Supplement your backup routine with Disk Drill Pro

  • April 13th, 2011

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.

Receive a 15% discount with coupon code: 531-DD

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?