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How to Recover Deleted Photos and Other Data from CF Card

Oct. 12, 2013 5:18 pm / Posted by Jerry Cook to Card Data Recovery
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Compact Flash Card Recovery

What is CF card?

For a digital camera lover, CF card may not be strange to you. Briefly speaking, CF card is short for Compact Flash memory card and it is a mass storage device used in portable electronic devices like digital camera, digital camcorder, MP3, MP4 digital player, iPod, PSP (Short for PlayStation Portable) game console, desktop computers, handheld data collection scanners, PDAs, Pocket PCs, data recorders. Since it was first produced by SanDisk in 1994 with very large capacities and good compatibility as well as fast transferring speed, CF card has been mainstream standard of professional digital products. It is just because of the good reputation CF has won, in today's market, the demand for CF card is very large and at the same time, many off-brand or counterfeit CF cards have come out. Even professionals cannot identify their authenticity all the time.

Then what's CF card recovery?

Any CF card recovery software is a tool to help people recover deleted or formatted and inaccessible data from your compact flash card. Card Data Recoery is one of professional compact flash memory card software for Windows users. It has two version, if you're running Mac OS X 10.9, 10.8, 10.7, and lower, try Card Recovery for Mac. A lot of people lose the images saved in their compact flash cards due to a number of different reasons. They are either corrupted by a virus attack, "memory card error" pop up when inserting to a digital product or formatted by mistake. There are also cases when people delete data stored on CF card by accident or lose data from a sudden power-off, as well as pulling out card while the digital media device is still on etc. In addition, there are also occasions when you do not lose your files, pictures, videos and music, etc. but they just cannot be accessed to. When all those happen, do not despair. You still have a good chance of recovering all your lost data only if you stop adding any more data into your CF card immediately. This is where this CF card recovery software comes in handy.

Why CF card recovery software can recover data from CF card?

As a matter of fact, when you delete the files from compact flash card, the deleted photos are not actually deleted permanently. You simply delete the associated entry and the data are still saved in the original sectors of compact flash card. One thing different is those data space is marked as available for other new data to write over or occupy.

Formatting compact flash card is similar as what discussed above. When you compact flash card, all data information is not deleted permanently just the file system erases the information about where those data are allocated and what size are the data etc. And all deleted data is still there waiting to be occupied. So as we can see, when your delete or format files from compact flash card, as long as the deleted data are not occupied or overwritten, it is highly possible for you to recover CF Card.

Likewise, files are deleted due to virus attack can also be recovered. Reasons are almost the same as above.

In short, to realize the compact flash recovery by this CF card recovery software is not complex any more. No matter you are a brilliant computer professional or not, anyone can easily recover data from CF card.

Note: CF cards can be used directly in a PC USB slot with a plug adapter, used as an ATA (IDE) or PCMCIA storage device with a passive adapter or with a card reader.
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