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Recover any file on hard drives connected to your Mac, and protect deleted files from being overwritten. Disk Drill Pro offers a complete suite of file recovery and protection tools for your Mac, and we’re giving away 25 copies valued at $2225!

Disk Drill Pro ($89) isn’t just a data recovery tool: it also does everything it can to ensure files you delete remain recoverable for as long as possible. It’s not an alternative to backing up your data, but it does offer an additional layer of security over if your computer includes files you cannot afford to lose.

If your files are your livelihood it’s time to look into Disk Drill Pro.

How File Recovery Works

To begin: there’s nothing magical about file recovery. When you “delete” a file from your hard drive it’s not instantly overwritten – instead, all references to the file are removed from your computer. The file is still there, you simply cannot see it without special tools.

So that’s what file recovery software is: a special tool you can use to recover files hidden from the directory structure on your computer. Assuming your operating system hasn’t written another file on top of your deleted file there’s no reason you can’t recover it.

So Disk Drill Pro can recover deleted files, but that’s not all it can do: it can also be set up to prevent your computer from overwriting deleted files for as long as possible.


Using Disk Drill Pro

So how is Disk Drill Pro different from most file recovery software? For one thing, it’s very easy to use. The main interface is extremely “Mac”, for lack of a better word: the first time you launch it there’s an easy-to-follow tutorial. Once you’re done with that you’ll see the main window:

You can begin recovery immediately by clicking “Recover”. Pick the kind of deleted file you’re interested in recovering:

You can add other filetypes easily in the options. Once you’ve selected your file type you can start scanning.

Disk Drill Pro will look through the “empty” space on your drive and try to find in-tact files. It will list them as it goes, meaning you can quickly recover files:

These are all programs I deleted one week before running the scan. Once I recovered them, they worked exactly the way they did before.

File Recovery Vault

Of course there’s nothing Disk Drill can do if a deleted file is overwritten, which is why Disk Drill Pro also offered “Protect” options.

Turn on the Recovery Vault if you want to ensure deleted files aren’t overwritten. This basically gives you a failsafe beyond the “Trash” on your dock, saving your from otherwise fatal mistakes.

There are two levels of protection: the Recovery Vault and Guaranteed protection. Which to choose depends on the value of your files and the amount of hard drive space you have to spare, so consider carefully.

Still confused? This video outlines things well, albeit from a marketing perspective:

Of course, recovering and protecting files isn’t all Disk Drill Pro can do. There is a variety of other functions included.

  • Full access to SMART data
  • Back up any drive or partition to a DMG image
  • Search for lost partitions on any drive

Backing Up: Still Important

You may be wondering: with software like Disk Drill Pro is it really necessary to back up? My answer: yes. Disk Drill Pro won’t help much if your hard drive dies completely; it can’t recover from a completely broken drive.

That’s not to say Disk Drill Pro is useless for backing up: it can even make an image of your computer hard drive for restoring should the worst happen. In my opinion, however, it should only be one part of an overall backup plan.

We’re giving away 25 copies of Disk Drill Pro this week! Join the giveaway to be in the running to win a copy for your Mac!

How do I win a copy?

Step 1: Fill in the giveaway form

Please fill in the form with your real name and email address so that we can get in touch if you are chosen as a winner. MakeUseOf giveaways are open to readers worldwide.

The giveaway code required to activate the form is available from our Facebook page, Twitter stream and Google+ page.

The giveaway is over. Here are the winners:
  • Amr Tawfik
  • Bob Benedetti
  • Bob McIntyre
  • Colin Soo
  • Dallas Smith
  • David B. Bitton
  • David Nieporent
  • Diane Bassette
  • Farhad Tahir
  • Felipe Comparini
  • Freda Leonard
  • Jack Woolf
  • Jeanne Edna Thelwell
  • karin holmqvist
  • Kim Fine
  • Liam Kelly
  • Michael Nelson
  • Nicolas De Smyter
  • Paol Hadden
  • Pat Kelly
  • philwhiteman
  • Raja Pradeep
  • Robert Fleming
  • Shon Nelson
  • suyanto

Congratulations! If you were selected as a winner, you would have received your license via email from If you require any assistance, please get in touch with before Nov 25. Enquires beyond this date will not be entertained.

(Note: no points will be awarded.)

By participating in this giveaway, you agree to the giveaway rules.

This giveaway begins now and ends Friday, November 16th. The winners will be selected at random and informed via email.

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  1. qiuqiu ws
    November 22, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Deleted or lost files can be recovered with the help of a third software-Wondershare Data Recovery for Mac. Try to install it in your computer and then run this one. You will get known how to use.

  2. Gustavo Costa
    November 21, 2012 at 5:32 am

    I don't like this app. I prefer PhotoRec.

  3. Viren Sakariya
    November 18, 2012 at 5:51 am

    Not for windows,very sad.

  4. Art Clarke
    November 16, 2012 at 12:39 am

    MUO, Thank you for this giveaway. Great software, great offer.
    Regards, Art

  5. matt
    November 14, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    I've had an absolutely TERRIBLE experience with this software and company. I had a series of deleted files. The free version told me they were recoverable, so I purchased the software. NONE of them were recovered - all were corrupt. Within an hour of purchase I requested a refund, and they told me no... their software is not required to work as advertised. I posted on their forum my experience, and the account was deleted and my post was deleted. Free or not - it seems to me that this company is not worth your money. I'm sorry I paid, and I've reported them to the Better Business Bureau.

    • Gustavo Costa
      November 21, 2012 at 5:36 am

      Thanks God, I didn't buy Disk Drill Pro. I really didn't like this app. This compnay is bad and greedy! Poor of you! Report them to the police and find a lawyer for you and sue them to the Justice Court for the moral damages, cheating and the robbery. they deserve to be jailed!

  6. Paul Fox
    November 13, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Great software!

  7. Boni Oloff
    November 12, 2012 at 1:18 am

    Looks professional, but i don't have a mac.. :D
    So, good luck for all..

  8. Eric Wilborn
    November 11, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Dual purpose.. great to know. I'll know what to suggest to Mac users.

  9. JOZH
    November 11, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Thanks you guys!

  10. Mac Witty
    November 10, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    A bit scary to enter this giveaway
    If you are lucky to get one will it come with the "need to us it"? ;)

    • Justin Pot
      November 10, 2012 at 3:25 pm

      Yep, I will personally come to your house and delete random files. :)

      • Mac Witty
        November 21, 2012 at 7:54 am

        Didn't get one why I don't need to fear when a hear a knock on the door :)

  11. vineed gangadharan
    November 10, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Dont own a Mac :/

    • Justin Pot
      November 10, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      The good news is you don't need a lot of the Mac-specific features. Try Recuva out instead – it's free.

      • vineed gangadharan
        November 10, 2012 at 4:10 pm

        thanks :)

  12. Leaza Cowan
    November 10, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    As a geek initiate Maybe I'll have beginners luck!!!
    I'll download the free version anyway..I hope it's as good as it sounds!

  13. Karin
    November 10, 2012 at 12:27 am

    Looks as a tool you don't need every day
    but the day you do it - you really do

  14. Nikhil Chandak
    November 9, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    this Disk Drill Pro seems to be very good software for recovering files ....

  15. Chaos Emperor
    November 9, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    So...this is same like recuva,right?

    • Nikhil Chandak
      November 9, 2012 at 2:48 pm

      hope so ....

    • Justin Pot
      November 9, 2012 at 3:07 pm

      Recuva can recover files, but Disk Drill also makes it less likely for files to be unrecoverable.

      • Chaos Emperor
        November 9, 2012 at 3:57 pm

        Oh i see
        that means it is an improved recuva,right?

        • Nikhil Chandak
          November 9, 2012 at 4:17 pm

          yeah , u can also say that

      • Christopher Webb
        November 14, 2012 at 9:43 pm

        Is Disk Drill the top software for file recovery on Mac's at this time?

        • Nikhil Chandak
          November 18, 2012 at 4:25 am

          as its also better than Recuva !

  16. Anandu B Ajith
    November 9, 2012 at 2:06 pm