Compact flash (CF) card is a popular flash storage device generally used to store data on variety of portable electronic devices such as digital cameras, camcorders, gaming devices, music players etc. These cards are often used in DSLR cameras where space isn’t a premium. Hence the data stored in them are very important. However if you have mistakenly deleted or formatted the CF card, then there’s no need to panic. You can recover them by opting for card recovery software. It is the finest tool to recover pictures on flash drive.
There are several reasons due to which images from CF card gets deleted or goes missing. Some of prominent reasons include, "Disk needs to be formatted" error message as soon as you connect CF card to PC, accidentally deleting images from CF card, removing the compact flash card while image transfer from card to computer or vice versa, power failure while moving images from card to PC, image loss due to virus infection, unintentionally pressing on “Delete All” button from camera, using the same compact flash card on different operating system or devices and many others.
Don’t worry, if you have lost images from your CF card due to any of the above stated reasons. But as a matter of fact, images are not completely erased from CF card after formatting / deletion. Only the image names and its properties are removed and as said before you can retrieve them back using card recovery software.
However, there are few precautionary measures through which you can prevent image loss from CF card like don’t use compact flash card after data loss situation, store your CF card in a safe place so that no physical damage occurs to it, remove viruses from your CF card using powerful antivirus software, never interrupt while transferring photos from CF card to any other device. Even after following the necessary precautionary measures, if you have still lost images from CF card then immediately use card recovery software.
Note: The most important thing you should remember after any image loss from compact flash card is to stop using it immediately. Because adding any new files to the CF card results in overwriting of original data which makes recovery very difficult.
Card recovery software is a true utility to restore images from a compact flash card. This tool has the ability to restore all missing / deleted images due to any of the above mentioned reasons. The software not only helps you to recover generic image files but also helps you recover RAW images such as NEF, ARW, SR2, CR2, CRW, DNG, ORF, MRW, 3FR, and so on. Other than recovering images, the program also helps in recovering many other file types including photos, music, video clips, documents and many others.
Step 1: Download and install free demo version of card recovery software. After installation select “RECOVER PHOTOS” from main window.
Figure1: Main Screen
Step 2: Choose either “RECOVER DELETED PHOTOS” or “RECOVER LOST PHOTOS” from next screen. Select the compact flash card from where you need to recover image file. As soon as you select the card the software starts scanning it.
Figure2: Select CF card
Step 3: Once scanning is over, you can view recovered file in “FILE TYPE VIEW” or “DATA VIEW”.
Figure3: View Recovered Images