About CF Card
CF card for its full name is "Compact Flash", which was first produced by Sandisk in 1994. It is the oldest storage format as well as the most popular one supporting many new devices to expand their capacity. It is mainly used in cameras, DSLRs, camcorders, music players and game devices. In terms of speed and size, CF card is larger and faster than other memory cards, such as SD card, XD card, memory stick etc. Due to its mass storage, users tend to put all important files on it without any backup. However, believe it or not, this may put your data at great risk because of accidentally deletion, format, card corruption, RAW error etc. The following paragraph is a FAQ about RAW files recovery.
"I am using a Sandisk Extreme 60MB/s CF card. I accidentally format the card. There were some photos in there, in RAW format. Is it possible to recover them?
Hope someone can recommend me some special tool / application to do this recovery..."
That does not happen alone. We do not always back up all of our important data while this sort of memory card will meet some unknown damages to lost data. Luckily, there is software you can access the RAW data on your CF card without expensive assistance. Special free software iCare Data Recovery will allow you to perform data recovery. With this memory card photo recovery free program - iCare Data Recovery, you are able to restore different kinds of files from RAW CF card.
Possible causes for RAW Files or not formatted error of CF card
1. If CF card gets damaged or corrupted, it may display the file system as "RAW" instead of "NTFS" or "FAT32."
2. Strongly unplugging CF card from PC when the process is still on
3. Accidentally format CF card
4. Virus Attack
5. Other reasons
1. First things first, you should download a free version. Then, install it on your computer and set a desktop icon for the next steps.
2. Insert your CF card to computer via a card reader or other removable media. Double click the icon to launch the software to get a main menu as the picture shows.
3. Select "Deep Scan Recovery". This module is designed for RAW files recovery by using RAW searching technology. It can scan out every file on your CF card.
4. From the partition list, select the RAW CF card.
5. Waiting for the scanning.
6. Later, scanning device will finish the process. Please choose the first partition to show files.
7. From the next window, you can get a view of all recoverable data. Select the RAW files you want to restore. Click "Recover" to finfish the recovery.
Once all data has been restored from the RAW CF card, you can perform RAW drive fix on the card. You can run CHDSK for RAW drive error or format the RAW CF card to change file system from RAW to FAT32.
==>> If you encounter any problem to format CF card from RAW to FAT32 because PC says CF card cannot be formatted, please go to this page - Memory card cannot be formatted by Windows >>
1. Ignore the massage "CF card is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?" .Do not format your card before the recovery is done.
2. Do not put more files on your card to avoid possible overwriting.
3. An external card reader is necessary to connect your CF card to computer.
If you run into RAW device on SD card, iCare Data Recovery also helps recover data off SD card. This data recovery helps restore files even when SD card cannot be detected by PC.