Asya Karapetyan
Content marketer, who specializes in Mac how-to guides
November 12, 2021
12 minutes to read

This article will explain how to correctly and entirely uninstall Disk Drill from Mac. We will provide three methods on how to remove Disk Drill with all of its support files.

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Tip – The quickest way to uninstall Disk Drill from Mac
The fastest way to completely uninstall Disk Drill on a Mac is to use App Cleaner & Uninstaller from Nektony. App Cleaner & Uninstaller automatically finds all of the support files of each application and allows you to uninstall Disk Drill with just a few clicks. Here is the download link for the latest version of the uninstaller.

What is Disk Drill, and why uninstall it?

Disk Drill is a software tool that allows you to recover deleted files on your Mac. It can also help in cases when you’re having trouble with obtaining access to an external USB drive or camera card.

Most Mac users can download numerous applications and use them only once. If the same is true for your with Disk Drill, then we recommend uninstalling it. Unused applications take up significant space on your Mac which is useless. Keep reading to learn three ways on how to uninstall Disk Drill from Mac.

Important notes about uninstalling Disk Drill from Mac

  • To completely uninstall any app from Mac, including Disk Drill, you have to find and remove all of its remaining files.
  • Since we have been coding an uninstalling tool to help Mac users to remove all junk files, we regularly check apps for all service files they create in the system, and we know all about the temporary files applications create on Mac.
  • Before writing this guide, we uninstalled Disk Drill using the steps provided on the official developer’s website Cleverfiles. Then we checked a Mac dor Disk Drill leftovers and discovered that the official uninstallation guide doesn’t help to delete the app completely. We found 18 files over 2 GB of volume.
  • We used Funter and App Cleaner & Uninstaller from Nektony to find and remove Disk Drill remaining files.
  • If you have any questions regarding this article or how our applications work, please reach Nektony’s support team.

Delete Disk Drill using its settings

Disk Drill is a software tool that creates low-core modules for its proper performance. Frankly, all applications create additional service files on your Mac.

Disk Drill developers provided an uninstalling option right in the application’s Preferences window.

Steps on how to uninstall Disk Drill using its Preferences:

  1. Launch the Disk Drill application.
  2. Click on the Disk Drill icon in the menu bar and select Preferences.
  3. In the General tab, you will see the Remove Disk Drill button. Click on it.
  4. Confirm the action by clicking on Confirm Disk Drill removal. Disk Drill Preferences window showing the Uninstall button

According to the Disk Drill’s developers, this is the only correct way to uninstall the app. They promise that this will remove every file deployed previously by the software. Let’s check if there are any service files of Disk Drill that remained on our Mac. We used a free application Funter, designed to find any file on a Mac, including hidden service files of applications.

On the screenshot below, you can see that Funter found some service files of Disk Drill after its uninstallation. We used the developer’s name CleverFiles to find them.
Funter window showing disk drill service files

This means that the first method does not guarantee the complete removal of the app. You also need to remove the leftovers to get rid of Disk Drill entirely. That’s why we recommend following one of the two methods below to uninstall apps on Mac completely.


Uninstall Disk Drill manually

If for any reason, you face an issue trying to uninstall Disk Drill from its Preferences, you can remove the app manually. As we mentioned earlier in this post, Disk Drill creates and stores service files on your disk, which become useless and require manual deletion.

Usually, these temporary files are stored in the user’s Library folder, which is hidden by default. But we will show you how to get access to this folder.

Steps to manually uninstall Disk Drill from Mac:

  1. Quit Disk Drill.
  2. Open the Applications folder → select Disk Drill.app → drag and drop it into the Trash. Disk Drill in the Applications folder
  3. Go to the Finder menu and click on Go → select Go to Folder.
  4. In the window that appears, type ~/Library and click Go.
  5. Within the Library folder, find and delete all unnecessary service files that contain the name of the Disk Drill application or the name of the Cleverfiles developer in their titles. Check the following subfolders:

    • ~/Library/Application Support/DiskDrill
    • ~/Library/Caches/com.cleverfiles.Disk_Drill
    • ~/Library/Caches/com.cleverfiles.DiskDrill
    • ~/Library/Caches/com.cleverfiles.SmartDaemon
    • ~/Library/Logs/DiskDrill.log
    • ~/Library/Preferences/com.cleverfiles.Disk_Drill.plist
    • ~/Library/Preferences/com.cleverfiles.DiskDrill.plist
    • ~/Library/Saved Application State/com.cleverfiles.Disk_Drill.savedState or ~/Library/Saved Application State/com.cleverfiles.DiskDrill.savedState

    remove Disk Drill preferences files
    remove Disk Drill cache files
    remove Disk Drill support files
  6. Empty the Trash bin to delete the Disk Drill application completely.

Uninstall Disk Drill using App Cleaner & Uninstaller

There is a special uninstallation tool, App Cleaner & Uninstaller, which helps you delete applications on your Mac totally and automatically. With App Cleaner & Uninstaller, you can get rid of more than 1,000 applications and their service files in just a few clicks.

Steps to uninstall Disk Drill via App Cleaner & Uninstaller:

  1. Download and launch App Cleaner & Uninstaller.
  2. Find and select CleverFiles and Disk Drill in the Applications tab. All its service files will be selected automatically.
  3. Confirm the removal. uninstalling Disk drill with App Cleaner & Uninstaller
  4. Complete the Disk Drill uninstallation by emptying the Trash.

As we promised, with App Cleaner & Uninstaller, it’s easy and quick to uninstall apps completely. And the best thing is that even if you have already dragged and dropped the app into the Trash, you can find its remaining files. App Cleaner & Uninstaller displays applications’ leftovers in the Remaining Files tab.


Conclusion

There are lots of applications with different features which we use on our Macs daily. When it comes time to delete an app on a Mac, you can do it manually or use an uninstaller, for example, App Cleaner & Uninstaller.

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