Disk Drill Pro

In keeping with my recent article on the EaseUS data recovery App, I decided to install Disk Drill Pro from Cleverfiles. I think it is a little more sophisticated than EaseUS and somewhat easier to use. They have a free version which will do some basic stuff, but I got the Pro version in a Bundlehunt purchase. It only cost about $2 compared to the online price of $89 (see conclusion). I am sure you can find a discounted version somewhere online if you try. Disk Drill Pro (hereinafter referred to as DDP) does a lot of stuff, here are the basics.

Disk Drill Pro WorkFlow

DDP is a very straightforward App. You can do a deep dive into some very sophisticated features, but for basic use at home and even a small business, it is pretty easy to operate. Here is the main window when you first boot it up:

Disk Drill Pro Main Window

To demonstrate the App I am going to recover a file off an SD Card. You can recover files off of almost any kind of media including iPhones, Android phones, external drives, USB drives, etc. Just find the device in the window and click on “Recover”. DDP proceeds to scan the device in question doing what it calls a “Quick Scan”. This works much faster than doing a “Deep Scan”. I say stick with the “Quick Scan”, it found everything I was looking for in my test scans with no problem.

Once you click on “Recover” you are taken to a window showing the scanning process:

Disk Drill Recover

Here is what it found on this SD Card. To get to the files you are looking for just use the turn-down arrows. Once you locate the file or files, put a checkmark by it and click on the Recover button top-right corner of the window:

Disk Drill Pro Select

The file(s) will be recovered to the location you choose. It is placed in a folder called “Found Files”. When DDP is finished with the recovery it gives you a “Success” window:

Disk Drill Pro Success

Now, I tried this on a USB Flash drive and it worked very nicely. I also tried a recovery on one of my external HD’s. It worked fine, but it took quite a while because the drive Is quite large. 

Here is a Recovery on my iPhone 8 plus:

iOS Recovery

Your iPhone needs to be out of the lock screen to start this recovery. Also, when I first set up a recovery from my iPhone, I got this message:

Recovery Message

The message says connecting your device via Wi-Fi is much slower. I can attest to that. It is so slow using Wi-Fi I did not let my iOS scan finish. I just cancelled it after about 30 minutes.

Disk Drill Pro Preferences

DDP has lots of Preferences, I just want to mention a couple of them. In the File Types area you can select what type of files you are trying to find:

File Types

I left all of those choices checked, but if you were looking for a specific type of file, unchecking the other choices would speed up the scanning time for sure.

I think the most important setting in Preferences is Disk List:

Disk List

In the Disk List area you can choose to hide certain things in your DDP main window listings. I need to point something out here. Look at the list called “Small disks/partitions, less than”. It is set for 256 MB. So, anything less than 256 MB in size will be hidden. When I first started DDP, my SD Card did not show. I could not figure it out until I went into this Preference area and saw “Small disks” was checked. That meant anything smaller than 256 MB would not show. I was using a very old SD Card that was 128 MB. When I unchecked this setting, the card popped right up in the DDP window. If a device you are trying to scan is not showing up in the main window, check this setting.

I have one caveat about Disk Drill Pro. The App contains all kinds of other functionality such as Duplicate Removal, Hard Drive Cleaning, SMART Status monitoring and some other stuff. I do not use any of these functions in the DDP App. I have other third party Apps that are dedicated to running this type of activity, YMMV here depending on what software you have on your machine.


Disk Drill Pro is a very sophisticated App, but it is easy to use. I have only used it to recover files on a few different devices, but it worked flawlessly each time. I think the $89 price tag is pretty steep so what I would recommend is trying the free version first. It may be all you need. While writing this article I decided to check the App Store on my Mac. It listed what appeared to be the Pro version for $39.99! Now that is more like it. Getting the full-featured version just became more doable.