How many ways can you find files that are missing or have been deleted? If you’re like most Mac users, you probably rely on the durability of the Mac’s HDD or SSD storage, and just hunt around when something goes missing. I say that because about 60-percent of all Mac users are MacBook owners and not everyone backs up their notebooks. A backup helps, and so does Time Machine as it creates a copy of files and stores them on a second storage device.
Backups and Time Machine are good but what happens when a file is created, deleted, or corrupted and simply can’t be found?
Thankfully, there are a few Mac utilities that let you dig into the Mac’s HDD or SSD to recover files that normally are not even visible to recover. High on my list of the apps I seldom use but keep handy is Disk Drill which is billed as data recover software.
First up, Disk Drill scan your Mac’s connected storage, even if there’s a problem with files and the device isn’t readable on the Mac’s Finder.
Click once and Disk Drill scans the device in all modes and displays a list of files that may be recoverable. Files can be previewed so you’ll know which files can be opened and saved. Disk Drill comes with a few extra tools to rebuild a Mac’s partition catalog file, and even prevents files dropped into the Trash can from being deleted.
I’ve used half a dozen file recovery apps through the years, and I like Disk Drill, but I find that storage devices these days are so good that recovery apps just aren’t used as frequently as they were in years past.