April 19, 2011 in Software (E)
[prMac.com] Dallas, Texas - Disk Drill 1.3 is uploaded to CleverFiles server, MacUpdate, CNet and other software trackers. CleverFiles Team reports an important update of their versatile Mac data recovery software, and uncovers its plans for the nearest future.
Everyone loves Macs. Though being beautifully designed pieces of hardware, they are still vulnerable to many common problems happening to personal computers these days. Accidental data loss is one of them. This is when Disk Drill comes in extremely handy, as it's capable of recovering all of your deleted files and may as well prevent similar disasters in future thanks to its updated Recovery Vault feature.
Disk Drill 1.3 adds a number of new file formats to its Deep Scan recovery method: Photoshop files (PSD), Final Cut Pro files (FCP), Raw Video Image Files (R3D), MPG, DMG, and many others. Get acquainted with the whole list of supported formats at Disk Drill features page.
If one's hard drive is no longer recognized or reported as requiring initialization all of a sudden, and deep analysis doesn't seem to be an option at the moment, Disk Drill offers Search for Lost Partitions. This recovery method is much faster than Deep Scan and produces virtual partitions if any are found. They are added to the list of available disk sections and can be easily scanned for original data structures to be recovered. Since version 1.3, lost partitions are also searched for during Deep Scan, and usually are located as disk images, which are automatically attached as virtual partitions in Disk Drill.
The new release also adds support of Quick Scan for Mac partitions (HFS Journaled or Extended). It's one of the least reliable recovery methods, but can be a savior in case of just-lost chunks of data.
If a disk is going to have hardware issues or has bad blocks, S.M.A.R.T. monitoring feature will immediately notify you of the possible issues. Disk Drill 1.3 implements more accurate S.M.A.R.T. reporting module, and lists bad blocks in a special dialog for every drive, so you have the way to point to specific blocks of the hard drives which should be omitted during Deep Scan. This may also prevent occasional unmounting of external drives during scanning.
CleverFiles adds a number of UI localizations, so you can have Disk Drill in your native language: German, French, Italian and Spanish are already supported.
In addition to this news, developers confirmed that they are working on a special edition of Disk Drill for Mac App Store, to be closer to their clients. Unfortunately, it seems like the new release for App Store is going to have less features in comparison to its standalone full-blown big brother, but it's still very nice to see that developers are doing their best to make Disk Drill available to all Mac users. Rumor has it that Recovery Vault will not be available in this release.
Disk Drill is compatible with any PPC or Intel Mac running Mac OS X 10.5 or newer and is 64-bit ready. Mac OS Lion (10.7) Beta is also officially supported. Disk Drill is available as a 16 MB download and will occupy not more than 50 MB on your hard disk.
Disk Drill 1.3 is distributed as a freemium application, meaning you can always have a smaller set of features absolutely for free (including Recovery Vault protection for your precious data).
Established in 2001, CleverFiles is a privately owned software developer, specializing in system software utilities for Mac OS X. The company delivers top-notch solutions having a friendly team of thirty professionals. Copyright (C) 2001-2011 Cleverfiles Software. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo and Macintosh are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.