Recovering Photo Video from Corrupted CF Card

"I have a CF card for my Nikon digital camera, but today I inserted the card in my new Canon digital camera and used it to take some pictures. When I inserted the CF card to my Canon camera, it can be recognized and work normally. However, my digital camera shuts down all of a sudden when I was taking photos just now. Restarting the camera, it says memory card is corrupted and cannot be accessed. In order to check if it is possible to copy all files stored on the card, I connected the card to my computer which runs Windows 7 operating system. But my computer says cannot access the card. Is the CF card corrupted? How can I restore lost files from a corrupted compact flash memory card?"

"My Sony digital camera says to format memory card with the camera when I inserted my 4GB CF in. Plugging the card to my PC via a card reader, Windows system also says card needs to be formatted and recognizes it as a RAW drive. I think the file system of the CF card is corrupted because I borrowed it to my brother several days ago. Probably, he performed some improper operation on the card. Now, I want to look for a way to restore the lost files from a corrupted CF card which says not formatted error."

Solution - Corrupted Compact Flash Card Data Recovery

A CF card might become inaccessible due to many reasons. When a CF card is not accessible or readable, people will regard it as a corrupted card. For the cases above, when the CF card shows different kinds of error messages and becomes inaccessible, only the read-only free data recovery software - iCare Data Recovery Pro is needed if you want to get back lost files.

Steps to Recover Corrupted CF Card Data

download usb recovery software

Step1. Plug the CF card to your computer via a card reader. Download and install the read-only data recovery software on the same computer. Launch the software and choose a recovery module.

select recovery
Step2. Choose the compact flash memory card as scanning device, and then the software will scan it for lost files. When the software is scanning, you only need to wait patiently.

select drive
Step3. After scanning, you are allowed to preview photos and some other files. Then, you can select the files you need and save them.

recover files

Repair damaged memory card

Also read: 7 free memory card repair software, or free cf card recovery

Tip for Corrupted Compact Flash Card Recovery

In some situations, you can fix the problem when a CF card is corrupted. For example, if you receive not formatted error message on your CF card, you can format the card to fix the error. If the card is infected with virus, you can run anti-virus software and full format the card. If the card contains bad sectors, you can check and repair bad sectors on the card. However, you should always remember that you had better not do anything to the card before recovering deleted files from CF card.

Check If CF Card Is Compatible with Your Camera

Although CF card is widely used in different digital cameras, some CF card cannot be compatible with some digital cameras. Therefore, when you insert a CF memory card to your digital camera, you should make sure if the card can be compatible with your camera. Digital camera will not recognize your card or even cause unexpected data loss problem due to incompatibilities. Besides, if your CF card can work normally in your camera, but Windows cannot detect it when you connect the card to your computer, you can check if the card reader is compatible with your compact flash card.

Possible Ways to Protect CF Card

It is a difficult task for many people to perform corrupted CF card recovery, so it is necessary to protect your card from being corrupted if you do not want to face the problem of data loss. Here are some possible reasons for CF card corruption and solutions to fix the problem:
1. CF card got corrupted due to improper usage

One common reason for CF card corruption is improper usage, which include:

2. Remove CF card from computer safely

Some people often unplug their CF card from their computer without clicking safely remove hardware. Instead, they unplug the card directly off the USB port of computer. In addition, some people often remove a CF card during data transferring or writing. This kind of improper operation can corrupt CF card and make your card inaccessible. Therefore, you should often use your card properly if you don’t want your compact flash memory card to be corrupted due to this kind of reasons.

3. CF card has bad sectors due to long time use or other reasons

A CF card might be corrupted due to bad sectors after a long time use. You had better regularly check if the card contains bad sectors and backup important data to another storage media.

4. Virus infection

Virus infection can corrupt files stored inside the compact flash card and make the card inaccessible, so you should use your CF card is safe environment to avoid virus infection.

You may run into SD card corruption problem sometimes. In this situation, you can also use iCare Data Recovery software to recover corrupted files from SD card.


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