separately, as stated in our FAQ.

I have just written about the absolutely free version for Windows in the description and in the platform note.

I came here to say this too. For "free", you get a program that tells you "I can see these files, but I will not restore even one of them unless you pay". That's not any sort of reasonable functionality for free. Frankly, their website is also deceptive in this regard, referring to a lot of "Disk Drill" features that only seem to actually exist in "Disk Drill Pro" (the paid offering).

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Finds a lot of stuff, however, it doesn't appear to show them as their original file names, nor does it show the original file structure. Makes recovery way too painful. An Explorer-like tree view with all original names is a must.


Very easy to use and found deleted data I needed!

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I love Disk Drill’s interface. It’s quite simple and Disk Drill offers an amazing tutorial and a number of prompts inside it to help you find the right way.

This application is definitely an awesome Mac app and should be installed on every OS X computer on the first launch. What is great is that Clevefiles have a lot of cool features in Disk Drill Basic edition. The Free edition lets you recover deleted files using Recovery Vault, in case your disk was protected beforehand.


  • great interface;
  • feature-rich Basic version;
  • preview option before recovery;
  • free undelete from Recovery Vault.


  • PRO version is a bit pricey.

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The first Mac data recovery software with macOS Big Sur support. Disk Drill 4 is the biggest update in the program’s history, the software has received significant improvements and refinements, including the new UI and Dark Mode. It’s more intuitive and easier to navigate and displays all of the functionality of the application in its main window.

Disk Drill 4 for Mac


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Thanks for saving me my time, i spent 4 hours on another program? just to have the same thing happen