Disk Drill Basic

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Disk Drill Basic
Developer(s) CleverFiles
Stable release
3.0.756
Operating system macOS and Windows
Type Data recovery
License Free
Website cleverfiles.com

Disk Drill Basic is a freeware version of Disk Drill,[1][2] data recovery application for 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 media 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]

Version Platform Release date Notes and significant changes
1.0.47 Beta Macintosh September 2010
  • First Beta.
1.0.52 Beta Macintosh September 2010
  • The first public release
1.0.62 Macintosh November 2010
  • In-app navigation.
  • New uninstaller.
  • Better support of the disks used for Time Machine backups
1.1 Macintosh February 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
1.4 Macintosh August 2011
  • Guaranteed Recovery algorithm introduced
1.7 Macintosh February 2012
  • Thunderbolt support
  • Full support of new Growl's features
1.8 Macintosh May 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] Macintosh May 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
2.1 Macintosh December 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)
2.2 Macintosh March 2014
  • More file type signatures added to Deep Scan
  • Completely redesigned HFS+ Catalog File Rebuild recovery algorithm
2.3 Macintosh August 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
2.4 Macintosh August 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] Macintosh December 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] Windows February 2015
  • Disk Drill version for Windows released [15]
1.0.188 [16] Windows June 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
2.0.253 Windows August 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] Macintosh September 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

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