We last reviewed Disk Drill in 2010, when the app was still in its infancy and was free. Since then, the Disk Drill for Mac has added new features and introduced a pro version, in addition to a free one, of their file recovery app. The app isn’t just a recovery app; it also provides file protection for important files, letting you choose specific folders or drives to protect. Among the noteworthy new features is the deep scan algorithm that allows you to recover more files, Guaranteed Recovery, which allows you to undo the file delete action. The app can also search for partitions that you may have lost due to formatting.
Note: Disk Drill is a paid app costing $90. AddictiveTips is giving away five licences for this wonderful tool to 5 lucky readers, details for which can be found at the end of this post.
When you first launch the app, you can go through the product tutorial or revisit it later. The app’s home screen gives you two options, Protect and Recover.
Let’s start off with Protect. You can pick which drives you want to protect. The app, by default, shows hard disk drives (internal & external), but you can view mounted DMGs as well. Select any one drive and click the little blue shield button infront of Recovery Vault Protection to turn on protection for the drive. Click Advanced to add folders (by default, the Users folder is added) that are to be protected. Follow suit to turn on Guaranteed Recovery, which will allow you to undo a delete file action.
To recover lost or deleted files, click the Recover data button at the top to switch to recovery mode. The app will scan for recoverable file types, which can take quite a while to complete (even more than an hour, depending on the total size of files you have to recover). It will then list file types that can be recovered. Select which type of files you want to recover (check the option box next to a folder) and click Recover. You will be asked to chose a destination for recovered files. Once recovery is complete, click Destination folder to open and view files.
To manage what kind of files Disk Drill recovers and protects, go to the app’s preferences and select the file types that you want to protect. To enable S.M.A.R.T. monitoring for you disks, go to the S.M.A.R.T. tab in preferences and chose which disk you want to enable it for. You can password protect the software from the Security tab, and choose which items should be hidden when displaying disks, i.e. mounted images, external drives etc.
The app has definitely come a long way over the past two years, and while a free version is still available, functionality is limited. The pro version costs $90.
Giveaway: We are giving away 5 promo codes for this app. The giveaway will last for 24 hours. Participation is simple. Follow @addtips on Twitter, tweet the giveaway and in the comments below, provide a link to the tweet. Alternatively, you may comment on our Facebook or Google+ page, where the comment should preferably be under the shared post and not on the page itself. Our editors will pick the five winners randomly.
Update: The giveaway has been closed. Winners will be contacted soon.
Update 2: License keys have been sent to the winners.