Disk Drill 3

Disk Drill 3

Have you ever deleted a file accidentally, but did not notice at first. Then, when you really needed it, it was gone! If I had a dollar everytime that happened, I’d be rich. Since my hard drive is relitively small, I’ve have everything setup to delete directly and not wait and the file can’t be found in the trashcan. What do you do then?

First, don’t panic. Run Disk Drill 3 to get it back. I’ve been using Disk Drill since the beginning of version 2. It is my best tool for file recovery. Okay, so run your copy (I’m sure you have one).

DiskDrill 3: Main Screen

This is the main screen that you will see. It shows you all the drives you have connected to your system. I accidently deleted a movie file that I was working on in the External hard drive. On the line with “External”, press the “Recover” button.

Recovering Deleted Files: Movie Files Found

To make finding a little faster, set the top fields to define the file you are looking for. Here, I set it for “Video”, “over”, “64 mb”, and it was deleted in the last “2 days”. The file I wanted was the “78.1 MB” file labeled “file000443.mp4”. Disk Drill can’t recover the original name of the file, but at least I was able to get my file!

Cleaning the Hard Drive

Since my hard drive is small, I often go through it to remove duplicate files. Disk Drill 3 has the fastest duplicate file finder I have ever used. On the main menu, click the “Find Duplicates” button at the top.

Eliminating Duplicates

Disk Drill 3 will then ask you for the directory you want scanned. Just drag a directory from Finder to this page or click on the “Add folder” button. It will then open a file dialog for you to select a directory.

Eliminating Duplicates: Selecting Directories

I just dragged my person [Dropbox]() folder and let it work by pressing the “Scan” button.

Eliminating Duplicates: Finding Duplicates

In just a few minutes, Disk Drill 3 gives you a list of every duplicate file in the directory structure.

Eliminating Duplicates: Selecting Files

Looking through it, I just check the files I want to remove. After finding all the duplicates I wanted to get rid of, I pressed the “Remove” button at the top. All the files checked were promptly removed.

On the main window, there is another option for cleaning your hard drive: “Clean Up”.

Cleaning Up

When you select it, it will show you the drives that you can clean. I want to clean up my “Macintosh HD” disk by selecting the “Scan” button.

Eliminating Duplicates: Selecting Files

Once done, it will display the folders scanned with the largest files showing first. It seems that my Papers library is a bit big. I think I’ll move it to the external drive.

I am using the “Clean Up” option quite often to find the largest files and either relocate them or remove them. It is a handy feature that I depend upon.


Another great feature is the ability to create a DMG-image as a backup of your hard drive. Just press the “Backup” button on the main menu.

Creating a Backup DMG: Selecting Drive

Disk Drill 3 will then show all the drives you will be able to backup. Just select the “Backup” button for the drive you want to backup. I need to create a backup for my main hard drive. I then selected the “Backup” button next to “Macintosh HD”.

Creating a Backup DMG: Working

It will then create the DMG-image of the disk and save it to where ever you tell it to. I save it to my external drive and then ship it up to Dropbox in a directory that I do not sync on the computer. Quick and simple backup solution.


If you need a program to recover deleted files, clean up your hard drive, and make backups, then you need Disk Drill 3. There are more features than I have talked about. I have just mentioned the ones that I use. This version is the fastest to date and has many great features to help you take contol of your hard drive.

Note: This is a paid for review, but I really believe in this product and use it regularly.