Disk Drill Mac App Review:

An easy-to-use data recovery tool.

Photo4Something that I struggle with a lot is disk space. I’m sure I’m not the only one as I know there are a lot of manufacturers that are creating more and more hard drives for backup and extra storage space. In trying to create the most space on my computer’s hard drive, I spend a lot of time juggling files from place to place and sometimes I delete files inadvertently. This can be problematic as important files can be lost in the process. Many programs have been developed to help users recover files – one such app is Disk Drill.

This utility app is meant not only as a recovery program, but also as a file monitoring program. It offers the user data recovery and free disk usage tools, too.

Photo2Some of the main features Disk Drill offers include recovery of:

  • Deleted files from your Mac’s internal hard drive and deleted documents from a USB flash drive
  • Lost a partition on an external hard drive and lost music on an MP3 player
  • Erased photos from a camera and erased videos from a camcorder
  • Lost music on your iPod (Nano, Mini, Shuffle or Classic)
  • Deleted books on an e-reader
  • Been unable to access a memory card (SD card, Flash card, XD card, etc.)

Photo5When I first installed the app, I really wasn’t sure what to expect. I’ve used data recovery tools before and they seem clunky and only serve one purpose. I immediately liked the premise of Disk Drill because of it’s multi-purpose nature. Upon opening it the first time, I was surprised at how closely it resembled a native Mac app. The developers really spent some time making sure it was Mac user friendly. I instantly understood how to make it work and was done with my first scans and recoveries within a few minutes.

Photo6Using Disk Drill is very easy. You select a mounted drive to scan and then select either ‘recover’ or ‘extras’. My favorite feature of this app was the data map tool. I have a relatively small hard drive (128GB) and have to be careful about what I store permanently on it. When I use the Mac System utility tool to see my disk usage, it gives me a breakdown of where my space is going, but there ends up being an ‘other’ category that I have no idea what is referenced. Disk Drill’s data map tool tells you exactly what space is spent where on your computer. I was able to immediately identify 5GB that were being used on useless files. I used the deletion tool within Disk Drill and freed up some space instantly.

Screen Shot 2015-06-17 at 7.17.37 PMI can recommend Disk Drill for its ease of use and extra tools. You can download Disk Drill for free at cleverfiles.com and purchase the pro version starting at $89.

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