How to Recover Photos after Format Compact Flash Card

Photos stored on CF card got lost due to mistakenly formatting? Cannot access pictures on the CF card when it reports unformatted error? Can you format a CF card when it reports disk drive not formatted error? Can you get back lost photos or other types of files after formatting a CF card?

This article will introduce a professional tool for CF card users to recover deleted photos after format memory card by mistake or when the card shows not formatted error.

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Steps to Restore Data from Formatted CF Card

Download the CF card data recovery free program to recover deleted files from CF card after formatting:

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Step1. Connect the CF card to your computer and download the data recovery program. Install, run the software and then select a recovery module.

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Step2. Choose the CF card and let the software scan the card for lost files. You only need to wait in the scanning process.

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Step3. When the scanning is over, you can preview the files. Then, select the files you need and save them to another storage media.

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Photos or other types of data are recoverable from a formatted CF card with a third-party data recovery program. Usually, the freeware for CF card allows you to recover data from CF card when it is formatted on a digital camera, cell phone, computer or any other device. The program supports all types of CF card like Samsung, PNY, Toshiba, SanDisk, Transcend, Lexar, etc from 258MB to 128GB. The main features of the data recovery program is that it can deep scan the CF card to search for every single file stored on the card and allows you preview the found files after scanning.

Tips for Formatted CF Card Photo Recovery

1. Do not write new data to the formatted CF card

Whether you format your CF card by accident or due to other reasons, you should stop writing any new data to the CF card formatting. New added data will occupy the card space where was used to store lost files. If the space is occupied, you will be unable to recover files from CF card.

2. Put your CF card in a safe place

It doesn’t you format the CF card on your digital camera, cell phone or other device, you had better take the CF card out of the device and put it in a safe place in order to protect the card from being physically damaged or overwritten.
3. When you save the recovered files, you cannot save the selected data to the formatted CF card.

Format RAW CF Card

Compared with CF card photos loss due to mistakenly formatting, another common situation that you may format your CF card is the card shows RAW file system and requires formatting. When CF card has RAW file system, formatting can help convert the card from RAW to NTFS or FAT32. However, data will be lost accordingly when you format the card.
For example:
"When I connected the CF card to my computer, system recognized the card as a removable disk I. However when I right clicked the CF card, Windows said the card needs to be formatted. I tired to open the card under Disk Management, but I receive the same error message. System recognizes the card as RAW drive. What should I do to fix the RAW drive error on my CF card?"

When encountered the problem above, some users will format the card to fix the error. In fact, you can get back files from the RAW CF card by relying on the data recovery program. It is strongly you to run the program to perform data recovery without formatting the card. If you have formatted the card when it shows RAW file system, you should remember not to write new data to the card before data recovery.

Is it possible when other type of memory card has RAW file system? Well, iCare Data Recovery software helps recover files from RAW micro SD, XD, CF and memory stick.

==>> If PC failed to format a RAW CF card due to any reason, please go to this page - Memory Card Cannot Be Formatted by Windows >>

CF Card Is Infected with Virus

For most PC users, they often consider formatting as a useful method to resolve the problem when CF card is infected with virus. Therefore, you may format your CF card when it is attacked by virus. In this situation, you can also run data recovery program to restore lost files after formatting the CF card as long as the card is not damaged.

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