"Today, I inserted my CF card to a card reader and connected it to my computer to move the pictures captured on my trip to Provence to my computer’s hard disk. When I attempted to copy those pictures and paste them to my computer’s hard disk, I received a message to say cannot move the files. When I went back to try to copy them again, the CF card show as an empty device. Then, I disconnected the CF card to my computer and reinserted it back to my digital camera, but I received another message that there is a problem with the CF card when I tried to open the card. Now, what I want is to get back those lost pictures from the CF card. Can you tell me what is wrong with the CF card and how can I get back the lost files?"
Many reasons can cause a CF memory card to stop work normally. In this situation, the most important thing is to protect the CF card from being physically damaged and overwritten. Therefore, you had better stop using your CF card when receiving the error message. Then, you can use the read-only data recovery software - iCare Data Recovery to perform data recovery on the CF card. This data recovery software is available for data recovery when digital camera reports error message on the card and even disables you to access the card. You can connect the card to Windows PC to perform data recovery, since the recovery software can be compatible with Windows platform like Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, etc.
Step1. Plug the CF card to your computer through a card reader. Download and install the data recovery software. Then, run the software and select a recovery module.
Step2. Choose the CF card as aim disk so that the software can scan it for lost files. Then, you just need to wait before the scanning is completed.
Step3. You are allowed to preview the found pictures after scanning. Then, you can choose all needed files and save them.
When digital camera says there is a problem with the CF card, you may be unable to read any file on the card. The most common reason why digital camera reports such kind of error message is that your CF card is infected with virus. Different kinds of virus may have different influence on your memory card, but when a memory card is attacked by virus, files inside the card might be corrupted and become inaccessible. Of course, another reason why digital camera reports the error message is that your CF memory card is corrupted. Although it is a terrible thing that you cannot read file from your CF card, at least digital camera can still recognize the card which indicates that your CF card is not physically damaged and you can restore files from the card by relying on the data recovery software.
Although digital camera says there is a problem with the CF card, the data is still stored intact on original place. Therefore, you can use the data recovery software to recover the inaccessible data off the CF card. The data recovery software is useful as long as the CF card is not physically damaged and data inside the card is not overwritten.
Here are some other situations that you may fail to access your CF card:
1. CF card requires formatting before you can use it
You can receive such kind of error message on your digital camera or computer when you attempt to access files stored on the CF memory card. How to recover pictures from CF card when memory card needs format?
2. Digital camera says no memory card inserted
Although CF card is inserted in the digital camera, it cannot show as storage media. Or even if the CF card can be recognized as a storage media on the digital camera, you receive message to say no memory card inserted when you try to access the card.
3. Compact flash card is not recognized by PC
Even worse, when you connect your compact flash card to your computer, system cannot recognize CF card. In this situation, you need to make sure whether the card is physically damaged.
Apart from the situations mentioned above, there are two other common reasons for CF card data loss.
1. Deleting files from CF card
When you delete files from a CF card whether on digital camera or computer, files will be deleted immediately. The only solution to get back the deleted files is to rely on the read-only data recovery software unless you have backup.
2. Formatting CF card by mistake
Mistakenly format your compact flash card on digital camera or PC? Data recovery software is also available for data recovery from a formatted CF memory card.
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