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Cannot Format CF Card on Windows 7

"My compact flash memory card says needs to be formatted when I inserted it in my digital camera. I formatted the card in my digital camera and it said the format completes successfully. However, when I attempted to access the CF card, digital camera says card needs to be formatted again. Then, I connected the card to my computer which runs Windows 7 operating system, the CF card show as a removable disk H: in My Computer. When I double click the H: to open it, it says that you need to format disk drive before you can use it. If I select to format the CF card, I will receive an error message that Windows was unable to complete the format. I want to format the CF card successfully and make it work normally again. I also want to get back files stored on the unformatted CF card. Can anybody help me resolve the problem for corrupted CF card recovery?"

Unformatted CF Card Data Recovery on Windows 7

Please pay attention that data will not come back even if you can format an unformatted CF card successfully. On the contrary, any improper operation may make it more difficult to restore lost data. Therefore, you should stop using your CF card when it reports not formatted error. The first thing you should do is to use read-only freeware for CF card to recover the files lost from the unformatted compact flash memory card. The data recovery software can work on Windows 7 operating system and enables you to recover data from CF card from SanDisk, Samsung, Kingston, etc. When files have been restored from the unformatted CF card, you can try any method you know to fix the CF card unformatted error.

Steps to Recover Data off Not Formatted Compact Flash Card on Windows 7

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Step1. Connect the compact flash card to your Windows 7 computer through a card reader. Download and install the read-only data recovery software on the computer. Launch the data recovery software and select a recovery module.

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Step2.  Choose the unformatted CF card to let the software scan. Then, you just need to wait patiently in the scanning process.

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Step3. You can preview found pictures and office files like word and excel, etc. Then, you can select all files you want to recover and save them to another storage media.

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Recover Various Files from Unformatted CF Card

When Compact Flash memory card has not formatted error, the card will has RAW file system and becomes inaccessible. Following the steps above, you can restore different kinds of files from an unformatted compact flash memory card. For instance, you can recover pictures (BMP, PNG, GIF, JPEG), videos (mp4, mpeg, 3pg), office files (word, excel, PPT) and other types of files. This read-only data recovery software help restore files off an unformatted CF card without hurting the card or modifying any information on the card. It also allows you to preview some found files like pictures and office files.

Windows 7 Was Unable to Format CF Card

Want to fix not formatted error on the CF card so that you can use it for data storage again? Receiving message like Windows was unable to complete the format when you select to format the unformatted CF card? It is recommended you to format the unformatted CF memory card once data has been recovered. By formatting the card, you can change its file system back to FAT32 and fix the not formatted error. Usually, you can format your CF card on digital camera or computer. The card will work normally again when the format completes successfully. However, if you receive message that Windows was unable to complete the format, what can you do? In this situation, you can run Windows built-on Error-checking tool to check and repair bad sectors on the card. If you insist on formatting the card when receiving the error message, you can also rely on professional format tool. What you should know is that Windows 7 format tool may help you format the unformatted CF card successfully even when Windows failed, but it might cause some damage to your card after formatting. So you should think it carefully before choosing a format tool to perform the formatting on your CF memory card.

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Situations That Windows 7 Cannot Format CF Card

1. CF card turns to RAW file system and reports not formatted error
Like the case above, you may format your CF card because it reports not formatted error and changes its file system to RAW. You attempt to forma the card to turn its file system back to FAT, but even worse you receive message that Windows was unable to complete the format. In this situation, probably your CF card is infected with virus or it contains lots of bad sectors, so Windows cannot complete the format.

2. Cannot Format CF card because there are disk utilities or programs are using the CF card
If there is any disk utility or program is using the CF card, or Windows is displaying the contents in the CF card, you cannot format the card successfully. In this situation, you can access your card normally and you will not lose any data from the card. If you want to format the card, you just need to quit any disk utility or program that is using the card and make sure no window is displaying any content of the card.

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