Even in the 21st century Mac disk drives die. Sometimes files get lost. That memory card with your photos on it? Losing data on a jump card, USB flash drive, or SD memory card just happens.
When hits happen, what can you do? You need a Mac tool that rescues whatever’s missing, recovers what’s gone, finds what disappears, drills below the surface of your storage device to find what’s hidden.
Drill Baby, Drill
This has happened to me. I’ve had parts of a Mac’s disk drive decide not to work. I lost files. I’ve had those cheap SD and USB flash memory cards go all wonky on me.
I’ve lost photos, files, music, and videos to storage devices that decided not to store.
I know other Mac users have had similar problems.
Some utilities can fix the problems with disk drive but don’t save the lost files.
Enter an elegant Mac utility that does one thing. It drills down into the storage device, scans it, and recovers data. Even data you’ve deleted.
Disk Drill, Baby, Disk Drill
Disk Drill is a Mac app that has six very useful functions. Two for the Mac geeks. Two for tough problems. Two for the rest of us.
For the rest of us, Disk Drill recovers files on those crazy memory cards. It also finds photos and files or whatever you’ve trashed after you deleted the trash.
For Mac geeks, Disk Drill can recover data that’s been lost due to an accidental partition deletion. It also finds data on disk drives attached to your Mac—USB, FireWire, eSata, whatever.
And, Disk Drill drills deep into deleted and damaged files—on your Mac or attached to your Mac—to recover what’s lost. The process, from a user perspective, is rather straightforward. Install Disk Drill. Double click to start.
Disk Drill can be used to help prevent data loss on attached storage devices, and can recover data beginning with a click. Select the disk to drill into, scan it, recover lost files.
For the most part, whatever storage device you can attach to your Mac can be drilled into by Disk Drill. That means you can find data on Apple disk drives, Windows PC disk drives, and portable storage cards.
The function in Disk Drill that really caught my eye is Recovery Vault.
Often, when files seem lost or can’t be found or you’re sure they’re deleted, they’re actually not.
Even when a disk drive is erased, most of the old data remains, and tools like Disk Drill can dig into the file structure and turn on the light that makes the invisible data visible.
Recover Vault is a little tool that resides in the background while you’re running your Mac. It monitors your Mac’s storage device, and remembers all the special properties of each file. When the file can be found, the proper metadata can be reattached. That alone makes Disk Drill worth the price of admission.
Considering all the work going on behind the scenes, Disk Drill is very simple to use. Options are limited, steps are basic, but you’ll need a more thorough understanding of how files are stored on Mac devices, what can and cannot be recovered.