Supplement your backup routine with Disk Drill Pro

Cleverfiles was kind enough to provide three licenses ($250+ total value) for 5THIRTYONE readers. To find out how to claim a license for yourself, continue reading after the jump.

You need to probably should check out Disk Drill (Pro). I’m saying this because I’ve used the utility a handful of times to successfully recover deleted files and it’s awesome. It’s not perfect, but data recovery is never 100% successful. However, Disk Drill Pro does give you a damn good chance of recovering something you recently deleted.

Before backup evangelists get started: Even if your backup habits maintain automated snapshots of your hard drive, an erroneous file deletion can easily miss a scheduled backup. Without a friendly utility like Disk Drill Pro to attempt and hopefully successfully recover file(s), you’re sad panda SOL.

Empty Trash is not the end and may be reversible

When the Trash is emptied, file references are deleted – you can no longer access files from the Finder. Any hard drive space previously allocated for deleted files is now available to be overwritten by the OS at a later date or when space is required. As soon as you realize that you have deleted something you should not have, stop and get a file recovery utility like Disk Drill Pro. Reducing the amount of data written to the disk reduces the chances of data being overwritten which increases your chances of file recovery.

If you use Secure Empty Trash the reference(s) and file(s) are overwritten and user file recovery is unlikely.

Disk Drill Pro features

Similar to other file recovery utilities like Mac Data Recovery and Data Rescue 3, Disk Drill Pro provides tools to recover deleted files. What differentiates Disk Drill Pro is 1) price, 2) proactive Recovery Vault to increase your chances of file recovery and 3) background services: S.M.A.R.T. monitoring and drive temperature. Check out many of the other features for yourself or continue to find out how to receive a free Pro license. For those who concerned about the idea Recovery Vault – a background task – eating up valuable resources, Activity Monitor shows the service using a meager 66 MB – roughly equal to Dropbox (60 MB) but lower than Growl (138 MB).

Win a Disk Drill Pro license, three up for grabs

UPDATE: The giveaway has officially closed and selected commenters have been notified. Feel free to continue sharing your backup setup – could prove to be a useful reference for others just getting started.

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Interested in Disk Drill Pro? Simply leave a comment below sharing your current method(s) for backing up your data. Easy right? One week from today (April 19), three random commenters who share their backup setup will be selected. Until then, I invite you to check out Disk Drill Basic.

To get the ball rolling, my current setup below:

  • Time Machine via a 1 TB Lacie connected to an Airport Extreme.
  • 500 GB Western Digital on the desk at home and a second 500 GB repurposed 500 GB Hitachi for cloning using SuperDuper.
  • One Iomega 2 TB NAS for manual media backups.
  • Automated backups to Amazon S3 using the sweet Arq utility.
  • “Everyday” files and creative assets stored locally but synced via Dropbox (must have).
  • Background remote backups to Backblaze. Replaced Backblaze with Arq due to the ease of recovering backups (drag n’ drop).

Your turn. How do you keep your data safely backed up?

Discuss - 8 Comments

  1. Ben says:

    * Time Machine via 1.5 TB Seagate external drive
    * Backblaze for offsite
    * 8TB Synology DS1511+ for manual media backup and serving
    * SuperDuper drive cloning on a 1.5 TB Seagate
    * DropBox to sync important files off the laptop and on to the heavily backed up desktop

    That’s the setup, but I’m thinking of making the switch to Arq for the same reasons Derek did. It’s nice that Backblaze is a fixed cost regardless of size, but data recovery is a little painful.

  2. Henrik says:

    Laptop:
    Everyday files are synced and backed up via Dropbox.
    Full bi-daily backup to external FW800 disk
    Full backup to a Time Capsule whenever I’m home (currently studying out of town)
    And when I get around to it, daily backups to CrashPlan.

    Desktop:
    Everyday files are synced and backed up via Dropbox.
    Full daily backup to internal drive
    Daily backups to CrashPlan

    I should probably run another backup of my desktop to an old external drive I have and place it at home, but right now I feel pretty safe. Most of my files are small and school related and backed up to Dropbox, and photos etc are stored both at home and at CrashPlan. Applications and media files are replaceable.

    • Derek says:

      So are you using the paid CrashPlan offsite service? They’re competitively priced with Backblaze. It was actually one of the alternatives I was considering.

    • Henrik says:

      Yes. Actually I just added my laptop to CrashPlan’s paid subscription as well, so I feel even safer now.
      Initially I had a subscription to Mozy, but after they decided to change the unlimited plan to a 50GB cap, I cancelled on them and went with CrashPlan. I looked at Backblaze as well, but I can’t remember why I chose CrashPlan.
      Either way, I’m a happy camper, and I feel like I’ve covered myself good enough — even though a NAS wouldn’t hurt at all (except for my budget)

    • Henrik says:

      Should probably mention that I use SuperDuper for the daily/bi-daily backups. Best backup utility I’ve found for Mac OS X yet.

  3. Another Ben says:

    I use Time Machine hooked up to an external drive (600GB partition on a 1TB drive) for regular backups. I use the other partition for easily accessed archived files, and the rest of my music collection, and my iPhotos file for work images.

    I also have a hefty 3TB drive (2x 1.5) for longer term backups and larger files.

    For ultra important – keep for 7 years – electronic docs, I use 1 or 2 encrypted flash drives, and keep them stored separately, and off site.

    My laptop drive went nuts this past fall, and I lost about 3 days of work, and the only reason I didn’t have a full backup was due to moving to a new house, and my backup drive was packed away. But the last version I had backed up worked perfectly.

    My next planned move is a Time Capsule, or the like.

    I’d be interested to try out Disk Drill Pro, I know now and then I accidentally toss a somewhat important file away when cleaning my desktop, and usually realize it fairly quickly, but sometimes… ahhhh sometimes… I figure out my backup drive has been unmounteded for a day (or two), and I’ve been unaware of missing backups.

  4. DOUG says:

    I use a variety of tools for backing up including Chronosync, Time machine, and Dropbox. Nevertheless one always needs a good data recovery tool in the event of an unforeseen disaster. I’ve relied on Data Rescue in the past. While effective, it was very time consuming taking well over 24 hours to scan and recover my files. I am interested to see how Disk Drill compares, particularly with it’s Recovery Vault feature.

  5. Blue Perez says:

    I’ve tried most of them, but I’ve settled to using SuperDuper. I back up manually, as I’m not constantly connected. I use a Freecom ToughDrive for hardware backup, and due to being a location independent worker with unreliable internet connections, I don’t have much success with cloud backup. Too slow and expensive for my situation.

    In the case of a calamity, I dupe my machine over from my backup drive via FireWire. Never failed me yet, but I’m always up for a faster more reliable more flexible backup and repair setup.